Last night my husband and I drove an hour North to see the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio. I was excited to test out my new photography skills, since I've taken a few classes, and am now shooting only in Manual mode and RAW format. And because I now have a remote shutter release for night-time shots.
I have a thing for trees…all shapes and sizes. I especially like the cone shaped trees you see during the Christmas season. Here are a few that a friend and I made today. They are part of our Christmas Tree themed decor at church.
All you need to make these festive trees are a few cone shaped tree forms. You can use Styrofoam, Paper Mache or Grapevine forms. You can even make your own if you are feeling especially crafty. Next you will need fabric pins and floral wire. Finally, you will need some fabric or burlap ribbon, and lots of bling on a string.
Some people have real ones, some have plastic ones and some people (like myself) even have fakes ones with built in lights! I am of course talking about Christmas trees! We all think out own trees are works of art, but some people like to make a nice festive tree out of anything they can find, so I would like to show you....
Happy first day of a brand new week! Let’s get this week off to a festive, fun and inspiring start, shall we! It is already starting to look alot like Christmas at our home! A big elf (a.k.a. husband) helped me yesterday on a record-breaking day for cold (-10.7 Celsius) to festively festoon our front door with fresh greens!
This past weekend we hosted a family reunion. While thinking through the process of hosting 60 people in our home I knew I had to to do something to keep everyone from hanging out in the kitchen. I decided I would set up the coffee bar and drink station outside.
I set up a coffee and hot cocoa bar on the back porch. I setup the table with the Keurig, K cups, Cocoa Mix and Marshmallows.
The Instant Creamy Cocoa Mix was very popular with everyone, kids and adults alike. Everyone liked it so much I have decided I will make a big batch and gift it for Christmas to my friends. If you enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, you should try this recipe. You may decide to share some with your friends and family.
10 cups dry milk powder
4 3/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups powdered non dairy creamer
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container.
2. For a single serving, place 1/3 cup of mixture in a cup and add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows.