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.
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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....
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.
Maybe you are like me and you need a little help putting away your Christmas decorations…Every year I tell myself, “Self…this is the year we are going to organize the Christmas decorations as we put them away”…I also have had grand visions of actually putting the containers away in a manner that allows me to easily access the things I need first, then second…you get the idea. Year after year I have grand plans but no real plan in place.
If you are in need of a plan of attack visit “Putting Away Christmas” over at Just Organized, they have a plan and it looks like a good one. I also want to give credit where credit is due…I actually saw this link on the Happy Housewife blog…Check her out for some great posts on simple living, Organizing in 365 and diy…I wish you JOY while putting away Christmas!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!
I had no idea that for years my husband has been a man on a secret mission. That is I didn’t know until he let the cat out of the bag. As my husband and I were talking about Christmas gifts and shopping lists it was revealed that for years he has been a man on a mission,a secret mission to make sure one of the first gifts under the tree was for me.
At some point in our many Christmas’ together I off-handedly mentioned that in all the gifts that were under the tree my name wasn’t on a single present. I do not remember the exact conversation but I am sure I was joking…However, the Hubs heard it and interpreted it to mean something that he took as a personal challenge. So, for years he has made sure to be the first one to place gifts under the tree.
I want you to know that no sooner had this little bit of information been revealed I became a woman on a mission…I wanted to join in the fun!
In my defense..I am not a last-minute shopper, or a gift wrap slacker…It’s just that I like to have the majority of my gifts purchased before settling in to do my wrapping. Therefore, I rarely have my gifts wrapped and under the tree first. That is until…this year…This year I became a woman on a mission…a mission to place the first gift under the tree! Even if there is only ONE gift under the tree…I bought it, wrapped it and ran to put it under the tree as the Hubs came through the door…I did it, I put the first gift under the tree. Guess who its for…no not me…its for the Hubs!
It looks like a new tradition has been born…Not only is there a man on a mission but now there is a woman on a mission. So let the fun and games begin!