Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cake Balls 101

Allison and I began our first ever attempt at cake balls last night. What a long process, but definitely worth the effort.
We finished up today with about 135 of them. Each batch makes about 65 cake balls. We made both red velvet and strawberry. We had so much fun making them.

UPDATE: since this post, I have made so many cake balls. 400 for Kris and Melinda's wedding, 600 for Jeana and Jim's wedding, and hundreds for friends, family and work! Thanks everyone for all your support and tasting as I have turned our kitchen into a cake ball factory!)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Kevin and I took a wintery walk along some of the miles of trails our town has to offer. The previous night it had been foggy and when we awoke, we were in a winter wonderland. Brindle enjoyed running through the woods, sniffing all the exciting smells. We had a great, tiring walk.


Bright, Colorful, Fun socks.

Friday, December 24, 2010

White Christmas

Kevin and Allison hiding from the camera.

Allison's Breads

Snowy Walk

Kevin, Allison, Kris and Melinda looking out the window at a stuck car. (Kevin and Kris hurried out to help push them out)

Allison, Melinda and Kris on our walk.

Hi Kris.

Working on doughnuts.

Allison on a snow mountain.

Helping shovel so we can go to the store.Almost done with the doughnuts.

Last night we all (Kevin, Kris, Allison, Melinda and I) went downtown and went out to dinner. By the time we left the restraunt, snow had begun to fall.

We walked downtown and went into some of the shops, then we headed home and played a fun new game; Wits and Wagers. We all enjoyed an evening of good food and laughter.

This morning, Christmas Eve, we awoke to fresh, white powder everywhere. Over 6 inches of it!

We baked and cooked a lot today, and Kevin and Kris shoveled -- a lot! By the time the snow stopped, almost 24 hours after it started, we had over 10 inches of fresh white snow.

We all got to take a walk, and I was exhausted by the time we got home. Trudging through knee deep snow is difficult, but fun!

I hope you all are enjoying your Christmas Eve, and are able to wake tomorrow to a beautiful Christmas day, and celebrate our Saviors birth.

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Countdown Has Begun!

Only 4 days and we will be celebrating the birth of our Savior!

I must be getting old, it seems like it was just autumn with the changing leaves, and here we are in our 3rd week of December already!

Kris and Allison are both home from college, another semester under their belts.
While I was at school and Kevin at work today, they made homemade caramels, mailed a package (without a card I was going to throw in, but that's okay, I didn't have to go to the post office. ) they shoveled the drive after 4 inches of snow fell, and planned dinner.

Kevin and I both have two more days of work this week, let's see what else they can get done. :-)

I've got a few more things to pick up at the store, and I am pretty much finished preparing for Christmas. Good thing, these next 4 days are going to fly!

I hope and pray you all are enjoying this special season!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Blizzard of December '10

Weather canceled plans for a family get together in Centerville this weekend.

snow blown between the windows

As I write, I hear the winds howling outside and can only imagine how the roads out in the open are so impassable. We made out pretty well, we were on the low end of snow. We only got 4 1/2 inches! Kraig up in Minnesota received 17! The temperatures have dropped steadily since yesterday when we had rain and 40 degree temps. This morning...5 degrees!

Allison is home with us, she had planned to go to Centerville with us, but instead we have enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend at home.

poor Allison's car

it looks so cold!

I finished up Christmas cards last night, and plan on throwing a lasagna in the oven soon.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Break '10

And yet another Thanksgiving has come and gone.
One of the things I was most thankful for this year were the five days of fun and laughter that filled our home.
Grandma, Kris, Allison and Emmy all arrived Tuesday, and of course Melinda came over too. We were happy to have everyone in our home! There's nothing like the laughter and noise of happy people!

We had such a good time together...




Jingle on Main

Cooking, Cooking, Cooking


Laughs and more Laughs



Sunday, November 21, 2010

To the Snowy White Arctic!

Yes, we went to the arctic this weekend. Well, maybe to be more precise, we went to Minnesota.

Kevin and I both took half a day off of work on Friday, and were just finishing up with the "loading of the car" when Tara pulled into the drive. We got her stuff loaded, and were headed north by 1:45.

Just over the border... SNOW!

It had been a week since their snowstorm, and the crusty white stuff still filled the ditches and covered the land!

We woke Saturday to sunshine and temperatures in the 30's. We enjoyed a day of visiting while we walked through craft stores for Tara and Ikea for me.

Tara, Kraig and Deb had never been to Ikea. I asked them how they could never have been to my favorite store before?

I had a great time showing them around.

Kraig now claims Ikea is his favorite store too, and has threatened to call or text each and every time he heads over there so he can rub it in. ( he only lives 40 minutes from the Minneapolis one. He said he may even go back today. How mean!)

After shopping all day, we headed home to the smell of roast cooking in the crockpot. Dinner was on the table 15 minutes after we got home, and we enjoyed a fun evening getting Lyn's closet put together, (Thank you Ikea ~ okay, AND Home Depot)

We looked outside around 10pm and there was a beautiful sheen covering everything! It was freezing rain!

So much for an early start home today. We had planned to be on the road by 7am, but roads were iced over and closed this morning. We kept checking the road conditions on the internet, and finally got on the road around 9am.

What a sloppy ride home, once again, half way out of Minnesota the freezing rain turned to drizzle, and then FOG!

Kevin and I are home, resting, waiting for our small group to arrive.

Poor Tara had 3 more hours to go.

What a fun weekend we had in the cold, wintery land of the north.

Isn't family great!