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.


Socks


Bright, Colorful, Fun socks.


Friday, December 24, 2010

White Christmas

Kevin and Allison hiding from the camera.


Brindle
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.
Snow!


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.