Christmas Tree Picture Ornament


Every year Michelle adds a picture ornament to the tree with Bug's, Fairy's and Pixie's pictures and year. This year I made the ornaments using our Christmas Tree Applique Block. The wonderful thing about this ornament, besides being adorable :) is the pocket on the back. The pocket makes it possible to give this as a gift and the recepient simply needs to add a trimmed down wallet sized photo. BTW... this is a pic of Bug two years ago... while going through his Beatles... particularly George Harrison... phase! I love the locks!

Anyway... this ornament lends itself to plenty of personalization. Add a date, a name, buttons or embroidered ornaments. If you'd like to make your own, the directions for our Christmas Tree Picture Ornament can be found HERE or with our FREE Patterns. Enjoy!Read more

Christmas Tree Picture Ornament

Every year Michelle puts an ornament on the tree with her children's pictures, commemorating that year with a date and pic. This year I used our basic Christmas Tree Applique Block to make the personalized Christmas Tree Picture Ornaments. Make one for each of your children. Because there is a pocket on the back for sliding in a picture, you can easily give these as gifts and let the recipient add their own wallet sized photo! HO HO HO!

Sweater Flambe :: BEEF BOURGUIGNONNE Recipe


Thanksgiving is behind us and ahead "looms" Christmas. Sounds rather ominous, doesn't it? If you are responsible for preparing a holiday meal, especially if it is your first attempt, the thought of "messing it up" can be daunting. Below is a story I shared November 13, 2007 on my recently retired blog One Generation to Another. I thought now was an appropriate time to share it in case you just came through a Thanksgiving dinner fraught with mishaps or if you're nervous about the prospect of entertaining over the next few weeks. Hope you enjoy!  
Without pondering it, quickly think of 3 memorable days in your life. Chances are you’ll list the day you graduated from high school or college, got married, had your first child, got your first substantial promotion or some other equally pleasant, but innately ordinary event. Life is full of satisfying experiences, thank goodness, but they are seldom the type of stories that enthrall an audience and have them leaning forward in their seats, anxiously awaiting the outcome. When hearing these stories we politely listen, give well timed agreeable nods, and secretly prepare grocery lists or review tomorrow’s agenda. Thank God we are programmed with the...Read more

Calico Mason Jar Cover

This is the simplest Mason jar cover around... so simple it hardly needs instructions!
Calico fabric
1/4" ribbon
Mason jars

Hot Chocolate Mix and Calico Mason Jar Cover

One of the true delights of cold winter days is a toasty warm cup of hot chocolate. Growing up, my Mom ALWAYS had a tin of this instant hot chocolate mix in the cupboard. If stored in an air tight container, it can last up to 6 months in the pantry. Plenty of time to get you through the cold winter months! For gift giving purposes, this recipe filled 9 quart sized Mason jars. Yum!

2 boxes 8 quart instant milk
2 pound box Nestles Quick
2 pounds powdered sugar
1 11 ounce jar of coffee creamer* 

Mix thoroughly and store in an air tight container.

To make: Mix 1/3 cup mixture to a cup of hot water. May add miniature marshmallows after powder is dissolved.

*If you prefer not to use a coffee creamer in your mix, add an additional 11 ounces of powdered milk. The mix will not be as creamy, but it is still hot and yummy.

The directions for the super easy, super fast Calico Mason Jar Cover can be found HERE or with our FREE Patterns. Enjoy!  

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