Monday, December 31, 2012

31 december



a cool and dreary end to the month

spending New Year's Eve with friends

Wishing all a safe and happy celebration!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

26 december



shadows on the wall as the sun shines through the dining room window this morning

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

22 december



I snapped this image of the navigation screen in my husband's car as we left the mall after an afternoon of shopping.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

17 december



Hallmark Santa ornament on my tree ... with some photo editing

Sunday, December 16, 2012

16 december



I mailed a package of homemade peanut butter doggie cookies to my cousin's Doberman.
Here's an image my cousin posted to facebook of Jaxson with his treats.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

15 december



picked up a spiral cut ham at the local grocery, a gift from my husband's employer this holiday season

Friday, December 14, 2012

14 december



USPS postage stamps
Santa and sleigh

These cheerful Santa and Sleigh (Forever®) stamps portray Santa Claus flying through the air in his sleigh. With a cargo of toys and gifts produced in his workshop by elves, he lands on the rooftop of house after house and slides down the chimney to leave presents for girls and boys of all ages.

Santa's annual journey is joyfully captured in this block of four holiday stamps, with two rows of two stamps each presenting a “classic” image of Santa and his reindeer circling around snow-covered rooftops.

Though his roots go much further back, the modern Santa Claus, the giver of gifts, captured the American imagination in the Revolutionary War era. At that time, understandably critical of English traditions, people looked to the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas for cultural cues and seasonal inspiration. Since then, Santa has become more popular, and is today beloved by millions of children who write him letters, track his progress on the Internet, and leave him milk and cookies as tokens of their esteem.

To their cards and letters and yours, these stamps will add a dash of holiday merriment. Double-check your mailing list so you don't forget anyone nice!

And to help make sure Santa visits children who might not otherwise have any gifts to open at Christmas, join “Operation Santa.” Here's how it works: Register at any participating U.S. Post Office and read letters to Santa from participating boys and girls. Select a letter and provide gifts for the writer! Operation Santa observes its 100th anniversary in 2012. Although USPS began receiving letters addressed to Santa more than 100 years ago, it was in 1912 that Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters. This program became known as Operation Santa. Today, hundreds of thousands of elves across the country are helping Santa make his rounds!

Artist Paul Rogers worked with art director Howard Paine to create this block of four holiday stamps. These computer-generated images were originally drawn in pencil on paper.

The Santa and Sleigh (Forever®) stamps are being issued in double-sided booklets of 20 self-adhesive stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Made in the USA.

Issue Date: October 11, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

11 december



treats for the dogs

four ingredients, and so easy


Peanut Butter Doggie Bones


2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup low-fat milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well.
Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

Monday, December 10, 2012

10 december



my son and a friend made a recipe of red velvet cake balls over the weekend

Saturday, December 8, 2012

8 december



My sister's handwritten rum balls recipe

remembering my sister on this day

Friday, December 7, 2012

7 december



A visit with friends today at Karla's lovely home decorated for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

5 december



Gregg served a delicious vanilla butter cream cake for dessert at our Christmas get together this afternoon.

Saturday, December 1, 2012