Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SNOW in Southern California!

We have lived here for 9 years and 
it has never snowed!
It snowed today from 11pm to 5am!
Two little rose buds on this bush!
We had so much fun!
Now those of you who have snow might not
understand this but …
We were up all night playing in it with our kids and grandchildren!

We could hear other families playing in it throughout our neighborhood!!!
Talking to neighbors and making snowmen on the front lawn at 3:45am was a hoot!
Hubby & I went to bed at 5:30am after they all went home!
Yes, this is an unusual snow blast that hit our area.
Our palm trees could not hold all the snow
and broke, which made me sad.
We lost lots of big branches off other trees too.
It surly has been a winter wonderland and
the snow has stayed all day! 
Join us for a swim anyone?!
We have been giddy about it all day!
It has been so cold I am sure we will have snow for a couple days.
A few more pictures soon!

Baby it's **COLD** outside!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
XOX

Monday, December 29, 2014

Celebrate With a Cheese Ball!

Here is a wonderful cheese ball
 recipe that I made for every occasion!

I will be making it for New Years too!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hostess Gift Idea!

I have used this as a hostess gift for years! 
Copy and paste the image to your computer, 
print out and hang on a Martinelli's! 
Wishing you a Happy New Year!
xox

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014


This is what Christmas is all about for me.

May You & Yours Have a Very 
Merry Christmas!

XOXO

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tinsel, One Strand at a Time!

Remember the days of hanging tinsel, 
one strand at a time?

I do!
With just the Christmas lights on the room glowed,
and the tinsel gently moving was magical.

Does anyone remember plugging in the lights and
getting a little pop because some tinsel was on the plug?!

Oh, my! Those were the days!!!  
I still use tinsel each year!

My Grandchildren giggle but love it!
Have a BRIGHT & SHINY Day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Letter To Santa!

I hope Santa got my letter!

This sweet Santa is 60+ years old.
I have a baby picture of my husband as a baby
crawling to it!  
Hope your Holiday preparations
are coming together without a glitch! 
XOX

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Treat!

Sometimes we need a little break from the Christmas crunch!

Need I say more?
xox

And remember …

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Relief Society Women's Christmas Dinner!

Each year our church women's organization called 
the Relief Society has it's annual Christmas party.
This year I hosted a table for 8 out of 60 sisters.

This is my table. 
The center piece is the bleached trees I did about 3 years ago.
They are timeless.  
Our theme was 
"The Ten Virgins"

At each place setting throughout the hall these sweet oil lamps were placed.
The oil lamps were made in Egypt.    

"In our lives the oil of preparedness is accumulated 
drop by drop in righteous living".
~ Spencer W. Kimball
Above is the front of centerpiece.
One of my favorite trees I made is this tiny one
that fits in a salt shaker!
You can learn how to bleach these Christmas trees …  
Above is the back of centerpiece.

I love how the silver water pitcher beaded up like frost!
It was a beautiful evening spent celebrating the birth of
and fellowshipping with the adorable sisters of my church!

Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday Season!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
XOX

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner For 19!

We are so excited to have a houseful
this Thanksgiving!
Almost all of our children and grandchildren will be here. 
We will have dinner for 19!
We will miss Tiffani, Phil, Mark & Eric
who live in beautiful Colorado!
***
We count our Blessings each day for our family. 
We always setup a long table.
Hubby wants to see everyone's beautiful faces!

He sits at one end, and I at the other.
I love all the green BALL canning jars!
They also make the straws & tops. 
Used all my May Flower Vernon Ware.
My Mother had a few pieces when she was a newly wed.
I found a huge set of this china a few years ago
from a blogger who was selling hers!
That was an exciting day!
I love these sweater pumpkins. 
The table goes all the way into the living room.
These views look into our giant room & kitchen.
I have had this green hen for years and
was so happy to see how well it matches with the jars!
I bought the chandeliers years ago from another blogger
I have been blogging for 7 years in March and still love it to pieces!
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Beloved Fall Tea Party!

One of my most beloved Tea Party's
 I have ever attended is this sweet FALL gathering. 
This is my friend Karie's beautiful home.
She made you feel special as her guest.
Oh the details!
 The huge menu filled with delights, oh my!
I remember well.
Pumpkin custard with crisp sugar cookies!
I shall always cherish this special day
and so glad I documented it!

Have a wonderful Fall day my friends!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cowgirl Style Trailer!

I am remembering how cute my trailer was when
 I had it all decked out in COWGIRL!
Even tho it was in pastels, it was cowgirl.
I still have all the decor if I ever want to change back!
Thats what's nice about these tiny trailers,
you can change them out in a jiffy! 
Have a wonderful day!