Saturday, December 25, 2010

what the heck?

After the hustle and bustle of Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, I thought I would check blog land.  Yes, I have a million other things I could be and should be doing, but.......I open my blog and I hear firework sounds in the background!  Nothing else is open on my computer, no itunes, no pandora, nope, nada, nil, nothing...just fireworks??????

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

a picture is worth a thousand words~

some kids like him....

some kids don't...

this little pixie clearly was having nothing to do

with Jolly ole' St. Nick

Merry Christmas


Wednesday, December 8, 2010


it was a day of celebration

a surprise of the best kind

a group of women that have been

a part of each others lives

from a few years to fifty two years


we all came together

to celebrate my daughters

30th birthday

we shared a lunch of
chicken salad
egg salad
veggie & dip
cheese & crackers
fresh fruit with creme fraiche
yummy homemade cookies
of course
a sparkly pink cake

we dined on antique pink dishes
linen tableclothes & napkins
(which my son ironed for me!)
with a touch of silver & crystal

we sipped tea from pretty teacups
& enjoyed ice tea from crystal goblets

~the birthday girl~

~the birthday gang~

a very special thank you to the girls
for making the day so special


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy 13th Birthday Miss Tori~

ahhhh, 13

there is something magical about being


it's one of those birthdays that you look forward to

a rite of passage

one of many milestones

the beginning of fun teenage years to come


wishing you a magical fun filled day

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Adam!

wishing you a very
happy birthday adam!

 deppen family picture 09

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

just a few of my favorites~

our day began, not with traditional pictures

but a ultrasound dvd and ultrasound pictures of our grandaughter

who is due to arrive in april

it was a 3D ultrasound

and the view was amazing!

we watched her rub her little eyes

suck her tiny little thumb

move about & flip & flop

so very, very sweet

we can't wait to meet her!

then of course

our thoughts turned to food

we enjoyed veggie soup, homemade bread & salad

then off to the woods to take pictures

we took pictures...lots & lots of pictures

we finished the day with more food

warm molasses cookies

(well of course we did, it's a family thing, it's what we do)



Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A birthday brunch & some family pics~

we popped the strata in the oven
and headed to the woods
for some family photos

we took several pictures
then came in for
strata, homemade cinnamon rolls & fried apples

the kids had fun posing
the parents.....not so much


Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

happy day after your birthday Shannon!

*the oldest*

the child i have known the longest

the child i was to practice my first mothering skills upon
the first person to call me mom

the first to lose teeth

the first child i had to leave at kindergarten

the first one to play an instrument
(and played it very well i might add)

the first one to drive a car
(shouldn't those permit packs come with a perscription for valium and a bottle of wine for the parents?

the first to...
 go on a date

 go out with girlfriends
go to the movies


the mall

the first to get grounded

the first to have big hair & jeans with  holes (on purpose!)
the first to proudly do the highschool graduation walk

the first 

to get a job

 go to college

 get married

the first child to leave home

while there have been many other "first" with this, the oldest child

these are the first that stand out the most on this day

happy 34th birthday shannon

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

cookie tuesday & barbara is back~

mexican hot chocolate cookies
martha's cookie jar
featured in
everyday food

if you haven't tried this recipe
i highly recommend it
it's a good cocoa cookie
rolled in a mixture
and chili powder, yes, chili powder!

i almost omitted the chili powder as
it was optional
i'm glad i didn't

if you would like the recipe
you can find it here

we enjoyed these cookies
with a few pots of tea
at our tuesday knitting group

we're happy to welcome back
she summers in canada then
joins us in the fall & winter
we enjoy hearing
all about her adventures
to see what is in her knitting basket


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

a date in the woods~

the hubs & i have been




we decided to slow things down a bit
we have a little spot in our woods
where on occasion
we go to hide

we hide from
our cellphones
chopping wood
paying bills
cooking & cleaning

we enjoyed a meal made on the fire pit
bbq ribs
fingerling potatoes
brussel sprouts
(wondering if brussel has one L or two)
a bottle of rodeo red
it was
just what we needed after a busy week


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Peek a boo~

the little pixie came for play time a few days ago
she loves this little barn with all it's animals
she especially loves when I catapult the farmer off his
bed and into the barnyard
makes her giggle everytime

one of the many joys
of being a


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

great recipes & a giveaway ~

Cookbook Giveaway        

is having a giveaway


barefoot contessa's

newest cookbook

"how easy is that"

stop by her blog & enjoy 

the recipes her readers have submitted


get the details

on how to

be part of the fun


Monday, October 11, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

snickerdoodles & scarecrows~

every tuesday i go to a knitting group
at our local library
cookie baking is part of my tuesday ritual
as knitting and cookie eating go hand in hand
more often than not
we eat as much as we knit
this week the cookie of choice
is snickerdoodles
this particular recipe is from my
daughter in law
she has a sweet little blog and
i'm sure she would love a visit from you



Sunday, October 3, 2010

welcome october~

 Posted by Picasa                                        this picture is from earlier this year, unlike today
                                                                           which is

put on a pot of soup
light a candle
watch movies
& knit
sort of day

happy cozy sunday


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Yeah!!!! I won!!!!

sherri over at

was having a give away a few weeks ago


I WON!!!!

the cover alone made me drool


the pages inside did not disappoint

i've already chosen a few projects


 plan to share the book

with our library knitting group

a very special

"thank you"



for her thoughtfulness


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The end of a busy week~

It's been a bit hectic this past week

my friends Ann & Shane

have a son


their only son

Josh & Sarah were married this past Saturday

Ann & Shane planned for the most beautiful rehearsal dinner

to be held at their home 

I was lucky to spend a few days with Ann

helping her with party prep for Josh & Sarah's rehearsal dinner

Anyone who knows Ann
 (and I'm lucky to be one of those people)

knows if she is planning a party

it will be spectacular

in every way!

She truely missed her calling as a event planner

not only did she & her hubs shane prepare

most all of the food




did all the floral arrangements
for the rehearsal dinner & the wedding

everyone that was a part of

this event

was in for a treat

as a thank you for helping ann with the party prep

she gifted to me the most beautiful flower arrangement

in a beautiful silver pitcher

what do you think Kathy?

be silly sweet to me

i'll consider letting

you borrow it