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Almost There and it's New Year's Eve

>> Saturday, December 31, 2011

We were sorry that Cammie was unable to join us in San Diego that night. 
The fog rolled in and her incoming flight was cancelled. She had to spend the night in Chicago.

 Can't think of a better place than spending New Year's with the family.  


Now on to San Diego

>> Friday, December 30, 2011

Leaving Green Bay heading to the beach for a week with the family.

As we drove through Colorado, it was easy to be inspired just as Katharine Lee Bates was when she wrote the poem "America the Beautiful" which later became the song. The wheat fields; and the majestic view of the mountains of Colorado. I have seen it so many times but they never lose their beauty.

This was a picture of the Christmas trees at Vail taken from a moving vehicle. Kind of cool. I didn't mean for that to happen.


Christmas Eve 2011

>> Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve was a blessed family time with Cammie, Erik, Justin and Don.

Just as the mother (me) planned, we spent quality family time around the dining table. Fondue and lively conversation.

The boys were skeptical of the recipe, "swiss cheese?, I don't know...." Justin's last words to Cammie as we left the table were, "Make sure we take that recipe home".

2 c. Gruyere cheese, shredded
2 c. Swiss cheese, shredded
3 tbsp. flour
Mustard (I used the Jack Daniels Southwestern style)
2 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 c. dry white wine
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Heat over the stve and mix with whish on low heat.
I chose to put in my chafing pan on the table so the cheese would not burn. Serve with green apples, pears, pretzel bread or sourdough.


Holiday Shine

>> Sunday, December 18, 2011

Remember the post Pancakes & Laptops?
I dried some of those pussy willow branches and used for outside Christmas decor.
Adding the deep copper and gold branches and ornaments from the Holiday House in Pensacola gives it a holiday shine.

I finished the Christmas craft ornaments.  
The silver dipped fern from my Pensacola trip put the finishing touches on the tree.

Doesn't everyone has a holiday candelabra with a Packer ornament? :)
Nothing better than a fire and holiday  movies.
I picked out pictures from Christmas's past and put them in the red leather frames.
Good memories! During this Holiday Season,  I have looked at them everyday.
The classic pictures are in the silver frame.
In the silver on the right: Erik was crazy about horses and got several for Christmas. He was so excited.
In the red frame right below it: Our first Christmas in the house we live in now.
Cammie and Erik siting on the floor and the leopard beanie baby that they insisted by in the picture!
 They both still think that was funny. I heard about it yesterday from Cammie.

The hanging luminaria stars are hung outside under the patio eaves.
This is a night shot from inside the dining room.

Looking forward to adding this year's memories to our collection.



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