I didn't think it was possible for time to go any faster
than usual, but here it is almost 2009 and I barely
remember 2008! We had a quiet Christmas Eve
dinner and an even quieter Christmas this year. In
past years we have been so involved with activities
that it all turned into an unrecognizable blur. It felt
good to just sleep in, cook casually and spend some
slow time together.
We finally have a bit of snow! The rest of the country
has been buried and here we sit with just a light dusting
of powder--weird. The temperatures have hovered
in the 20's-30's, it's the cold winds that I don't like that
bring the wind chill down to the teens or lower.
The small lake in the middle of town has frozen over and
was officially declared safe by the fire department for skating
and walking. It's neat because the local rental yard donates
their huge outdoor lights so everyone can skate at night. Well,
so they can skate during the day too since it is dark at 3:00 now!
My brother Keith took this shot with his fantastic new camera--
check out the light layers he captured--pretty cool, huh?
I took this in our living room right before Christmas.
God is a genius with colors, wouldn't you say?
My husband gave me a pasta maker for Christmas and I can't
wait to try it! It will be very useful for noodles and such, but I
also am going to use it for making fondant pieces to decorate
cakes. Up until now I have always made everything by hand, so
I am looking forward to having a machine to help me.
I also found a recipe for an Orange Coconut Cake that is
supposed to be out of this world with flavor and extremely
moist, so check back for that to be posted shortly.
My older daughter gave me a new apron: