Merry Christmas!

I hope you all are having a blessed and merry Christmas. I thought I’d share views of the new themed Christmas trees I have decorated this season. I have ten trees set up and decorated this year and two putzes comprised mostly of vintage dime store wax and pre-WW2 felt and paper.

I decorated this tree with crocheted roses (symbol of Mary) that I gave away to friends. That is why the tree looks a bit empty!My granddaughter decorated this tree. I always save this tree for her to trim! I will pack away the star and the angel ornaments and leave the snowflake ornaments on it for the winter. It will be a bright spot in our home during the coldest, darkest days and nights of the year.

I haven’t dressed this tree with my collection of antique ornaments in several years. I finally figured out how to rearrange furniture in the house to safely accommodate it! All the birds on it were found at one garage sale years ago. All their tails had slid back into their bodies and they didn’t look like much–I took them home any way. Here is my favorite one!I’m very pleased with my family Christmas this year. My husband and I were able to enjoy family and sharing Christmas with my granddaughter, daughter, son, and his wife. I also was able to show my daughter in law how to crochet! I wish you all a Happy New Year! Begonia

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Bloglet: Sammy and the Passing of Autumn

It was Thanksgiving yesterday. I had my big paper turkey up in the window and a big meal on the table. Today it is Indian Summer, and we are taking advantage of this brief bit of warm weather to do the last few outdoor jobs: painting, raking, and taking down summer fencing and putting winter fencing in its place. I repacked the old chicken coop with items that I don’t want freezing and thawing out in the weather.

Sam was out for a good portion of the day on his tie out, yearning to be free. We don’t let him run because we don’t want him to stray and become coyote chow or get in a fight with another cat and require costly vet visits, and then there are the speeding cars on the street in front of our house–cats and cars, it never ends well.

Our Samwise always seems to collapse on the way into the house and requires revival with a gentle belly rub. Poor little boy! Begonia

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Odds and Ends: Potato Chip Crumbs

I was helping in the kitchen at a church chili cook off/hot dog dinner and bingo family fun evening recently. The hot dogs were served with potato chips. At one point in the evening,  I brought out another full box of bagged chips to the serving line and took a boxful of mostly empty bags back to the kitchen. As I pulled the chip bags out of the box so I could break It down for recycling, I noticed that there was at least a handful of potato crumbs in the bottom of each bag.

It seemed a pity to waste them.

A cookie that my grandmother, Nanny, used to make when we were kids came back to mind. She used to make a cookie with crushed potato chips in them. These cookies sound weird, but it is just another flavor combination of salty/sweet. If you like kettle corn (another salty/sweet food), you will probably like this very simple cookie.

Potato Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups crushed potato chips
  1. Cream butter and sugar together and then add vanilla.
  2. Combine flour and butter mixture and then fold in potato chips.
  3. Form into balls (dough will be very short and crumbly) and bake at 350 F for 13-15 minutes. Baked cookies should be golden brown on the bottoms.

These cookies are very rich. My husband calls them gut bombs because they go down easy, but all of a sudden you feel very full! I just call them good. They remind me of being a kid. I hope enjoy them, too! Begonia

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