Thursday, December 31, 2009

I like even numbers…

and that’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to 2010. It’s just a small thing, but odd numbers put me a little on edge.

Kind of like how I prefer right over left.

Of course right over wrong is good, too. But, I digress.


Yep, 2010 has a lot of promise. I can feel it in my bones.

May your path in the new year be even. Smooth. Balanced.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Grab a button!

Smart and Trendy Moms - Reviews, Giveaways, and Trendy Finds

Smart and Trendy Moms is a great site loaded with goodies and they’re offering some cool free buttons like this:

Smart and Trendy Moms- Free Buttons and Blinkies

I put it in my sidebar because it make me happy:) Go grab one!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Etsy Monday…New Year’s Resolutions

Most of us make some kind of New Year’s resolution even if it’s just a passing thought. (Some of us refuse to even go there.) So, in the spirit of the New Year, I found a few helpful aids for some popular resolutions. Enjoy and please click through and give these shops a little New Year’s love!

Get in shape

Magic Weight Loss Beans


Magic Weight Loss Beans


Learn something new

Scrabble Tile Pendant - Words – Learn


Scrabble Tile Pendant - Words - Learn

Get organized

Pink 2010 Monthly Calendar Kit with Ribbon Tabs


Pink 2010 Monthly Calendar Kit with Ribbon Tabs


Quit smoking

Quit Smoking Dammit Doll - Handmade


SALE - Quit Smoking Dammit Doll - Handmade (Etsy)

Help Others

A Helping Hand


A Helping Hand


Enjoy life

ENJOY LIFE Scrabble Letters Sign RECYCLED


ENJOY LIFE Scrabble Letters Sign RECYCLED

Thanks to all the Etsians who gave me permission to use their listings for Etsy Monday. May 2010 be good to you:)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

She did it…

I’m talking about The Pioneer Woman. I mean, her site is awesome enough but then she started giving away cool stuff.

Stuff like this:


No, I didn’t win one, but that got me thinking that my mom had a Kitchen Aid mixer for years and years until a beater broke and it was so old it couldn’t be replaced.  A lot of goodness came from that mixer.

Then we made some of this:

candyand the whole time I was muttering to myself, “This sure would be a lot easier if I had a Kitchen Aid mixer.” Okay, I probably didn’t mutter. I’m sure I said it out loud to anyone within earshot.

A few days later I declared to Amber, “I’m not making candy next year without a Kitchen Aid mixer!”  Please understand that when I declare something, I mean it. I save declarations for the important things in life.

Well, that whole declaring thing must work, because look what ole Santa Claus brought me! Yippee!

I was surprised and happy! After all, my new sewing machine was supposed to have been my gift. I love Santa!

Mr. D. made his special breakfast (eggs, sausage and hash browns) and I whipped up some waffles with the help of my new … all together now … Kitchen Aid mixer! I’ve never been happier to make waffles in my life.

Thanks, Ree and Santa Claus!

May your day be waffle happy:)

(I added the waffle recipe from to my Dotty Jane Extras blog. The best waffles I’ve ever made!)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Oldies but goodies…

I love getting out the ornament box and going through it. I don’t use all of them or the same ones all the time, but these are some that go on the tree every year. All of these ornaments are at least 25 years old and are handmade. 

Many of us have one of these. This one was given to us by Mr. D’s sister.


I can’t recall where I got this little starched crochet thread ornament but I l love it!


This braided wheat ornament was made by a relative in Nebraska. I grew up in a wheat farming community (my brothers still farm on the “home place”) so this one has a special meaning.

braided wheat

This cute little ceramic elf was part of a trio made by my mom, Dorothy. Most of her creations were signed and dated but this one isn’t.

ceramic elf 

When mom passed away (9 years ago), the kids sorted through lots of items including the Christmas decorations. There were a lot because Dorth loved Christmas! This is my favorite of all. It’s a tree topper and some of it is missing, but it was on our tree from the time I can remember. I’m pretty sure it is a 1950’s era ornament.tree topper 

With the remodeling project having everything in a mess, there’s no room for knick knacks! Except for the tree, this is the only other decoration I pulled out this year. It’s the second thing I ever pieced. Little bitty log cabin blocks! It measures about 15 x 12 inches.

log cabin

This was the first thing I ever pieced back in the early 1990’s. I followed along with Eleanor Burns on PBS and made this diamond log cabin tree skirt. I was very proud of it, but now, almost 20 years later, I look at it differently. Since I’ve gotten interested in quilting I realize that it needs some fixing!

tree skirt 2 There’s no quilting except for some “in the ditch” around the red diamonds. Not acceptable!

tree skirt 3

So that’s the project for this afternoon:)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Some sites of Nashville

It’s always fun to take in a few of the great things Nashville has to offer when company is here. Even this homebody who hates going out into the night had a pretty good time. We drove by Gaylord Opryland Hotel to see the Christmas lights. I forgot to take my camera, so I do appreciate finding these stock pictures.

Gaylord Nashville Opryland Christmas Tree, and

An Opryland Christmas

The outdoor displays are just a glimpse of all there is to see, but that’s all we took in this time.

We went to BB Kings Blues Club to see a friend of Amber’s play with The Bart Walker Band. (Amber’s friend isn’t included in the video, but he’s just as good!) Talk about talent! Being part of a family of musicians makes me appreciate the real deal.


The obligatory tourist photo with the Wild Horse Saloon horse.

We also stopped in at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Coyote Ugly and another couple of places whose names I can’t remember. One of house bands played great Hank Williams music. The real deal!

Our company has since been to Denver where Ashley had a job interview and they (hopefully) found a place to live. They’re now in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota visiting family and friends and then back to Colorado for the next chapter of their young lives. Pretty exciting! We miss them already:)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Following a tradition…candy making!

One of the best parts of the Christmas season when I was growing up was the homemade candy. My mom, Dorothy, was famous in our rural community for her wonderful candy. She would start early in December and make batches of goodies and store them in coffee cans in the big chest freezer. She worked while we were at school or otherwise occupied so I never really got in on the process but certainly reaped the benefits! I don’t make everything she did, but I’ve chosen a few favorites over the years and make those. This year, Ashley and I spent an entire day making goodies! Here she is breaking up the peppermint bark which was a new addition to the list. Amber, who was my partner in candy making goodness last year, caught her off guard with this picture!


(The decor may look a little strange as we are remodeling. No kitchen cabinets or countertops to speak of!)

Me forming coconut bonbons.


A sampler plate. I’d have put everything on a more festive plate if I could find one. Remodeling makes you store things in totes.

100_1551 Starting at 12:00 and traveling clockwise:

Rocky Road Bars

Napoleon Cremes

Peppermint Bark

Seven Layer Bars

Two Tone Fudge

and in the center is

Choco Cherry Log

We also made Rum Balls and this is what was left by the time I had a chance to snap a picture! These little guys pack a punch:)


Here are some finished bonbons and peanut butter balls. They’re not pretty but they taste good! Dipping is not my forte.

bonbons and pb balls

This is Cherry Mash fail! Since I got a different stove a couple of years ago, I can’t seem to get the temperature to the right point without scorching the mixture. So the cherry part didn’t set up. (This is the same reason I didn’t make peanut brittle this year.)

runny cherry mash

Since I hate to waste good chocolate, I separated the layers and cooked the cherry base in the microwave to the appropriate temperature and it set up just fine. I re-melted the top layer and spread it back on. It’s edible but not as good as it should be.

Dorothy also made caramels, chocolate covered cherries and a big selection of cookies including Pfeffernusse. Yum!

I think I’m done making food for this season. Maybe I’ll play with a honey bun or a turnover instead!


If you are interested in any of these recipes, just request it in a comment and I’ll be glad to post it. UPDATE! There's a link in the sidebar to a new blog I set up that I'll use for recipes and tutorials and things like that:)

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

An early Christmas present


Ashley and the C man were here for 5 days! I realized when they were leaving that I didn’t have a picture of them so we snapped this one in the rain. They are relocating from VA to Denver and we were glad to get them for a few days. It was quite an exciting house with five people, five dogs and two cats!

This turned out to be a dog post instead of a people post.

Meet Mikey:


and Dew:


and Tito:


Yes, they’re all Chihuahuas! Mikey and Dew came from different litters but have the same daddy and Tito is the big brother by adoption:)

Add Maggie to the mix:


She and Mikey loved to tug:)

Then there’s Chuck showing his happy face because he’s getting lots of attention:


The three amigos! Dew is the shy one but he got the toy and is trying to keep it. Back off Mikey!

The three amigos

They will do anything for treats! That’s Amber doling out the goodies.dogs dressed up2

Poor Tito wasn’t happy with his winter coat and boots. I don’t think he moved from that spot for the 5 minutes he had them on!

dogs dressed up

Maggie loves the C man! She took her dress back from Mikey:)

Maggie and C

(In case you noticed, there are kitchen appliances in the living room, missing trim and lots of throw rugs everywhere. We are remodeling and everything is in a mess! The only part of the kitchen that’s intact is the sink and dishwasher…for now.)

Maggie was exhausted when the cousins left. But it was worth it:)