Monday, December 23, 2013

A Couple Misc. Pics

 When I posted our Christmas decor, I forgot to post the Chalk board sign I made... Anyway.... I am showing it off. :P


My Daddies tool box... Don't ask me why... but it's a special sight to me.. ;)

I went to Grandma's house last Wednesday. She always fixes me tea or cocoa in a tea cup.. We happened to have made sugar cookies and stole some to go along with it.. :)



"Snoooww, Snooowww, SNOWWWWWWW!"

"It won't be long we'll all be there with snow..." Any time it snows, I always think of this song. One of my favorites, from my favorite Christmas movie... (Well, one of them.)


About a week ago, we were blessed with 9.5 inches of snow!!! The deepest and most long lasting snow in years! It lasted about... Oh.. I would say 8-9 days. It was a lovely sight... and I am sorry to see that it is gone. Here are some pictures, I took of it... :) 

When we measured it, it hadn't stopped snowing yet.... 

Pine Needles...

Snow angels.. :)

Scenery.


Baby Li'ora. She loved the snow! She didn't want to come in... I had to explain to her that the "booboo" she was complaining about, was the cold. After she realized that the "booboo" was cold, she was able to be coaxed inside. :) 

Over the days, when the ice and snow began to melt these icicles, became longer and longer.. I would say that they were close to 4 feet long... The  reason they kept getting so long, is because they would melt and the refreeze at night.... It was neat to watch.  

Icicles. 

"When the sun hits this ridge just right, these hills sing."  ~Pacha, The Emperors New Groove

Before, it became 9.5 inches. This was only a few hours into the snow fall. 

What have I been up to...?

Well... that's the question around here... what have I been up to? Besides the normal chaos that comes with a large family, I have been busy crocheting, baking, wrapping, shopping, and playing in snow.. (Snow Pictures in the next post...) And honestly... it seems much busier when you DO it and don't read it. ;)

I wanted to make some bread to go with dinner last week... and honestly.. I was tired of our recipes.. not to mention every time I made the recipe we had, it never was fluffy and crisp... This recipe is!! And I was so tickled. The whole family loves it, and it is on a constant request. :)

Baking Cookies for a Christmas Party we had last week. It was lots of fun! 

The Cookies of Christmas' past, present and future. :D Sugar Cookies that we decorate yearly.... ;)
That is... this recipe is a Christmas Tradition... Li'ora wouldn't stop shoving the cookies in her mouth and... honestly.... I couldn't either. :P

A friend of mine gave me a crochet challenge.. Snowflake ornaments.... They are easy to crochet, but difficult to stiffen... still haven't found the best way. ;)

The Children and I have been colouring here and there too.. ;)
This one is mine...

And this one is Jericho's.... For some reason the other children's colouring pages won't upload.. but they did some pretty ones. :) 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hallelujah Christmas - Song

I have always love the Song "Hallelujah". It is a sad song.. but I have always love the tune. Well, my Mom found this one... And it is AWESOME! Totally worth listening to.


The Lyrics:

Hallelujah Christmas
I've heard about this baby boy
Who's come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I'm singing Hallelujah
Hallelujah

A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God's only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
Hallelujah

The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You'll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

A star shown bright up in the east
To Bethlehem, the wisemen three
Came many miles and journeyed long for You
And to the place at which You were
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh
They gave to You and cried out Hallelujah
Hallelujah

I know You came to rescue me
This baby boy would grow to be
A man and one day die for me and you
My sins would drive the nails in You
That rugged cross was my cross, too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah 

Our Christmas Decorations and some notes. <<<=

Yes.. it's that time of year already. Time to take the Autumn things down, and put up the Christmas ones up. This year we decided to do a silver and white tree, with some handmade ornaments. Though we haven't been able to get the supplies for the handmade ornaments, I think our tree is still gorgeous! We plan to get the craft items we need later.


What my Momma always taught me about the Christmas Tree... The tree - The cross Christ died on. The lights represent that Jesus is the light of the world. The jewels/ornaments represent His royalty. The star on top the tree represents the star that shone long ago... on that holy night... I love Christmas season. 

Some handmade ornaments...I made two of these last year... they go quite well. ;)

 One of the Christmas Favorite Books is "How The Grinch Who Stole Christmas".  My uncle was down this last weekend and I captured this picture of him and my sister Emma. ;)


Monday, December 2, 2013

A Short Note

Hello, hello!

All I really want to say is that, I got to change my blog theme today... since thanksgiving/fall season is over, I changed it to snowy greys... Yes, I get excited about silly things like that... On the other hand... I have been working on putting up the Christmas Decorations! I will post pics later... ;) Cheerio!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Spiced Pumpkin Pudding Dessert Recipe

Last night, before Dad got home, I played around on Pinterest. Coffee Cake recipes were the pins that showed up in my feed. Mm..yum... My mouth drooled. Then I saw one: Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake. Oh! Did that sound delish! I searched for a recipe containing the ingredients I had on hand... While all the recipes  looked good -by the picture- I couldn't find one that I had the ingredients for, or one that sounded good. So, finally, I thought, why not make my own recipe... So that's what I did... I made and twisted my recipe into perfection. :D The reason, I say that, is because, my Dad ate THREE large pieces snd all my family raved about it! I was so pleased it had turned out and pleased my own dear family. ;)


Baked with a Crumb Topping and Topped with Walnuts. 


The Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Pudding Dessert

Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/ 4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1, 15oz can of  pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Chopped walnuts or pecans. (Optional)



Topping 

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp. butter, softened
Directions

Cake: Preheat oven to 350*F. Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter, until it resembles course meal. In a separate bowl combine milk, pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture. Mix until dry ingredients are wet.  Spread in greased 9x13 pan.

Topping:  Mix Dry ingredients. Cut in softened butter. Should be crumbly. If needed you can adjust the amounts of butter and flour sugar mixture to make it desired crumblyness. :P  Sprinkle Crumb Topping on the cake. Sprinkle chopped walnuts. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve Warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Enjoy it with a nice hot cup of coffee! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for reading. :)
Love, Petra


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Scriptures that have stuck out to me...


The past month my family has started family worship. We started with Proverbs and have just finished it. Daddy said that the next books that we read will be picked like this: Mom picks the next book, me the next one, and so on down the line....We will be starting Colossians next..(mom's pick) I can't decide if I will pick James or Hebrews.... On the other note, I have started my personal study. I am reading Isaiah and Matthew. I am comparing Matthews account of Jesus to Luke's. It is interesting to note the slight difference in each account of Jesus. Anyway... These are the passages that the stuck out to me. And.. since I had them on my camera phone... I thought I would share them. :)



Thoughts: Just as Christ told the man: "Rise up and walk", so should we rise up and walk.. Walk in His way.. Not ours..



They  recognized His authority.. 


Isaiah 9?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Petra

We'll be Leaving Soon...

....but for now we are jumping in them. :) Mom had gone to town and the rest of us.. well, me and the 4 youngest chillin's were at home. We cleaned in the morning, and found some activities later. One of the activities, were to jump in the leaves... The Children's faces were very sweet. :)

Li'ora 

Emma

Here are some videos that I took. It was so much fun to watch them play... it brought back my memories of being little...
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Thanks for reading! :D
Love,
Petra





Monday, November 11, 2013

Twin Pines Conservation Area

Last Saturday, Christian had to finish taking his test for his Hunter Safety Education. The closest class that wasn't full, was in Winona. About an hour drive from our house and in the middle of nowhere... Christian's class lasted four hours. So we had plenty of time to kill. :) We started by walking on the trails.


And we walked, and we walked, and we walked. For an hour and half. :D
We went through Narnia, and I think we may have seen TreeBeard. 

I think Li'ora would have walked most of the time, except that her little legs couldn't keep up and she was having trouble with the rocks.. :D 

We made sure to read the "signs" they had on the trail.

Break time.. 

And we started our way back...  

Sweet innocent baby faces... 

Before, we began walking, we looked at the old machinery they had there. The boys were fascinated with the old truck. 

Reading the bilboard..

A Steam Engine Tractor....this is what fascinated me. :)

Before the walk and looking at the machinery... Dad  almost got eaten by the lioness... but. She decide he was to tough...

 Thanks for reading!
Love,
Petra
me and my sis.