Dec 10, 2010

600th Post!

Yesterday, I celebrated my 26th wedding anniversary and this post is officially my 600th! Alert the media! Wake up that bell ringer in the bell tower! These are things to celebrate!

As I continue to embellish my blog, I find much appeal in the above photo. I love the mixture of gifts combined with rosemary and blooming bulbs. What a pleasant way to embrace the season!

Before our move to Idaho became a reality, I was planning on making up this simple truffle recipe. I thought I would share it with you. Enjoy!

Gooseberry Patch Christmas 2010

These sweets freeze well.
  • 6-oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. butterscotch chips
  • 1 1-oz. pkg. vanilla wafers, finely crushed
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 t. orange zest, grated
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • powdered sugar
In medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave chips together on medium power (50%) until chips soften, stirring frequently until smooth.  Stir in wafer crumbs, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sour cream, orange zest and salt. Shape mixture into one-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator or freezer. Makes about 5 dozen.


Dec 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor Day

Courtesy of Country Living Magazine
With my life temporarily in boxes, I'm celebrating Christmas with a plethora of favorite photos! If I am unable to decorate a home, I'll embellish my blog by golly!

It's Pearl Harbor Day and my husband made a discovery. Found on all U.S. Marine Corps Honorable discharge certificates is the Latin phrase "Fideli Certa Merces," meaning “To the faithful there is certain reward." My husband showed me his own certificate explaining that he had never noticed this.

This got me to thinking. What a glorious way to leave any great endeavor! And is it not our goal to conclude our lives with an honorable discharge proclaiming the same thing?

Dec 5, 2010

Some Ida-Ho-Ho-Ho!

Courtesy of Country Living Magazine
I am a born and raised SoCal gal! I was introduced to a wind chill factor in Upstate New York during a January winter. I have never shoveled snow, nor have I missed a day of work due to a blizzard. I have tasted snow in Nebraska, driven through the Rocky Mountains in December, and tobogganed down the icy slopes of our local mountain ranges; but I have always returned to Southern California's winter climate — sometimes during a heat spell.

When we downsized our life recently by leaving a home and moving our possessions into storage, a friend of ours offered his abode in Idaho as a landing place for a new beginning. Two years ago, his wife passed away, so he had used the sale of their Southern California home to purchase a gorgeous mountain cabin northeast of Boise.

I remember reading his email and saying aloud, "Oooh, how sweet! It will never happen, but what a sweet gesture!" It was insanely impractical! They're having an early winter in Idaho and we would be leaving an elevation of 29 whole feet and transporting our family 3906 feet up a snow covered mountain! I am adventurous, curious, and hugely romantic; but even this was a huge stretch, even for me...

It was too late. A seed had been planted. The notion of a life in Idaho had already taken root in my spirit. I was wide open. I awoke with thoughts of Idaho, incubated on it during the day, Googled it, and went to bed discussing it. The irony was we were staying in a condo that was located on — of all streets — Idaho!

A series of confirmations followed. Even the friends and family that I shared this craziness with embraced the move and began to supply their own connections to Idaho. My husband-the-milkman discovered how many dairies thrive in the Boise region. We found out who manufactures the best chocolate milk which in turn led Barry to a milk distributor who has already offered him a job!

My Pampered Chef is portable and my earnings up there will go a lot further than down here. I can also continue to teach voice, pursue my writing, and move deeper into social media.

What's even more amusing is that our friend recently coiffed his long white beard to do his first Santa gig in a Boise mall. So, you might say that we're relocating to Santa's workshop just when things are winding down.

My only disappointment is that I won't be able to decorate this year. After Christmas of 2009, I picked up some wonderful Hallmark ornaments on eBay. My daughter had recently married and her departure left some obvious spaces on my tree. I will have to patiently await my first Idaho Christmas.