Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cake Decorating Supplies

~ I am so excited!  Over what you ask? 
My Mom has passed along her cake decorating supplies to me. 

(click on any picture for closer view)
 Over 50 different decorating tips and the book
my Mom used and the recipes for icing.  Can you say YAY?

~ Maybe my Mom saw this cake I recently made for my husband who is a serious hunter and thought I needed some help?  (don't laugh... he LOVED his cake)

Only a "true" hunter can appreciate this cake!

~ When I was younger, she used to make beautiful cakes for our birthdays. 
We had 6 kids so we couldn't afford fancy birthday cakes... so she made them.

~ She slowly purchased Wilson cake decorating tips and supplies,
which are pretty expensive and her collection grew. 

~ My Mom now has Parkinson's Disease and it is very hard for her to use her supplies like she used to.  She has had her supplies sitting in her cabinets for years.  She saw a few attempts I have made at making cakes and asked me if I wanted her supplies. 

~ I don't think I'll ever be as good as she was at her skill of decorating but now that I have some nice tips and the book she learned from, I will give it a try.

~ Not only am I happy to get the cake decorating tips and book she had, but these things have a history for my family and mean so much to me.  I will treasure them for years to come and each time I use them, I will always think of my Mom and the many cakes she made for our family and how good they were and how much time and effort she put into seeing that we had great times as kids,
even if we didn't have much money.

~ It is the effort and time that we give to each other that means more than money. 
Money could never buy those things, EVER. ♥

~ Thanks for stopping by ~
~ Lisa ~

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Snow-Fatigued !

~ OK, I am snow-fatigued!

~ Just plain and simple, I am tired of snow and frigid temps.

~ Yesterday, on our local news, the weatherman announced
we are 12 inches above normal for the year with "snowfall."

~ My husband is even more snow-fatigued than me.

~ Deer hunting season is over until next October. 
He paces back and forth in the house. 
 The outdoors are calling him ♥ 

~ He looks out his telescope into the fields behind us,
 and in front of us, occasionally spotting a coyote or raccoon,
and sometimes, even deer.  Yes, deer!

~ My husband suggested we get all bundled up and go for a walk,
"let's just get out of the house" he says. 
But, you can't walk on our snow covered country roads, it's dangerous. 

~ So instead, we drive 10 minutes, close to town, to a walking trail. 

I snapped a picture of my husband on the trail with my cellphone
Isn't it a dreary day in Indiana?

~ We walked one way for 30 minutes,
and then, we turned around and walked back the other way to our car. 

~ We were bundled up good. 
The only thing that was really cold on me was my face. 
It was in the 20's... but WE GOT OUT OF THE HOUSE!

~ Thanks for stopping by ~
~ Lisa ~

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Baby it's cold outside......

~ The climate here in Indiana has been very challenging lately!

~ Snow is falling and falling and falling. 
Did I say the snow keeps falling?

~ Bitterly cold winds and gloomy gray skies. 

click on any picture for a closer view
Looking south out my front door

Looking northwest out my back door

~ Oh how I long for my Summer evenings on my porch swing with my iced tea.

I cannot wait for these days again

~ So, since I cannot go outside in this frigid weather,
there is only one thing left to do!

Yes, the only thing left to do is to make peanut butter cookies.

Oh... I had to taste one while it was still warm,
fresh out of the oven and Oh, so delicious.

Recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine together -
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg

yelp, that's all you need,
makes approximately 16 cookies.
mix all ingredients together,
roll into 1 inch balls,
bake at 350 degrees for 11 to 12 minutes
and enjoy some delicious peanut butter cookies.

So, while the cold, frigid weather lingers,
and we wait for Spring.

~ We will enjoy some cookies and wait on
mother nature to bring back her warm Summer days of beauty.

~ Thanks for stopping by ~
~ Lisa ~