Sunday, December 18, 2011

I think I am ready for Christmas ....

I thought I would show you just a few more things around the house that are ready for the Christmas season,,,before it is time to take them all down.  We will not be having many people in for Christmas this year, but it was still fun to get the house all festive.  I tried to get that perfect tree and mantel shot,,,but I guess I will have to keep practising!

How about you,,,is all the baking, wrapping, and decorating done?  I am now ready to slow down and just enjoy the Christmas music, the quiet evenings and remember the reason we celebrate....a baby born to redeem us.  The best gift ever!!

I love Christmas wreaths and have a number 
of them around the house...

We will be doing some skiing in the mountains this Christmas break
Time to get some packing done for that!

Have a happy Sunday everyone!

Merry Christmas from That Country Place

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Homemade with love and lotsa chocolate!!

The calendar is slipping away on me and it was time to get my homemade gifts done!!  I like giving away baking at Christmas time and packaging it up in something pretty.  Tonight I tried a new recipe that I found on Pinterest.  Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels.  They turned out okay but I found they didn't want to stay together??  The chocolate helped to keep the two pretzels together though.  They do taste good and I love chocolate!!

Things just taste better with chocolate!!

The other chocolate treat are called Cuban Lunch
I have been making them for years!
Easy, easy easy!

The bag with the gold bow holds
Mexicali Crunch

Mmmmm,, a nice tall mug of hot chocolate topped off with whipped cream!

How about you, do you have some recipes that always get made in your kitchen.
It is much later than I had thought and it is time to call it a day!
Have a great sleep everyone!!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mosaic Monday

Its been awhile since doing a Mosaic Monday post, so I thought I would share my quick mosaic of my "New Header"....thank you so much to Robin over at, Happy at Home, for sharing such a quick easy tip with me.  Hope you will stop by Robin's place to check out whats going on in her corner of blogland.    Just create your header using Picnik.....this one worked out fine, so hopefully when I go to change it up again I won't have any problems!!

Merry Christmas from That Country Place

Have a great week everyone!
Can't believe that Christmas is getting so close!
May you take time to get to know the One the angels proclaimed
Good tidings of Great Joy about all those years ago.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Simple Christmas vignette with some childhood memories...

A number of you saw my post about my bookshelves a few months back.  The chairs on the wall got a number of comments, so I thought I would share my little chairs all  ready for the holidays!

I am also very excited that with a little help from all you wonderful bloggers out there I figured out how to do a header really easy!!  Just made up a collage in Picnik and somehow!!  got it on my blog.  A tweak here and a tweak there,,,I think it worked pretty good!

This  candle with the angels is  a small sample of a Christmas pyramid. The Christmas pyramid is a German, Weihnachtspyramide and has its roots in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) of Germany.  It is a kind of carousel with several different levels.  The spinning motion of the pyramids is traditionally achieved with the help of candles whose rising heat spins a propeller above.  I remember one of these at my Grandparents house and it was always fun to watch the candles glow and the little propeller at the top spin around and you would hear a  little tinking  noise when the angels would touch the little chime.

Well, when Darrell and I were on our honeymoon over 26 years ago, we came across a store on Granville Island in Vancouver that had a whole display of these cute little pyramids.  I didn't hesitate to buy one for me and one for my brother as well.  I don't know whatever became of Grandpa and Grandma's and it would be so cool to have that one on display....but our little Christmas pyramid ( which has lovingly been named "Tink") is always one of my favorite things to unpack from the Christmas boxes.

Now onto the little golden bird clip that is at the top of the mini Christmas tree.  This is one of the few things Darrell has from his Christmas is a vintage ornament from his Grandma's.  The clip is just barely hanging on, but it lovingly gets put out every year as well.  I kinda like the new little spot he is perched from this year.

I love this soft shade of green that sparkles in the candle light.

 How about you have some special keepsake ornaments?

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

"I'll be home for Christmas"

Candles in the window always make me think of
"I'll be home for Christmas"

How is everyone coming along with Christmas decorating?
I am getting very frustrated trying to take some good pictures of my Christmas tree!
I am not using the flash,,,,but am not getting very good shots!  Ughhh
Any tips out there for me!?

Have a great week everyone!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"She said Yes..."

Well, I have some pictures to post of our big news!!  Our son, Kaleb, is engaged!!  Jami said yes!! and there is a wedding to plan!!  He proposed on November 18th.  The happy couple was home this past week end and we had a fun "photo shoot"!!  We had some challenges with the windy day, and then some of the shots that we took inside should have had a tripod for....but remember I am not a professional...just learning as I go.

Pretty eyes.....

 Some shots in a neat old building...even hauled the Ikea couch along for the photo shoot!

Fun trying different editing in Picnik.

The date is set for May 5th
We are so happy for both of you!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Kitchen Mantel ready for Winter

This is the first Christmas with our new kitchen...and I have a mantel to decorate!!  Hard to believe that it will soon be a year ago that we tackled our kitchen reno. Here are a few more shots of my "winter decor" that I have in the kitchen.   The rest of my Christmas decorating is pretty much complete, so will post some of that later.   I know alot of you are busy decorating your homes as well for the holidays.  What are some of your special traditions, things your family looks forward to? The other day when I was decorating the tree  I was talking to Ben on the phone.  He said to be sure to leave his ornament out for him to place on the tree when he gets home.....made me miss him  :)

The wreath is a wee bit small, but it was light in weight and I could use
sticky tack to hold it in place.   Darrell's first question when he saw the wreath...
"How is that wreath staying there?!!"

The "word" tree was originally gold, but Darrell spray painted it silver for me.
The sparkly reindeer are popular this year I've noticed.

Old jars and insulators make good candle holders...

Darrell and I went to see "Sarah's Key" at the movie theatre tonight.  Have any of you read the book?  It is a very good book and the movie did not disappoint either!  I won't give the story away, but highly recommend it.  Funny story at the movie theatre though....we were sitting at the back and 2 young guys we know from Hanna slid in the row ahead of us!  They thought there was a different movie playing!!  So we gave them a hard time ......they did stay until the end of it and hey..maybe they learnt some history as well!  They were standing in line to get in and were wondering why there were so many "older ladies"in line!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Some ~ decor...

Well, I am not quite ready to decorate for Christmas yet, but I have been drawn to some of the pretty turquoise colors that are out there.  I am a pretty traditional Christmas girl, but thought that doing up a few "wintery" things in the kitchen might be fun.  So, hope you feel cozy and warm as you stop by my modern country  kitchen today :)

A gift certificate from friends for "Home Sense"
came in very handy!!

The silver "JOY" tree was another Winners find..

I bought a white wreath at Michaels and then just added the
Christmas balls and hung it with a ribbon.  

How about you?  Are you getting the house ready for Christmas yet?!
Happy decorating!

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Winter has come to the country!

Its here!!  Winter has come to the prairies!  We all knew it was comin, but you know how it can still take you by surprise.  Time to get the battery in my handiest little gadget ever....the remote controller starter for the car!!  Who knew such a tiny little thing could be your best friend when the winter winds want to knock you over!!

These shots were taken from last winter,,,but {they} say its suppose to be another winter with lots of snow!

Have a wonderful week end ladies!!
Stay warm!

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