A New Color for the House






In the summer we got a nasty rain/hail storm, and it damaged the roof and siding pretty nicely. So, this fall, our house got re-roofed and re-sided! It was easy for Dad and Mom to pick new shingles out because they wanted the house roof to have the same shingles as the gazebo and dog house roofs. Deciding on the siding was harder though. Dad wanted beige again, but mom wanted a red. We got this rich red that coordinates with the rocks very nicely. At some point each of us wondered if it was a good idea to have gone with red, but any uncertainty quickly fled when we saw the siding finished. We really like the new look 🙂 and the recent snowfall we got looks really good against the red.


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Winter Snowstorm



Our first winter storm moved through during the night. It is hard to tell how much snow we got because the wind blew it into drifts and left some spots bare. We had a big drift in front of our garage that we had to shovel out, and we piled it into the big pile pictured below.



We girls started a snowball fight with General– he kept jumping to catch the clumps of snow and growled and barked when we threw snow at each other 🙂


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Cranberry Jello Salad


Cranberry Jello Salad is one our favorite side dish or dessert. Mom makes it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any time we have guests! Although usually she puts the salad in a glass serving dish to set up, this time she put it in a Bundt mold. It turned out beautifully!

Mom got this recipe out off a little cookbook she purchased long ago. We thought we’d share it with you, and we hope you enjoy it!


Spiced Cranberry-Orange Jell-O Salad


1 bag (12 oz.) cranberries (1 16-oz. can whole-berry cranberry sauce may be used; omit sugar and reduce water to ½ cup)

½ cup sugar

2 packages (4 serving size) Jell-O, orange or lemon flavor

1 ½ cups boiling water

½ cup cold water

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon cloves

1 orange, diced (or a can of pineapple tidbits)

½ cup chopped walnuts


Using blender or food processor, chop cranberries until very fine, but not mashed. Mix with sugar; set aside. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add cold water, lemon juice, and spices. Chill until slightly thickened. Fold in cranberry mixture, orange sections, and walnuts. Spoon into a 5-cup serving bowl or mold. Chill until firm, about 4 hours.

If releasing from a mold: Gently take a knife around the edges. Turn upside down onto the serving platter. Set hot wet cloths on top of it to loosen the jello, and after a few minutes it should fall out!

Note, if using a Bundt cake pan: Double the recipe! Also, grease the bundt pan and let it sit so that you can wipe out any excess oil.


Happy Holidays!


Molasses Cookies

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There was molasses cookie dough in the fridge this week; and every time I went to open the fridge, I’d see it there, and I so badly wanted to take it out and roll it into gingerbread boys and girls. I didn’t get time to do this until last evening though. The dough wasn’t quite the right consistency for rolling, but I persevered and cut out three or four pans of gingerbread kids before I decided to make the rest into molasses cookies!

We really didn’t want to frost the cookies, so Gabrielle and I cut raisins and put them on the some of the cookies for eyes. I love the simple old-fashioned look of them!


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Our Castle’s Moat

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This morning we awoke to find ourselves once again in a castle. All the fields and ditches around the house are flooded, creating a very muddy moat around the house. It rained pretty steadily all yesterday, through the night, and into this morning. The rain gage is measuring three inches….and we are suppose to have rain all day! We usually do get flooding like this in the spring (although it is from snow thawing and some rain, not three inches of rain!) and sometimes in the fall, but this still is amazing. Although the clouds, rain, and forty degree temperatures are rather depressing for December, we are trying to look on the bright side. It isn’t suppose to freeze, otherwise we would do some skating. Instead, I think getting the canoe out and paddling around our moat is in order 😉


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