Day After Christmas * Dec 26

Happy Wednesday! And yes the day after Christmas – back to work unless you are on break .

Are you shopping today for after Christmas bargains? Or are you taking a break from all of it and getting ready for New Year? Drop me a note and let me know!

In some parts of the World it’s Boxing Day!

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day. It originated in the United Kingdom, and is celebrated in a number of countries that previously formed part of the British Empire.
 It became an official holiday during the reign of Queen Victoria, though some historians trace its origins back much further—to medieval times. Today, it’s largely an extension of the Christmas holiday and a big day for sporting events and shopping.

Traditionally, it was a day when employers distributed money, food, cloth (material) or other valuable goods to their employees. In modern times, it is an important day for sporting events and the start of the post-Christmas sales.

Boxing Day is also an important day for sporting events. Traditionally, fox hunting was a popular sport in the upper class. Pictures of hunters on horseback dressed in red coats and surrounded by hunting dogs are often seen as symbolic of Boxing Day. Nowadays, fox hunting is outlawed. Horse racing and football (soccer) are now popular sports.No boxing involved, Lisa

Weekend Plans ? Farmer’s market

Can you believe it’s the last Friday before Christmas. What are your weekend plans ? We are hitting the farmers market for items for our Christmas table and a few gifts . You never know what you will find there? Enjoy ! and If you follow me on Instagram -check out my live post from the market Saturday.

On My shopping list is :

  • Fresh produce
  • Organic Honey, Bread and Jam
  • Bacon Jam ( Dad’s favorite)

Christmas Craft projects

Happy Wednesday ! The last Wednesday before Christmas – can you believe its almost here. Is all your shopping done or do you have a few items left to buy ? If like me and the weather is cold and wet and want to stay in -Here;s my today’s Project :

Wooden Picture Ornaments :

You can find these wooden shapes in all types and shapes in most craft stores or big box stores (Craft section) . Make a bunch this weekend and hand out as gifts. Lisa

  • I covered the center with scrapbook paper and glued on .
  • I fancy cut the picture and attached,
  • Painted the outside edges and placed a tree holder on.

Christmas House : Collage

  • Cardboard House ( Micheal’s)
  • Christmas paper : torn and fancy cut.
  • Snow (cotton) ,Tag /ribbon, Paper snowflakes
  • Glue or Deca podge to house.

Have any Collage question read my book review post- Lisa

From my Kitchen * Deer Roast

Today in my kitchen I am sharing a recipe from my Mom. My Dad has hunted his whole life with his family – its put meat on the table in lean times and still big  part of our family menu.The golden rule here is you eat what you kill – so waste not. If you are not a Venison fan you can use this on other meat. Lisa 

It’s Deer Season in the Sportsman Paradise ( Louisiana )  so here’s a recipe to try – Lisa 

  • Deer Roast
  • Onions, and bell peppers cut in large pieces
  • Garlic pods
  • salt,red pepper 
  • 1 bottle of Italian Dressing (Wishbone)
  • 1 T Oil 

The night before cooking – cut small holes in deer meat – stuff holes with onion,garlic and peppers. Mix salt and pepper and stuff in holes with vegetables. Set in a pan and pour Italian  dressing over meat to marinate overnight.

In the morning place oil in Dutch Oven- brown the Roast and add a Cup of water. Let come to boil and place a lid on. Cook on low 5-6 hours . When done remove and thicken gravy. ( You can also place roast in an oven pan and Cook in 350 oven until done ). 

Deer meat needs to be marinated and Cooked slow and Low. 

Marinates : 

Homemade Italian Dressing 

  • ¼ cup vinegar (red wine, cider, white wine, etc)
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, mashed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (or oregano)

Put the lid on the jar and shake it for all you’re worth, which will emulsify the marinade. You can also just whisk it together in a bowl.

Teriyaki marinades are almost as classic as Italian dressing. 

  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup mirin, a Japanese sweet wine
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sugar

Hand Lettering A-Z Workbook

Today’s paper post is about lettering and journaling. I hate my hand writing  it’s always a mixture of cursive and print and I don’t like to use it on pages. But I recent ally bought a lettering kit and I am practicing . So I can include more in my works. Here’s a great way to get started: 

Practice Makes Perfect!

Created by Abbey Sy, lettering expert and author of Hand Lettering A to Z, this must-have companion volume is a super-sized collection of drills, exemplars, and practice sheets for a variety of modern lettering styles, flourishes and other decorative elements, and motivational and inspirational quotes.

–Find essential how-tos for lettering with graphite and colored pencils, brush pens, fineline markers, and more
–Use the guided worksheets to try your hand at several modern styles, from simple to elaborate
–Progress to lettering beautiful and inspiring quotes (in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and other languages) that feature a mix of styles and tools
–Worksheet pages are perforated so they’re easy to remove and work on

Get a worksheet workout and learn, improve, or expand your lettering skills with Hand Lettering A to Z Workbook!

Net Galley Review – this is the workbook to go along with the book. So if you have the book get The workbook . Filled with pages that you can use to practice what you have read about.   With handwriting – the only way to get better is practice . You will soon be on your way to beautiful lettering on cards , pages and Journals.  At least thats my plans. -Practice Makes Perfect.  Lisa 

Happy Birthday ! Mom

Today is my Mom’s birthday ! I wish her a great day and since it’s her birthday here’s a Lemon Angel  Cake recipe from her: 

  • 4 eggs / separated
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 3/4 C lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon rind
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 C cold water
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 10  oz Angel food cake
  • whipped cream

Cook together egg yolks,3/4 sugar,lemon juice and rind until thick-take off of stove. Soften gelatin  in water and Add in mixture. Beat egg whites until fluffy and Fold in. Break cake into bite size pieces and fold in. Place in greased tube pan and refrigerate – un mold and top with whipped cream to serve.  Can be made ahead of time. 

Black Friday * Decorating Fun

Happy Black Friday Everybody !!! 

Are you out shopping or on the Internet shopping all the Deals ? My hubby and I worked for a major retailer for years -so we usually stay away on Black Friday -But I do have a list to order online. – 

Our family tradition is decorating at my Mom’s house  for Christmas. Christmas is her favorite holiday to decorate and because of health reason can’t decorate. any more.  Her birthday is Monday so each year we buy something to add to the outside decorations  as a fun birthday present. . Here’s a look at last year decorations : 

Lat year we decorated with white lights on the ramp. Candy can lights and a Snowman Spotlight. We concentrated on the side and back of house. 

This year its we bought new lights for the front windows ,multi color lights to wrap on the trees and a Merry Christmas spotlight  for the front of house. This year it’s all about bright & shiny !!! Check on social media for this year decoration fun!!   Lisa 

Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving !  In the USA   So whatever your plans are for today be safe if you are traveling and Enjoy your day.  Here’s a recipe for a simple Cranberry sauce from scratch but I love the jelly from the can-   Lisa 

  • 1 C Sugar
  •  1/2 C  water
  • 1/2 C Orange juice
  • 4 C Frozen or Fresh Cranberries 
  • Zest of an Orange 

In a pot add Sugar,juice and water – Heat until sugar dissolved. Add Cranberries and Cook until Cranberries burst. Cook until desired constancy. 

Thanksgiving * Chocolate Fudge Pecan Pie

Today’s post are about planning and food. The perfect combo for Thanksgiving Eve. Make sure you have the ingredients on today’s shopping list to make this great Pecan Pie :

Chocolate Fudge Pecan Pie
  • 1 un baked Pie shell 
  • 2 C sugar
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 3 squares of unsweetened chocolate 
  • 1/4 lb  Butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 C pecans
  • pinch salt 

Break Eggs in bowl add sugar. Melt chocolate and butter and add to mixture.Add vanilla,salt and Nut-Mix well. Pour into pie pan and Bake. Bake at 350 for about an hour.   Lisa 

Celebrating Thanksgiving * Around the World

Happy Tuesday ! Today’s post is in honor of Thanksgiving -a true American tradition or is it.  It’s true if you want that typical Thanksgiving lunch and Macy’s parade on TV  but did you know Canada had the first actual Thanksgiving.

The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are also sometimes traced to the French settlers who came to New France in the 17th century, who celebrated their successful harvests. The French settlers in the area typically had feasts at the end of the harvest season and continued throughout the winter season, even sharing food with the indigenous people in the area. Celebrated now the 2nd Monday in October. 

This came to light when I married my husband his parents had immigrated from China and spent there holiday in Canada where everything was open for business as usual. As being the first American daughter in law – I started holding a regular Thanksgiving lunch at my house for all the family that was a East meet West Lunch – with Turkey and Ham  and Chinese dumplings side by side.

Celebrating Thanksgiving in other places: 

  • The Netherlands (Pilgrims honor)
  • Germany (Harvest time)  in October
  • Norfolk Island (Australasia ) introduced by American whalers in late November.
  • Liberia (founded by free American slaves ) 
  • Grenada : 
    Grenadians have celebrated Thanksgiving Day on October 25 since 1983.

  • Grenadians have celebrated Thanksgiving Day on October 25 since 1983.

*China’s large ex pat community has brought American Thanksgiving to China but you will likely see a Chicken instead of a turkey. on the menu.  But most native celebrate the Autumn Harvest festival in September – celebrating the good harvest of the year. And if you are lucky like me you Celebrate booth.  Lisa