Friday, December 31, 2010

Haiku my Heart Friday, PEACE

 PEACE is everywhere
think PEACE, talk PEACE, be PEACEFUL
New Year will bring PEACE

for more Haiku Love
come join us here
Haiku my Heart Friday

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sharing the Joy

During the past few weeks, friends have dropped in for overnights and walk-abouts. 
I consider it JOYful when we can go outside to play....
especially with my camera friendly playmates!! 
 Smiles all around!
Thanks Jana!

Come share your JOY here

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

for Allegra

 sometimes a gathering of Bloggyhood friends 
can be the collective consciousness one needs to heal.
This one is for you, Allegra and Barry

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My daughter-in-law

Celebrate this day
Wife of Kyle. Daughter to me
Rachel, I love you

I celebrate this day of your birth. 
You have stood by my son, near and far, thick and thin.
We sheltered each other during his first deployment.
Now you are his wife, his lighthouse, his tether, his rock.
If this was not enough, I would love and adore you 
for simply knowing you.

Happy Birthday Rachel 

Monday, December 27, 2010

a night to remember

we shared the Magic
we saw that Moon
we felt the Earth
we lit the Fire

I held your hand
You held my heart

where shall we get religion?
beneath the open sky, the sphere of crystal silence surcharged with deity
the midnight earth sends incense up, sweet with the breath of prayer
go out beneath the naked night and get religion there
~sam walter foss~

Winter Solstice 2010

Mexico Mondays

this driftwood treasure ended up being my coffee table
My Mom and Jack

In these days of snowstorms and frigid temps, I go back.
I go back in my mind to a life in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
My home was orange, red, yellow, blues and greens.
The bright colors,enormous smiles, snow white beach
and azure waters...oh Mexico

Share your Mexico memories with us here...sign in below and leave a comment...
Come on, take my hand, let's go back
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Cake


1 ½ cups butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups flour
½ t salt
¼ cup bourbon
1 ½ t pure vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
½ cup shredded coconut

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until the yellow yolk disappears. Sift together flour and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with bourbon, beginning and ending with flour. Beat batter on low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla, pecans and coconut. Pour batter into greased and floured 12 cup tube pan. Bake 325 degrees 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan, cool completely on wire rack. This cake freezes well, before glazing.


Stir together 2 cups sifted powder sugar, 3 T milk and 1 t vanilla until smooth, adding more milk if necessary for desired consistency.


Microwave ½ cup corn syrup at HIGH for 10 seconds. Brush 10-12 rosemary sprigs lightly with corn syrup, sprinkle with sugar. Lay in single layer on wax or parchment paper. Use immediately, or let stand at room temperature, uncovered, up to 24 hours.


Bring ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water and 1 cup fresh cranberries to a gentle boil in small saucepan stirring often, over medium-high heat. Do not overcook, cranberries will swell, and just begin to pop. Drain. (you can reserve this liquid for another use such a Simple Syrup) Toss cranberries with ¼ cup sugar, arrange in single layer on wax or parchment paper. Use immediately, or let stand at room temperature, uncovered, up to 24 hours.

this recipe came from Southern Living December 2004

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Haiku my Heart Friday

Winter Solstice moon
Mary prays for new infant
so does the kitty

Haiku my Heart here

Thursday, December 23, 2010

denim and rust

PEACE from Warrenton, Texas
and Share the Joy here

Angel of Peace


a sentiment for blazing

close your calendars
of regret

smash clocks and barriers
with your better knowing

throw soft light on
the doom clingers


~danielle laporte~

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

standing near Peace

this Winter Solstice
December to remember
bathe in full moon light