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Friday, December 23, 2011

WhaT I've BeEn Up To ThIs WeEK

 Good afternoon Everyone!! welcome to my newest follower/friends..;) I have been so busy this week and now its time to play catch up..On tuesday I got my holiday baking done..baked on monday night and again on to follow..and tuesday night I got invited to go caroling with the scouts from our church..and I haven't been Caroling in well over 15+ I was excited to go and let everyone know just how bad I is Al above with his beautiful Percheron horses..Leftie is on the left and Ponch is on the right..I gave them each a couple of apples to get their energy up for the long night of caroling that was in store for them.">)
 Here is our wagon that these beauties pulled us around in..oh I love these horses..just beautiful and so powerful..I sat in the back the first time around and the 2nd run with a different bunch of kids Rebecca and I got so sit up front with Al..and that was so much fun..cause then I got to enjoy all the beautiful outdoor decorations and lights..
 thanks boys for hauling us around and making it a night to remember..looking forward to this again next year.;)
 I am using the new browser on blogger and hate cause I can't put the photos in order like I like..but last saturday we went to one of my favorite places to go christmas shopping..and this is where I get my wool from..they had these $1 grab bags so we 4 girls all got one..and I gave most of mine to them..but the stuff above is what i decided to keep in hopes I can use it in my crafting.;)
 I picked up some teddy bears for putting in Santas sacks when I make more santas..some forks cause we always run low on forks..and an icecream spoon..all of girls grabbed them up..they are a bottle opener as well..and little mini saddle shoes..I must make a doll now to fit cute..
 and I got my wool fix..another green army blanket, an off white one and a pinkish red one..hey valentines day is coming up..gotta make some more wool penny rugs..and I am doing a swap that Amy is gotta get her goodies underway..
 and lastly I got a carved santa pin that Bob the owner of Christmas house carved..I love it..thats my shoulder by the way..
 here are some photos of the christmas house so you can see all the goodies they have to offer and now you know why I love coming here every year..

 oh I love that still works..but they don't use it..just holds all the treasures we might want to purchase..

 this Santa is similiar to mine on my hutch.(its where I got mine a couple of years ago)
 oh I so wanted this one..with the Frosty light up...I haven't seen one this small..but I just didn't want to spend the money and 2 didn't have a place for it..
 the dollar tree
 this is a carving that Bob did..he does one every year...that gets put in a silent auction..from what I was told it got a pretty penny...I love those stockings hanging there..he does a different Santa every year..and I love this one..
 I took the last of my holiday goodies to my friends and neighbors yesterday..and this one was for my friend Juilie that makes the best baskets..she and I do the gift show every year together and are right across from each other..we have so much fun together..and her hubby is a I had to make one for her to put in his stocking..she got him a coffee gift card...she says he will love it.;)
 here are the goodie plates being all divided up and wrapped so I could get them delivered..I made ginger cookies (my new favorite this year)..chai spice cookies another new favorite..chocolate almond bark with nuts and crazins..very chocolate chip cookies, homemade hot cocoa  and pumpking bread..along with my girlfriends almond roca (crack) cause it is so addicting..;)lol..

 I did 25 goodie plates this year..some went to hubbies work and for the is getting delivered tonight when our friend comes for dinner and 2 will go to our missionaries on it was a busy week of baking etc..but I so enjoy it..I have also been getting some wonderful christmas cards from my fellow blogging friends..I love getting cards in the mail..and boxes too..yesterday I got my hair cut in an asymetrical cut..and I must say I love made me look thinner..and it is sassy..( must do my hair and then will share a photo for you)...
 I wanted to share a photo of myself from last year at our church get together with the ladies..this is a before photo people..
and here I am with my good Pal Betty that I just love and adore..I am a much healthier and happier person this year..and when I look at the before photos..I can't believe I was that heavy..I truly feel better then I have in years..the aches and pains are nearly feet even don't ache like they used fact I am taking Tucky out for his walk today..went every day this week except yesterday..and believe it or not..the dandilions and primroses are still blooming that crazy or what?
I have the house all cleaned, mopped and dusted for tonight and for christmas..going to get some holiday movies in I hope..haven't watched my "young pioneer christmas" or the house without a christmas tree yet..:)
I want to wish each and everyone of you a very merry christmas and all the best for the new year ahead..thanks for the wonderful friendships I have made here in blogland..I truly feel like I have known you all my life and consider you my good friends..hugs and loves to you and your furry ones too.:)
Remember he knows if you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake.;).....


  1. Sounds like you have been a busy lady, you need to sit down and relax! We used to go caroling with the scouts when my son was younger, it was alot of fun. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and New Year.

  2. A horse-drawn wagon for caroling, how marvelous. I would have really enjoyed that I tell ya. The cookies' names all sound delicious. You made so many, wow!
    The vintage Christmas things are so sweet.
    Gina, I'd like to tell you how much your friendship means to me and how I've enjoyed your sweet emails and funnies and your comments on my blog.
    I look forward to visiting you next year.
    Merry Christmas,

  3. The wagon ride sounds wonderful.Handsome fellows those horses.Weather is all confused here in PA as well but I think come January we'll be wishing for the milder temps again.Wanted to stop and say thanks for the special blessing you sent my way.Girl you have a heart of gold.Have a very Merry Christmas!~Amy

  4. The transformation since last year is amazing Gina, you look fantastic!!!! I need to get busy after the holidays and lose some serious wt., I told the kids when I come back to HI in the summer I'm gonna get me one of those Hawaiian sun dresses, so got to fit into one;) MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, your hubby and your furbabies (((((BIG HUGS)))))

  5. What a wonderful way to go caroling! and I bet you sing just fine! hit those high notes! What a lovely picture of you & Betty. You just glow! Radiant, very radiant! I love your new recipes--sounds intriguing! Have a wonderful evening and I hope you get your movies in!

  6. Gina, let me start out my saying, wow girlfriend, you look great. I can relate, 2 years ago I lost 50#'s and have kept it off, feel much better but still need to lose that last 10, maybe this coming year.
    I just finished my baking this evening, a few more batches of fudge, buttermilk pie for Christmas dinner and baked the sweet potato casserole.
    All your gift baskets looked so special, I know the receivers will think so too. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

  7. Gina,
    You look fantastic!!
    Have a Merry Christmas.

  8. Oh gina I so envy a kid we went out caroling in a horse drawn wagon..Waht wonderful memories I have of those long ago days..hadn't thought about that in years..thanks for the flash back..I know you had a great time..

    Gina when I look at your last year picture I hardly recognize you... You have done a great thing for yourself girlfriend!!

    Thanks for my Christmas CArd it is so adorable.. I knew it would have a Kitty on it!!

    Have a wonderful Christmas weekend!!

    Hugs & Blessings

  9. It's been so long since I've gone Christmas caroling. That sounded like so much fun! Is the Christmas house that wonderful house over in Port Madison where they have all the stuff on the front porch and yard leading up to the house filled with wonderful antiques and such? I really missed going there this year. Is it still just open the weekend during Christmas in the Country? Merry Christmas, Gina! ~~Annie

  10. Wow girl, you sure have fun! And all those goodies sound yummy! Thanks so much for the Christmas card, it cheered me up! Merry Christmas to you and Mike.

    Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

  11. God bless you sweetie! You look maahvelous my friend :o) Keep up that good exercise now and continue to make good strides in your life.
    I received my cute Christmas card with that lil kitteh kat on it all adorable. Thank you and to you and yours, two legged and four, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  12. Gina, all I have to say is that I want a clock like must have 48 hours in a day on it for you to get done all that you do! You are quite the Energizer bunny!

    I love your before/after've done SO well! I have to tip my hat to you for all the exercising and walking that you're doing; I'm sure I could start losing again if I'd just do some more moving around. Sitting at this computer all day just doesn't seem to burn many calories, you know?

    Anyway, I hope you and your family have a fantastic Christmas. Slow down and enjoy it!


  13. Gosh I am worn out reading all that you have been up too. hahahaha
    Girl you need to slow down.
    Just had to come by and wish you a Merry Christmas

  14. Gina, oh what a fun time that must have been to get to ride in a horse drawn carriage. Looks like you have been very busy with all the baking and getting ready for the big day.
    I hope your day is a Merry one.
    Country at heart

  15. Hi Gina !

    I think I gained ten pounds lookin at all those cookies !

    I am proud to say I have not made one cookie for Christmas ! Less temptation for me ! :o)

    I love singing Christmas Carols !

    Love your Christmas caroling chariot !

    Merry Christmas, Gina !


  16. Merry Christmas Gina...wishing you Joy & Peace this holiday season....Hugs, Traci

  17. Oh, how neat to ride in a horse drawn wagon! A guy out here uses his draft horses for plowing his fields. It's neat to see that around here because all the farmers use there big farm equipment. Horses are amazing, I think everyone should have one :)

    You look amazing, healthy and most important happy!

    Merry Christmas!

  18. Hi Gina,
    Love the "Chariot"! My, you have been one busy lady!
    Have a wonderful Holiday!

  19. Merry Christmas to you, your hubby, kitties, and K9!