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Many years ago when our kids were youngsters, I did a lot of baking at Christmas time.

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I would start on December 1st  and continue baking until the 23rd.  My plan was to bake a batch of cookies every day and then freeze them.

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All our relatives would receive a plate of cookies for the holidays.  They all enjoyed the goodies and I think they actually looked forward to receiving them.

Our son confessed that he would sneak into the freezer and take a few of his favorites  out to eat secretly.

Our oldest daughter has taken over now and bakes as much as she can.  This year, I feel like baking and plan on taking a few of  my favorite cook books out to use.

I’ll be posting some favorite recipes and hope that some of you will try them out.

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It’s still a little early for baking but I’m getting myself ready for sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, Mexican wedding cookies, chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies, chocolate crinkles, gingerbread cookies…………..






I have many lanterns left over from our youngest daughter’s wedding, so I decided to make a Christmas scene with it. This project is super easy and great as a gift for someone with children.


All you need is the lantern of your choice, glue gun, felt, scissors, miniature garden figures and tiny lights to wrap around the xmas tree. I also bought some teeny tiny pom poms for the tree decorations and then your are ready to start designing your scene.

I also made a big bow to top it off.

It looks magical at night when you turn the lights on.


I put a little red pom pom on the reindeer’s nose.♥♥♥♥

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Mi Ranchito is still getting dressed for the big day, Christmas, a day we start off by having our grandkids sing happy birthday to baby Jesus.





All the kids come over for the day and we stay in our pj’s most of the time, enjoying the grandkids as they get excited over their gifts and eating many tamales ( that we order) and cookies made by our daughter, Nicole.



Hubby likes to turn our pellet stove on and soon we have everyone complaining about how hot it is. Our son and son-in-law  have to sneak out for some fresh cold air.

Yes, that’s what it’s all about. Being thankful to our Lord for blessing us with so much; family, love, health, friendship, all of which are the most precious things in life

We wish all of you a happy, family filled Christmas Day!♥♥♥♥


Every year hubby has our oldest grandson take down our Christmas boxes  from the attic and prepares to decorate the outside of our house;  I do the inside.

He sat down at the kitchen table and started putting decorations on the wreaths that he always uses,  along with the red bows that we just bought at the Dollar store.


We have small brick pillars in the front, so this is where he puts his wreaths.


On the pillars that don’t get the wreaths, he puts Poinsettia plants on their tops, it looks very festive.



And please believe me when I tell you that this is only the beginning of his decorating.♥♥♥♥


DSCN4908Merry Christmas to all of you that celebrate this magical season with life, family and plenty of love. Through many prayers  I have been granted my wish and hope all of you are about to enjoy your hopes and wishes.

The reason to celebrate!♥♥♥♥




Our grandkids love our Christmas village.  They always get excited, especially our youngest grandchild, because of the little train we put in the middle of the village.  Our pool table is the foundation for the little town that is put together with different pieces that we have collected.


The ice skating rink is busy with skaters.


I love this wonky reindeer!


And of course, the nativity scene is an important part of the whole village, for me.

And guess who flew in?


The village is just not for children, but for everyone to enjoy!—-Me





A few years ago I decided to start buying the Target Christmas dinnerware; little did I know that they were going to discontinue the pattern. So all  that I was able to get was 4 salad plates and 4 saucers,  not even 1 cup could I find at any of the Target stores.  Each year I procrastinated about purchasing the pieces until it was too late.  My husband always scolds me when I say, “Oh, I’ll get it later.”, because later becomes never. How many of you have done that?

Well now I have to put them together with my depression glass, which looks ok, but I can’t really use them at Christmas time because there won’t be enough for the 12 of us.  Another lesson learned!


I posted about an apron a while back made with kitchen towels and I’m happy to say I finished sewing it.  I promised myself that I would wear aprons in the kitchen from now on because I have ruined many  of my tops with grease stains. One of my lovely daughters agreed to model the apron.  She looks ready to do my chores.


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I had just picked some oranges and lemons, that have been out in this frosty weather, that we’ve had for 5 days.  So hopefully they’re still good enough to enjoy.

“Procrastination is  the thief of time.”–Edward Young

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We dressed up our bare lamp-post.  Now it welcomes friends and family! I’m still using my 5 inch ribbon since the roll had 25 yards on it.

Then I moved on to a shelf I have in the hallway.  I love this sign because it lights up and the little stars start to twinkle.


We’ve had some hard frost here in the central valley of California and it’s feeling more like winter. Many of my plants were zapped by the frost and because I didn’t have time to purchase the correct protective covering for the plants, I used what I had handy.

DSCN2404      DSCN2405  My bougainvillea is hiding behind the towel and the snap peas are under the blanket.

DSCN2407  My poor begonias were frozen.

I do want to thank WordPress for letting us have snow on our page. I love it! I’m thinking if they can give us falling leaves for autumn and flowers for spring, that would be fun.

You can plant a dream.”–Anne Campbell

 I just wanted to share some pictures and hope you have a peaceful day!





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“I live in a landscape, which every single day of my life is enriching.”—Daniel Day-Lewis

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