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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!♥♥♥♥



This is one of my treasures that I received for Christmas.  Her name is Rosalinda. She plays music. My daughter said the song she plays is very stereotypical, but that’s ok. La Cucaracha is a very familiar song to a lot of us and the song became popular during the Mexican Revolution, so it has relevance.


These guys are ready to go back into hibernation till next year.

My garden looks very sad.  The frost did a good job of damaging my plants. The only ones left standing are my pansies.  They’re bright and cheerful, which gives me hope.

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And then, there are all the leaves that need to be raked, but we’ll save them for another day.


So much to do, I don’t know where to begin.

“Get busy living, or get busy dying”–Stephen King

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Two of my favorite blogs are Pioneer Woman and Susan Branch.  In fact I am a Mexican wanna be Pioneer Woman, so I guess I would go by the name of La Ranchera. In any case, I really would have some really big shoes to fill. I recently bought books that both ladies have written.  Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year of Holidays is a very helpful book full of easy recipes and easy instructions that also have  step by step pictures of the whole process, which is great for those of us that are “show me how to do it” kind of person. Also, Ree Drummond is not afraid to use a bottle of this, or a can of that, to make something a little easier.  One recipe I want to make on Christmas morning is baked French toast. Just saying that, makes my mouth water.

Another recipe of hers that I love to make, is the steak bites for breakfast, which are very tasty. This recipe is not in her new book, but if you look it up on her site, you can find it.  It’s also very simple to make and it adds variety to your breakfast table.



A Fine Romance by Susan Branch was somewhat of a disappointment at first glance. On her blog her pictures are always so crisp and bright that they  make you feel like you’re actually visiting with her. So as I looked through her book, I wasn’t getting the same feeling.  Maybe I was expecting a different look and she wanted her own special look, quaint is all I can think of.  Since I haven’t had time to read it I can’t say to much except, Susan Branch is such a talented lady that she certainly doesn’t have to worry about my opinion.  But I can’t wait for some quiet time to read it.


With all the rush and stress of roaming through the malls, and baking, wrapping, and decorating, it’s time to treat ourselves to a few minutes of solitude and goodies.


“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.”   Mary Kay Ash



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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