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Homemade Christmas

Homemade Ornaments

These are the ornaments we made for Aja’s tree. Aren’t they cute? They were very low-key to make. We gathered sticks from the yard, hot glued them and tied them with twine to make a star. The hearts and icicles are white, no-bake clay that we formed to shape and then painted/glittered. They look so nice on her tree, in her country/English/modern-style.

Homemade Christmas Gifts

And these are the pickled green beans all prettied up for gift giving. I made cranberry shortbread to go with it.

We’re in a winter wonderland (or Arctic Blast 2008 as the news is calling it) here in Seattle. I’ve got four inches of snow at my house and the roads are really really icy. I didn’t go into work yesterday and it looks like I’ll be home today unless the sun is warmer than the news predicts. It’s really beautiful. The city has few to no snow plows and we have hills like San Francisco has hills, so the roads are literally shut down. My work is downtown, a little over a mile from my house, but most of the trip (that I usually walk there and bus back) is a 70 degree incline. Any and all buses that service our hill have been suspended. People were out last night on one of the main roads using any and everything to sled down it! While I do like snow days, I don’t like being stuck. But I can’t complain, we have heat and warm food. But we are supposed to go to Portland for Ryan’s birthday on Sunday, so hopefully things will be tamer by then.

5 comments December 19th, 2008

Christmas Tree Procurement

Christmas Tree Procurement

We went with Aja and Ben in Connecticut to a tree farm to pick out their Christmas tree. Aja decided she wanted a big tree. Ben found an adorable tree farm just down the road from their house, complete with barn, 200-year-old stone fences, and an acre of trees. We found nearly the largest one, farthest away from the car. It measured almost 10 feet and probably 12 feet around.

Christmas Tree Procurement

The boys were very manly, chopping it down, carrying it to the car, and securing it.

Christmas Tree Procurement

Christmas Tree Procurement

It was such a lovely day outside, a little brisk but not frigid. The sun was shining, and we had good company.


Aja and I spent hours handcrafting some ornaments for it. We strung 40 feet of cranberries, dried 6 oranges and made ornaments out of them, knotted twigs together to make star shapes, and twisted clay to make icicles that we dusted with white glitter. It’s a very pretty tree!

3 comments December 15th, 2008


Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner


Aja and Ben's Place

We went to Connecticut for Thanksgiving to celebrate with dear friends, who hosted us graciously. We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal that was purely vegetarian–quite the treat for two vegetarians amongst large families of meat eaters. Both of us each had a must Thanksgiving recipe, both of which were “salads” as they like to call them in the Midwest. A pretzel salad (a crust of butter and crushed pretzels, a layer of cool whip and cream cheese, topped with strawberry jello and chunks of strawberries) and what we call Acini de Petri. The table was decorated, the food was delicious, and the company was divine.

I’ve got more images to post from our trip, but I’ll save those for later.

Thanks for all the kind words on my last post. It was a really hard week, especially to follow such a lighthearted trip to the East Coast. But, I’m happy to be here. And very thankful for all that I have.

3 comments December 11th, 2008

Just a note

I don’t think I’ve ever been away from the blog this long! I wanted to write a note to say that I’ve had a death in my family and am not gone, just otherwise engaged. I am aiming to be back to posting this week. I hope this finds you and yours well.


9 comments December 8th, 2008



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