Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
When my mom died this past June, my sister, Karen, was asking if anyone in the family wanted any of mom's jewelry. I told her I would take everything that nobody else wanted. She said she suspected a craft project (she knows me well).
So my plan was to make 3 of these Christmas trees...one for me, one for my sister, and one for my brother. I wanted to have them finished to give to my siblings on December 14th because that was my mother's birthday and she would have been 90 years old this year. But I found that although mom had lots of jewelry, she didn't have much of the silvery and shiny pieces that I wanted to use for the trees. By adding some that my mother-in-law had passed down to me many years ago, I was able to make one tree. Since it was from both of them, that tree is mine.
Then I took most of the gold pieces that she had and made an angel for my sister. By now I was down to the plastic pieces...but still some lovely things. Mom had a long necklace -- the kind you loop around twice -- that was made of shiny green beads. For each two round beads there was one sort of pointy bead. That pointy one made me think of a holly leaf. So brother Chuck got a wreath.
And thanks to the gift that is retirement, I actually finished them on time! Even in time to mail my brother's to him in St. Louis.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
One of the candies I always make is potato candy (don't knock it if you haven't tried it!). At the beginning you keep adding powdered sugar to a mashed potato until the dough becomes stiff. Near the end of this process, I need to call in extra muscle -- Grandpa. Emery told me he has muscles and he wanted to do it. Turned out he liked the whole process very much. So here's how you make potato candy:
First you stir the powdered sugar and mashed potato until it's good and stiff.