Countdown Santa

I will definitely post pictures of this.  My sister has asked me to help the kids make a “Countdown Santa”.  Basically a kid friendly advent calendar.  When I was very little, my Sunday School teacher gave me one and my family used it every year.  It holds candy canes that are tied on with yarn and there is a bell at the bottom.

There is poem that is attached to Santa’s beard that reads:

December 1st to Christmas
Is the longest time of the year.
Seems as though old Santa
Never will appear.

How many days to Christmas
Is mighty hard to count.
So this little candy ribbon
Will tell the exact amount.

Untie one candy each night
When Santa casts his spell.
And Christmas Eve will be here
By the time you reach the bell.

Yes, I will be making these to sell.  😀


Coffee Cake

My grandmother was German.  My grandfather was Czech.  They met and married in south Texas and to my knowledge never lived very far from there.  My mom doesn’t enjoy cooking very much.  My grandmother was amazing in the kitchen.  She taught me many things I know about baking and cooking.  My aunt (on my mom’s side) taught me many things too.

Last night I was making my grandmother’s coffee cake; from scratch.  My grandmother passed away several years ago, I’ve been making her cinnamon rolls and coffee cake for years.  Last night I was reading my recipe (one of the few recipes I actually use and follow).  The recipe card is yellowed and stained; it looks like it survived a world war.  Those are the best recipes aren’t they.

This sweet dough can be used in many ways…

Scald a cup of milk and combine it with 1/2 cup of butter or crisco and 1/2 cup of sugar 1/4 t. salt.  Allow this to cool. 

After the butter/crisco melts, combine 1/4 cup of lukewarm water and a packet of yeast (yes, you can use quick rise).   Add this to the milk mixture. 

Mix in 4 cups of flour. 

Allow to rise for a couple of hours.

I do this in using my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook. 

Enjoy.  Ask questions if needed.  I’ll try to take a picture before I eat all the coffee cake.

The Necklace

Great for women or girls, these necklaces are sooo cute. 

These necklaces are made from lightweight wooden beads.  The length is adjustable. They are prefect for throwing on with a pair of jeans and a white or black t-shirt.  For little girls, they are perfect for that little outfit.  Eventually, I’ll post pictures of my nieces, both loved these necklaces.

And, once again, my friend Tia took the pictures for me.  She is on my blogroll, in the San Marcos, Texas area.  She is great at photographing children.


These are some of my favorites.  I made a simple pattern and choose some great colors.  The small ones are about 3 1/2 inches in diameter and the large round ones are about 10 inches.  I have more that I haven’t taken pictures of yet….


One quick fact…the buttons; I found them at Simple Sewing Solutions in Lockhart (  Most of my pincushions have beautiful antique buttons although, I have used “new” buttons in some cases. 

My friend Tia took the pictures for  me.  Yes, she is a professional photographer in the San Marcos area.  And she is on my Blogroll so check her out.