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Merry Christmas

I just want to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!!!  Thank you for following me and looking forward to another fun filled holiday season!!



Autumn in WNY

I think the best time to see WNY is in the fall.  The colors of the hills and mountains is unbelievable!  Yesterday the family spent the day in Allegheny State Park (and stopped at the Ellicotville craft show on the way home!) and spent today at the Letchworth State Park (another big craft show then had to take pics of the falls).  This year, maybe because of the summer drought, the colors are especially vivid!  Here are a few of my favorites.

Please see my website: for more photos.  I am starting to run out of room here so I’m going to post more photos on the website!  Please don’t be shy! 🙂

Happy New Year!

Happy 2012!!  I hope everyone has a great year- wishing you all lots of love and happiness in the coming year!

We’ve started a new family tradition on New Year’s Eve-  3 years ago we went with friends ice skating; last year we wanted to go sledding with my sister and there was no snow on the hill so we went ice skating.  This year… we went ice skating!

Downtown Buffalo has an outdoor rink that’s free and that’s where we’ve gone the last 3 years.  It’s very close to where Buffalo does the ball drop so we usually get to see them setting things up.  Juli was very excited to skate this year (we put skates on her last year but as soon as her feet touched the ice she started crying and wanted to get off the ice).  It was only her second time on the ice (we went Thursday to Buff State’s open skate) but she was thrilled to be skating with the sisters.

The weather wasn’t the best- it was foggy and misty and damp but we wouldn’t let that stop us.  We skated for about an hour then took a ride on the Metro train- couldn’t go downtown without riding the train!  As we skated, we watched the tops of the buildings disappear as the mist settled down on us.

Merry Christmas!!!

All the preparations, all the baking, all the cooking, wrapping and traveling…all over for another year.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas- I sure did!!

The 2nd last day of school was Raelyn’s class party.  I went in a little early to read the class a Christmas book and my sister, who had the day off, came along to surprise Rae!  One mom sent in “blank” cut out cookies for the kids to decorate with frosting and sprinkles!  During the party each of the kids got a letter from Santa-

Rae and Jordan reading their letters

Christmas Eve we spend with my Dad’s side of the family.  His older brother and new bride, my 2 cousins, my Gram and my parents, sister, a friend of hers, and brother all gathered here for a Polish dinner of Polish sausage, homemade pierogies and kluskis and veggie dishes.  As a little surprise I made a “wedding” cake for Uncle Tom and Cathy.  They both own Harleys- so I made black and orange accents with a print out of a bride and groom with 2 bikes on top.  By no means am I a cake decorator- but I thought it was cute and it went over well!

This year the girls got matching Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve.  I always get a pic of the girls in their matching jammies on the stairs, whether we are at home or at my sister’s house.  Well, this year, Juli wanted nothing to do with a picture!

This is a centerpiece that I put together-

Christmas morning- Santa came!!  The girls were sooo excited to see the piles of gifts under the tree!  My sister stayed overnight with us so she could see the girls open all their gifts.  I was very surprised and excited to get a Kindle Fire from my husband!!

Santa came!!

Every year we go to my parents’ house for breakfast and more presents!

Rae got a Glow Dome

Nina got a hat and a coat

Juli got a tee ball set

and much much more!

One of the gifts I made for my Mom and my Gram I can finally post!  I made them each a heat/cold pack filled with rice-

We returned home for a couple of hours to open a few new gifts then the girls dressed in their Christmas dresses and we head to my mom’s cousin’s house for Christmas with her side of the family.  After a nice turkey dinner, the kids opened a few more gifts and we spent a nice evening together

5 great grand daughters

Overall, it was a GREAT Christmas!






Holly Sprinkles

Well, Holly left with Santa on Christmas Eve night.  It was a fun 43 days with her!

The girls asked to get matching pajamas again this year on Christmas Eve.  I waited til the last minute to get them wrapped; Holly helped me out the best she could.  However, she forgot to label who got what package and the girls all opened the wrong sizes!

Please see Holly’s page for her last fews days of 2011 with us.  I’m sure we’ll see her again next year!

Only 4 days til Christmas!

I’m done.  I’ve baked, shopped, molded chocolate, wrapped, packaged, sewed, painted, crafted….and I’m done.  Well, not really.  I keep adding things.  Today I made red velvet cake pops and coasters, oh, and more s’more pops so my older daugther could take them to school on Friday for her class party.  Tomorrow I’m making hot cocoa rice krispie treats.  But, it’s ok, because I was done a couple weeks ago, so anything I do now is extra so there is NO pressure to get things done (unlike my hubby who is out shopping right now! LOL).

my dining room table!

This is my table right now (and my table is huge) and I’ve already filled one cookie tray and several food gifts for teacher/school gifts and of course I keep nibbling on my favorites!

While making the s’more pops, Juli, my youngest, got a hold of a few marshmallows and a sucker stick and made herself a snowman!  I gave her my food writers to make a face; she came running in to show me when she was done- he made him dirty!

Juli's marshmallow snowman

Today we made our gingerbread.  Usually we get a house and there is always issues on who can decorate what.  So, this year I found a gingerbread train- with THREE cars!!!  So, they each decorated a part and there was NO fighting!!

Starting our gingerbread

workin' hard

Our gingerbread train!


I hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!  Not sure if I’ll be on much before Christmas, other than to update Holly’s page before she leaves us til next year!




The Polish in Me!

My Dad’s side of the family has always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve.  We would all gather at Gramma and Grampa’s house for Polish sausage, ham, kluskis, and various other foods and presents.  After Grampa passed away and my husband and I bought a house, I started having Christmas Eve!  I make a few pounds of Polish sausage, Gram still makes her kluskis, and a few other foods.  A traditional Polish Christmas Eve wouldn’t have any meat but we just can’t give up our Polish sausage…

Anyway, this year, with the help of my darling cousin, we made pierogies from her Grammie’s recipe.  Sour cream and chive and cheese stuffed peirogies…I can’t wait to eat them.

Homemade Pierogies

Today I attempted 2 new Polish cookies- kruschiki and kolacky.  I was only going to make one, forgot which one, and when Gram started talking about kruschiki I told that’s what I was making…well, it wasn’t.  So I made that too!

The kruschiki came out great and tastes sooo good!


However, my kolacky didn’t turn out so well.  While it does taste good the corners didn’t stay pinched and my filled flowed all over the cookie sheets.  They don’t look too pretty but I’ll post them anyway!

Kolacky- not so pretty

Our Christmas Eve meal is one of my favorite tradions; what are some of yours?

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