Chicago – December 19th

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I snapped this photo in the River North area of Chicago. So beautiful to be up there for a couple of days. Not the I don’t like where I live but I am a city girl at heart and especially love Chicago. It will always have a special place in my heart. It is beautiful no matter the season and I hope to return very soon. You can’t walk anywhere around Chicago and not get to experience culture or art. I love this city. And every time I visit I long to be back walking its streets and experiencing all it has to offer.

I mean seriously, just look at this city, it’s beautiful!

Have a blessed day!
Heather

Sunrise On Fresh Snow – December 10th

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We woke up to a fresh dusting of snow this morning, we are at 11 inches. Which for our area is more snow in a few days then we got from November to March last year. I think it’s going to be a very cold and snowy year.

I snapped this shot this morning, the sun looks amazing against a landscape that is fully covered in white!

Have a blessed day!
Heather

Fields of White – December 9th

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The fields are filled with soft white snow, eagerly waiting more that is to come tonight. And here I thought I would be able to travel to Chicago and maybe miss out on snow up there but that is not going to happen. Dang…

One of the thinks I have discovered about myself is my major dislike for the cold. Not that it isn’t beautiful but I just really don’t like to be out in it for massive amounts of time, and I really don’t like it when I have to drive in it. Speaking of driving, my Christmas present this year is 4 brand new tires. I know, not very exciting but practical and very much needed!

I snapped this photo over the weekend standing in the snowy field with my big furry boots on and big puffy jacket and gloves and a scarf and a hat and…I know lots of things on to keep me warm. But even though it was really cold it was worth it because it is beautiful outside.

Have a blessed day!
Heather

White Fields – December 8th

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White Fields by James Stephens

1.
In the winter time we go
Walking in the fields of snow;

Where there is no grass at all;
Where the top of every wall,

Every fence and every tree,
Is as white as white can be.

2.
Pointing out the way we came,
Everyone of them the same-

All across the fields there be
Prints in silver filigree;

And our mothers always know,
By our footprints in the snow,

Where the children go.

The First Snow Fall – December 7th

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The First Snow-Fall by James Russell Lowell

The snow had begun in the gloaming,
And busily all the night
Had been heaping field and highway
With a silence deep and white.

Every pine and fir and hemlock
Wore ermine too dear for an earl,
And the poorest twig on the elm tree
Was ridged inch deep with pearl.

Soft Sugar Cookie Puffs – December 6th

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So for my Snow Day I shoveled the driveway, with a special shout out the kids next door for helping! What a blessing! And so I also got the chance to do some baking. Which is my other favorite thing to do. I made these lovely cookies from Taste of Home’s Best Loved Cookies & Candies. It is the book that they put out every year around Christmas.

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Soft Sugar Cookie Puffs

This recipe was submitted by D. Elaine Rutschke from Spruce View, AB to Taste of Home.

3 eggs
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar
2 tsp butter, melted
1 tsp almond extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
Assorted colored sugars, optional

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In a bowl, beat eggs; add cream and beat well. Beat in the sugar, butter and almond extract. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add sugar mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

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On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2 inch cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle with colored sugars, pressing sugar into dough if needed.

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Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

I only baked them for 10 minutes and they turned out perfect. So light and yummy!

Have a blessed day!
Heather

Abstract Art – December 6th

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This bit of abstract art brought to you by…snow!

We have about 6 inches and counting on top of a layer of ice! This calls for a Snow Day!!! And lots of shoveling of snow off the driveway, but not the car. Thanks to having a garage, it’s the small things that make me happy!! Stay safe out there if you have snow or ice.

Have a blessed day!
Heather