This is our last week of school until the new year. Today we’re running into Pembroke to go skating with some new homeschool friends. Luckily the snow has stopped, we had a bit of a blizzard this morning.
Merry has been getting into a bit of mischief, but nothing too crazy yet this year.
smothered chicken (didn’t make it yesterday)
potato, onions and sausage gratin (Julia Child)
wieners & beans
French onion soup
Marlboro Man sandwiches
Creole pork chops
What’s cooking at I’m an Organizing Junkie?
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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real this week is about my happy girl.
Ella and Daisy are very happy Daddy has started building Mt. Ella.
Daisy is loving the snow.
Guess who’s come for her annual Advent visit?
Ella’s little elf friend Merry has come for Advent. She likes to play and she’s gathering ideas for Santa. Ella doesn’t usually have much of a list for Santa, so Merry keeps her eyes open for the little things Ella likes. Mostly she’s just some fun company, though elves do get into some mischief when no one is looking:
Last week we visited the Big Guy. It’s so great to be able to go during the day mid-week.
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Lots to share this week for yarn along.
The test knit shawlette is finally done! It wasn’t hard to knit, but for some reason I kept having a brain cramp when working the 3rd chart. It’s called Lacy Maple Leaf and this colourway reminds me of autumn up here in the Ottawa Valley.
This item is coming along nicely. I’m to the boring part, round and round in knitting. No more fun. I’m trying not to panic about the number of balls left. I did the math, must trust the math :)
And I loved the Scandinavian shawl so much that I started one for myself. It’s hard to wear sweaters around here because I’m always washing dishes or eggs or something and sleeves get in the way. A tie-shawl makes as much sense today as it did for the fisherman’s wives. You might recognize the yarn, Mom gave it to me last year for Christmas. It was made into a February Lady’s sweater, but I didn’t like it. It seemed too thick even though it’s the right size.
Our Advent reading has started. These are the books we’ve enjoyed so far:
Berenstain Bears: Get Ready for Christmas
Berenstain Bears: Joy of Giving
The Gift of the Christmas Cookie
Shall I Knit You a Hat?
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Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent. It was a quiet day because Ella was having a sleepover at Grandma’s so they could go see Frozen (which is highly recommended by both Ella AND Grandma). I took advantage of the quiet to get our Advent decorations, so I thought I’d take you on a short tour.
Ella’s nature table with the peg people nativity. She really enjoys the Advent tree with its new decoration every day.
In the living room are my German pyramids. The one on the right I have had for a long time. The one on the left was a lovely surprise from my swap partner last year. The countdown candle was from this year’s swap.
And as a total surprise, I actually won one of the door prizes at the Christkindlmarkt in Pembroke this year!
Ella’s Little People crèche set and some visitors. I’ve given up trying to do the empty stable, Mary and Joseph travelling thing. Ella likes to have everybody ‘in position’ right from the start. Since I do it for her, that’s the way we do it. It’s like always putting faces on ‘Waldorf’ based peg people. She hates them without faces, so on go faces.
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The Farm Girly and I were busy earlier this week. I missed Stir-Up Sunday because the Farmer and I escaped away for the weekend. So we did our baking on Tuesday. Ella is such a great help this year.
Ella did ALL the chopping for the fruitcake and the Christmas pudding. She also did most of the mixing for the fruitcake. The snow was calling by the time we were mixing the pudding, so I finished that. I never say no when she wants to go outside, well, almost never.
Grandma is happy. She loves my fruitcake. It’s better than most, it’s actually has cake in it. I find a lot of ‘fruitcake’ is mostly fruit. It’s my Great Grandma’s recipe and it wouldn’t be Christmas without it.
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Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends!
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