Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Our Stocking Tradition


The Posyluzny's have a Christmas tradition of sharing a stocking with a special friend or family member. This year we sent one to Bam in Spokane, Baba in Canada and our missionaries here in Idaho. They are coming to dinner tomorrow night, and we've got their stockings ready!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Only 5 Days Until Christmas!

The Christmas Countdown is on! Finishing up the last baskets and treats for families that we visit and home teach, and members of our ward.
We made a big batch of Wonderful Stuff. I decided to just pour the M & M's over, after the mix is cool in the container that way they don't get soft and melty!

I have been saving the FHE Lessons from LDS Living Magazine online the past year. I had quite a file of lessons and decided to burn CD's and give them away---a year's worth of FHE lessons and ideas!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas!


I think one of the things we look forward to the most at the Posyluzny home is giving to friends and family at Christmas Time. We used to do big trays of goodies, popcorn, etc., but now we do more gift baskets and things that we can make ahead, as we have expanded our lists! I must say it's a fun family event. Our last week of school, we load up our Santa Sacks and head to school, work, and the neighborhood to delivering our "loot!"

Some of our Bath and Body Combo Baskets

Russian Tea Baskets are a favorite!

Santa Soaps, Wall Flowers and Mouse Pads

Note to self: Order more cute Snowmen and Santa Sacks from Oriental Trading next year--perfect for the Bath and Body soaps and lotions!

Russian Tea and goodies!

We "canned" 48 pints of Russian Tea!



We made 3 batches of Chocolate Truffles (not pictured)

and a big batch of "Wonderful Stuff" (recipe follows).


Wonderful Stuff

Mix the following dry ingredients in a large bowl:


9 cups Golden Grahams Cereal

8 cups Corn Chex Cereal (This year we tried the chocolate mix)

2 cups coconut

1 cup sliced almonds


Mix the following in a saucepan and boil for 12 minutes, stirring

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter


Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Pour over cereal mixture and toss lightly. This year we added the holiday M & M's for color! Enjoy! This is one of those treats you just can't stop munching on! Warning: terribly addictive!

More Table Runners!

On Black Friday we were shopping in Boise and Mandy and I picked out enough holiday fabric to make 18 table runners. Just think of the tables we'll be running up and down this Christmas!

We hope you enjoy our gifts to you as much as we enjoyed making them!

A Very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes in 2010 to you and yours!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Easy Holiday Table Runners

Here's an easy holiday project you can whip up in 4 simple seams! You only need 1/3 yard (12 inches) of fabric for the center, and 1/2 yard (18 inches) of fabric for the back and sides!

With a rotary cutter, even out your 2 pieces of fabric, trimming to make sure they are the same length (width of fabric runs so different)
Next, with right sides together, serge both long side seams, to make a tube.

Then, turn that tube rightside out and press to make even borders on your runner. Fold your center inside and serge across top and bottom to make your points. You can see where I pressed this one. I forgot to take a photo of this fold over step as I was doing it!

Last, turn your point rightside out to hide your seam, and press to make a point.

Some of the gals in our RS group were top stitching, but that is optional!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Jewel's Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Jewel’s Pumpkin Bread

Preheat oven to 350
Makes 2 large loaves or 4 smaller ones
Grease and flour pans
Bake for 1 hour

Blend
3 ½ c flour
3 c. sugar
2 t baking soda
1 t nutmeg
1 t salt
1 t cloves
1 t allspice
1 t cinnamon
1 c oil
4 eggs
2 c. pumpkin puree
2/3 c. water
1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

I usually make a triple batch. It is huge! It will make 4 large, 2 medium and 6 mini loaves, or 36 mini bundts. To triple the batch, use 2 big cans of pumpkin.

You could frost with a cream cheese frosting, but we like it plain with a little butter spread on it.

These loaves freeze well too! Enjoy and Happy Fall Y'All!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pumpkin Bread

I've been busy making pumpkin bread! Here are some of the mini loaves. I don't have any of the mini bundts left--gave them all away at school yesterday for Halloween!
These are the fun little mini bundt, Garland Cakelets pans I have.
They are about $20.00 a pan, very heavy cast aluminum, non-stick Nordicware.





Sunday, September 20, 2009

Apples!


I can tell Fall is around the corner!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Canning Peaches






4 Bushels of peaches this year. We've canned 2 1/2 bushels so far and got 70 quarts. I'm seeing peaches when I close my eyes! Mom gave me her steamer/canner and it worked great on my flat top corning range. I thought about Dad all day today. It would have been his 84th! He loved peaches! We came home from church and voted to can a few more. We ended up with 84 quarts and 14 pints!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Isaac's Yummy Disappearing Corn on the Cob in the Crockpot

1 dz ears of corn, remove husks and silk
1/4 c. melted butter add salt and pepper
I cut the ends off of the cobs, then cut them in half. (easy for little hands to hold)
Brush with butter and wrap in aluminum foil.
Stand corn on end in crockpot. I had 2 layers of wrapped corn.
I added about a half inch of water in the bottom to create steam.
I cooked the corn on low for about 4 hours.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Our Latest Ripped Shirt Projects

We are buying t-shirts that are too big, putting slits down the side, then we tie them in knots.

Mandy just finished her star for the parade. She will be dancing with the Dance Team. Watch for the tan cutie!


Friday, June 26, 2009

Izzy and Mandolyn's Flirty Skirts

I felt like I was making doll clothes when I did this one for Mandolyn. I think it will look "Beary" cute on her!
The headband bow is on white elastic lace, hard to see here against white fur!
It's the teeniest one I've made yet!

Izzy's is kind of an island tye-dyed look one. Mandy's got the same one, with a green underskirt, but I think your last one was green and yellow, so I went blue this time!


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hanhah Montana 2 Skirt for Lily!

Lily, I just found a cute pair of matching leggins to go with your new Hannah Montana skirt!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mandy's Recital Skirt

Here's the skirt I did for Mandy's Piano Recital, a little longer to sit and play the piano!
It turned out cute. I had originally planned the music staffs to be going the other direction, but I think this is probably cuter going up and down!


Monday, June 22, 2009

The 2 Newest Skirts on the Blog!

These are the newest 2 skirts on the blog! Lily, I'll get them sent in the mail to you soon. I know your Hannah Montana is a favorite, but you can switch off with these new ones. You couldn't decide which one you wanted so I'm sending them both!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Rose in the Rain

Kissed by the rain!
I noticed the new rose bud opening after all of this rain!

Needless to say, the potatoes are loving all this water!

Another Cute Flirty Skirt!

Just when I think the flirty skirts can't get any cuter, I finished another one and it's the cutest yet! I think our California cousin will like this one. We'll see her in Canada next month!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Treasures!

Here are a couple of treasures I found awhile back. One is an old telephone box, unfortunately the phone was not with it, but I thought it might make a primitive shelf box for the wall. Maybe it's the one they used on Greenacres! Remember how the Douglas' had to climb the pole to talk on the phone! Just think how far we've come with cell phones today.
Do you think Alexander Graham Bell ever imagined our day?



It's even got the little latch at the top.


Another fun find was this old wicker children's chair. I love the washed out white-washed look!


It makes a cute sitting spot for a couple of raggedy friends!


This is an old nail box I picked up at an estate sale.

Some of the nails were so rusted in place, they couldn't be removed.

Yes, it was just $3.00. The old guy looked at me so funny when I said I'll take it, but I don't need the nails! He shook his head and dumped them out for me, but I'm sure he thought I was crazy! I think it will make a cute shelf!

And my last treasure---a couple of old door knobs and brass plates. Can't wait to come up with something "Shabby Chic" to do with them! Happy Treasure Hunting!