Friday, December 19, 2014

Saint Nicholas Day...

St. Nicholas Eve we met dear friends for dinner
and gave small gifts.
Mr. Husband and I somehow got both sets of our car 
keys locked in the car but thankfully help came 
within the hour.
And so we could all go to vigil for St. Nicholas day.

Church is always so beautiful at night...

The oil we were anointed with last night was so fragrant... 

St. Nicholas the much loved!

It was a lovely service.
We went to liturgy in the morning and handed out
cookies and things of dried cherries.
In return we were given some lovely ginger muffins and 
other surprises!

I am so grateful for St. Nicholas and all
the help he gives us!
I read this book to children last night and this morning
and it is simple and lovely.

The Day after the Nativity Fast Tea...

Cleo as always, sitting a top of one of the white chairs!
PS: Happy Saint Nicholas Day to all who celebrate it today!
Mr. Husband are off early to church for Liturgy 
and the handing out of cookies!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

{Hospitality at Home} ~ A Ladies Nativity Fast Tea

Chocolate glazed and chocolate raspberry cupcakes,
chocolate and chocolate chip with raspberry cookies.

Lemon, two coconut creamers, sugar.

Teas: Prince Vladimir, Camomile Lavender, Christmas Chai, Orange Pekoe, Coffee.

Grandma's dishes, various tea pots, my Oma's tea cozies,
plus the one I was given as a wedding gift...

The tea tray is from IKEA.

Koek and wonderful chocolate cake!

Cake was a lovely addition!!! 

We gathered together, all 8 of us, 
with our local Matushka and talked about
what it means to be an Orthodox woman, married, 
working Mothers with
children, how things have changed, raising children,
homemaking traditions. 
It was so lovely and I do hope we can have another
in the new year...
building community is so important and needed in our lives.
And to come together as Christians,
and of course to have tea....

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cozy Striped Blanket Borders Begun!

I am about halfway through L' Engle's Two-Part Invention.
I am really enjoying this; the first time I am re-reading it since
I gave my copy away to a cousin years ago and first 
time since I myself am married.
It's a comforting, real, consoling read.

I decided to do a boarder that is 'ribbed' as it were.
I have not picked up stitches yet as I kept knitting 
only where I already have a 'live' thread going.  
I think I will practice a bit before making the boarder itself,
but am confident that I can do it.

I am pleased that so far I've done the first border section without mistake.
A few times I frogged back slightly but feel
that I am getting the hang of paying attention to my knitting
to do a more constant slightly more complicated stitch. 

I am excited to add a border to the rest of this blanket!
I think it will finish it off nicely. 

I am enjoying the colour combination!
And am already thinking of my next blanket, 
which will be in shades of blue and with continued stitching variations. 
What are you reading and creating?
I would love to hear!
Yarn Along with us!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

{Baking @ Home} ~ Christmas Cranberry Chocolate Chip {Vegan} Cookies

My cranberry chocolate chip cookies I have made
are very crumbly, while delicious and 
I thought I would try a different way....
I went back to the original recipe...
while this cookbook is a 'mass market one' I can't help
feeling that it is very the author of the recipe
talking right to you as it were.... 

I used vegan margarine and an egg replacer.

I was talking to my Grandma last week and 
telling her how I made my Christmas Chai with
my coffee grinder (will do a blog post on that in the next weeks
I hope!) and she said she uses her food process to chop cranberries.
Genius I thought and did the same!!! 

Mixed up the dough with egg replacer, 
added cranberries coarsely chopped and vegan chocolate chips...

I could tell the batter was great as it was 'thicker' as it were...

I don't worry as much about having my cookies look 'neat' as it were... 

They turned out well!
I think I will try to make four batches of these next year,
what you see here is two batches done in 1 batch... 

All these cookies are now in the freezer to get out later this week
for St. Nicholas day!
Some of them were enjoyed earlier for a Ladies Tea I did...
and they were quite enjoyed! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cookies for St. Nicholas Day

I've been baking cookies for St. Nicholas Day for the 
last two weeks or so.
The recipes I use are here and here.
This year I baked some of them listening to this intriguing story:
The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Beautiful Baby Shower

A warm loving baby shower
at the Mother-to-be's home where she grew up,
loved and cherished.

Many thoughtful gifts.

In very cute bags of course.
It was a very lovely and happy time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I knew it was coming...

It's now official. 
Our dear friends and parents of our goddaughter are moving
far away from here.
I had such hopes that I would have my godchild near by
and that I would be able to be in her life on a weekly basis...
As Mr. Husband pointed out,
I was collecting books already for her...
So of course pray for this family as they move and it's a huge big deal but
we hope ultimately better for them.
But if you could remember me in prayer also,
I'd greatly appreciate it.
We will be grieving their loss here....

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blanket Strips Done & Our Christmas Tree

The blanket stripes are done!
This picture is a bit mute on the colour of it but I am 
almost done weaving in all ends!
Question: do I bind off completely before 
picking up stitches for the boarder? I think I do...
I have chosen one of the red yarns for the boarder
and hope to start on this by Sunday in the car ride to church :)

It's a busy time of year but I am reading snatches of 
A lovely re-read.

Our Christmas Tree!!
I got the presents wrapped yesterday!
What are you creating and reading?
Any Christmas Joys in decorating? :)
Yarn Along with us!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Our first Christmas Ornament

Each year I hope to pick out one Christmas ornament for our Christmas tree. 

Hand made from Russia.

I love this first one!

Monday, December 08, 2014

First Year of Putting up our Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tree in a Box...

Needing to be 'fanned out'.

Getting there...

Our first full sized Christmas tree.
Last Friday afternoon I got this up and decorated. 
I am quite pleased with the results and love
the cheer it brings!