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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Family Joy and Blessings for the New Year

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.
~Ellen Goodman

I hope your enjoying the holidays! As you probably noticed, I've not been on the computer much. I've been having fun with family~~ especially Lydia. Christmas was great! We haven't stopped playing since Christmas morning!!

Just a little note to wish you all a New Year filled with joy and happiness.

See ya next year...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Buon Natale.....Happy Christmas Everyone

Happiest wishes to you all this Christmas! I've been busy baking, cooking, shopping and wrapping since I waited until the last minute to do everything. We are hosting Christmas Eve dinner tonight. Since Dino's family is Italian (bet you couldn't figure that out) we always do the feast of the seven fishes. Not that I make any of the fishes...just a shrimp ball ~ does that even count? My MIL brings everything hot to our house, how lucky are we??? Dino and I switch our dining and living rooms so that there is enought space to seat everyone at one big table. It's a lot of work but it's so worth it not to be crammed. I'll be making appetizers, desserts and drinks today. Below is a recipe for the best punch ever. I make it every Christmas Eve....just watch out it really does pack a "punch"!

Yesterday was Lydia's last day of school and will be off for the next 10 days. We have big plans for more baking, ice skating, shopping and definitely going to the movies. Our cousin Jason was a lead animator for the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. We are planning on dragging him there and embarrassing him! He's a good guy. It will be fun and we are all so proud.

I hope that you'll be doing some wonderful things this holiday with your family and friends. Wishing you many blessings for a very Merry Christmas!!
Love and warm holiday hugs ~ Jenn

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

Christmas Eve Punch

1 bottle (12 ounces) Lime Juice
1 can (46 ounces) Pineapple Juice
1 fifth of Rum
3 small cans frozen Limeade, defrosted
1 Lime, thinly sliced
1 bottle Champagne, chilled

Combine lime juice and pineapple juice and freeze in an ice ring.

In a tall container, combine rum, limeade, and lime slices. Chill for several hours.

When its time to serve, place the ice ring in a large punch bowl and add the chilled rum mixture. Slowly add chilled champagne, stir and serve.

Makes approx. 25 servings.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Aunt Jenn....Did you make my Christmas Toad yet?

Yes Antonio, there is a Christmas toad.

I can't tell you how many times I've heard that over the last year. Anyone reading this who knows Antonio is laughing right now because they've heard it 100 or so times also. My nephew is Hooked on Frognics. (Did I just say that?? I'm really here just to amuse myself). The kid loves amphibians. And I finally made the toad that he was suppose to get LAST Christmas. He is a Soft in the Head pattern and what a joy to create! Never thought I would make a primitive toad.....kind of cute ~ he's got that Beatrix Potter thing going on.

Well I'm off to start some Christmas shopping. Have a happy day! xoxo Jenn

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Holiday Update Tonight 8 p.m.

I've got some simple winter offerings on my website tonight if you'd like to stop by and take a look. www.rabbithillprimitives.com

With the holidays just around the corner this should be my last big update for the year. I'm looking forward to finally putting up the Christmas lights (I just rolled the pumpkins over the hill on Monday) and baking some Christmas cookies!

Hope your all doing well and enjoying the season....it goes by too quickly!
Warm hugs ~ Jenn

Friday, December 4, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas...

Our Christmas Open House is tonight at 1824 Antiques. Please let us get those few flurries that are suppose to be coming our way. That sure would make the evening perfect with all the candles inside and out. I've noticed that I've been making lots of "snowy" primitives.....icicles, snowangels and men, frosty trees etc. I'm really ready for a little snow.

Don't forget that on December 9th I'll be updating my site for a Country Farmhouse Christmas. Send me over an email if you'd like to be notified for updates. jenn@rabbithillprimitives.com

Time to get back to sewing. Hope your weekend is wonderful!
xoxo Jenn

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