Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It's Prep Day!

And I love it! I am so lucky that our school district gives us this day off before the holiday. I would like to think it is to help all those bakers and chefs out there scrambling to get everything done, but I think it has more to do with the fact that the University is closed, so all schools are closed. But either way, I love it! Woke early to snow everywhere and I was pleased. I turned on all my little lites, grabbed some tea and just enjoyed. But now I am in work mode and ready to get going. 


The menu each year is always the same, and I think if I changed it, my family would rebel. Tried and true recipes, nothing fancy or elaborate. In fact most of my recipes come right off the can or box and they always come out just right. Years ago, I sent in my box tops (remembering doing that?) and received a recipe booklet of Jello molds and what meats they go with. Who knew?

Every holiday I use this book and it shows. A splotch of lime jello here, cherry there. For Thanksgiving, it is Raspberry Cranberry Mold. And oh, how delich! Whole cranberry sauce, mandarin oranges and Granny Smith apples. When I wanted a better presentation, I sent in more box tops and received the Official Jello Mold kit. And I have now used it for 30 years! For this holiday, it will sport the Heart on top. Of course. :)


When we will be playing games around the table on Thanksgiving night, the snack of choice is Chex Mix. There is just something about it that says, The Holidays! Well, I sent in my box tops again and got this cute tin, with the recipe on the inside of the lid (so I would never lose it). I have changed up this recipe a bit and have switched to using Crispix and less salt, but it is still great. 

And finally, with my vintage glass pie plate and my can of Libby's pumpkin, I will knock out our favorite Pumpkin Pie. My mother used the recipe on the can and made the best pie in the world. So I shall do the same. Why fix what isn't broken?

Well, I better get crackin'!  Have a very Happy Holiday!
 Always, Kit

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Brawl of the Wild

No, not what happens at our house at Thanksgiving....LOL  But a fantastic football game between my beloved U of M Grizzlys and the Montana State Bobcats. A rivalry that goes back 114 years. And this year it was in Missoula! I usually get really nervous at this game but this year the Griz took off and never looked back and it seemed like we were all jumping up and down every few minutes to celebrate a fumble recovery, a touchdown or an interception. 


The place was on fire! I had two coffees, so I was feeling the energy and not the cold. It was about 39 degrees at game time and spitting snow. From the start of the festivities, with a fly over by a huge fire fighting borade plane, the singing of the National Anthem by two local country western singers and the Griz entering the field bearing Montana flags, the place was ready to rumble.

I was texting to a friend in South Dakota throughout the game and she told me my husband and I had been shown on TV! Below is a very blurry pic of us and a selfie I took of us in the first quarter. How cool is that!? 

Well, we pulled it off in the end 34 to 7. The trophy now stays in Missoula and amongst the fire works and the band playing and the team singing, we all celebrated. I felt a little bit sorry for the Bobcats, but not enough to wish they had won. So until next year, Goodbye little kitties. Go Griz! Always, Kit


Sunday, November 16, 2014

With the Onset of Cold Weather

I can't help but think of the upcoming holidays. I've got my lists, my little black book (that holds all my deepest Christmas secrets), my favorite web sites to shop at (Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, Swish Colony) and my stash area for all the things that are coming in the mail. Even tho I know what will be arriving, I still get so excited when I see an item arrive. It is so hard for me to wait to give it to the person it is intended for. :)


Tonight my youngest and I kick off the holiday season with our annual "Christmas Program". Each year we pick something new and different to celebrate the season. We have seen the Nutcracker, multiple times, A Christmas Carol, in many different versions, the White Christmas Sing-a-long, and various other forms of entertainment. This year's pick is Cirque Dreams Holidaze! It is the National tour and we are lucky that it is coming to our town. I can't wait! This should get even the most cranky folks in town thinking about sugar plums and Christmas trees. Always, Kit


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Foggy and Frosty

A very moody morn. I am hoping it will burn off a bit cause I have some yard work to do. I am mulching leaves and doing the final touches on my gardens for the winter. And I better hurry, our first arctic blast is coming on Tuesday. By then I want to be sitting cozily on my couch with cup of tea in hand and my latest Victoria magazine ready to read.

Back yard is done. Leaves vacuumed up!

Getting ready for Thanksgiving (the Lost Holiday). After the craziness of Halloween and then the upcoming madness of Christmas, I love this lull and quiet. My home returns to the golden brown colors of Fall and I have time to sit and relax and anticipate. Out come my ceramic turkeys, a bunch of plastic bittersweet that I have had for years (vintage fake flowers from an estate sale and I love them!) and groups of cloth pumpkins and sunflowers. 

These two little priceless art objects come out each year. My tribute to children's art. I just love it. Something so fresh and beautiful. These were made (and survived!) by my youngest. 

I leave you with this, my first adventure in folk art painting which led to many years of happily making wooden ornaments. 
Happy Harvest Days! Always, Kit

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Well, another Halloween is in the books. I hurried home from work and set up my table. Lots of skulls and candles and touches of glass scatter. Filled the vintage candy bowl with all our favorite treats and put candles in all the ceramic pumpkins. 

Once hubby got home, we set up our display out front. We do not have a ton of items and we do not do scary or gory. Just cute and fun inflatables, luminaries, and carved pumpkins. The age group we are here to entertain is 8 and younger. The last thing we want to do is make a child cry. Everything seems to glow orange and you can see our house for blocks. We have a lot of families that come every year and they look forward to posing their children in front of the displays for photos.

I like to also keep the inside of the house dark and orangy too. To keep the mood going outside and in. We play Autumn music, and no TV. The last thing I want is a commercial for car insurance to ruin the effect. This way everyone who comes to our door, also sees lit pumpkins inside and lots of festive Halloween items. 

Our daughters came to visit us, and they have dressed up every year since they were born. Halloween is also their favorite holiday and they love to get all creative and come up with unique and handmade costumes. This year my youngest came up with a version of how she thinks the real Snow White would have dressed and my oldest is some kind of creature from a animation series. I am embarrassed to say I can't remember. Geeze! I loved how they both were so proud of their handiwork. Don't they look great?

Such a fun day and night and I am sad to see it over. But I leave you with a favorite video of mine. This one is for Z over at Oldgreymare. She posted the cutest video of the Lennon Sisters. Here is my favorite quartet. Always, Kit
Click on photo!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Getting Ready for Halloween!

I adore this holiday. It has so much going for it. Some of my favorite colors: orange, brown, gold, purple, lime green and black. Some unusual decor: witches, pumpkins, ghosts, scarecrows, cats. And it is just plain fun. I like to find decor that is a little different and not your main stream Wal Mart.  This little beauty was waiting for me in the last booth I checked at an antique store. You could literally hear me gasp. She is a ballerina of the gourd persuasion, very prim and proper.

Then sitting on a clearance table at TJ Maxx, this haughty little lady felt totally misunderstood. No one would buy her! How could they not? (she had multiple red tickets on her and she was not pleased) She had a snazzy broom and came with a cat purse. What more could you want?

Mr. Man About Town, caught my eye on my way to eat some pancakes. Cracker Barrel sometimes has the cutest decor and this one was definitely coming home with me. Trouble was, the sale sign it had on it was a mistake. Oh no! I had already bonded. But lucky for the both of us, the manager gave him to me on sale and he is now mine and we are both grinning.

Now this is my newest item and it is somewhat different if not deranged. My hubby loves to recycle and create items from other items. This is a plastic skull and parts of a computer and VCR. And the best thing is, he lights up and is on a timer! He is my newest friend and I love to see him blinking away in the living room after we have all gone to bed. 

There you have it. Just a little bit of what goes on at my house on Halloween. Tomorrow night I will be wearing my orange and black and happily greeting my Trick or Treaters. And I will love all the comments and oohs and ahhs about our displays out front and will wish for a little while that I was 10 years old again and running from house to house. Happy Halloween! Always, Kit

Monday, October 20, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hello from Montana! I have been invited to join in the blog hopping fun by my friend on the East Coast, Lizzy at Gone to the Beach. You must visit her blog. Such quilts! The sea! And she has a great eye for creating beautiful things. :)  Let's get hopping.  First off I live here: 

I am originally from New Jersey but relocated (and happily) to this marvelous place in 1974. My sense of creating is a bit different. You will find it is not items, but more so events. Memories.  So let's get to the question and answer part of this fun hop.

What am I working on?   Just this past week, I was planning my hubby's 65th birthday party. In our family, we have this thing called "extravaganzas"! They are not only for birthdays, but in the past marked the first days of school, graduations, new jobs, etc. We believe in our family that since everyday life can get a bit tedious and same o, same o, we need to shake it up a bit on holidays and special occasions.

Hubby's Autumnal Theme for 2014

How does my work differ than others?    Well, I try and find a theme that is special and marks an event in the past year, or is a favorite character of the person being celebrated. And I try not to spend a lot of money. Making items as I go along, finding items way in advance on clearance. I think it is sad when I hear that other families have birthdays and choose to ignore them, they do not even have a cake. And nary a balloon.  I believe all of us should have a day exclusively for ourselves. To be heralded and applauded. :) 

The year my oldest became an EMT and volunteer fire fighter.

Youngest's profession as a Pollen Specialist

The year my hubby's present was a ride on a B-25 bomber.

How does my creative process work?  This is such fun for me! I have a task list I print up and once I have settled on a theme (Mickey Mouse, snow boarding, firemen, air planes) where ever I go I start looking. Special plates and napkins, scatter for the table, color coded beverages, unique items for the gift containers, and I design the cake. I usually have our local bakery make the cake and I add either items or picture collages to the top. And of course the wrapping paper has to match. :) Now for all of you thinking, that is a lot of work. Not really, if you space it out and it is only for the 4 of us. Not for a huge crowd. I actually get quite a thrill when it all comes together. And the reaction I get from my girls when they see their theme is priceless! 

My youngest started to give me a theme each year too!

Why do write what I do?   I started my blog as a way to keep an online journal. (I saw the movie Julie and Julia and was intrigued!)  I have journaled the old school way since I was 16. Writing down my thoughts, marking my day to day life for 43 years. As my blog evolved I met some outstanding people from all over the world, who I now consider close friends. I couldn't believe anyone would actually want to read about my little life in Montana. Now we all check in with each other and I can't wait to see what they have been up to each day.

There you have it. I hope you have enjoyed visiting. And feel free to come back and see what I am up to next.   Always, Kit