Getting ready for the Holidays

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Although 68 years of age, I still get excited when November and December roll around.  I begin pulling out the old cook books and reviewing new recipes, knowing that I’ll have to modify most to keep within the confines of being a diabetic as well as pleasing my daughter who is on this no fat, low sodium, minimal everything diet; yet wanting everything to taste yummy.

I’ll drag out the craft containers; pondering my Christmas gift list, thinking who will be the benefactor of some special Christmas gift I create this year. Last year I made and gave out about a dozen and a half goodie containers.  These were recycled Folger’s plastic coffee cans (large and medium size).  I deconstructed Teddy Bears, using the cans for the body — and after assembling all pieces, lining the containers with felt, I then filled them with individually wrapped peppermints and hard nuts.  I even included an inexpensive nut cracker and pick set.  They turned out fantastic!

I decided I would return to making art dolls; basically Father Christmas art dolls and maybe one Santa Claus or two.  But, my first creation for 2010 turned out to be a little different.  I made, my intrepretation of a Maharaja.  A stately prince of India from days gone by, and I dressed him in festive burgundy and gold for the holidays.  This is what I would think Father Christmas looked like in India.

The beautiful organdy material with golden threads and gittering sequin dots was a gift from an Indian couple I had befriended.  This is my way of saying thank you for their thoughtfulness.

I’ll be adding some more photos in the next couple of weeks of other creations I have made for this festive time of the year.

Until then . . . you need to try Martha Stewart’s pumpkin cupcakes.  The yummiest, moistest I’ve ever eaten – I got her recipe off of the net.

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About scoop1942

I am 73-years young with six grandchildren and one great-grandson , professional and recreational blogger, previous graphic artist, hospitality industry veteran, Jill of all trades; master of a few, plus hobbiest, re-cycler and dreamer. My steadfast companion for 17 years, Bubba, who is now deceased, reminded me daily of what loyalty was all about. I now have a rescued dog who has turned out to be the best dog I've every had; Annie, who is part Shepherd, part Boston is sweet natured and a wonderful companion. You can now find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Oh my; while social media may not have been meant for Grandmothers, it has sure turned my world on end . . . what else will technology bring our way. I just recently got a smart phone and texting is my game . . . LOL

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