Good Monday morning! This photo was taken by my daughter in the days before Thanksgiving. isn't it lovely? We had a fun and warm Thanksgiving with family and ate til we could no more..I will post photos if I can figure out my daughters little camera..we pulled out old family videos and had some good laughs and skiped(dont know if I spelled that right) family in S.C. We did crafts and received our Christmas mugs from Grandma and Grandpa filled with hot cocoa and candy..even my nieces boyfriends got one this year! So much fun!!!! The day after feasting I ended up sick though..until today..feeling a bit better and have high hope of getting a productive week in..can you believe we are on our way to Christmas? Time to get the Christmas decor out and get busy...thanks for stopping by! love ya mean it! Stephanie
Ok here is my most FAVORITE fall recipe..you better make it..cuz its good!
Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip
1 1/2 c. butter, softened
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. molasses
4 c. all purpose flour
4 t. baking soda
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. each ground ginger and cloves
1 package (8oz) of cream cheese, softened
2 c. pumpkin pie filling
2 c. confectioner's sugar
1/2 to 1 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 t.ground ginger
In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add molasses; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. chill overnight.
Shape into 1/2 in. balls; roll in sugar. place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375* for 6 minutes or until edges begin to brown. cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
For Dip: beat cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Add pumpkin pie mix; beat well. Add sugar, cinnamon and ginger; beat until smooth. serve with cookies. store leftover dip in refrigerator. yield; about 20 dozen and 3 cups dip.
The cookies are like little chips that you dip and it is a special treat. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by! love ya mean it! Stephanie
Dear little black dress...I am still in love with you and I know your worried about this week and all the competition your gonna have for my affections..but I am devoted to you still and will keep my grazing to a minimum this year..last year I suffered for you. But, this year, I must be good to both of us so I don't become discouraged and give up all together..so in regards to this week you will always be on my mind even as I lift..... the Thanksgiving fork..love ya mean it! Stephanie
I washed bedding today...for my boys..their room was starting to reek and the sour smell made me feel that it was time to venture in....to their room..I'm not gonna lie..I went in there three times...to look around..trying to talk myself into digging in..the first time to really check to see if it was indeed still a bedroom and not a rank end of a dirty garbage bin..yep..it was indeed a bedroom..barley..I looked around and left..I went into my quiet living room and sat on the couch and bit my nail...could it be done? Maybe I should just make them do it...but who am I kidding? They live in there.. what the rip do they care? I sat for a minute and wandered over by the door and peeked in again..awww maaaaan! Pure, unadulterated, disgust came from my lips, I say! What is wrong with these boys? What are their wives gonna say about me? How am I gonna defend myself? Maybe they won't say anything..yeah... right. I know their gonna rat me out! I have got to sit down! Out I go... to the quiet couch, to dwell on my future as a mother in law....I'm a little more inspired now..as I hate to think I will have to face daughter in laws with questions about my parenting skills and how I raise such well adjusted sons...hmmm..oh. sorry. I was daydreaming a bit at the end there..."Well, I better have a look" I say to myself and I walk with purpose this time..to the door..what are you crazy? It looks like it needs caution tape and masks to enter..good thing I love them..I started by throwing myself under the bed..no sense putting off inevitably the worst part! yep...just like I thought... a million and one rolled up socks..all filthy and rank...well, that got me and I kept going only to realize, they have been sleeping on the mattress and not sheets..oh, isn't that nice? poor things...I rip off the blankets that are rolled up and tossed off the side and hanging haphazardly all over the "room" I use that term loosely here..for now...I spent the rest of the day going through art work, pellet guns and Lego's..and decided it was time to hit Walmart and get some cheep, cheep, fitted sheets..I don't use flat sheets on kids beds..as you can see they barley use blankets properly. New pillows, pillow cases and clean bedding.. I waited..holding my breath for them to arrive home..the youngest came in dumped his bag and went to his room........he came back and threw his little body into my arms and grabbed me by the shoulders like my grandpa use to do when he had something VERY important to tell me and said.."Mom, thank you sooooo much!" Oh, it was nothing..really. I just bopped in there and picked it up a bit..I look over to my other son. The fifteen year old...you know, the one who I am letting risk my life for three days a week at drivers ed? Yeah, he said (not even looking at me)"Yeah, it's ok."...Excuse me!?!?! So, I took out the guilt stick and wrapped him along side the head with it.. I said "What?! I spent the whole day in that stinking mess! I had to take a shower when I got done in there! I had talks in my head with your wife all day and I'm exhausted! ( silence) "Mom, it looks good, I like it"..fine then. I think to myself. I'm a good mom. So, There.
thanks for stopping by! love ya! mean it! Stephanie imageflickr
Happy Monday! I am glad it is Monday... because on three days during each week, I get the terrifying experience of drivers education. I get to ride along with my son as he learns. I get to pray daily and kiss the ground when we make it there and everywhere we go. I wonder why I have to get in the car and not the instructor who is going to undo everything I am teaching him and scold me for bad habits I have picked up..I wonder why I get to be the one who grabs the door handle for dear life and quickly says.. good! yes! your doing good! very good! Just put your brake on a little sooner next time....I am having a time with the whole thing as I know freedom is exciting for him...but I am watching him grow into another chapter and it makes my heart twinge a bit...driving means such different things to each of us..he is moving forward and I'm trying to put on the brakes...slamming them sometimes and gently touching them at others..I'm learning as I go too..and wondering...how did I get so blessed? I love it! Thanks for stopping by! love ya mean it! Stephanie image flickr
I don't feel very interesting today.... lol around this time of year, I wonder if I should focus on Thanksgiving or Christmas projects? Last year, I held out and I missed Christmas projects because after Thanksgiving there is to much to do to do crafts and projects...I do however listen to Christmas music a bit already..don't tell..I feel guilty a tiny bit. And I'm drooling over baking ideas..I'm sure that is somewhat natural..but really.... I'm drooling ...dieting...who DOES that around this time of year? oh, yeah...I do..ugh! I guess I should focus on projects..that don't add to my butt... Thanks for stopping by! Love ya mean it! Stephanie image unknown
Don't those look good? A cup of coffee perhaps? Baking is such a fun thing to do..eating it... even better! What are some of your favorite recipes that you make around this season? Do you have a family favorite that brings you a special memory that you would like to share? I hope you do! I would love to hear from you! Touching stories make the holidays what they are..faith, family and love. Thanks for stopping by! love ya mean it! Stephanie
Ok, here we go....I'm doing Thanksgiving at my house! gulp....don't get me wrong... I have done it plenty of times..it just that this time my house is a bit smaller than the houses I have entertained in before..but, I'm throwing caution to the wind and going for it!
And I'm excited to decorate for it of course! Paper or real plates? Pretty napkins..centerpieces and fun crafts for everyone...ooooo sounds fun right?
A home is a house filled with love... no matter what...Thanks for stopping by! love ya mean it! Stephanie
I am madder than a wet hen! Miss camera, I believe, has more than one toe in the grave if ya know what I mean...she has given up and is completely useless..so now what am I to do? I can't buy a new one any time soon...so I'm not sure what to do about The Whispering Creek House blog right now... I am going to work on her (miss camera) but its looking bleak...I love blogging but its getting to be work rather than a hobby with all these difficult tech issues..so I will keep you updated as I go and try to stay encouraged with me hey? thanks for stopping by! love you all !mean it for real! Stephanie image; unknown
Happy Monday and November warm wishes to you! What!? It's November? where.. how.. what?!?! October came and went and here we are! Having to cancel the harvest party... which we were completely cheated and robbed of because the weather reports claiming 60% rain..never happened.. the weather was fine... we could have gotten the bonfire roaring and saved the day but it was to late and so fall for our family was not the same. On to the next holidays I guess! Hope you had a productive weekend..I turned my breakfast nook into an office for my husband..more on that later..but thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the day! Love ya mean it! Stephanie