Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas

We had a wonderful few days. Sarah and I figured out how to get her photos up in the sidebar of

We had a cookie night, a day with Jeff's girlfriend Cameron, sang the 3-4PM concert before the 4PM Christmas Eve Mass, had our party--- all was wonderful. My friend Adria spent the evening and shared Hanuka with my family then watched them open their gifts on Christmas morning. She bought me a French Press so we could have good coffee. My son Jeffery came up with the girls gift-- a spot light and a full array of overhead stage lighting for their stage.

My Dear Husband fulfilled my wish to be able to wear my engagement ring again. Since it couldn't be repaired he had my diamond matched around a new diamond in a new setting. It is absolutely gorgeous and it passes the test-- you do know ladies that a real engagement ring looks best in church? Well this one is perfect. Thank you my Love!

Tonight my daughter's beau is taking her somewhere special.

Hope you all had a lovely holiday,


Monday, December 15, 2008

The Catholic Observer

Our diocesan newspaper has published a wonderful article on our local homeschool support group. I don't believe its available online but their online news source is
The article facing it is about Down Syndrome and features an interview with the Moser family. Mom Darlene is our preschool music teacher as well as the sign language teacher.
Her husband wrote and recorded a beautiful song about Downs and their daughter called
God Doesn't Make Mistakes which can be ordered at or by calling 1-800-447-6647

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Faith and Family Cookie Swap

Click here to go to the Swap:

Here are my 2 entries.

Gramma Mahoney's Treats: Spread bright colored buttercream frosting on Ritz crackers (must be real Ritz and unsalted is sacriledge) Serve!

Seriously-- it isn't a family event without them.

These are better but take practice. Your first batch will be gooey or fall apart. That's part of the process. These are much more like candy than cookies. Last year I tried using sunflower seeds instead of nuts so I could serve them around those with nut allergens with great success.

1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup Butter (NOT MARGERINE)
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
Combine in a saucepan bringing just to a boil stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 325 and grease 2 cookie sheets with Pam.

Stir in 1 Cup Flour and 1 Cup finely chopped Walnuts or shelled sunflower seeds. Mix well.

Spoon just 1 teaspoonful at a time 4 inches apart onto well greased cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. You want them to stop being goopy but not reach the hard candy stage. Remove from tray about 1 minute after it comes out of oven. Leave flat to look like lace or snowflakes. Drape over a wooden spoon handle and roll to create a cylander. This shape is nice with one end dipped in chocolate. Or, drape over a small ramekin or custard cup to create a bowl.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Calling all activists

HT Danielle

Signing Time is no longer on PBS and you can read about it from its founder here.

Essentially no corporate or foundation sponsors came forward and the rules about public television advertising mean they could not direct viewers to the web site that sold their products. This in the age of DVR's.

Easy ways everyone can help include giving their videos and DVD's as gifts for Christmas and Birthdays and requesting that your library purchases the full collection.
Don't have a child with hearing loss? Well do you know one? Or one with late speech development? Maybe as a homeschooler you need a second language?
Our Homeschool co-op is teaching sign language and my Zoe just loves it!

And please don't overwhelm them with ideas of sponsors and grants (they've tried for three years) but DO contact them if you have a great lead.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Leslie's surprise 5th Birthday

We let the kids pick a party at 5 and 10 and over the years we had a variety: children's museum, the loacal merry go round, indoor soccer, theater and fishing. Leslie pick a surprise party!

Here she is being surprised when Aunt Peggy brought her home.

But I hate pink! Was the reaction to the bedding.

(If you allow a surprise party you will not have remembered to have the "We always say Thank you" speech before the birthday girl/boy sees the guest.
(She likes the black side.)

The Kay's cake was great and the fabulous buckets of foam stickers were from Gramma and Grandpa in Florida--- a real hit!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Hail Holyoke High School

Alma Mater! Friends Forever.
The Guys

Mary and Roger

Mary, Marvin, Tina and Me.

A fun time was had by all. I saw Freddy and when he and Bob were showing off dancing, DH got up to show his stuff too! Jim O was looking great. Patty was sitting with a fun table of mostly ladies who left a spouse at home. The Hobert's Lavelle's and Dinn's were all together--- townies till the end.

I heard good things and saw pictures of some who didn't make it this time: including Christine S.
We've lost too many but we will remember them.