Thursday Doors 51/52

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Since this week’s Thursday Doors falls during Christmas week I thought I’d share some doors that are decorated for Christmas.

N°2259- Blue light special

N°2259

N°4925 The stained glass window pane has a whale in the sea theme.  I love this stone wainscoting that is popular around my area now.

N°4725

…and N°4758- my front door. It’s a bit sparse these last few years. After He-Man ruptured his Patella Tendon he wasn’t able to get up on a ladder to hang the Christmas lights.  I’m not one of those people that keep their Christmas lights up all year, but let me tell ya…these last few Christmas’s we’ve missed the lights!

This year He-Man has seen great progress with his knee recovery. He can climb a short ladder, and he can stand up in the saddle. A BIG DEAL for a Cyclist who rides up mountains.   However, since our home remodel the gables are higher than our ladder and he feels it’s still too high for him to climb, and we need new hooks all around the front of the house. I don’t know how to do that. I can’t even hammer a nail in straight, so we’re going without lights for the time being.  Maybe next year.

N°4758

Beginning Friday I don’t anticipate being online very much. Big Baby Boy, and Dark Haired Beauty are arriving Friday evening for Christmas.   Baby Girl, and #1 Grandson are staying home for Christmas. YEAH!

I’m done shopping but I haven’t begun to wrap, and I need to begin cooking for Christmas dinner.

For those of you celebrating Christmas I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!  Hanukkah begins the 24th I think. Happy Hanukkah to those of you who celebrate that!

If you don’t celebrate Christmas enjoy the season, the lights, the joy, and good cheer that comes with the season, and I wish you a wonderful week-end!

This post is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.  If you love doors and would like to see the doors others are posting, or post doors you’ve photographed and join other door lovers from around the world click here.

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Walnut Butterball Cookies

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Linda over at fabulousfaresisters posted the recipe for these cookies earlier in the week, and I love this type of cookie so thought I’d try them.

Walnut Butterballs

Linda credited her Mom for the recipe found here, but I’m giving Linda the credit for nudging me to try them and for the recipe. I changed the recipe just a little by adding Confectioners sugar to the dough too.

I love that there are very few ingredients, and the cookies are not too sweet even with the extra sugar in the dough.

Walnut Butterball Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup confectioners sugar

1 tsp. Vanilla

2 cups flour

1 cup walnuts, finely chopped

Extra Confectioner’s sugar for dusting the cookies after baking

 

Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, using a spoon, cream the butter and 3/4 cup of confectioners sugar. Then add the vanilla, flour, and walnuts to the buttercream mixture. Stir until well combined. It will be crumbly. That’s fine!

Next, shape into small balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. ( I lined mine with parchment paper.)

Bake 12 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Roll in confectioner’s sugar while still warm.

(I let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then rolled them in confectioner’s sugar then finished cooling them on a cooling rack)

Store in an airtight container for a week, or freeze.

FWIW: I used a wooden spoon to mix the dough. I always do. When I was young and learning to bake I heard it keeps the dough from getting tough. Is it true? I don’t know. I’ve used my electric mixer to make other cookie dough, and its paddle is metal and the dough hasn’t been tough.  However, I don’t over work the dough…so that’s probably the key. 🙂 Knowing when to stop mixing. That’s the key!

I’m giving most of this batch away to neighbors and friends. I think they’ll make a lovely little gift for Christmas.

I’ve eaten two already. They’re delicious!

Thank you Linda! ♥

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MM2 38/52 Christmas Where You Are

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Theme week 4 for the month of December is Christmas Where You Are. For my entry I’ve shared our tree, and some of our Christmas decorations.  I really love the tree this year.  Even sans the topping star. I couldn’t find it for weeks! I found it 2 weeks ago, but am afraid I’ll topple the tree if I attempt to put it on, so we’re topless this year.

#1 Grandson (he turned 3 last Saturday!) really loves the tree with its ornaments, lights and Bears.  A tradition that #1 Grandson is going to start understanding this year; when he wakes up tomorrow The Bears will be gone! They’ll leave a note on the tree that says they’ve gone to help Santa with the last BIG push to get things done in time for his trip Christmas Eve, but don’t worry! They’ll be back Christmas morning. 🙂

I think he’s brought the magic, awe, and joy back to the house this Christmas, and it’s infectious. YEAH!

From my house to yours may your hearts be filled with everything joyous, and wonderful this season brings.  Merry Christmas!

Monochrome Madness 2 38 Christmas Where you Are

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Monochrome Madness2 36/52 Santa

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Our second theme for the month of December in Leanne Cole’s MM2 is Santa or Elves.  I chose  an image of my earliest Hallmark Train & Santa ornament for this week’s theme.

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