Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Snow and Happy New Year!

We got a wonderful surprise for the first of the year...snow!

   It hasn't snowed here in around 10 years so its not a usual occurance. There was a very cold arctic front that came down from Canada that dropped rain and snow in our area.

 Here are a few photos

This photo was taken from some dear friends of ours who live in the neighboring town of Wildomar.

This is in the rural area of Menifee..up in the hills...I don't think the palm trees knew quite what to think! We took our grandson up there to play in the snow and he didn't appreciate the cold factor.

Of course, he ran right back to the car once the photo was taken and I don't blame him. We're really not prepared for the cold stuff. He wanted to go so badly to see it but I don't think he realized how cold it was.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

                                       Wishing everyone a joyous and peaceful Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Christmas Scale

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas decorating

Here is our little tree corner, finally got the tree up this last week. Alan's feeling alot better and no more low blood sugar episodes. Thank you all for your prayers. We love the traditional colors of Christmas as you can see and there is always one cat under the tree. The cats seem to take turns enjoying it.
            I also decorated the wash board for the holiday.

I love the cardinals, found them at the Dollar Tree store which really made it, I think.
The tree skirt I made a number of years ago, I used a base of dark quilted green cotton and the attached about 300 Christmas yo yos to it. Added buttons also and trimmed it with some vintage crochet. It was alot of work but we've enjoyed it and glad it didn't get destroyed in the fire we had about 4 years ago.

My friend, Nancy Huggins sent me a package for the family and in it was my gift..this darling primitive doll..isn't she cute?

                       I love the embroidery hoop!
Wishing you, the reader, a wonderful weekend as we prepare for Jesus's birthday and wish you many blessings this next week.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tea Towels

Just a note to let everyone know that I do custom order tea towels. This is just an example of my stitching work. The lady that I did these for was very happy with them and if you would like a set in the next year, you can message me. They run around $40.00 which includes shipping. That is for 3 towels. If you'd like just two, the cost is $30.00. (Sorry, its too late to get these finished now before Christmas.)

 The towels are very nice high quality with a hanging loop and you can order them in several colors, black, blue, yellow, red or green stripe. I also stitch on flour sack towels, and those are around $25 for 3 towels. Flour sack towels are great for drying glassware as they leave no lint. Below is an example of two flour sack towels that are now being sent to another customer.

       Please give me around 3-4 weeks for delivery.

         Below is another set of towels, these  have been very popular.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ginger Crinkles and More!

I made these the other day and they're sooo good! Chewy and full of flavor. I thought I'd share the recipe plus a funny story. For years and years my mom would try to make ginger cookies, and Dad would always say.." They're good, but not like Mom used to make. She made the best ginger cookies"
Finally, getting not a little frustrated, when her mother- in- law (my grandma) came to visit, Mom asked her what her secret was. Grandma looked surprised and said "Oh, those cookies? I always bought them".

This recipe is from the old Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, circa 1974.

Ginger Crinkles
2 1/4 c. flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 t. ground ginger
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 c. cooking oil
1/4 c. molasses
1 egg

Stir together the first 5 ingredients and1/4 t. salt. Combine the remaining ingredients and beat well. Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture. (in  other words mix dry ingredients into the wet) beat well.
Form 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar and place  on a ungreased cooky sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. Makes 48 cookies.

Just a report about Alan's doctor visit...she took him off the night time insulin and just one shot a day now in the mornings. She's having him do a diary of his sugar levels in the morning and he has another appointment next week. She also had some blood work done. So far he's been alot better and had no more visits to the ER.Thanking the Lord for prayers and good doctors.

I found this great youtube video with some really good last minute ideas for Christmas..these are great!

Monday, December 8, 2014


Sorry I haven't posted more. My husband Alan has been rather ill with his diabetes. We've had to go to the ER twice in the last 10 days as his blood sugar got so low overnight that he suffered from hypoglycemia. He didn't recognize me or any of the family and was acting extremely strange. He refused any help like orange juice so I had to call 911 twice. The paramedics were wonderful and so was the ER doctors. It was rather amazing to see him be himself again with only a little glucose.
(Since the last episode, I bought some emergency glucose just in case.)

I've been getting up in the night at least every few hours to help him check his blood sugar levels and helped him so he wouldn't get too low and have repeat symptoms. We go to the doctor today and I'm praying (asking for prayer please) that the doctor can help. It could be the insulin levels that he's been taking.  The doctor had prescribed a higher dosage so it could be too much for him.

I wanted to share a wonderful Diabetic site with you that  funds diabetic research. Its called Diabetic Awareness  and has tons of nice items (Christmas?) that helps fund research so a cure can be reached one day.

I love this polar fleece jacket on the site and this is just one example of what they offer.

Hope you're getting ready for Christmas and the holidays. I've not decorated much yet with the health problems here but hopefully this week will be different.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Wet Monday

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.We had an nice traditional dinner of roast turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy (excellent this year), steamed brussel spouts and green bean casserole, cranberry salad, with two pies for dessert.
 You may have noticed I changed my blog page to a Christmas one. What do you think?

Its raining here today, yeah!! California so needs it and its always a blessing. I'm making turkey soup today and the house smells yummy.

 Here are the two sets of tags that I spoke about earlier.

 Gingerbread Men
                                Angels Gather Here

They look alot better than these photos as my camera just doesn't focus well now having been dropped numerous times. I've improved the tags somewhat also. Both sets of tags have beading on them as well has being hand stitched. These will be the last I will do this year so if you would like any tags now is the time to order them. You can find the complete selection on Facebook, Huggins Haven Handicrafts just to the album section and click on Dani's Tags. There is lots of other goodies there too so take time to look around. The tags are still on sale through the holidays, $3.50 each or 3 for $9.00 and free shipping.

I'm now working on a special order of 3 kitchen towels. I will show you those when they're done which should be later this week. Plus I have another order of towels from some one else. So I'm busy busy!