Tuesday, January 3, 2012


   This comes from www.thatvillagehouse.blogspot.com .  I made something similar a couple years ago, without the pots.  It was about 6 feet high.  I got the inspiration from a Chirstmas dectoration that we bought at Target. This is a very good idea and make a great enterance to your home.  So here's a little something to thing about for next year.  Before you know it December will be here again.  You could also do something like this for an Easter theme.   Enjoy!

A Merry Welcome!

So here is my first Christmas project for the year!!
I saw something similar at our church's Advent celebration & pretty much straight up copied it. I couldn't help it. It was love at first sight! I plan to make a 2nd stack to go on the other side of my door, so I'm not completely done, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.

I started with 3 different sized boxes...9, 12 & 14 inch cubes.
I used an ice pick to punch holes in each of them so that I could run a rebar through them. (It's easier to do the holes first, before getting them all wrapped & pretty.) For the smaller boxes, I slightly off-centered my holes, so that the boxes would tilt on each other.

Then I wrapped them and made bows for each.
Tip: Keep your wrapping paper pattern running the same direction.
Tip #2: Before you poke holes through the paper, put a little tape on it. It will help the paper from ripping.

I also made sure my seams were right down the middle of the boxes so that the ribbon would cover them up. And I used double-sided tape to hold the ribbon and bows in place. I'd love to take credit for these tidbits, but again, I straight up copied this idea!!

What do you think?? I can't wait to make the other stack!


   This recipe comes from www.elizabethsedibleexperience.blogspot.com . Enjoy!

Cake Cravings

   There is a hilarious scene in an episode of Sex and the City where Miranda makes herself a homemade chocolate cake. She starts off by eating one thin sliver of the cake and then walks away. The camera frame doesn't leave the kitchen the entire scene. You see her walk back into the kitchen just seconds later and help herself to another minuscule piece of the sinful treat. After she leaves the shot she is once again back within seconds and cuts herself a third helping. This time she is more realistic and portions out a sizable piece of the cake. After her third tasting she covers the cake in aluminum foil trying to make it less accessible. The tin foil wasn't strong enough to keep her out. After a short while she returns to the kitchen and has another piece. This time she covers it with foil and places it in the fridge assuming it to be the final resting place until a later date. Time elapses and she is back once more. She eats another piece; visibly frustrated with her lack of self control she throws the cake in the trash. Miranda thinks this will deter her from ever eating the cake again. In one last desperate scene, they show her back in the frame hovering over the trash can about to make a very dirty decision. She heads over to the sink, grabs the dish soap and pours it all over the cake making it unedible to her tempted tastebuds.
   It is a brillant scene and my paragraph above does it little justice. I think the will power struggle she goes through during the short 2 minute scene is captured perfectly and with so much humor. I never could relate to the scene on a personal level because I am not a chocolate lover. I have never had something so rich and decedant tempting me in my own kitchen - that was until this weekend. Although it wasn't the chocolate cake of the sitcom, this pound cake was addictive. I couldn't stop eating it. Everytime I passed the cake stand I lifted the lid and helped myself to a sliver. I felt like I was headed down the Miranda dish soap road very quickly. I made sure to cut up slices to bring to work on Monday in an attempt to get the cake out of my house so it didn't end up in the trashcan drowning in Palmolive.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Yield 1 (10-inch) cake
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened at room temp
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temp
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy (do not over beat);

gradually add sugar, beating well.

Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until combined. Crack eggs into a bowl first before adding to the mixture to make sure you avoid shells in the cake mix.

Sift 3 cups of flour. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla from the huge 1 liter Mexican vanilla bottle my mother in law shared with me.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch Bundt pan.

Smooth the top of the cake or bottom of the cake (depending how you look at it) with a spatula to even it out.

Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and let cool completely on wire rack. My pound cake had a crazy crusty layer on the bottom that I just peeled off. It was like candy, it was so sweet and cruchy but it wasn't pretty so I just threw it away.


  When January comes along, you may think that the food holidays have come to an end, but you'd be wrong. January is filled with many food holidays. Here is a list of the food holidays you can look forward to in January.

  • January 1st-Apple Gifting Day- This is such a fun day to celebrate. A fun way to enjoy this national food holiday is to bake an apple pie or some other favorite apple dessert that you may like. Christmas may be over, but it's never a bad time to bake a gift for someone.
  • January 2nd-National Cream Puff Day- If you're tired of baking, never fret. You can always head to your local bakery and pick up some delicious cream puffs.
  • January 3rd-Chocolate-Filled Cherry Day- Go out and enjoy a handful of some chocolate covered cherries. I can't seem to find any that are filled with chocolate.
  • January 4th-National Spaghetti Day- Who doesn't love spaghetti (besides me)? On this food holiday, shake things up by making something different. Or at least make a homemade sauce or pasta!

  • January 5th-National Whipped Cream Day- Whipped cream can be enjoyed in all kinds of ways. On this food holiday, why not have some strawberry short cake with lots and lots of whipped cream.
  • January 6th-National Shortbread Day-On this food holiday, do something fun. Make a batch of shortbread cookies and take them to some of your co-workers.
  • January 7th-National Tempura Day- Tempura is a batter that is usually found on Asian foods, such as sweet and sour pork. To enjoy this day, head out and pick up some Chinese food for dinner.
  • January 8th-English Toffee Day- You can always make your own English toffee. But, if you want to celebrate this day, there is an easier way, just buy a Heath candy bar.
  • January 9th-National Apricot Day- Apricots are tasty and healthy. On this food holiday, grab some dried apricots and mix them with some nuts and other dried fruit to create a trail mix.

  • January 10th-Bittersweet Chocolate Day- Bittersweet chocolate makes some very good brownies. Do I need to say anything else?
  • January 11th-Milk Day- I love milk, especially over ice! Have a glass with the leftover brownies you made a couple days ago.
  • January 12th-Curried Chicken Day- Are you tired of the same old dinners every night? Then why not celebrate this food holiday and make something different!
  • January 13th-National Peach Melba Day- Peaches, raspberries, and ice cream, does it get any better than that!!
  • January 14th-National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day- On a cold day with a bowl of soup, nothing is better than soup and a hot pastrami sandwich, this is a food holiday that'll warm your insides.

  • January 15th-Strawberry Ice Cream Day- January is the perfect time to enjoy a food holiday that brings out the summer when it's cold outside. How about a creamy, thick strawberry shake!
  • January 16th-International Hot and Spicy Food Day- If you love spicy food, you'll love this food day. Prepare all your favorite appetizers, buffalo wings, jalapeno poppers and some spicy dipping sauce.
  • January 17th-Hot-Buttered Rum Day- If you drink alcohol, this is a great way to warm up on a cold January evening. If you don't, just buy some buttered Rum Lifesavers.
  • January 18th-Peking Duck Day- If you love Asian dishes, this is the food holiday for you. Take your sweetheart out for a nice Chinese dinner for two.
  • January 19th-National Popcorn Day- Do you really need a reason to have some popcorn!

  • January 20th-National Cheese Lover's Day- There are so many different ways to enjoy this holiday. You could serve nachos, cheeseburgers, or just go out an get a cheese pizza.
  • January 21st-New England Clam Chowder Day- This is another great food holiday to celebrate on a cold January evening.
  • January 22nd-National Blonde Brownie Day- Sure chocolate brownies are delicious, but blondies are also quite tasty as well.
  • January 23rd- National Rhubarb Pie Day- I just want to know one thing...who's the one who ever thought of this kind of pie, especially one with strawberries in it....what a waste of some perfectly edible strawberries.
  • January 24th-National Peanut Butter Day- This has to be one of the best food holidays. Enjoy some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Maybe take a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch.

  • January 25th-National Irish Coffee Day- If you don't drink alcohol, you can find Irish cream coffee creamer to enjoy instead.
  • January 26th-National Pistachio Day- What better way to enjoy this food holiday than to sit back with a bowl of pistachios while watching some T.V.!
  • January 27th-Chocolate Cake Day- Obviously, no one will have to be forced to partake in this food holiday!
  • January 28th-National Blueberry Pancake Day- If you're looking for a healthy food holiday, make some whole wheat pancakes and sprinkle on your blueberries right before flipping it.
  • January29th-National Corn Chip Day- Buy a bag of Frito's, some chili, add a little cheddar cheese and enjoy.

  • January 30th-National Croissant Day- Enjoy this food holiday with some scrambled eggs and bacon.
  • January 31st-Brandy Alexander Day- If you like to drink, you'll love this food holiday! Cheers!


  • January 1st-New Year's Day- You already knew this one. Celebrate by getting ahead start on breaking your New Year's resolutions.
  • January 2nd-55MPH Speed Limit Day-Observe the 55 MPH holiday by driving the speed limit in your state or country. Or if you don't like it just say "I can't drive 55"!
  • January 3rd-J.R.R. Tolkien Day-Invite a Hobbit over for dinner! YAAAA!
  • January 4th-World Hypnotism Day- Try to hypnotise your children into doing what you want them to do. (like that's going to happen).

  • January 5th-Bird Day- Go out and pet a parrot and keep your fingers away from the beak.
  • January 6th-Epiphany-Go to church and ring some bells.
  • January 7th-I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day- Got a beef with someone, go up to them and yell this catchy little phrase to them.
  • January 8th-Bubble Bath Day- When's the last time you've seen any man take a bubble bath. Women, go ahead and have a "calgon take me away night".
  • January 9th-Balloon Ascension Day-This is the day you get to blow up a balloon with some helium, stick a note in it and let it fly!

  • January 10th-National Cut Your Energy Cost Day-Go green! Turn the lights off and live by candlelight for the day.
  • January 11th-National Clean Off your Desk Day-Admit, it, your desk could use a good cleaning.
  • January 13th-Rubber Duckie Day-It's your lucky day. You get to take another bath this month, even if it's not time yet.
  • January 14th-Dress Up Your Pet Day- Do we really think the dog or cat really likes to be dressed up!!

  • January 15th-Humanitarian Day- Try doing a good deed for someone today.
  • January 16th-Appreciate A Dragon Day-Dragons need to be appreciated, too....YES they're real!!
  • January 17th-Customer Service Day-No matter how tempting it may be, do not allow yourself to do something weird to that persons food.
  • January 18th-Thesaurus Day-Write a story, poem or a short note today. Use your computer's thesaurus to change all the adjectives to a synonym of that word.
  • January 19th-Rid The World Of Fad Diets And Gimmicks Day- DVR a bunch of shows and then when you get home fast forward through the infomercials.

  • January 20th-Camcorder Day- Today is the day to make a home video and submit it to America's Funniest Home Videos. Make sure you take your camcorder where ever you and your family go.
  • January 21st-National Hugging Day-"Keep on Huggin".
  • January 2nd-Answer Your Cat's Questions Day- This is for the people that can see dead people and skip where ever they go.
  • January 23rd-National Handwriting Day-Write yourself a letter then learn how to analyze your handwriting. You might learn a little about yourself (Psycho!!).
  • January 24th-Belly Laugh Day-Tell one of your good jokes to someone, just make sure it clean.

  • January 25th-A Room Of One's Own Day- As a parent I wish I had one of these. (looking for plans to make a man cave!)
  • January 26th-National Peanut Brittle Day-Try not to let it get stuck in your teeth.
  • January 27th-Thomas Crapper Day- He was the inventor of the toilet. Try to use it at least a couple extra times on this day to salute Mr. Crapper.
  • January 29th-Fun At Work Day- How many of us think a job is fun ? ......... Anyone?..... Anyone?

  • January 30th-Inane Answering Message Day- I'll let you decide how to celebrate this one.
  • January 31st-Inspire Your Heart With Art Day-Go to an art gallery and gaze at the paintings and sculptures.