Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from Houston, Texas!

Friends….bloggers! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. It was a beautiful day here in Houston. The weather was nice and inviting.

We have been a busy group with work and school. My husband is in the process of launching his company called Mancave Toyz. We participated in a vendor event in early December, and had many orders placed for many different things. But the biggest hit this holiday season was the “beer cap opener/catcher”. Here is a sample of what it looks like. What do you think?

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We were also featured in CultureMap Houston this past week. Take a look at all the other cool things that were featured too.

Well, that is all for tonight.

From my family to yours….Merry Christmas.

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Cheers,

jRose

The beginning of a new season…Christmas

Christmas was never a good holiday for me, at least for the past 4 years. Family grows apart, friendships fade and well, the time of depression tends to set in….DEEPLY. But this holiday season I will make it different, I will make it better around my family. My spirits will be lifted, my mindset will be positive and my overall goal is to be as happy as I possibly can.

The empty bench that you see here will be filled with time spent reading, drinking coffee and conversations with people that I love and enjoy. So, come join me and help me make memories and laugh about the nonsense of life’s worries.

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Happy Holidays,

jRose

Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas

This season was a family quiet one. I didn’t bake as much as usually do for the holidays, but I did bake some cute wreath frosted cupcakes. Image

Vanilla/Vanilla Frosted Wreath Cupcakes

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I have never made these before and I gave it a shot! What do you think?

Being able to take time out for my family was very important to me. Our kids are young adults now and of course have their own lives and friends to be with, but making an Enchilada Dinner on Christmas night was a must for them to be here. We had cookies for dessert and little chocolate covered marshmallows for a SWEET treat.

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Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter Blossoms…..Santa’s favorite!

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Chocolate Covered Marshmallows for the Hot Chocolate treat!

Twas’ the night before Christmas, I was able to finish my Christmas Wreath. Somehow, I had misplaced my hot glue gun and hadn’t had a chance to get another. But I was tired of looking at a naked wreath that I went to Target and bought the gun. I was pleased at the results, cause it’s a little country.

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We all hope you had a great Christmas holiday with family, friends and loved ones.

Merry Christmas from our home to yours.

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Christmas week….baking week….

This past week the sound of the mixer drowned out the Christmas music. The aroma from the coffee pot filled the air and the dog hated me cause he got no attention.

I cracked open the kitchen window to let in a breeze and let out the aroma of my baking.

What did I bake??? Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Sugar Cookies with Apricot filling

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Peppermint Chocolate cookies dipped in White Chocolate sprinkled w/candy canes.

Yes, I was a busy woman. No kids and I decide to bake…..what was I thinking! I should have been out and about shopping, the spa, mani and pedi. Ha-Ha.  I had fun baking. As I posted pictures on my Facebook, my daughter would comment, “No fair, we aren’t there!” The funny thing is that they don’t eat much sweets, so I decided to give most of these away. I did leave some for us, but giving them felt so much better.

During the week, I caught up with many friends that have touch my heart throughout the year. And it was a pleasure to share my baking with them. As Christmas Day approached, my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Now, I am a practicable girl and I don’t ask for much. I just want to make them happy, so I asked for a KitchenAid hand held mixer. He looked at me funny and said, “I can’t just get you that!” I laughed. He bought me an IPod Touch! What a great hubby I have!

The kids arrived on Christmas Day and were home for 4 hours and left….go figure. Ha-Ha. They were here just in time for Tamales and Rice. Grandma left them with her famous Rice Pudding…..oh sooooo goood! Not sure if I will ever master that recipe, but if I do, it will never be the same when she makes it.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and I hope that you ring in 2011 with love, joy, happiness and know that God is always there for you. I have enjoyed sharing my baking blog with you and I hope you continue to read. Until next time……Happy New Year!