Saturday, January 2, 2016

More of our special Christmas week...and a fruit cake recipe

Oh my gosh! I'm back, but where do I begin?

Poppy and I spent most of yesterday taking down Christmas decorations. What a mess that dried out cedar garland made! Yep, that big live cedar garland I was so proud of. We'll be picking cedar out of the carpet for years to come...Holly berries too. :)

Poppy's daughter and her family got here late Saturday the 26th and left on Thursday the 31st. We sure enjoyed having them as it had been four years since their last visit. Windy and Brian took lots of pictures and they  sent most of them to our email...but you know me and my computer skills. I've saved the pictures but can't figure out how get the pictures from saved to my blog. It just absolutely does not work for me.



I do have this great picture to share with you and when I get computer help, will show you the fun Poppy had playing with these sweet grandsons...tackling and rolling around in the leaves, all four of these guys, Dad, Grandpa, Luke, and Jacob, along with Eli. Why I figured Poppy would not be able to walk the next day. 

These boys are such a pleasure to be with. Jacob, on the right (above pic) plays the base drum in marching band and he also plays the saxophone in Jazz band. Luke, plays football and basketball.



I got this cute picture of Jacob, Luke, and their Dad making funny faces on the computer and laughing.

What strange weather we had the entire week of Christmas. Very warm and rain every day but one. That one day the sun came out from time to time and the rain stopped and that was the day we all stayed in the back yard.

We were sad to see them leave last Thursday, but Poppy and I plan to go to Missouri to visit them some time this year...after Poppy retires. Speaking of Missouri! While they were here in North Carolina, all that serious flooding was going on all around where they live. Sure hope they find everything safe and okay back at home.

And now...the fruit cake recipe.  This is unbelievably delicious!

1  box Graham crackers (crushed)
1  lb. Marshmallows (cut into pieces)
1  lb. Pecans (cut)
1  lb. Walnuts (cut)
1  lb. Candied Cherries (cut)
1  Fresh Coconut, (grated)
1  Box Dark Raisins
1  Can Eagle Brand Milk

Mix, pack in Graham cracker box lined with wax paper, enough to fold over cake. Tie box together with string and place in refrigerator.

That's it. But it takes a large pan to mix all these ingredients and you have to use your hands. It's a big sticky mess...but absolutely delicious!  

Way back when mama used to make this fruit cake, graham crackers came in a two pound box. Now days, package sizes are smaller and prices higher. Guess is all works out though.

Thank you, if you're still here. Hope you didn't completely give up on me. I will be around to catch up. Occasionally, during our week of company, I slipped away and read a blog post or two. I feel like such an outsider now!  :)

Happy New Year!

Love,
Henny


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  1. Happy New Year! Sounds like you all had a great time!! I will have to try this fruit cake thanks for the recipe. Hope you have a wonderful start to your new year!

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    1. Happy New Year Vicki! You will love the fruit cake! Didn't you eat some at my house once? Love you Vicki!

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  2. What a beautiful-looking family Henny, such big smiles, I can see why they brought so much fun to your Christmas celebrations.
    I love the smell of fresh greenery, but yes it makes a mess once it dries out, I still prefer it to artificial though.
    Hope you are having a wonderful New Year, the weather has finally turned cold here in Tennessee, brrr.
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you! It has turned cold here too, but at least we have had a little sunshine finally!

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  3. What a fun Christmas! It sounds like it was one everyone will remember for a long time to come.

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    1. Thank you Marty. I've got to catch up with your posts!

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  4. What a beautiful family! It's wonderful that they could come and spend time with you.
    I haven't started taking down decorations yet. Maybe tomorrow, maybe Monday. No hurry.
    That is a very non-traditional fruit cake recipe! No bake, lots of cake!

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    1. Thank you Linda. We did enjoy our company over Christmas.

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  5. Good to hear that your Christmas was an enjoyable one and that your family were able to visit. Too bad the weather didn't cooperate more you all could have had some nice walks in the woods and fishing off the dock.

    The graham cracker fruit cake sounds yummy and I've copied it off and will be trying it once I lose some of the weight that I surely must have put on this last 6 weeks or so. Seems like all I have done is eat! Not good.

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    1. Oh, I can tell the eight pounds I lost before Christmas is back around my middle. It's hard not eat with company in the house and everybody else snacking. I've tried to cut back since the Jan. 1st. My new year's resolution...as usual.

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    2. Forgot to say Happy New Year Vic. Happy New Year!!

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  6. I'm glad you had such a good time with family. I saw that Brian was wearing a cap from the St. Louis Blues hockey team. I live a few miles from where the Meramec River flooded I-44 and Hwy 141 near St. Louis. I hope their home is safe and they could get home without a detour. Thursday was when all the rivers nearby crested. I love the smell of natural greenery at Christmas, but don't want to deal with the mess any more. Some artificial things are really pretty and I'm happy with that at this point in my life. Good luck with the pictures.

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    1. Happy New Year Peg! Yes, they are not far from St. Louis and I heard them mention the Meramec River. They are home safe now and everything is okay. Thank you.

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  7. Now that everyone has gone home the house must seem very quiet and empty. Nice to get all the Christmas stuff put away though, isn't it. I did that just today.
    How did all your animals fare during the time you were busy with visiting and making food etc.? They(the
    animals) must have missed all the attention they normally get. Take care.

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    1. The house did seem empty for a while. It sure feel good to get all the Christmas stuff down and put away. That makes the house seem empty too. If I haven't already said it, Happy New Year!

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  8. So glad you had such a wonderful visit! Always nice to spend time with family.
    I am not very computer savvy either so I never stand your dilema. Chuck is pretty good with computers so he helps me quite often.
    Take care.

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    1. Sorry I meant to say understand your dilema!

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    2. I appreciate that. My husband and I are about the same on the computer. We both had to learn as we went along. My daughter has helped me a lot. Happy New Year.

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  9. Hi Henny! Welcome back. It sounds like you've had a wonderful time visiting with your company over the Holidays. Sure hope their house was still there in Missouri when they got back to it. Your fruitcake recipe sounds delish....I can't picture how it would look, but I like all the ingredients you mentioned. Maybe I'll try it some time! If anybody else does, I hope they'll take a picture of it so we can see it! Looking forward to your great blog in 2016!

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    1. Hey Diane. I wish I had made one of the fruit cakes. Guess I will wait until next Christmas now. Windy and her family got home safe and everything was fine. Thank you, and Happy New Year!

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  10. Glad you had some a nice time with your visitors and made many more happy memories.
    It sure doesn't take long to get behind on blog reading.
    The cake sounds good!!

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    1. Thank you! I know, there are so many blogs I love to keep up with and if you're gone a few days...well it's hard to catch up.

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  11. It's fun to have company! I hope you get the needles out of your house. It IS a mess. Usually I have two cedar garlands because one dries up and then I get another, but this year I didn't replace the dried up one.
    You could just make a new folder on your desktop and then drag the photos from the email to the folder, then import the photos from your desktop to your blog.

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    1. Hey, and thank you. I'm going to try that...making the folder like you said. I'll let you know how I do. :)

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  12. Happy New Year! Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. Looks like you have two grandsons to be proud of! Coco would be picking the holly berries out of your carpet and eating them! Not sure that would be so good so hope Eli does not decide to do that! Nancy

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    1. Eli is pretty good about not eating things like that. I wonder if holly berries are poisonous to dogs. I really think all the berries got vacuumed up. Happy New Year. Thank you Nancy.

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  13. Sweet pics. Christmas with loved ones you haven't seen for some time is sweet. Christmas with children is always much nicer too. Happy New Year!

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    1. That is so true! Thank you. Happy New Year!

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas creating some amazing memories to treasure. Best wishes for the New Year.

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    1. Thank you. We sure did enjoy having the family here. Happy New Year.

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  15. Hi,
    Looks and sounds like a great Christmas. :-))
    Happy New Year!
    Carla

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    1. Hey Carla. It was very good Christmas. Thank you. Happy New Year!

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  16. Aww, looks like you had a wonderful time over the holidays. So nice that family could come and visit with you. We have just spent this afternoon taking down the Christmas decorations, and while all the greenery was fake, it sheds needles as bad as the real thing. The starlings pooped all over the big ornaments that I had hanging at the sign at the bottom of the driveway. That fruitcake recipe is certainly interesting....:) Happy New Year to you all!

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    1. I remember the fake greenery we had hast year falling apart too. Having that many starlings around would mess up everything. Thank you Karen. Happy New Year!!

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  17. so easy to lose track of what everyone is up to when you take even a few days off. I'm just now catching up on posts. How wonderful for you guys that you got so many visitors this year.

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  18. What a beautiful holiday and wonderful memories. Thank you so much for the new years wishes and for dropping by my little blog the other day. =) I have missed reading yours. It is always so lovely, just like a bit of home. I hope your new year is absolutely wonderful. Blessings, Valerie

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