Babs Just A Babblin' Blog

A bit of Gardening, baking, blogging, knitting, sewing, family, friends and discovering hidden treasures along the way.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Last of the Christmas Events

We celebrated Christmas one more time this past Friday.  The kids from Chicago, Denver and Orlando were here.  It was a good time, lots of spirits, food, and gifts.  Lots of bonding!
Even my brother from Orlando joined us via FaceTime.
Of course, JoJo was the star of the show!

She wanted to hang out with the big kids on the back porch! She was dancing to polka music.
 Time to Eat!
 A little bubbly to share

Tucker and Maggie
A good time was had by all!


Still resting, nursing ear infections in both ears. Lots of time to wander on the web.

I liked this one.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

All Too Much

I guess the holiday was too much for me. I'm down a bit.  Sinus infection, doctor visit, and plugged up ears.
Have to geared up for tomorrow though.  Another Christmas celebration with the  kids.  We have Denver, Orlando, Chicago, Kalamazoo and the locals here for the weekend!  We get to see our little JoJo too!

Time to kick it in gear and grocery shop and then start cooking for our extravaganza tomorrow night!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry and Bright

Our family traditions upheld for another  year!

Polish Perogi's

 We have for dinner perogi's (potato and sauerkraut) polish sausage and shadona capusta,
And again this year, we broke bread with one another as we extended our heartfelt sentiments.
My Ice Lanterns lighting our way

Dinner Table A Glow


Blessed that our Mother still is with us to celebrate.

Christmas morning Swedish Coffee Cakes

My hubby with his new hat helping in the kitchen.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Eve Idea

Just found this on one of my blogs. For sure, doing this.

Ice Lanterns. Easy and lovely. One advantage we have is it's nice and cold so they will be perfect. Perfect luminaries for Christmas eve.

Instructions to make are here.....

Remain calm, breathe, don't get caught up in the craziness!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fantasy Wish List for Christmas

Coach SunGlasses

Coach Leather iPad Cover

Fun Coach Cashmere Scarf

Chanel Wristwatch

Grey Sequin Cashmere Sweater

Lovely Diamond Drop Earrings

A Girl;s BestFriend

Just a few suggestions, Santa!  I really have been a good girl this year!  Honest!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

What About You?

The mad rush is on. Everyone is shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, cleaning and pushing to get it all done.

This is the season to share joy, for giving, for being with those you cherish.

I encourage each of you to not forget about yourself. If you are rushed, stressed, frustrated, tired...take a moment and pause! Do yourself a yourself with a break...if only for 15 -30 minutes. Stop for a treat of the season.....relax, regroup and savour and ponder what this is all about.  You deserve it.

It doesn't get much better than this!  A yummy latte''ll make it all better, trust me!
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Feminine, Vintage, Soft, Pretty

This was fun.  Found a few new tumblr sites and selected a few photos and put together.

Just relaxing on this quiet evening.  Little rain mixed with giant snowflakes out there!  Snuggled in with my honey!

I encourage everyone to take the time this season
to slow down
Breathe, cherish your loved ones, and enjoy one another.
Share your joy, your love and peace.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Little Birthday Gathering


18 Candles

Jake, his mama and sister, Leah
Uncle Phil and Gramma

Uncle Richard

Clay Ornaments

Check out these awesome clay tags/ornaments.

They are a giveaway at

Very nice work. Lynne and I have put these on our bucket list for 2013. Our good friend, Razmataz makes awesome clay tags also. Can't wait to give them a try.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Jacob

Love this smile!

I can't believe you are 18 today.

I wish you a happy day!

Love you - Aunt Barbie

Friday, December 14, 2012

Little of This and That

My attempt to upload a picture from last night didn't work.  I will try on my iPad though the pictures turn out fuzzy when I put them in blogger.
Last night, I worked with my sister-in-law to create 26 cute little hot chocolate jars with marshmellows and peppermints.  We topped them off with a spoon filled with chocolate and topped with sprinkles.  These are for her little darlings.....i.e. her kids at school.  She teaches fourth grade.  It was a fun project and they turned out cute.
I visited Lynne today.  Our little Tuesday get together had to be delayed as she was a little under the weather.  Had a little surgery this week but today I took a latte' to her and she was so much better.  I snapped some photos from around her house.  She is such a talented decorator.  Lovely touches.  I will try and upload those from my iPad as well.
For your viewing please today, I will leave you with these.  The lake was gorgeous today.  Just got back from a walk.  I bet it was easily 50 degrees.  It had the feel of spring out there and here it is December 13th.
Have a great weekend friends!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

You Going to Wish You Were My Friend and Lived Close.

See these...they are awesome.

Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate brownies from scratch.

Need I say more except....screw the cutout cookies!
Recipe courtesy  **** She made her pops with an ice cream cute but I couldn't find the sticks.