Monthly Archives: December 2015

Some Vintage Christmas Eye Candy

Yesterday we walked through the Volo Antique Mall.  I love looking at vintage Christmas decorations (and non Christmas things too).  I’m at the age where things from my childhood are considered vintage (ha, I guess I’m vintage too), so I will often see something that sparks a childhood memory.

This antique mall that has been around since 1991, but has grown since then.  There is also an auto museum and military museum on this site.  One of the structures that house antiques and collectibles was built in the 1800s and was used as a dairy barn.  It has multiple levels with the milk house room being on an upper level, but has a door leading to the outdoors.  I think it is due to the grading of the land or the hills around the barn.  The highest level feels like you’re in a hayloft and is so narrow that it only has room for one dealer.

Ghost Lab did a little video which is on You Tube.  You can see more of the old barn here on You Tube.  No, we didn’t see any ghosts while we were there yesterday.

Here are some photos I took of Christmas items that caught my eye.  I also took pictures of non Christmas items, but will have to put those into another post as there are too many for one post.

Do any of these things spark a memory with you?

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My dad’s father had a Borden’s milk truck business in the 1960s.  I used to peek inside his truck when we would visit him in Chicago.  He would often have those small packages of Brach’s butterscotch candies sitting on the dashboard and I would help myself to one.  I hope he didn’t mind.

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I need help with these three elves (or whatever they are).  My mom had one who was wearing a green velvet jacket and playing one of those instruments.  I seem to remember that she got it at one of those parties (like a Tupperware party), but I was very young and don’t remember anything else.  Does anyone remember anything about them?volo antique mall 523

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volo antique mall 539I don’t need a punch bowl, but this one made out of green carnival glass was beautiful.

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We bought nothing, which is unusual, instead, I wanted to bring things here to sell.  I still have cartons of boxed Barbie dolls.  If I wait 10 more years they will be vintage too.

Bye for now!  Hope you’re have a very nice “Christmas Eve Eve”.  I made that up, sorry.

My Snow Village this Year (2015)

I’ve mentioned my Snow Village in a couple of previous posts a little here and showed you Amelia Thimble posing in it here.

Here is a photo of the complete set up.  My husband did the entire display this year.  Didn’t he do a great job?!  As you can see, I don’t have too many pieces, just enough to make it look complete yet manageable, I think.

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My husband placed an old bi-fold closet door on top of a desk to make a base which is the perfect size for all of my pieces.

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The church on the left is one that I had given to my grandmother.  I bought it for her because It reminded me of the church she attended when she lived here in Illinois (in one of her Illinois homes).snow village 485

I think the blue roofed duplex was my first piece.snow village 470

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My church, that I purchased for my collection, is below in the corner.  Yes, that’s a Valentine’s Day house on the far right.  It never seems to get out much, so why not put it out now?snow village 468

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Here a shot from above.

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Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me in my Snow Village.  I hope you enjoyed my miniature town.

Bye for now!

Snowball Cookies

One of the first things I did Thursday morning was bake a batch of snowball cookies to include in my boxes of gifts that were traveling to faraway places (other states).  These are probably one of the two kinds of cookies that I make almost every year.  I grew up with these cookies, my mom made them at Christmas.  I have no idea where the recipe came from originally.

I thought that I would share this recipe with you.  I’ve added my own little additions and notes which I’ll include in the recipe too.

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Since typing this recipe (you can tell how old this recipe is… who types anymore?),  I have had to cut it in half.  My Kitchenaid mixer (it’s the basic, or smallest model) doesn’t handle the full recipe, so if you have a larger mixer you can double my recipe that I’m giving you, so it would then be the size that my mom always made in her Sunbeam mixer from the very early 60s.  When the flour is added, the dough is very dry (like Play-Doh) and then you still need to mix in the chocolate chips, so that is why you need a “roomy” bowl.

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Oops, an extra egg jumped in my photo; you only need one.

Snowball Cookies

2-1/8 cups sifted flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 egg

1 cup chocolate chips

powdered sugar (for rolling the baked cookies in)


-Sift together the flour and salt in a separate bowl, set aside.

-Blend butter and sugar until creamy, add vanilla and egg, mix well again.

-Add in flour mixture and mix just until incorporated, then add chocolate chips and mix again, don’t over mix after adding in flour and chocolate.

I use a 1-1/4″ scoop to measure out each cookie, then shape it with my hands.  I put the shaped cookies in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes, this keeps them from spreading too much in the oven.  Bake at 300º for 25 minutes.  After baking, let them cool for a bit (10-20 minutes).  While still warm, roll in powdered sugar.  This makes them look all snowy.  Make sure that they are COMPLETELY cool before packing them away (the powdered sugar needs to dry or will remain sticky).

I have also made these with a 1-5/8″ scoop and baked at 350º for 17-20 minutes, but I like the smaller cookies.  (I’m not sure why I lowered the temperature for the smaller cookies.  I have the Mrs. Field’s Cookie book and she uses 300º, so I am guessing that is why I did that.  All that really matters is that it works fine at 300º, feel free to do your own experimentation.)

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This is what the cookies look like before rolling around in the powdered sugar.  The cookies are much happier afterwards.  Ha ha.snowball cookies 388

Don’t forget to “test” a cookie afterwards.  You need to make sure that they are indeed delicious before gifting them to others or serving to your guests.  Mine were!snowball cookies 395

Hope you enjoy this week of anticipation before Christmas and that it is relaxing and memorable for you.  Thank you for reading!  Bye for now!