Has the rush began?

No matter how organized I think I am, I always seem to get in a rush a week or so before Christmas.  This year I thought I had it under control, but nope, the rushing has started.


A few years ago, I started Christmas in January, and I kept at it.  Every month I completed something and packed it away.  I cannot tell you how amazing it was to have so much stuff ready and no rushing in December.  It was a relaxing enjoyable Christmas, and I had time to enjoy all the little things that I never seem to get to when I don’t do things ahead of time.


With that said, I will be starting Christmas in January … and if you would like to join in, please leave a message on this blog post, or send me an email (loveisinthedetails@mts.net) with subject - Christmas in January.

Today I am going to share one of my favorite recipes.  I am not a real big fan of cakes, but this one is a winner for me.

Piggy Cake

2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp. soft butter
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Warm milk on top of stove and add butter.  Let stand until melted.
Beat eggs well and add sugar.  Continue beating until well mixed.
Sift flour and baking powder once and add alternately with warm milk to egg mixture.
Pour into greased pant and bake in 350 oven for approximately 30 minutes.
5 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp millk
1 cup shreed coconut
3 tbsp butter
Place mixture in pot and bring to a boil.
When cake is baked, take out of oven, put topping on cake and put back in the oven until golden brown.

(For 9×13 pan, double this recipe)

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This post was written by Lori on December 17, 2016

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Handmade is better

I know that everyone is not crafty, but I am always determined that I am going to help those that say they don’t have a crafty bone in their body.  I remember a Christmas at our house, 36 of us in total, and I announced a couple of months ahead that it was going to be a homemade Christmas.  Each person was to bring something they handmade, one thing each, and we would do an exchange.


I remember hearing some grumbles, and many “I am not crafty, I can’t make anything” comments, but in the end, each and every person showed up with a handmade gift in hand, all wrapped up and ready for the exchange.  We did the exchange where you can snitch the gift from one another (I forget what it’s called) and we all waited till everyone had their gift and then we each took turns opening a gift so we could see all the different creativity.


Oh my goodness, what a bunch of different things, all so cool, so different, and everyone put a lot of time and thought into each and every gift.  To name a few - knitted afghan, quilted wall hanging, hooked rug, tied blanket, a case of homemade wine, a wooden shelf, a Christmas wreath, outdoor golf game (this came from a welder), some framed photographs, a cross-stitch picture, a carved wooden deer … seriously, it was so cool to see them all.  This still is one of the top talked about Christmas days at our house, we all loved it.

Today I will share another one of my Mom’s favorite recipes, which is now one of my favorites.

Rickety Uncles
1 cup softened butter
2 cups brown sugar
4 cups oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
Mix and press into 9×13 pan (lined with parchment is a good idea).
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cut into squares while hot, cool, break
apart and enjoy!

(When I bake this, I bake on a cookie sheet and do 1.5 times the recipe and bake 20 minutes.)


I have a picture of this on my phone somewhere, but it seems I need to clean up my photos … over 10,000 to go through.  So, I searched the web and found this one that looks almost exact to what mine does.

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This post was written by Lori on December 16, 2016

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