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2017 Village Photos 

I decided that I’m done expanding my Christmas village. I have filled my available space. Merry Christmas !

Christmas Past

tinytearsOne of my Facebook friends posted this morning, asking about favorite childhood Christmas presents.

That got me started down Memory Lane.  I do have some wonderful Christmas memories from my early childhood.

I was a “girly girl”.  I loved dolls, and anything related to dolls  As I got older, my favorite gifts were books.

The first doll I remember coveting was a Tiny Tears doll.  The ads and commercials for Tiny Tears made her sound amazing.  She cried real tears!  She had her own bottle, and when I fed her water, and then held her upside down and squeezed the heck out of her, the water came out of her huge tear ducts.  She lost her appeal pretty quickly.  I recall that she was followed by a doll called Betsy Wetsy, and of course she had a hole on her butt and wet her diaper.

Another doll I remember begging for was a walking doll.  She was large, and she had braids.  In order to get her to walk, you had to hold her hand and sort of rock her side to side while pulling her forward.

No batteries required in any of those early toys!


walkingI also had a doll house which I loved.  When I was a child, we used our imaginations, and although we did get a TV when I was 4 or 5, I seldom watched it.






baton1One toy I remember begging for when I was probably 9 or 10, was a twirling baton.  I intended to become an accomplished baton twirler.  Well, I did learn the basics, but I was never good at it and I got discouraged.  I think the baton stood in a corner of my closet forever after.

I became a little bookworm as soon as I was able to read, and I tended to get wrapped up in reading and collecting book series.  As I got older I loved the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, but my favorites early on were the Bobbsey Twins books, and the Raggedy Ann and Andy books.










I wonder if those books are still available these days, and if they would hold the interest of today’s children?

Please feel free to leave a comment about your favorite or best remembered childhood Christmas gift.


December 2012 Newsletter

Aunt Rachel

In Memory of

Rachel J. Henley

September 6, 1919 – December 19, 2012

Of Jackson, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the age 93. She was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell Henley and daughter, Marilyn Seller. She is survived by her sons, Bob (Mary) Henley and Ronald Henley; son in-law, Bob Seller; grandchildren, Deb Hein, Bob Henley, Doug Henley, Teresa Dukes, Don Simmons, Tim Simmons and Kelsie Stevens; thirteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild as well as many nieces and nephews. She was born September 6, 1919 to Harry and Daisy Young in Jackson. Rachel was a proud homemaker; she enjoyed cooking, sewing and knitting. She had a strong faith in the Lord and was a Sunday school teacher, played the piano and participated in the choir at Sycamore Baptist Church.

This is part of the published obituary for my Aunt Rachel.  I’ll just add that she was a remarkable person and that I have many happy memories of time spent with her, Uncle Hass, and my cousins.  Aunt Rachel’s picture should be in the dictionary next to the word NURTURING.

Christmas was nice.  Aubrey and Carys, Meredith, and Paige & her little family were here.  Kids opened gifts and played.  We had too much delicious food.  We Skyped with Kay and her family and with Nikki .  Collin called on Christmas eve and JD called Christmas day..  We forgot to take pictures!

blizzard12-20-12   We had a blizzard on the 20th and 21st.  When all was said and done we got 20 inches of very wet and heavy snow.  Drifting was impressive.  It took Lee 2 days to dig us out and plow driveways and paths.

I spent a few days getting caught up on the farm books so Lee can meet with the accountant.  Yes, I know that I should do a better job of keeping up, but I tend to procrastinate on this job and play catch up every year.

Happy New Year family and friends.


Hawaiian Tea Cookies



Here’s another favorite Christmas recipe.  These are called Hawaiian Tea Cookies.  They’re a slice and bake refrigerator cookie, full of flavor from coconut, and rolled in colored sugar to make them pretty and festive.





1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup coconut

1.    Mix dough and shape into 2 (2″) rolls.

2.    Roll each in colored sugar.

3.    Wrap in waxed paper and chill 4 hours.

4.    Slice 1/4″ thick and place 1″ apart on sprayed cookie sheets.

5.    Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Yields about 3 dozen






A Favorite Holiday Treat

Chinese Fried Walnuts are a big family favorite.  They really satisfy that sweet and salty craving.  The bad news is that they’re deep-fried.  I only make them for Christmas, and this year I might not make them at all.  Have you seen the price of walnuts?  What’s going on?  Why are they so expensive?

I’m going to share the recipe for this addictive and fattening snack.  If you can get a good deal on walnuts, do give them a try.  You won’t regret it.  They’re quick and easy to make, too.






Boil the walnuts in 6 cups water for 2 minutes.  Drain.  Put in a bowl with the sugar and stir to coat, until sugar is dissolved.

Fry in hot oil until browned.  They brown quickly so don’t burn them.  Drain, and sprinkle liberally with salt (to taste).

Don’t drain on paper towels.  They’ll stick.

If you have any of these yummy walnuts left over, you can use them in salads.

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