Thursday, December 31, 2009

Snow Adorable

Our little "Snow Bunny" enjoying a walk in the park in Rockport, Texas. This little Bichon, Brady Nicholas, is the joy of our lives.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


As you can see from the journaling, this is Penny. She is our sponsor dog at the Animal Defense League (a No Kill shelter) in San Antonio. Sadly, she has been there about a year. All of our other sponsor dogs in the past few years have always gotten adopted fairly quickly, even blind and deaf dogs. Penny is very shy, and that is why she keeps getting overlooked. Her human passed away last summer. She is so beautiful, she's 4 years old, and 53 pounds. I pray that she gets her Christmas wish soon to have a forever family.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Universal Studios

Exploring the magic of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 2003.

Cranberry Orange Cookies

I made Cranberry Orange cookies for the Christmas holidays. They seemed to be a big hit with Bill and my family in San Antonio. I will definitely make these again. Here is the recipe if you'd like to try it:

Cranberry Orange Cookies

1 C. butter, softened
1 C. white sugar
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. grated orange zest
2 T. orange juice (I used concentrate)
2 1/2 C. All-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. (190 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg until well blended. Mix in 1 teaspoon orange zest and 2 tablespoons orange juice. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the orange mixture. Mix in cranberries and if using, walnuts, until evenly distributed. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Cookies should be spaced at least 2 inches apart.

3. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes (mine were perfect in 12 min.) in the preheated oven, until the edges are golden. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

4. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, 3 tablespoons orange juice and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over the tops of cooled cookies. Let stand until set.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow Angel

This is Maisy, who is enjoying dashing through the snow just before Christmas. She is a part of Terry and Christine's family, our friends who live in the United Kingdom.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Sister is a Forever Friend

What a great time I had in Pennsylvania for a week visiting my sisters. It had been seven years since I had last seen them. What a wonderful reunion and an awesome pizza party we had.

Friday, December 4, 2009

My Friend Reno

A heartfelt moment with my friend, Reno in our back yard.


Beautiful photos of my beloved Chelsea from 1997 when Bill and I lived in Portland, TX. She was certainly the love of my life, and I will cherish her in my heart forever.