Friday, December 5, 2014

What a Journey! From Hawaii to Texas via Colorado

It's been a while since my last post, because we've been so busy moving! and moving again!

We left Hawaii on October 1st and visited family in Idaho for a few days, before packing a big rental truck with our belongings that had been in storage.  Hubs and I had gorgeous weather as we drove south to Colorado Springs (towing our car behind!), thinking the entire time that we would be settling there.

It was more than wonderful to be with our 2 daughters, son-in-love, and 2 granddaughters. We started looking for jobs and houses right away, and right from the start doors were being closed.  First of all, Hubs was applying for jobs, however not many companies were hiring in his field in that area. Then, when we started the process to get a pre-approval for a home loan, we learned that there were some roadblocks there, also! (Thankfully, they are fixable.)

On Saturday, November 1st, I heard Hubs on a phone interview.  At the end, he said, "Okay, we'll see you next week!"  He excitedly told me that he had a job!!  In Texas! What!?  I was a bit stunned, but needless to say, we had asked God to open doors where He wanted us, and He did!

So, the very next day seemed like a repeat episode from 3 weeks prior. We again packed up a big rental truck, hooked up a tow dolly on the back for our car, and headed south.
Our son, who lives just 2 hours from our new town with his wife and our 2 grandchildren, volunteered to come up and help us unpack the truck. By Friday, we had rented a house and moved right in! (A door OPEN!)  The house is just 4 minutes from Hubs' new job, is very comfortable for the two of us and we have a large living room and an extra bedroom for when guests visit. (Son & his family will be here for Christmas! Yay!)

Last week, I suddenly realized that I needed to stop decorating the house, and start DECKING the house for Christmas. My favorite time of the year! Is it yours, too?

Here are a few 2014 Christmas decor photos for you:

New city, new home, new tree, lots of ornaments
that we've had for years that bring back floods of happy memories!

Love having a fireplace mantle to decorate again!

I'm very excited about trying a new DIY project using tomato cages! Can you guess what they will be?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Hubs and I have arrived in Colorado!  As we drove from Tacoma, Washington to Colorado Springs, it was almost a surprise to see the leaves changing colors; we didn't have that in Hawaii!  It's a lovely reminder that Fall has arrived in all it's glory. 

A number of years ago, when I was a newlywed and first met my Mother-in-Love, she made these delicious Pumpkin cookies and told me that they were my Hubs' favorite cookie.  Of course, I was immediately interested in obtaining the recipe, because isn't it said that "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach"? 
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup raisins
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 cup pecans, chopped (or walnuts)

Heat oven to 350° F.  You will need a greased cookie sheet OR parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Cream shortening & sugar together.  Add pumpkin, egg & vanilla; beat well.  Sift together dry ingredients.  Add to the creamed mixture & blend well.  Stir in nuts & raisins.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350° F for 12 to 15 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack.

Want to try a little variety?  Instead of the raisins, stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips!  Mmmm....I'm so glad that Fall has arrived!

High altitude? Cookies generally do well at high altitudes, however if you find you are having trouble, try the hints found here.