By too many children. I do not know how or why my house became the neighborhood play zone, but I really don't like it. It is certainly not because I have a fondness for children. I love my own, but I don't actually like other people's. At least not most of them. There a few well behaved exceptions, but the don't live in the neighborhood. The kids in my hood? That's a post for another day.
Everday after school my ADHD son goes in search of playmates and they always come back to my house. Most of the time I can send them outside to play, but for about 3 months of the year it is too cold for that. Today it is about 10 degrees and, so, they are in my basement. There are a couple that are just too darn LOUD for me. I already yelled at one (for trying to smother another with a pillow while she sat on him) and scolded another (too rough with the dog) and they have been here less than 20 minutes. They are all a wild lot. They have decent parents, they just struggle with normalcy and none of them quite fit the mold.
At any rate, I am posting to showcase the new Hanna Stamps sneak peek, Domestic Goddess. I made a batch of wassail today and put some in a juice container to take to a neighbor. I am finding quite a lot to do with this set and am happy at how cute it really is. I'll have to add a tag to the juice bottle, it's too plain for my tastes, though it matches the card. I used brads, fabric and plastic flowers, Basic Grey and Bazzill paper. And some other paper that I used in the background, I forget who made it. I keep trying to put this Hanna in a light blue apron, like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I branched out here, beyond my comfortable norm with the purple. I swear, I gotta kick these peanut gallery rejects out of my house and go to the scrapbook store more often!
The Wassail Recipe:
2 quarts Apple Juice
2 cups Orange Juice
2 cups Pineapple Juice
1 cup Lemon Juice (like Real Lemon)
3 sticks of Cinnamon
1T whole cloves
Heat to boiling. Let simmer 15 minutes. Sweeten with about 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar, strain and drink. I think it is best drunk warm. It should be stored in the refrigerator.