Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The mouse-house tree & a recipe

Up until four year ago, this was the size of tree we always brought home to decorate. And I kid you not, I decorated every inch of it.

Now we bring home a small tree or a table tree and are happy with that. I couldn't even imagine Christmas without a tree and it took some doing to change from BIG to little but I am fine with it now. I love table Christmas trees as long as they are nice and tall and charlie-brown-like.

So this is the mouse-house Christmas tree .
Now stop that laughing. :-b

You can see the bottom is yet to be decorated. =^..^= =^..^=

 It is decorated with little critters and some of my all-time favorite baubles. And a mouse, of course. :)

Audrey has plans; I can see it in her eyes.
Like these cats...

If I know Audrey, and I do, she will have her way with it and then be bored to death of it in no time. Annie will just want to lie on the table, under the tree, and look at the lights.

I have a cookie recipe that you may want to try this Christmas.

                            Moravian Cookies
c - cup, tsp - teaspoon 

1/4c butter
1/2c warmed molasses
1/4c brown sugar
1/8 tsp allspice
1/3 tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt
1 7/8c  flour
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 pinch of ground cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix together the butter and warmed molasses. Add the sugar, allspice, soda and salt.
Sift together the flour, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and cinnamon. Mix well together. Roll it like a sausage with your hands.

It should look like this.
Wrap and refrigerate for 10 days.

Bring to room temperature, roll the dough thinner and then cut each cookie. Bake in a 375F oven for 10 minutes.

These come out looking like your grandma's molasses cookies. :)

We have snow today and lots of it.
Our birds are very happy to see their feeders filled.
I put a log of home-made suet out for them to help pack on some weight.

Had she goes.

I'm enjoying all the beautiful decorating as I pop over to your blogs. Thanks for sharing. :)

hugs, Deb


  1. Deb I love your tree because it looks like happiness and love and everything a real Christmas tree is supposed to be! The woodland animals are so cute. Did I see Simon in the tree? ; )

    Our tree this year looks a bit like the ones you showed with kitties sticking out! We have two sweet cats that just turned a year old and are totally loving this Christmas!

    Thanks for the cookie recipe - it sounds delicious! I know the birds are loving your home-made suet, especially with all that snow. It sure looks cold there! We had our first snow today here in Missouri but it was just a light one.

    Give Audrey and Annie my love!

  2. Sweet little the real ones!
    The cookies sound delish! 10 days? Those flavors are certain to be through and through that dough! Yum!

  3. Your tree is really beautiful Deb. I love all your treasured decorations. Your snow looks really beautiful too .... tho I am guessing it is very cold there.

  4. This ALL reminds me of my George...
    And, all the antics he used to get
    up to every year with our tree!
    He dragged the fairy down, one year,
    she was most upset! :).

    It ALL looks lovely...especially ALL
    the pussy~cats 'bums'..! :).
    Here's a little drink to go with your cookies!
    SANTA'S Hat....
    32 fluid ounces cranberry Juice.
    16 fluid ounces pineapple juice.
    16 fluid ounces orange juice.
    Sparkling Water.
    Sugar, for glass rim.
    Stir juices and ice together in a
    pitcher. Dip damp edge of glasses
    into sugar. Top up with sparkling
    water. Pour into glasses and serve!
    And, NO! Not for you Audrey!x

  5. I love the tree decorations! You have an lovely tree there!

  6. Deb, no laughter here. I love the un-sheared trees, so much more natural and it gives great places to hang the long ornaments

  7. Oh how I love your tree Deb! I'll bet it smells heavenly too! Oh dear...winter has arrived at The Mouse House! I always visit and leave with enjoyed this one today! Hugs!

  8. I love your little tree! Mine is artificial but I still enjoy it. So far Annie Belle hasn't noticed it nor Mr Toes, still only unbreakable's are on it.

  9. Moravian Cookies? The religious folks? We have a road in our area named after the Moravian's that settled there, to convert the local people to Christianity.

  10. I think it is magical! I love woodland trees (as you know) but yours seems especially appropriate, being in the woods and all! And I love the shape of it. Trees with spaces are terrific. I'm hoping Rick can get a good one -- he gets the real tree. I love decorating it and it smells so darned good!

  11. I can just imagine Audrey's Christmas tree plans!

  12. I was so tickled seeing your Cats In The Trees pictures. Adorable.