Showing posts from 2011

Christmas Wrap Up

Christmas Eve Morning We woke up early and packed up the car in order to drive to Marceline.  We stopped for breakfast at BK Bakery and then proceeded up to Moberly to do a small bit of shopping at Randolph Mercantile.  We got to Marceline around 10.  We opened gifts and then ate lunch.  Bob and I bought Taco Soup and mom made Vegetable Soup with Beef.  We had cookies and candies and of course, eggnog!  Afterwards we went into downtown Marceline to shop at the new shop Curiosity and to Debbie's shop Simply Made.  Found adorable things in both shops! Christmas Eve Santa Sack was opened to reveal our Christmas PJs from Target, Zingo, and Christmas Karaoke.  We had pan seared scallops, baked goat cheese and red sauce with crostinis, homemade meatballs, bratwurst wrapped in croissants and various cookies and candies.  We watched The Sound of Music (the ending) and played our game and then went to bed! Christmas Morning Ashley was the first up, as usual!  Santa had come and s

Merry Christmas

From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Nutella Cookies

The Steffes women put together a last minute cookie swap when I found out that we were mostly all going to be together in Macon this year.   Jeanne and David celebrated in Nebraska this year.  I put together an invite and put a plea on the Keep Smilin' Project page and off we went! Ashley and I baked our cookies when she got home on Wednesday.  Ashley baked a simple but delicious Nutella cookie found first on Pinterest.  I baked a Weight Watcher Strawberry Angel cookie.   Joy's Popcorn Cookies Our containers, ready to swap! This year's participants! Nutella Cookies 1 c of Nutella 1/2 c white sugar 1 c flour 1 egg 1 T milk Preheat oven to 350 F. Blend all ingedients together well. Form into 1″ balls. Place on a cookie sheet. Press down firmly with the bottom of a glass. Bake 7-8 minutes or until set. Cool. Strawberry Angel Cookies 1 angel food cake mix 3/4 c sugar free strawberry preserves 1 egg white 1 T milk 3 T mini chocolate

A Study in Tradition, part 2

Last year, I took you through a photo journey as Bob's cousin Dianne made the traditional mincemeat pies here and this year I am showing you how my sister, Tammi, makes the rolls that have been served for our Holt family for many years. My sister agreed to this photo essay under one condition:  I could only photograph her hands.  No other parts of her body.  I signed in blood. Ok, not really but it sounded very dramatic. Yeast, oil, water Add in some sugar... Oh yea, baby, the yeast likes some sugar! Add in a little flour.... Oh no!  How did this picture get in here?  {snicker} Work it, Tammi! It's magic!  That gooey, sticky mess is now a smooth ball of dough. Rise, oh master, rise! Even though its the next picture, 20 minutes or so elapsed... Make into little puffs of goodness, and bake. These bake in the oven and smell up the kitchen with a warm, yeasty smell that drives us all nuts!  As soon as they come out,

Thanksgiving Eve

I love that our school system allows us the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off.  Several districts I have worked in before had us working until noon on Wednesday.  I feel much less rushed and able to enjoy the holiday more since I can do preparing the day before. So what is going on in the Steffes house in 2011?  Ashley and Eric came home from Indiana last night and we visited shortly before going to bed.  We woke up bright and early on Wednesday, though, as we all had big lists of things to accomplish! Ashley and I had some beauty routines to attend to first, then we both headed to Walmart to do some shopping.  The store wasn't busy but then again, there weren't many cashiers either.   We got our supplies without any problems and headed home. We got started right away.  We got a gingerbread cake in the oven for our trifle. We made a batch of cookies for the Steffes Cookie Swap tomorrow.  Ashley made a simple chocolate cookie with Nutella in it.  It is so chewy and lusciou

Love the Pie Project

I think pie making is a fading art.  In order to preserve this wonderful dessert, I am participating in this linky party!  Click the picture to go see a lovely world of pie, pie and more pie! Love the Pie Here are a couple of yummy pie links that have been previously posted here at Lakewood Manor.  They are worth repeating and sharing! Cracker Pie   Paula Deen Lemon Pie “ Come join Love the Pie with TidyMom   sponsored by Cherokee USA , Le Creuset , Wilton , Bags by Bloom and  Harvard Common Press ” Related articles I Luv Pies: Sister-in-law Sandy's Perfect Pumpkin Pie ( Cranberry Streusel Pie (

It's My Birthday!

I was born November 17, 1958 to Jerry and Shirley (Holt) Oliver in Marceline, Missouri at around 3:00 a.m.  There was a light snow that day.  I was born in a hospital, the first in my family to do so.  I was the oldest grandchild of Raymond and Lorraine (Wilson) Holt and Joe and Mildred (Dorrell) Oliver.  I came into the world welcomed and loved.  My aunts and uncles doted on my (oh yes you did, David) and I have pictures to prove it. At Christmas 1958, I am about four weeks old here.  I love my birthdays and have never regretted any birthday that has come my way.  I imagine it's because it was a time of celebration in my family.  Both sides would come together, with my great grandparents, and watch me blow out a candle and take a big bite of cake.  I would be wearing a fluffy {scratch} dress and black patent leather shoes that would be off my feet in a flash.  I would be surrounded with all kinds of girly toys. Today I am 53 and so grateful for every year!  I will say that

A Mizzou Tailgate!

We love our Mizzou Tigers !  Bob and I have bought season tickets since 1980 (student tickets!) and this year was no different.  However, what was different is that I missed quite a few games since I was studying and since Ash and Eric moved to Indiana.  Bob and I tailgated with our University Club once and Bob has gone to other tailgates this year but finally we were able to have a tailgate this year... with Ashley and Eric!!! It was cold... a morning game... so our tailgate focused on breakfast.  Bob made a scrambled egg and sausage mix, biscuits and gravy and cinnamon rolls.  Bob placed a broken biscuit in a bowl, covered it with scrambled eggs and sausage, then poured gravy over it all.  It was hot and delicious! Ashley and i snuggled into our blankets and watched the other tailgaters.  It is so much fun.  Across the way someone had a World Series Cardinal flag flying under the Mizzou flag.  Cool!  One couple brought a firepit with them.  Our neighbors had a kerosene burner w

Cooking Together

I think most people know that Bob is considered the cook of the house... but it wasn't always the case.  Ask Ashley, I am sure she remembers "Invent A Casserole" and other famous dishes!   Bob made a suggestion that the two of us go to a cooking class together in Columbia that was hosted by Inside Columbia magazine.  Our class was Cooking with Wine.  It was so much fun and we learned a lot!  We thank Craig Cyr, from the Wine Cellar and Bistro for his excellent instruction! Cute aprons! Ingredients for a Norton wine sauce Reducing the wine sauce at the MAJOR stove Yummy!  If you would like more information about these classes, visit their website at  You can see a list of chefs and any upcoming classes.  Bob is doing the Holiday Baking 101 class next.


I love unique moments i think today qualifies! Did you mark this moment in your life? Driving back to school!