Christmas baking

     Merry Christmas. We got plenty of holiday baking done, brownies, sugar cookies, chocolate covered Ritz, chocolate covered pretzels, muddy buddies and fake almond roca. SO MUCH SUGAR..seriously good but I'm looking forward to Christmas dinner. Am I the only one who prefers a smorgasbord of snack foods to an actual planned out meal? Nothing wrong with the meal, I just love meat, cheese and crackers. Anyway I took pictures of some of the sweets we've made so far.

Chocolate covered pretzels by Maridan Valor found on the blog Night Sea 90
I used leftover chocolate to coat a few pretzels in both milk and white chocolate.
I will be making more of these, so good.

Grinch heart cookie by Maridan Valor found on the blog Night Sea 90
Obviously I had to make a Grinch heart cookie. I've yet to see the new Grinch movie.
I like the classic song You're a mean one Mister Grinch.

Christmas cookies by Maridan Valor found on the blog Night Sea 90
That cookie is mine...I can't fit my name on a cookie.

Christmas cookie by Maridan Valor found on the blog Night Sea 90
I think I was just trying to go for a Christmas sweater vibe or see how much frosting I could fit on the cookie.

Chocolate covered Ritz by Maridan Valor found on the blog Night Sea 90
Two Ritz crackers with peanut butter inside and coated in both milk and white chocolate.
These are a hit, a new recipe and something I think we'll be making again in the future.

Disclaimer; I doubt I'll even finish the sugar cookies I decorated and I made the least but I will eat MINE, lol.

Purple and gold, my first wreath

     I made my first wreath using the wreath from Walmart that was $2.97 or something like that. The purple and gold ornaments I got online from Walmart this summer on clearance originally priced $4.95 but I found them at half price. The angel wings were $1.97 from Walmart and the silver bead garland I think was $1.47 if I remember correctly. I kind of removed all the packaging so I can't go back and look at the prices, oops. Finally the curling ribbon I bought at the thrift store for $1.50 a spool and I bought six spools that day but only used purple and gold to go with the ornaments.

Not bad for my first try making a wreath. I think it turned out pretty cute.
The lights are cool white, they kind of come off as blue.
Warm white lights would look better but I don't have any.
The wreath is for my bedroom closet door which you can see is purple.

    I wrapped the fairy lights and silver garland around the wreath so many times trying to make it look good but I had no idea what I was doing. The curling ribbon was tied together in a bunch and curled before I just tucked it into the wreath with no clips or hooks to work as a filler for some blank spaces where I felt adding more ornaments to fill it in wouldn't look so well.

     The ornaments came in a pack of eighteen but I didn't use the entire package. To attach them I just used ornament wire. I am loving the purple and gold and normally I am not a huge fan of gold. I love silver and copper but this gold with the purple is just awesome and making me wish I had more purple ornaments, most of mine are blue, pink or tones of silver.

Disclaimer, totally addicted to hoarding ornaments. Seriously when it comes to ornaments if I can find them on a good deal and I like them, I think I'd pick them up. I did just start buying them the last couple years so there's only a few packs so far...on the hunt for teal green, grey, purple and orange for now.

I spy with my blue eyes....a beehive on a wire

    This summer I found a beehive growing in a strange place. I don't know if this is actually common but have you ever seen a hive grown on a power line (whatever cable it may be).

     This is the first time I've seen one grown on a cable but I have seen them other places before but what interested me was how much this one has grown from June 26th to July 7th when I took these pictures. Granted I wasn't standing in the same exact spot and the lighting was different on both days but this is the same exact hive.

I spy with my blue eyes....a bee hive on a wire; a blog post with photos to compare hive growth. #idaho #idahome #bees #beehive #nature #photography #bloger #NS90 #wildlife

I spy with my blue eyes....a bee hive on a wire; a blog post with photos to compare hive growth. #idaho #idahome #bees #beehive #nature #photography #bloger #NS90 #wildlife
I matched the cable size in these photos as close as possible so you can see the difference.

     I wondered how big the hive would grow but it hasn't changed in size since so I figure it's done by now. I had this big plan to take a few more photos of it growing huge but nope, hasn't grown since. Oh well, it was fun anyway.

     Were the bees bad this summer for you too? We had a bunch of angry bees, really angry ones. I had to keep retreating inside because they liked landing on my legs. Bumblebees, sure I don't mind those so much anymore but anything else, eek no, I'm not sticking around for that.

Disclaimer; I have no idea what kind of bees these are but I do know that the song I just found and have been listening to the last few days and while writing this is kind of funny. Black Honey by Thrice. How weird that I'm listening to a song about bees while writing a post about bees. That wasn't planned, I only realized it when trying to come up with this disclaimer.

Sunrise photos 9/13/2018

     I caught the sunrise this morning and took a few photos I wanted to share. I should have worn a sweatshirt, it was thirty seven degrees outside. Not too bad just a little too chilly. I'm so glad it's September because that means hoodie weather! Fall is my favorite season, the weather gets cooler and it rains.

Sunrise photos 9/13/2018 by Maridan Valor
That pink :)

Sunrise photos 9/13/2018 by Maridan Valor
I love how the one tree stands out.

Sunrise photos 9/13/2018 by Maridan Valor
Opposite mountain had a faint pink halo above it and fog below.

Sunrise photos 9/13/2018 by Maridan Valor
My favorite.


Disclaimer; I did not paint the skies for if I had they would be purple, copper, and silver.

I accidentally hugged a bee

     True story, absolutely true. I'm so glad it wasn't a wasp or a hornet or the yellow jackets of my nightmares. A bumblebee is much safer.

     Waiting around between spots where I was taking photos on my walk, I felt something on my fingers at my side. At first I thought it was the hem of my shirt so I grabbed it, probably shouldn't have. Since my shirt did not feel like a fuzzy caterpillar I knew what it was, a bumble bee and probably the one I photographed earlier not far from where I was standing. Unfortunately I don't have any bee photos for you today since those turned out too blurry to know what I took thanks to the odd angle and timing I couldn't see the screen to readjust the automatic focus but I do have a ladybug photograph and a few other things I saw to show you.

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
Can you see me? What am I?

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
I've never seen this part of the river before.

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
Ladybug, wild flowers, summer into autumn colors.

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
Red roots? Anyone know what these are from?

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
I like this rock.

I accidentally hugged a bee; true story and some nature pictures by Maridan Valor
Looks like fall in august to me.

Disclaimer; the bee was not hurt, it flew away. I just think it wanted to snuggle on my fingertips for a little while. I guess even bees need a hug every once and a while. But not wasps or hornets or yellow jackets. They're evil, lol.

The Night of the Strawberry Moon

     Sky clear-ish with some clouds on the very night of the strawberry moon. I couldn't believe it, normally on a night where I want to see the moon we usually end up with clouds. I felt lucky that the sky was clear enough I could see the moon or part of it when it showed up so I waited...and waited and waited.

     The moon didn't show up until after one in the morning and I only got a photo of it because I checked out the window one last time. I almost didn't get a picture of it but it wasn't pink. How is it other people had photos of a pink moon, was it that they got it earlier after it rose into the sky? I really don't know but here's the moon and a slide show video of the clouds I photographed that night after finally getting my camera to take actual night pictures other than the moon.

The Night of the Strawberry Moon; a blog post about trying to get this photo.
I love how big the moon looks. It makes me want one of those moon lamps.


Note; there are six photos in the slide show style video.

Disclaimer; I only have a point and shoot camera, a GE and I really want to take pictures of the stars. Is it even possible to get without the grainy appearance I get when I try to take night pictures?

Sun and trees photography

         How about today's subject is...trees with the sun? Okay it's one of my favorite things to photograph and I thought I'd share some sunshine since it is raining here today.

     I've been busy lately, got new indoor plants, some of them have died for no reason so I've been trying and failing to get answers to the cause. My attempts to propagate succulents from leaves is kind of touch and go. a couple have at least one root, the other leaves look healthy but no roots yet and it's been about two months. I'll share more about my plants on a future blog but for now here's some pictures of the sun and trees.

Sun and trees photography; "I always want to live where there are trees." by Maridan Valor
"I always want to live where there are trees."
This is actually true. I went somewhere once where it was all wide open spaces...
Never again, I have discovered that if I don't have forests nearby I hate it and feel so uncomfortable.
I've been to the beach, love that so if there was a spot int he mountains where the forest and ocean met...yeah not possible but It would just be amazing.
Thought I'd make a quote, what do you think of it?

Sun and trees photography
Love photos like this

Sun and trees photography
Now if only there were rainbows of light....

Sun and trees photography
Ooh getting there, loving the color spots.

Sun and trees photography
Now it's starting to get dark out.

Sun and trees photography
I think I'll put it back now :)
Disclaimer. Staring at the sun will hurt your eyes. Touching the sun to move it requires vast amounts of training and specialized suntan lotion to prevent injuries so don't try it at home.

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