Holiday Struffoli

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This was SO GOOD! My Mom traditionally get this for Christmas and Easter. Its getting harder to find. Thanks to my cousin Joan Harriet for getting it this year.

For those unaware of what this is, its also called honey balls which more accurately describes what it is. This is a close up photo. The balls are only 1/2” or 3/4” max in size. Then a honey mixture is drizzled over them. Yum!

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

White Christmas


It may not look it here but we did have a white Christmas this year! It started snowing Christmas eve and we had 1.4” of snow. At midnight the snow had stopped but we had over 1” of snow on the ground.

The white Christmas turned green by later in the day. That was OK since so many folk usually travel.

Christmas Thoughts

20121224_210120_LLSI hope everyone had a great Christmas and got everything they wanted.

I was scheduled to usher at my church at the midnight mass. Traditionally we go to the early evening mass and I wasn’t crazy about staying up so late.

But in doing so allowed us to relax after dinner and before going out with a nice glass of wine by the fireplace in front of the Christmas tree!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

Firefighter Portraits

For some time now I’ve wanted to try taking some portraits of local firefighters. I didn’t want these to be formal photographs. I wanted them to be gritty – show the true meaning and depth it takes in volunteering to be a firefighter.

I had three local firefighters volunteer to be models and photographed them recently. Some were in front of a green screen and used to create a composite. Others were taken in front of one of the engines.

I wanted these to be lite differently and on the dark side.

Additional photos are available here.

Welcome Home PFC Ryan

Its hard to create a photograph that represents the love a mother has for a son, who just returned home from military service and just cut the yellow ribbon off the tree in front of their house. This photo comes close.

PFC Ryan returned home from the Army for the holiday break. He had been serving in Afghanistan. He suffered several injuries from attacks on American solders.

Ryan and his family were greeted with an escort and parade from the Stewartsville Volunteer Fire Co, where he’s a member, along with numerous other first responders as he returned home to his family.

Additional photos from the homecoming are available here.

Greenwich Twp. Christmas Tree Lighting 2012

December 14, 2012. About 50 township residents gathered this evening for the 4th annual lighting of the Township Christmas tree. Santa Claus made a surprise visit and handed out candy canes to the children. Plenty of hot chocolate and cookies were also on hand to warm everyone up.

Gallery of all of the photos are available here.