Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Lights in Snug Harbor Estates

Earlier this month, I took a drive (okay 6 drives) through the Snug Harbor Estates neighborhood in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. It is beautiful!!!

Here's my commentary...

Snug Harbor Estates, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

The old oak trees are unbelievable! Floridians are usually lazy about wrapping the branches up high...not in this neighborhood. The dripping meteor lights are everywhere. Right now, they are $79 per strand (of 5 lights). I can't imagine how much they have invested in these lights alone. I love it.

Snug Harbor Estates, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

The end of the street has a wonderful toy factory wireframe. The assembly line has animated presents travelling along a conveyer (sp) belt.

Snug Harbor Estates, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Even up in the trees, they have giant candy canes.

Snug Harbor Estates, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Snug Harbor Estates, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
I have admired the icicle edges at Abacoa for a while...this house has the same type of lights...I think I'm going to build my own for next year since my 2011 display was "supposed" to have them.

Snug Harbor Estates, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Snug Harbor Estates, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
I really liked the red/white striped trees.

Snug Harbor Estates, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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After Christmas Sales

This year, we didn't go crazy athe after-Christmas sales. We didn't wake up at 5am, we didn't tag team the mall with dual trucks, we didn't map out each store by order of opening time. We took it easy and slept in! It was great!
I think we spent a grand total of $115. I bought a few Disney village pieces to add to my collection, plus I had to buy the Lowes village piece. :)

Now, we've already begun putting everything away. Today, it was chilly at 55 so I opened up all the doors, put the oven on the clean cycle, and started cleaning. Here's what I got put away...candy village, glitter village, snowman scene, 9.5 spinning tree. It doesn't sound like much, but I'm happy with the progress.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

We have more Ram!

We installed more ram on the Copeland Christmas laptop! We replaced the two 1 gb chips with 2 gb chips...yay! Now I just need to get all the photos off the laptop and onto an external portable hard drive.

It was kind of fun to open the back of the laptop and change out circuit boards. I'm just thankful we had a good friend guide us to which ram we needed to buy.

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Video from the Past: 2009

Remember this...I miss Carolyn Scofield...

Toys For Tots donation

We've been receiving tons of toys this year for Toys For Tots!

Here's a recent photo of a neighbor who had the MCHS cheerleading squad collect bags and bags of toys.

We appreciate this sooo much!
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lights are off Tonight

The rain has the lights off tonight :( We are just sitting around tonight.
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Need More Memory

My computer guru friend Michael came over last night to see Copeland Christmas. He took a quick look at my laptop and gave me some advice. I he was angel-sent since he took one look at my free hard drive space and told me I'm at an absolutely critical point. (uh oh)

I knew it was bad, but I never knew what to do about it. Michael told me that all laptops have two avialable slots for memory. He discovered on my laptop that I currently have two 1 gb memory cards already installed. He said I just need to buy two 2 gb memory cards and replace them. (Ordered this morning from tiger direct for $54).

Then, he said I have to get rid of cclear and malware bytes and adaware. He suggested to get Norton 360 and let it take care of everything from virus protection to backups. He said once you get 2, 3, 4 different "free helpers," they start canabalizing/conflicting with eachother. It makes sense.

Lastly, he wants me to get two external hard drives and put all the photos from 2007 to present on them. He said to get the portable kind. I thought it would be hard for me to move the music off...but I've haven't minded at all...and it's been 6 months.

I KNOW it's going to be hard for me to get all those photos off the laptop (because I use them all the time). I'll save this for last.

Thanks agian Michael. For trustworthy residential or commercial computer needs, call my friend Michael Serio.
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Lights are On Tonight!

The rain didn't keep us dark tonight!

Weather might have lights off tonight


Sent from my iPhoneUnless we get some serious sun to dry out all this rain, I don't think the lights will be on tonight. Check back for more updates.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Our Website Visitors

Just checked in on the website visitors again. They are coming from all over the world...Australia, Germany, Canada.

Also noticed that and our Facebook page send the most number of visitors to our website.

How did you get here?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas lights 13 houses set to Little Drummer Boy

I'm just sayin.......We need to get Fox Run to do this!!!

I've got it all planned out....

The FM transmitter will have to be placed in the center of the neighborhood. The Tune sign will go at the main entrance. Each house will either have to invest in a wireless LOR responder ($200). The front row of entrance palm trees will be sequenced too.

Just a wish...

Matthew got me Christmas Earrings


Sent from my iPhoneMatthew got me the cutest candy cane earrings to wear during this season! Thanks mathew.

Copeland Christmas Bark Recipe

Copeland Christmas Bark
by Sue Roberts
When you combine the recipes for traditional Pine Bark and traditional Peppermint Bark, you've got Copeland Christmas Bark! This is a fun recipe to make with children.

6 to 8 candy canes
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup butter
12 ounces white chocolate chips (1 bag)
Saltine Crackers

Unwrap candy canes and crush in a heavy ziploc plastic bag or in a food processor. Set aside.

Line a 16 x 12 cookie sheet (with 1-inch sides) with aluminum foil. Allow foil to come up the sides of the tray a bit and spray lightly with cooking spray. Cover completely with crackers in a single layer so that they touch together on all sides. Melt butter in saucepan, add brown sugar and boil on low/medium heat for only 3 minutes. Spread evenly over crackers and place in 400-degree oven for 7 minutes. Mixture will be hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and immediately pour white chocolate chips evenly over crackers and spread with spatula or back of spoon as the chips soften. While still hot, sprinkle with candy cane chips and gently press into melted chocolate. Place tray in refrigerator for at least an hour to cool completely. When cooled, lift foil and break bark into pieces. Enjoy!

Copeland peppermint bark

The Copeland Christmas Website is getting Busy

I took a few minutes this morning to see how many hits our website has been getting. It looks like yesterday we hit a new peak for the season...60 unique visits in one day.

I'll keep checking back to see how traffic progresses. So far, the majority of our traffic seems to be people doing google searches to find us. They stay on the homepage for a few seconds, then click on "About Us" and "Location."

I love Google Analytics.
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Friday, December 2, 2011

The furniture has been decorated

I came home the other day to find that the large ottoman had been wrapped like a gift and it has a bow. It's so pretty!
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