The Caskey Family

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday, Merry
December 24, 2010, 11:24 pm
Filed under: Holidays, Merry

Tomorrow is Daddy’s favorite day of the year: Christmas and the birth of his favorite little girl, Merry, 4 years ago.  Here are some recent pictures of our little girl.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Kurundu Hot Chocolate

“The best cinnamon is made there (in Sri Lanka) from the bark of the native Kurundu tree,” according to one of our favorite books by Marjorie Priceman titled, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.

Today I finally found my favorite homemade hot chocolate mix to enjoy this winter, or give away (if there’s any left after the family has sampled it, that is!)  The reason I’m posting this is because it DOESN’T taste like hot cocoa mix!!  It tastes like GOOD hot chocolate and once it is made, all you have to have on hand is water!!

I thought I’d share it here:

Kurundu (Cinnamon) Hot Chocolate Mix

  1. 2 cups powdered milk
  2. 1 package (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup) of dream whip mix (or some kind of creamer)
  3. 1 cup of white sugar
  4. 3 or 4 teaspoons of cinnamon
  5. 3/4 cup of Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1/8 tsp. salt
  7. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix ingredients well and store in a dry container until ready to serve.

Serving instructions (can be put on a tag or label and attached if given as a gift)

  • Add 3-4 generous teaspoons to a mug of boiling water.
  • Add marshmallows as desired.
  • Stir and let sit for 1 minute to cool and melt the chocolate.
  • Stir again and enjoy!

It’s a Jolly Holiday!
December 24, 2007, 7:55 pm
Filed under: Holidays

We are having a sweet Christmas here in the lovely warm SC weather. . . thought I’d post a few pics. We went last night to the Festival of Lights on James Island with a friend of ours “Aunt Tammy” as Elijah calls her!


Here we are on the carousel – as you can see, the ride, for some reason, wasn’t as Elijah had expected!


Making Christmas cookies with your toddler is a fun tradition that is less romantic than it originally seemed with the disaster it creates!


Of course the holidays in our family isn’t complete without a Steelers game. . .


Or presents to put together with Daddy (this one’s a birthday gift for Merry, sshhhh don’t tell her it’s hiding in the closet in her room!


Here is the birthday beauty herself. We gave out her birthday party invitations for a “Breakfast Tea” this Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. She’s wearing one of Daddy’s favorite dresses on her, can you believe she’s wearing a summer dress in DECEMBER!!! It’s great that she gets to wear her cute dresses longer . . . as it’s in the high 70’s here!


Our Family Christmas Traditions
November 28, 2007, 1:12 am
Filed under: Holidays

This year is especially exciting for me as a mother and wife, as we begin family traditions of our own. Some things are taken from Jeremy’s family, some from mine, and some are totally new to our family.

I have been reading a book called Let’s Make a Memory by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson, and gleaning some ideas and being inspired to do specific things that call attention to God’s great work in the world and in our family. Our children are remembering things already (whether they will recall them later, or not, they are in their memory, I believe) and I want them to have sweet memories of events and times with each other and us that will remind them of God’s goodness to our family. Jeremy and I both have sweet memories of different times with our families and they bring joy and laughter to us years and years later.

So, here are a few things we are doing, or going to do . . .

Birthdays: Pick what you want to eat for the day. . .and usually a fun activity and friends over.

Baby’s Birth: When a new baby is born into the family, daddy serves the family green eggs and ham (just like my family did) the first morning mommy and baby are home.

Thanksgiving: Turkey and lots of good food – each family member requests at least one favorite dish, at the table we all share what we are grateful for. We invite family (of course) if we have it at our house, and other families and friends who don’t have family to spend the holiday with. The more the merrier!


  • Christmas tree put up on the day after Thanksgiving, and we talk about the meanings of items, such as Jesus being the greatest gift ever given, and everlasting life and the evergreen tree, and the lights representing Jesus as the Light of the World.
  • The manger scene gets put up while we talk about the Christmas story.
  • On Saint Nicholas Day, stockings will be opened, and everyone gets a book and a drink in their stocking.
  • Gifts aren’t labeled with actual names but “codenames” that are revealed on Christmas morning. This year the names for people are Donuts, Cupcake, Ice Cream and Banana Bread. Of course my codename is Ice Cream. . . the rest are a secret until Christmas morning. Next year they may be superhero names, or something else.
  • We will try to go to a live Nativity or a live Bethlehem (this is something my family did every year growing up).
  • One evening during the holiday season, we will all get into warm pajamas, fill sippy cups with warm milk and a thermos with chocolate milk for mom and dad (when the children get older they will all get it too – Elijah will get “fudgy moop” as he calls it, this year probably) and we drive around and look at Christmas lights.
  • Christmas Eve will include a candlelight service (if our church has one. . . and YEAH! this year our church does!) and one gift opened (chosen by the giver to be useful that night or first thing in the morning).
  • Christmas morning will start with Dad turning on the Christmas music to signal that everyone can get up and gather around the Christmas tree. He will read the Christmas Story from the Bible, then gift giving will begin, with youngest giving their gifts first to be opened one at a time. This does stretch out the gift-opening, but it makes it SO much more fun, and each person gets to observe each gift.
  • Christmas dinner consists of Chicken Kiev, noodles, gravy, peas and a yummy dessert (varies each year)
  • Merry’s Birthday begins at 7:21 P.M. and continues into the next day
  • The day after Christmas, we go pick out one ornament for each child to put on the tree for next year. When they begin their own family, they will hopefully have at least 18 ornaments to start their own tree.

What are your family traditions? Do tell!

Photos from Thankgiving – Ahlgren Cousins
November 24, 2007, 2:02 am
Filed under: Ahlgren, family news, Holidays

Check out the spread! Everyone pitched in and made something – and Roseann took over and ran the kitchen for final preparations. . . THANKS Monkey!!





Risa is at the end of the table feeding Merry – she LOVED all the food . . . she ate whatever Risa gave her it seemed!

And here are some of our friends and family who celebrated with us:


Jose, Elijah and Jasmine


Naomi (my sister), Lumina (my neice) and my brother-in-law, Jason


Stephanie, Josiah and Richard


My littlest brother Jonathan, enjoying his dinner!


Merry, Lumina (Roseann’s baby) and Elijah