December 31, 2011
December 30, 2011
December 18, 2011
Becky was the gingerbread house artist this year. I love her attention to detail. She used tweezers to apply each teeny weeny candy wafer to the roof! The kit came from Ikea. If you get a chance to visit Ikea before Christmas, you really should pick up one their kits. They are $3.99 and really nicely made. And they really are fun to decorate!
December 16, 2011
My mom brought a bottle of wine and Becky made individual shepherd's pies and I threw together a big tossed salad. We had eight people around the table and the conversation flowed and there was a lot of laughter. My house comes into its own at Christmas, and it is even more special when filled with loved ones.
And as I am posting this, I realized this is my 100th post!! I am so thankful for all of you who stop by and leave me such sweet comments!. I hope that each and every one of you is having a wonderful week before Christmas ♥
December 13, 2011
In the midst of holiday decorating and baking I suddenly really had the desire to knit! I am making a pair of mittens out of super soft worsted weight Malabrigo. They are knitting up really fast and I think they will make a super cute gift for someone special!!
December 12, 2011
Chai. Otherwise known as the official drink of Christmas. I will never forget the first time I had a chai latte. We were walking around the village square in Medina, Ohio looking at the Christmas lights and window shopping. It was cold and snowy, so we decided to warm up in the local coffee shop. And there on the menu board was something called Chai. I asked the barista what it was, and he said to just try it. So I did. And after the first sip I said "This tastes like Christmas"! And I still think it does.
December 11, 2011
Laundry needed to be done.
Floors needed to be swept.
Piles of stuff in the craft room needed attention.
Refrigerators needed to be CLEANED out!!
Oh wait....I did watch Christmas In Connecticut this morning. I love that movie!! Sleigh rides and pretty dresses get me every time! Have you seen it?
I am in the mood for some hand stitching, so I may finish off one of my summer projects. Can't decide whether this wants to be a pillow or a table topper.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!
P.S I know. Purple!! This ornament is on my daughter's tree in her bedroom. Bright colors reign supreme in her room :)
December 10, 2011
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December 8, 2011
Every year, for many years, I made a homemade, from scratch, sour cream coffee cake for Christmas morning. It was a recipe made out of tradition more than anything else. One year, on a lark, I made a pistachio cake recipe that was a relic from the 70's. My kids LOVED it. They named it the Green Coffee Cake, and it has now replaced the time intensive sour cream coffee cake. It is delicious AND really easy to make.
Here's the recipe if you'd like to give it a try!
For the cake:
1 18.25 oz. box yellow cake mix
1 3.4 oz. box instant pistachio pudding
1 c. sour cream (you can use light if you want)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
For the filling:
1/2 c. chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans) you want these finely chopped
4 T. granulated sugar
1 t. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl blend together the cake and pudding mix. Add the sour cream, eggs and oil. Mix well. In a small bowl, mix together the nuts, sugar and cinnamon. Pour half of the cake batter into a greased and floured (or use Bakers Joy) 10" tube pan. Put half of the nut mixture on the batter in the pan and press down lightly. Pour the remaining batter in the pan and top with with remaining nut mixture. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 10-15 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack.
December 7, 2011
We even came up with a top 5 Christmas movies list:
5. Miracle on 34th Street
3. The Santa Clause
2. White Christmas
1. A Christmas Story
Are you a Christmas movie fan? What is your favorite?
December 6, 2011
This is a totally fun activity to do with your kids, even if they aren't so small anymore :)
December 5, 2011
December 4, 2011
Oreos and pretzels were coated in chocolate and sprinkles. We made trays of peppermint bark, chocolate toffee and chocolate covered peanuts. We also made the cutest candy canes with chocolate Santas, which I think will be delicious with a cup of hot chocolate.
These are the days that I look forward to all year. A chance to spend time with my favorite people, making handmade presents that are made with love and laughter.
December 3, 2011
I adore the felt ornaments with gingham ribbon. The crochet birds were inspired by Lucy at Attic24 and could not be more adorable.And I know I posted this photo before, but I really do love this ornament!
December 2, 2011
No. Not Christmas sweaters for people. Christmas sweaters for a cute little puppy! She has a whole wardrobe of them thanks to the Dollar Spot at Target :)
December 1, 2011
this post by Alicia Paulson and went searching the depths of the basement for the box. I found it and placed it on the table. And once again we were enchanted by the motion of the fan and the glow of the candles.
Last year while Christmas shopping with my Mom, we stopped at TJ Maxx, and there, nestled among all kinds of Christmas baubles was an authentic Christmas Pyramid. I jumped up and down in excitement, and my Mom knew instantly what to get me for Christmas! Even though I could buy stock in candles, I love lighting these each evening. I think they are possibly my favorite decoration.