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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Blessings

                                                           Source - Kincaid Painter of Lights

I read where some of you are getting ready for family and friends to arrive and others are getting ready to make a trip to be with family.  This is definitely the time of year when we try to spend as much time with all of our loved ones as possible. 

My family has all arrived, we have a house full and I am loving it.  Lots of talk coming from every room, tons of laughter and eating non stop.  One of the biggest Blessing ever to see them enjoying each other's company, reliving old memories and making new ones.  I feel especially Blessed and grateful.

I am also so grateful for all of my friends in Blogland.  You all enrich my life daily with your creativity, talent and kindness.  You are definitely one of my biggest Blessings and I appreciate your friendship so much.

I am going to take a few days and enjoy my family, but I would like to wish you all a very Blessed and Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.  My prayers are for a safe trip for all that are traveling and may your Holiday be filled with tons of Love and Laughter.

God Bless, 

Monday, December 19, 2011

95th Table Top Tuesday

Welcome to the 95th Table Top Tuesday.  This is such a special week, the Tuesday before Christmas.  I am sure you are all running around getting things ready for all of your family and friends.  Wrapping presents, baking and planning parties and meals.  This is the time of year when family seems more special and spending time together is such a Blessing. 

I don't have any new vignettes this week, just the addition of some family pictures that add special meaning to our family this time of year.  There are so many antique or beautiful frames available at great prices at flea markets, thrift stores  or even Home Goods and Hobby Lobby, you can always find something that goes with your decor.

My great-grandson is such a blessing, and adding a photo of my parents just makes it feel like they are here enjoying this special time with us.  They are spending another Christmas in Heaven, we all miss them so much.

A picture of Jim and I in Maui in Oct.  I am giving a copy to each of the family's and a huge thank you for this special gift they all chipped in and gave us, 8 days in Maui all expenses paid. A fabulous gift of love that we enjoyed so much. 

Of course having all these special people here is the most precious gift of all. 

If you need another decoration somewhere, just add a family picture in a pretty frame and you won't believe how much it will warm your heart to see it.

I wish you and all your family the Blessings of time spent together as we celebrate the Birth of Jesus.

God Bless and Merry Christmas

Next week since it will be 2 days after Christmas, we are going to have an open post.  Anything you want to post about.
Now, let's see all of your beautiful decorations and vignettes.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Some People Are So Smart

Don't you just love it when you see something so simple and yet so genius and you can copy it?  I do.  Now who doesn't have a few things that they just need to have within easy reach when they are cooking.  I do, and yet I want to keep them organized.  Well, my friend had the best idea and I just had to copy her.  I try not to be a clean freak, but the kitchen really needs to be clean for me to cook, and this is just the greatest idea, a glass vintage snack tray with dividers, holds everything and washes sparkling clean.

 I had all of this sitting on the cutting board, but then I had to take it all off to use the board.  This little glass snack tray is just perfect, and there's even a compartment for everything.

 See the dividers, they are perfect to hold all my necessary things.

My olive oil bottle and salt grinder fit perfectly on the right and my bottle of seasoned parsley fits in the cup holder on the left.

My shakers of onion and garlic powder and the pepper grinder fill in the center.  Now how clever is this.  Everything is so handy and still easy to just wash up when it needs it.

Organized and pretty.  Gotta' love it.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Fun Gift Ideas

With all the family together this year, I wanted to find something for them to do that would be fun for all.  Since there are all guys and only my daughter and I, this year I thought it would be fun for all the guys to go to a Cardinals game.  I got tickets for them for the January 1st game.  Great seats and at super discounted prices.  Seems like Jan. 1 didn't sell out, so the prices were a little more than half off.  Yip-skip for me.  So my sons, grandsons and great-grand will all have a day together. 

Source - phoenix
I am putting the tickets in their stockings, I am so excited, I think they will have a great time together.

This leaves my daughter and I a day of quiet and relaxation.  That's a super day for both of us.

Have you found any fun Christmas or after events this season?

Friday, December 16, 2011

I'm In Full Baking Mode

I still have a lot of baking to do, but today I really wanted to get 3 different batches of cookies done.  So I am full on in baking mode.

Do you mess up the entire kitchen when you start baking.  I use every square inch of mine.

 I have two more batches to make, so everything is just left out so I can start all over again.

 These are ready to go in the oven.  This is when I really miss not having two ovens.  Oh well, I am thankful that I have ONE.

 Ok, this is half of the first batch, these are Chocolate Crackels, they are my kids favorites, so they always go fast.

Next I am making black and white brownies and snowball cookies.  Tomorrow I have to make 2 pies, so I better get my act in gear and finish this. 

How's you baking going?  I hope you are ahead of the game, or at least enjoying it. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Presents - √ Wrapped - √ Stockings Filled - √ Baking Done - NO

How's your check list going.  This is crunch time for me.  Seems I don't get near as much done as I use to, and surely it couldn't be that I am getting older. he-he  I am still filling in working for a friend 3 days a week and also trying to keep up with my volunteer work, and get everything ready so I can visit with all these precious people and my son and grandson that will be her this coming weekend.  All of my children together as I said for the first time in 15 years for Christmas.  I am so excited, I can hardly wait.

So, I've been busy getting all the perfect presents picked out and wrapped.

Finding super fun things to go in their stockings.

Making lots of cookie plates for neighbors and friends.

Stocking the freezer section of the fridge in the laundry room with Date, Banana and Pumpkin bread, assorted cookies - chocolate chip, chocolate crackles and sugar.  An extra lasagna is made too.  I still have 2 more batches of cookies to make, and pies of course for the big meals.

Everything is under the tree, just waiting for the Big Day.

 Having all the family together is such a Blessing and so hard to do when everyone lives so far away from each other.  I want this special Christmas to be filled with tons of good food, laughter, memories and of course Love as we gather to celebrate the most wonderful present of all, the birth of Jesus.  How wonderful to all be together for Church Christmas Eve and to be able to praise the Lord for this precious gift of time together.

I hope you are able to spend time with your loved ones and make special memories as you share the Blessings of the Christmas season.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sometimes You Just Have To Laugh

You know how we all strive to have the perfect pictures for our posts, we fret over the lighting, how  every item is placed, how about the colors, are their any shadows and etc, etc, etc.  Then sometime we are so focused on one thing, we totally miss everything else. 

 I showed you my little Frenchy Farmer that I added to this vignette.  I was so focused on him that I didn't even notice the funny grass whatever that was hanging over the top until after it was posted.  Then I just cracked up.  If only you could all see what was behind this vignette.

Does this remind you of that one cupboard or drawer where everything is stuffed and you can't see it when company comes. he-he-he.  I just cracked up when I realized what all I was hiding behind this vignette.

 Some weird seed pod that DH wants to plant.

 Ivy cuttings that I am trying to root.

 This grassy whatever plant that DH is trying to root.

Two tiny coke bottles that I washed and am saving for a project.  I would probably hide something else here if I had more room.

 So this is the pic I showed you - - - - - -

and this is what I meant to show you.  No, I really havn't moved anything except the grass.  It didn't root anyway.

Hope you laugh at yourself today, it really is theraputic.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Frenchy Farmer

Sometimes you find something and immediately know that it just fits your decor to a tee.  I found this really cute little guy that reminds me of a  French Farmer a couple of weeks ago and thought he was perfect to go in my kitchen island display.

Love his wrinkled brow and his hand holding the sweet little bird.  Such a fancy shirt and vest.

Cute patched pants and of course he has a rooster nearby.

 I think he fits in perfectly with my island display of bread, wine and cheese.

I am joining Kim for Wow Us Wednesday and
Elna-Sudden for Show Off Wednesday.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

Monday, December 12, 2011

94th Table Top Tuesday

Welcome to the 94th Table Top Tuesday.  If you are like me, you are super busy trying to finish up shopping, doing some baking and visiting a few friends.  Just seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything. 

I appreciate you stopping by and linking up for TTT.  I love seeing all of your beautiful vignettes and displays, you have all created such beautiful and welcoming homes.

I ran out of steam by the time I got to the family room, so the coffee table got a bit of a thrown together display.  My newest Old world Santa and Reindeer that I found at GW was my start, then the beautiful huge Poinsettia that I bought just up and croaked.  I was so bummed.  I got out the dough bowl and put a little tree and a bunch of foliage and balls in it and called it good.

 I really like this cute little Santa and the Reindeer is also such a great find.

A tiny tree with some tiny toy ornaments.

Now let's see what all you have been doing. 

Thanks tons for stopping by, I really look forward to your visits.