Friday, December 25, 2009

All is Calm, All is Bright

Christmas is finally here friends. We will be toasting champagne this evening in celebration of a wonderfully joyful day. This day is a reminder to me of the love I have for my family, and how thankful I am for everything the Lord provides. Here's to wishing you a very merry Christmas, from my home to yours.

Lots of love from my little corner of the world,

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Candy Day

Saturday - it was the day for candy making! Billy loves to bake, and lucky for him, so do I. Melting chocolate is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Whenever I melt chocolate I always have thoughts of the beginning of the original Willy Wonka movie, remember all that chocolate flowing?! While I dipped pretzels and oreos Billy made English toffee. I swear sometimes that everything that boy touches turns to gold - he really has a gift.
But the best thing about Christmas baking,
Is thinking about who with get all the treats.
All of it was made with love,
And all is delicious to boot.
This is Christmas week friends, I hope you are having fun with your families. It has really occurred to me - we don't get to go back in time, it is a blessing to be able to spend time with others while we can. I am feeling extra thankful lately, hope you are too.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

Happy Winter solstice! It is finally winter, even though it has felt like it long before today.
These paper stars were a gift to me from a sweet family in Canada that I did a Christmas swap with last year. Their tradition is to hang them in the windows on the first day of winter - a Scandinavian tradition if I recall. Each was handmade from their family to mine, and I will make it a tradition of ours now, for years to come.
Hope your weekend was merry and bright...


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

With Silver Lanes Aglow...

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go..."
"Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again, with candy canes and silver lanes aglow."
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, toys in every store..."
"But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be, on your own front door."
That Johnny Mathis song is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Goes perfect with all the Christmas lovelies! I have most everything up so far, just some garlands and other Christmas knickknackery are left to put up. And I need to find some mistletoe...

Tell me please, what are some of your decorating traditions?


Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Lovely December

Glorious rain! We bundled up and drove - it was a delight. As I get older, I seem to appreciate the rain more and more. The healing power it has on the earth, the peaceful dreamy sound of it's greeting on my roof. The way it seems to wash away the film of all the days in the past.
Winter is upon us, but her icy reach is pleasant where we live. Her wintery hand is gentle here. When she stretches out her arm, instead of icicles and frozen ponds where skaters twirl, we get a winter like ice cream, cold - but still wonderful enough to enjoy. A compromise, in our favor. A blessing. Just like the rain...
Hope your weekend was one that was bundled up tight.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Winter Pause

Some nights all you need is a little quiet. To reflect on the day, to think about the future. Think about your blessings. To be thankful you are warm...
and to be thankful for sweet friends.

Hope you weekend is joyful...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Welcome December

December is here! I've got a bag of jolly gifts in my closet - trying to keep that part a secret so no one around here feels the need to take a peek. Billy is way into candy making, and this past week we have been narrowing down what to make. This is something I used to do earnestly every year - surprise our friends and neighbors with a tin or plate full of delicious wonders, something my friends and I actually did for each other in high school. I like to take a day in December for a baking day, now just me and my husband. On the list for this year we have chocolate dipped pretzels and oreos, seven layer bars, sandies, fudge, cookies, and possibly peanut butter cups.

Part of my two week hiatus was wrapped up in making Christmas ornaments for a boutique I was participating in. Of course I forgot to take pictures of all that I made - and I only came home with two. A while back I acquired some gold Dresden pieces - trim (as you see above) and medallions. I am really more of a silver lover, but there is something about gold at Christmastime that makes things just sparkle. These ornaments were fun to make - each one of the 12 I arrived with were all different and all lovely. They are especially fun in that they are cone shaped - so you can actually put little goodies inside and hang them on your tree. Perhaps I will have to make another batch...


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Turkey Coma - I'm comin' out!

Ok friends, seriously. Enough is enough - I have to come back to life! I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I posted last, which is much too long for me. I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We had so much food - so many dishes, all of them delicious. I have some fun things and fun goodies to post about, stay tuned. I have been trying to get Fall put away this week, hopefully we can get our tree this weekend! It is almost time to revisit some old friends - ornaments that bring back lots of fond memories.
It was fun to chill with my brothers and sisters over the long holiday weekend, seems we are all getting so old and it's hard to do that too much anymore.

And Happy December!