Sunday, December 25, 2011
From Our Home to Yours...
Friday, December 23, 2011
Dudley the Elf
“Did Nina say her prayers?” he asked.
How does he know her name, I wondered? I wasn’t sure what to do next but he seemed pleasant enough, so I answered his questions. “Yes she did” I said.
“But, before that you had to discuss what she was going to have for breakfast in the morning” he said. “Her palate is quite mature for her young age. That’s going to be trouble for you when she grows up”.
“HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS??”
He squinted and the corner of his mouth turned up in a half-smile that told me he knows more than I can ever imagine. “What about Andi? Has she quit talking and gone to sleep yet?” he said.
Before he left, he reached into his pocket and pulled out two small trinkets to leave for the girls, and promised he would be back next year and the year after that.........
He returned the following year and every year after that and still does today, always bearing three small trinkets. His arrival is always the evening after our family Christmas tree is put up. How does he know? He waits for the warm red glow. Since that first December night, we added one more daughter, Natalie to our family. As the girls got older, my kitchen table chats with Dudley changed as did our beverage of choice. We now chat over a pint of ale and discuss their boyfriends, husbands, college, careers and whatever else is on our minds. Even though he has never seen them, he knows them as well as I do. Dudley knows...........
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Olive & Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade
Monday, December 19, 2011
Handmade Holiday Cheer: Personalized Ornaments
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Red Velvet Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Our Christmas Kissed Casa
Our tree has no special theme. Only memories! I'm thankful that both Mark and I have families that started the tradition of giving ornaments every year. I plan on doing the same thing for our future minis. Our tree is filled and holds a combined 61 years of ornaments! We have ornaments from the time we were both born until now and each holds a serial memory. There are no two ornaments alike! Our tree is covered in 2,200 lights! Our personalized Pottery Barn tree skirt was a wedding gift from our dear friends.
Last year, I discovered my love for filling every open container with ornaments. It's a fun and easy way to add Christmas happys all over the house. I filled my trifle dish with red, silver and gold ornaments and keep it on our coffee table.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Handmade Holiday Cheer: White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Oh What Fun It Is To...Create!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Oh What Fun It Is To...Cook!
Monday, December 12, 2011
Oh What Fun It Is To...Entertain on New Year's Eve!
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Friday, December 9, 2011
Spread the Cheer
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Giveaway, Gift Guide, & Giving Back
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Garlic & Herb Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Handmade Holiday Cheer: Pottery Barn Inspired Wreath
Friday, December 2, 2011
Cajun Shrimp and Guac Lettuce Wraps
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Make-A-Wish: Flour Power!
"Our kids are between the ages of 2 ½ through 18 and the Central and Western NC Chapter serves 51 counties from the greater Charlotte area over to the western-most part of our state.
Typically, wishes fall into 4 categories:
I wish to be…
I wish to have…
I wish to go…
I wish to meet…
The average cost of our wishes is about $6,000.
· Custom-designed recipe card sets of the 8 teams’ recipes (tied with ribbon and a wooden spoon): suggested donation $5.00
· Chance drawings for a couple of neat items
· Make-A-Wish t-shirts will be available as well.
Did I mention yet that the event is FREE and open to the public?! "