Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Cookies and Reindeer Days

Like most families, we have certain cookies and other delectables that I have to make each year for Christmas.  One of the cookies that I've baked every year, (I was a December college graduate, and I remember going home from my graduation and baking these) are these fabulous chocolate chip cookies.
When you read the'll see what I mean.

Tomorrow at school is the 11th reindeer day...we are doing one special reindeer day each day of December for our all staff members will get two homemade cookies in their boxes with a note from "Comet" tomorrow. Also, in conjunction with our behavior system, some students have won a "cookie break" with me, and I'll bring these for our break.

In the mixer:
2 C (a whole pound!) of butter (not margarine)
2 C white sugar
2 C brown sugar
4 eggs
2 t. vanilla

In a separate large bowl mix:
4 C flour
5 C oatmeal
1 t. salt
2 t. baking powder
2 t. baking soda

Mix all ingredients together and add:
2 bags of chocolate chips
6 Hershey bars crunched up
3 C chopped nuts

Place golf ball sized balls on cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.  Cool a minute or two on the cookie sheet before removing them individually to the cookie rack.  The recipe will make close to 8 dozen.

My granddaughter "helped" me make these.  She's getting in on the family traditions at the young age of two.  The house smells heavenly. What fun!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Tablescape

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I love the holidays so much, and I love all of the beautiful tablescapes I've seen posted.  I have had these Christmas dishes for many, many years and love seeing them on the table.
I bought the tea set and the tidbit tray at Target many years ago.  The salad plates came from a dollar store about 20 years ago.  The dishes are from Old Time Pottery and the chargers are from Garden Ridge Pottery. 

Notice the place card star. These are just stars that slide together that I found at Family Dollar. The napkins and napkin rings came from Dollar Tree.

Have a warm and wonderful holiday!

My "Village" Decked for Christmas

In this post "My Village", I shared my little town with you.  Well, we do go all out for Christmas here. This picture is the same courthouse decked with Christmas lights.  My friend, Stephanie Ferguson, gave me permission to use her photograph.  Isn't she good...and have you ever seen anything prettier at Christmas than my courthouse??

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Decorating Details

Here are a few more Christmas decorating details....

This is a new testament with the Christmas story's been on my tree for years.

From my grandmother's tree.  She was born in 1900!

Merry, Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gingerbread House Baking

I have a gingerbread house mold and have made many gingerbread houses with nieces or grandchildren over the years.  Well, this year I cheated and bought a kit at Sam's.  It was very inexpensive and I have to say, worth the time it saved me.  Of course, my house didn't smell like gingerbread, so I burned candles...almost as good!

I wish I was comfortable uploading pictures of my precious granddaughters and niece.  They looked adorable in their aprons...anyway, here is the final product of our work!  Messy, but fun!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Deck the Halls!

Every year my goal is to have all of my Christmas bought and wrapped before Thanksgiving.  I never quite make it, but I get pretty close.  Then, I set a goal to have my house decorated, inside and out, by the end of the Thanksgiving weekend. Again, I don't always make it, but it's possible that I did this year!  We had  Thanksgiving here, and it was a wonderful day.  My daughter came the day after, and I was well on the way to finishing when she arrived.  I drive myself this way so that I can really enjoy the holidays.  Since I work so many hours, I don't really want to spend my evenings decorating after work..and so I move!

Here are some of the presents that I haven't put under the tree yet..they've been upstairs on this bench for awhile.

Greenery over the kitchen island...

I have a lot of gingerbread men and houses that I like to put in the kitchen.  Here are some of them on my baking center...

What do you do with piles of Christmas potholders?  It seems that most of my decorations are all old, family collected items.  Some of these potholders were made by my friend, Junella.  They are treasures.

Here is the fireplace mantel in my dining room.  I made these stockings years ago from panels they used to sell at fabric shops.

The buffet in my dining room..

The reason for the season...

Here is the mantel in my living room.  I used to dance and teach dance, and for many years collected nutcrackers and ballerina ornaments.  I always put the nutcrackers on my mantle.  My granddchildren call me Honey, and when my oldest granddaughter was about 3, she got confused about what they were called and called them Honeycrackers...that name has stuck!
These are some stockings that I made many years ago from an old quilt.  The book that you see in this picture is Mrs. Sharp's Traditions by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  It is the original book that is out of print.  A new one has been printed, I have it, but I really like the original better. I need to do a post on that wonderful book...all of my blogging friends need a copy!

More pictures of my entryway..

My son made this lampshade with the help of an artist friend of his about five years ago.  It is beautiful!

Here is a sign I like to keep under the tree...and I mean it!

Finally the tree..with and without flash!

May the Lord bless you and all of your family during this wonderful season!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

This year I am so blessed to have to have TWO tables to set.  Most of my family and a couple of friends will be here this year.  I am serving my usual Hot Pilgrims to enjoy during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (that's the only one to watch!).  Here's the simple recipe:

Hot Pilgrims
1 large container of Cranberry Juice Coctail
1/2 container of Aspen Mulling Spices
(Cinnamon Schnapps to taste for those who would like it)
Heat and serve in Irish Coffee cups

My sister is letting me borrow a really beautiful copper beverage server for the Hot Pilgrims.  Look at the pretty napkin rings on Table #1.  I found those last year after Christmas at the Party Store in town.  I've used my Blue Willow with my turkey plates.  On Table #2 the white plates are from Big Lots, and the pumpkin tablecloth and napkins are from Wal Mart many years ago.  All of the goblets on both tables came from Ross or Wal Mart, and the flatware is Oneida Michaelangelo.  Notice my two-year-old granddaughter's place setting.  I found that at Cracker Barrel.

Have a wonderful Thankgsiving, Friends!

Table #1

Table #2