Happy New Year!

Isn't this just the creepiest vintage New Years card you've ever seen?  LOL

We've got our bottle of Dom chilling in the fridge...it's probably just going to be a quiet evening of celebration for us.  We have a lot to be thankful for and much to celebrate.  The Christmas tree is coming down on the 1st...the Boy Scouts will be coming around on the 2nd to haul the trees away for a small donation..it will be nice to be able to put my living room back to normal again.


I pray that the Lord Bless you and keep you in Good Health in the coming year...and I hope you are surrounded by those that you love when you ring in the New Year.

Fat and Happy...

We're very jealous of all the snow that the East Coast is getting...but we are content to be here with lots and lots of leftovers.  We're lounging in new pajamas, watching new movies, and playing with our new gadgets.....enjoying being in the house together.  No school...no work...just a happy little family. :)

I hope yours was GRAND!

Christmas Cooking

Just like you, I'm feathering my nest for Christmas...I am just now finishing up the last of the laundry...not to resume until after Christmas, next I will be baking.  I am making my son's favorite cookies...peanut butter kiss cookies....I make them for his Birthday, at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
One of our all time favorites is a cookie I started making a few years ago after I came upon the recipe from my friend Lynn at The Vintage Nest...I had always loved Italian Wedding Cookies but never took the time to make them until Lynn posted the recipe on her blog....my Hubby eagerly looks forward to these yummies...
    This is Lynn's photo of the cookies she made...and you can find her recipe HERE...she was kind enough to share.  Thank you so much Lynn!

Lastly, I'm going to make another new favorite....Buckeyes!  I started making these sinfully delicious things after my friend Dianntha from Ohio Farm Girl posted her recipe on her blog a few years back....
You can find Dianntha's Buckeye recipe HERE.  I've been making these in place of my traditional fudge and they are a huge hit!  Thank you Dianntha!

We will be a few of the crazies running around on Christmas Eve Day to tie up a few loose ends....we are having our neighbors from across the street over to watch It's a Wonderful Life so I'm going to lay out a small buffet and then sit back and wait for Santa.

I hope you all are enjoying your week and don't forget to take the time to breathe!!

Just a sprinkling.....

I've been consistent in my effort to bring a little Christmas into my house without having to display all the Christmas decorations that I own.  I just sprinkled a bit of the Season into my existing vignettes to dress them up a bit....I added a bow here and there and some shiny ball ornaments...
 I love my little bottle brush tree collection, I usually add a new one to my collection each year but so far I haven't bothered to purchase one. I created a little grouping with this ceramic Christmas tree music box that belongs to my son. All of my birds nests are now sporting shiny new 'eggs'...some of them even have jingle bells.
This is the view of my fireplace when you're sitting on our couch...I don't have the stockings hung yet. That bright light on top of the mantle is the light in the manger.  It goes off every night except for Christmas Eve...when we leave it on.  Also, can you see our sweet kitty laying under the tree?

Well, while I was out shopping today someone came to the house and notified my son that the passenger in the car that ran the red light and hit us last year on Black Friday is going to try to sue us for imaginary damages....in the form of medical treatment past, present and future, lost wages past and present and future and attorneys fees. Unbelievable...that's all I can say. I've called our insurance company to notify them and I have to wait until Monday to find out what's next. There's never a dull moment around here.

I hope you all have an absolutely Blessed Weekend!!

Colored Lights and Cupcakes

  I didn't realize it had been so long since my last post....we've been in full Christmas prep. mode as I'm sure you all are.  For many many years my husband has been a stickler for white lights only on the Christmas tree...this year he decided he wanted to go with colored lights for a change and we love it!  We opted for a slightly smaller tree, you know how it is, the kids get bigger and the gifts get a bit more pricier so they are fewer and far between...plus I liked not having to put up every single Christmas ornament that we own. (It's the putting away part that I loathe)

 We recently celebrated a certain someone's special birthday....Sadie turned 9! She gets her very own cupcake each year since she's been with us...this year it was red velvet with cream cheese frosting.
She loves her carbs, a girl after my own heart...no wonder she follows me everywhere...:) We love her so much, we've had her 3 years now and it seems like it was just meant to be.

I hope you all have a great day!!