Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas Eve and Day

Merry Christmas!  Has everyone recovered?  We had a full, but lovely, Christmas and for once, I felt fully prepared and present.  Of course, turns out I wasn't, as I discovered on Christmas Eve and day that I completely forgot to buy for Bryce's and my Mom's (Delita and I always split a stocking for her) stocking!  That was the only hiccup though and everyone lived through it and was gracious about it!  

I hosted everyone for Christmas Eve and so I spent most of the day preparing for dinner and breakfast the next morning.  One of my favorite moments was going out on the farm and foraging for greens for flowers on the table.  We are fortunate that we have lots of evergreens and a big, beautiful holly tree.  The peonies I bought had not fully opened (even with trying all the tricks in the books) but I still loved the pop of pink and, of course, peonies in December are such a treat.

After church, we sipped on Bryce's eggnog and delicious baked brie while we waited for the tenderloin to finish cooking (took longer than Ina said it would!)!  I made Croqemboosh for dessert.

I'm still stubbornly holding on to our reading of  The Night Before Christmas.  One's never too old, are they?

Oddly, our children have never woken early Christmas morning!  Numerous times we've had to wake someone up, this year it was Harris whom Grace awoke when Grandma showed up at 8:45!

I love our Christmas breakfast, it feels so special and makes the house smell heavenly!  This year, Grace made our cinnamon rolls, Orange Eggnog Rolls to be exact, and they were beyond delicious!

After opening presents at home, and face timing with Bryce's folks, we headed to my sisters for Christmas Day lunch.  Bill always likes to make the appropriate cocktail and Christmas was no exception!  How cute are these?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Around the House (and Coop!)

As we approach Christmas, I thought I'd share a few of our other decorations around the house!  All in all, I'd say they are mostly simple things in classic red and green.  Our kitchen has wreaths on the windows and a platter above the range.

The staircase has garland with red bows.  The frog feather tree is also set up in the foyer.

In the library, all of our Christmas books are out!

Rosie got in on the Christmas spirit with a new collar!

Harris has particularly enjoyed the hot chocolate bar.

And last, but not least, the chickens got a teeny tiny wreath!

Friday, December 21, 2018

A Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Yesterday, to celebrate the holidays and school getting out, Grace had four friends over to decorate gingerbread houses.  I had never made gingerbread houses before but I found it to be relatively easy, it was the "glueing" together that was the hard part!  All in all, I think they turned out darling.

I put out a tray of candy for decorating and bags and bowls of cement royal icing and the girls went to town.  The houses turned out so cute!

Since it was a half day, the girls had not eaten lunch so I put out a sandwich board for them to snack from.  It was so easy and they really liked it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Second Tree with Candles

A couple of years ago, we bought a faux Christmas tree for my Mom to enjoy while she was recovering from knee surgery and staying in our cottage.  This year, since no one was in the cottage, we thought we would use it in the den as a second tree since the den is where we pass through most often.

Grace assembled it for us in about 10 minutes and we hung my vintage Christmas ball ornaments on it.  My first love will always be for our real tree with all of our special ornaments on it, and at first we weren't smitten with the faux one.  However, I bought little candle clips, and candles for it, and those really helped to transform it.  Of course, it's a fire hazard and we would never light them and not be in the room, but they are so charming- lit or not!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Grain Sack Cushion

Fairly recently, I had a thin cushion made for our mudroom bench.  I had come across two old, but beautiful, grain sacks from Europe, and I just fell for the green stripe down the middle.  I had never seen green before and they perfectly matched our green cabinets.

I"m in awe that these beautiful sacks were used to hold grain!  Did you know that the stripes down the middle of the grain sacks were used to identify the farmer so that they could get back to them from the mill?  Oftentimes, they even had initials on them.  Talk about useful and beautiful!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Festive Plate Rack

Remember our plate rack we put up a bit ago?  It's all decked out for Christmas and it looks so good!
I had been eyeing these plaid lampshades for a while but even with a bit of a sale, the shipping was too much, so when they went on super sale the day after Thanksgiving, along with free shipping, I snapped them up!  I'm so glad I did because I think they add such charm to the buffet!

Each piece of our Christmas china were gifts from our wedding many moons ago and I still love it as much now as I did then.  Bows forever!

P.S.  Now that I'm looking at these pictures, I feel like I might should add a touch of greenery to the top!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tree Trimming

Last weekend we put up our tree!  Every single year we say it's our best one yet, but this year I think it's really true : ).  Frankly, the library waits all year for its moment to shine as it shows off the tree!

For our dessert, I made this winterberry cake (it had mint flavored filling and icing) with sweet little rosemary trees.  I'll always love a good theme!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Winter Backpacking Trip

In what I can only describe as crazy, Bryce and the children went on an overnight backpacking trip a couple of days before Thanksgiving.  While I cannot imagine wanting to spend the night in a tent, on top of snow, in the mid teens, that is exactly what they did and had a fun and thrilling time doing it!  Crazy, right?

They had a grand time and said that it was absolutely beautiful!  And here are the pictures to prove it...

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