Archive for December, 2008

27
Dec

The Holiday Rundown

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Big Christmas Tree
Big Christmas Tree
Small Christmas Tree
Small Christmas Tree

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.  Christmas Eve was spent at home getting ready for the  Big Day!  Last minute baking and some precooking.  I managed to burn up another mixer!!!  It kind of sent me into a tizzy since I had plans to make a dessert for after Christmas dinner but that was not going to happen.  Then it was all about getting everyone’s gifts together and under the trees and hanging the stockings.

Stockings Hung with Care
Stockings Hung with Care

This year I painted paper mache sleighs for gift baskets for our parents.  I like putting together gift baskets and this year I found these sleighs and thought they would work out great.  I like how they turned out but like everything around the holidays, I tend to push things to the last minute .  I am vowing that next year if I paint or make any gifts that they will have to be done a lot earlier….

Sleighs
Sleighs
sleigh
Back of Sleigh
Side of Sleigh
Side of Sleigh

We had a very nice Christmas.  Our son every year announces, “this is the best Christmas ever!” and this year was no different.   He is a Christmas fanatic.  We spent Christmas day here at home with my parents and Brandon’s parents.  We had a very nice day.  I look forward to having everyone at Christmas.  We eat lots, open gifts, visit and eat some more.  Then when our parents go home there’s no time to relax because it’s time for Brandon and me to play with our son and all his new things.  We all received wonderful gifts and I got a stand mixer!!!!!  No more burning up my mixer every time I bake.  It at least has a two year warranty so if I do burn it up I can return it!!

Here are some assorted pics of our Christmas decorations and some gifts….

Santa decorated by son and friend
Santa decorated by son and his friend
Watering Can
Watering Can with greenery from around the yard
Potting bench
Potting bench with greenery from around the yard
Greenery Arrangement from my sister
Greenery Arrangement from my sister
My New Bumble from Brandon's mom
My New Bumble from Brandon’s mom and dad
Our Kitchen Tree
Our Kitchen Tree

This year our son got sick with a cold prior to Christmas and now Brandon is down with the cold/flu and I am getting it.  Every year someone has to be sick over the holidays, this year it’s all of us…. argh!  But now it’s time for us to get well and get back to the normal daily grind, well at least until New Years….

Happy Holidays!

Melissa

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19
Dec

Gingerbread Houses and Holiday Hub-Bub

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It’s been a while since I posted but with the holidays approaching there has been so much to do.  We attended Brandon’s holiday party for work.  This year it was held at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  What a beautiful site for a party.  It was beautifully decorated with lighted live Christmas trees, window displays and gingerbread houses.  Each year they hold a gingerbread competition and  I have always wanted to go and see them but never have.  I am so glad I got to see them this year.  They are amazing!  I took my camera and it seems that the gingerbread houses are pretty much all I took pictures of.

CBG Gingerbread House

CBG Gingerbread House

CBG Gingerbread House

CBG Gingerbread House

CBG Gingerbread House

CBG Gingerbread House

CBG Gingerbread House

CBG Gingerbread House

Last weekend the son and I made our second ever gingerbread house.  I found the saltbox house pattern online at Bob Villa’s site and used Martha Stewart’s gingerbread recipe.  The only problem we had was we destroyed my mixer.  It wasn’t a very good mixer anyway.  We were finishing mixing the gingerbread and the mixer started smelling,  then made some grinding noises, then started smoking, then no more mixer.   So here is our Gingerbread House….

Our Gingerbread House

Our Gingerbread House

Our Gingerbread House

Our Gingerbread House

I have been busy painting Christmas gifts, tags and a floor cloth for my kitchen.  I am trying to get most everything done before the end of this week so I can get to baking cookies.   The son was off from school  today due to an ice storm so he started his Christmas vacation early (17 days off, argh!!) and Brandon will be on vacation next week.

Brandon has been busy working on a commission nutcracker.  He has been busy with designing the piece and now will be hard at work carving.  I’m very excited to see it completed it will be very unique to what has been done before.  More to come with that as it progresses….

I will post soon with pictures of our decorations and things we’re working on…

Happy Holidays!!

Melissa

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