Sunday, December 25, 2011
Christmas was wonderful this year!
I really love having brunch rather then dinner. It's great to wake up knowing that in a short while everyone will be over. We will eat a yummy breakfast of homemade waffles, chili Rancheros egg dish, bacon and fresh fruit.
This year I was able to use the white plates I got last year from the Dollar Tree. I love these plates!
I also didn't have to use a salad or dessert plate...so that means less dishes.
For the centerpiece, I just put a poinsettia plant in my milk glass ice bucket. I use it for plants and flowers more then I do an ice bucket.
Next to the poinsettia, I have a darling Dept 56 reindeer that I got as a present several years ago. Sadly, I broke the other one that went with it.
There was a mix of Santa place card holders.
After we all ate and were completely stuffed, we went into the living room and opened all the presents. Santa sure was good to everyone this year!
Elton loved ripping into his gifts.
Here is Elton hoping he gets to open his present and try a sample...of course he got to enjoy a few.
After presents were open and those that had other commitments left, those of us that remained, went to the movies. I was surprised at how crowded it was at the movies.
We came home and had a turkey dinner and spent hours chatting about life and going down memory lane.
Right now, everyone has gone home and I'm the only one still up. Everyone here is sleeping soundly, I'm sure dreaming of the wonderful day they had.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too. Now it's time to start thinking of those New Years resolutions!
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Friday, December 23, 2011
Parties have been given and attended.
So, I'm set. Bring on Christmas!!!!!
My last gift I had to worry about was for my nephew. I had no idea what to get him. He kept saying he just wanted money. I hate just giving an envelope with money in it.
Last year he wanted money too. I ended up giving him but I wrapped up $1, $5, $10 and $20 in crape paper to look like a snowball and he had to unwrap the whole thing to get his full gift.
He thought it was a lot of fun.
I just folded $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills into fans and tied them on a little silver tinsel tree I got at Target.
It's going to take him awhile to get this money off. I think he will have fun with it.
Do you have any clever ways to give cash to someone for their present? If so, let me know. I would love to get some new ideas for next year because I'm sure his wish list will be the same...cash.
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope Santa brings you everything your heart desires.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I had no idea how to use it. Then I was at the Container Store and they showed me how fun it can be to use. It's now my all time favorite ribbon!
I also like to use little ornaments to pretty up a package too. This little glitter reindeer fit in perfect with this years wrapping. I had some things left over from last year that I was able to use this year.
However, when I get tired, I just tie a plain bow and I happen to think those packages look just as pretty.
I'm not a stick on bow lover. In fact, I never even buy those. I like the big wide ribbon much better.
I can't afford to spend a lot of money on presents this year, but, I can take the time to make them look as nice as I can.
Hope everyone likes them.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
She said she is to old to believe in Santa. WHAT! I quickly explained one can never be to old to believe in Santa.
As they were getting ready with taking the order and getting paid, I turned and saw Trinity and Santa were having a conversation. So I started to click away.
It's just a girl having a chat with Santa.
I'm not sure what they were talking about but, Santa was in a jolly mood and kept laughing.
Then, I got tapped on the shoulder. I was told it was time for them to take their professional photo. I had to move out of the way.
I'm not sure what happened that night. But, I think Trinity finally believed me that you really are never to old to sit and have a chat with Santa.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Last year our theme was Gingerbread. This year I went with Christmas Penguins.
Frog Prince Paperie and lots of cute items to download.
We ate dinner that we had brought in from a wonderful family owned restaurant.
After crafts they did a gift exchange with each other.
The girls went home, full, happy and loaded down with gifts.
It was a fun time and lots of memories were made. Now I need to decide what next years theme will be. Any ideas?
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Well that was enough to scare any little kid into being good. So, for years and years, I would be on my best behavior out of fear of getting coal rather then toys from Santa.
My heart skipped a beat. What! Santa really did give coal to naughty girls and boys.
Then I thought I should face the music and check out just what this coal is all about.
Well, I noticed you could unwrap the coal. So, I did. Low and behold, it was yummy candy inside.
So yummy in fact that I'm now going out of my way to be a bit naughty so Santa will bring me more.
I no longer have any fears of getting "coal" for Christmas...in fact, I look forward to it.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Every year I do a lot of baking for Christmas. This year, I got started today. My sister came over and we spent hours baking cookies and making fudge. It was so fun.
We made Hershey's Peanut butter Blossoms. I'm not a fan of anything peanut butter, except peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I don't like peanut butter cookies, peanut butter ice cream, peanut butter candy or anything.
But, my great niece loves peanut butter and asked if we would make these for her so we did.
They are very easy to make. I just googled Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossoms and got the recipe. We ended up making several batches.
Chocolate Fudge is something we always make. It's great to give as gifts. I like to wrap it up in cute containers and give it to my friends and neighbors.
I love nuts. So, my fudge always has walnuts in it...unless someone requests that I leave them out.
I use the recipe on the back of Marshmallow Fluff jars. I use 1 package milk chocolate chips and 1/2 of a bag of semi sweet chips.
I don't know why I never bake these at any other time but Christmas time.
Do you have certain things you bake only for the Holidays? I guess by not making them other times of the years it keeps them special for Christmas.
I still will bake lots more before Christmas actual is here. What are some of your favorite cookies to make?
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Most of you know I'm a Girl Scout leader. I love it. I have the best group of girls. They are all so fun and well behaved.
At our next meeting we are going to have our Christmas party. Evey year we have a different theme.
This year our theme is Christmas penguins. I've been collecting things for this party for a year now. Last year I already knew what I wanted to do.
The good thing about planning early is you can stock up and buy things when you find them and you are not out rushing around trying to find stuff.
The bad thing about planning early was, I now have more girls then I did last year. So, I had not bought enough. That meant I was out driving around town trying to find more of things I bought before.
Well, that didn't always work because some of the things were no longer sold in the stores. I finally had to accept that I could either buy all new items or I could buy other items and the girls could end up with slightly different things. Which is what I did.
It all started when I was at a thrift store last year and found the Christmas Penguin cookie jar. I thought that would be a cute start for the table center piece. Then I found the plates and napkins on line. They were discontinues so I got a great deal.
The little toys, candy and note books I found at Michael's this year. I love the little packs of tissue.
The little stuffed animals came from Target. The cute slipper socks were a real find at Big Lots. I should have gotten me a pair. What was I thinking?
I got the little penguin bowl at the Dollar Tree and the little foil wrapped pigeons at Target.
Every year I get the girls an ornament and write on the back the year and Girl Scouts so they will remember the theme of our party. I got the ornaments at Michael's also.
The darling little snow globes came from Dollar Tree. I bought them last year and then I was so lucky that they sold them again this year so I could get all the girls the same one. I'll use these on the table and they can take them home afterwards.
We will do crafts, have dinner, do a gift exchange and have a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to it.