Christmas at Windows and More or The Youngers!
So I did manage to find time to grab the camera the night Mark and the girls decorated the tree and I was in the kitchen making the Christmas goodies.
We don’t really have a theme we just have an electic mix of ornaments.
It looks a little like a hallmark commercial, but every year Santa puts a new ornament in the kids stockings and for a few years he liked the Hallmark ornaments.
So while they were decorating the tree, I was in the kitchen getting a start on the Christmas baking. We make several kinds of Truffles (Mocha, Triple Choco Mocha, White Chocolate Raspberry, and just Chocolate) I have discovered the best Chocolate for dipping is Semi Sweet Toll House Chocolate Chips with a couple of tablespoons of Crisco melted in the microwave. After dipping the truffles we then dip pretzels, peanuts – peanut clusters, cuties – miniature oranges, and what ever else I have around. This year I dipped Cherry flavored Twizzlers!
My favorite cookie is the Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. The recipe is found on the lid of Quaker Oats!
This year I tried a new recipe that I found, Rum Chata Fudge Bites. Yummy!
I also make a cashew brittle that is really good! (if I say so myself!)
Hannah helps with a lot of the baking and dipping, this year she made everyone’s favorite, Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies!
This year I tried decorating with fresh greens that I clipped from the yard. I also had a bunch of red and silver balls so if there is a theme it would be red and silver.
I love this ceramic Christmas tree, my Grandma always had one, and this one is from a special neighbor that passed away a few years ago.
One of the many blogs that I follow used fresh greens in the chandeliers so I gave it a try also. One thing is I didn’t do this right after Thanksgiving, I waited until a couple of weeks before Christmas.
So far the greens have held up. I notice today they are starting to look a little dried out. I think it helps that we have a whole house humidifier.
These are on the buffet in the dining room.
And in the Kitchen. My Grandma Howe crocheted the snow flakes, so they are also very special.
In the foyer. Love the giant Poinsettia that my sister-in-law gave us!
The owl is actually an ornament, but it is so large we were worried about it falling off the tree and breaking, so I stuck in the greenery(fake) and I like it there.
Some close-ups of the tree!
Sydney took most of these!
She also strung the pearls on the tree this year, I hadn’t put them on for a few years, but I kind of like them!
So this is the final post for this year! (for real) Still have gifts to wrap! 🙂