Monday, December 31, 2012

Holiday Decorated Cabinets

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This was so easy and I didn't have to buy anything!!!  If you have a large stash of ribbon on hand - you are set!!  If not, or if you are of the mindset that you can never have enough ribbon - then be on the look out when you see ribbon on sale (like right now) or throughout the year when shopping and you see the perfect color.

Just cut the vertical ribbon a couple inches longer on each end than you want to show.  I just used packaging tape to hold it in place and it has been holding for a month now!!

Then, I took coordinating ribbon (and this is where you might have to play around a bit) and cut it 2 widths of my washing machine (I needed something easy to go by and the first cabinets I did were above the washer!!).  I had found this simple bow drawing on Pinterest and had kept it for this.  It worked out really well.  Although, a few times I had to start over!!

I used two stick pins with a red pin head to hold the bow in place.  It's like a production line when you do this!

I did the 2 cabinet doors above the washing machine and 7 cabinet doors in the kitchen.  I could have done many more in the kitchen - and I seriously thought about doing it after my Cookie Exchange - but then decided that maybe next year!!  

Santa was very good to Lucy this year.  Not only did she get a huge family of mice but her big gift was this toy that has a ball that spins around making a bird chirping sound.  Plus there is a large feather and another ball in the top that she can put her paw in to try to play with.  Looks like the toys got the better of her!!

Happy New Year to all of you!!!!!!  I am linking to Skip To My Lou's Made By You Monday.  Just click here to see all the great ideas!
Skip To My Lou

Friday, December 28, 2012

Chess Pie

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Super easy - rich & buttery dessert  --

Chess Pie

Cream 1/2 C. Butter;
Add 1 C. Sugar & 3 Eggs (stir in eggs one at a time);
Beat well by hand after addition of each egg.
Stir in :
2 T. Flour
1 C. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla.
Blend well and pour into Unbaked Pie Shell.

Bake at 350 degrees until custard is set - 35-45 minutes.

This is the butter, sugar & eggs mixture -

The rest of the ingredients added -

Just placed in the oven -

So good -------\

I whipped this up yesterday because these are ingredients I always have on hand.  I don't even get my KitchenAid out for this one!!!

We are still enjoying the Christmas holiday.  I am one of those that keep my Christmas decorations up til after New Year's.  For me - this holiday goes on til then.  I am listening to Christmas music as I'm typing this!!!

Lucy had a very good Christmas!  Her mice family really grew!!!  Here she is rubbing against some new mice that were ready to come out of the packaging -

Mr. Cardigan said Lucy was putting her scent on them!!!!

I am linking this recipe to Designs By Gollum's Foodie Friday.  Just click here to see some great recipes!
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!!

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I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!!!!

To those of you that get email notices on my blog posts - I just discovered that there has been a problem with mine and you have not gotten the last 8 posts!!!  That makes a lot of my Christmas posts you have missed!!!  So, whenever you have time I hope that you go to my blog and check them out.

Meanwhile, Rudolph (aka Lucy) is ready to guide Santa's sleigh --

Peace and Glad Tidings To All!!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

14th Annual Cookie Exchange!!

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As I always say -- it is not the Christmas season for me if I don't host my annual Cookie Exchange.  I can't believe it has been 14 times!!!  I must start planning something special for next year!!

Here are the cookies that we each get to take home -

They wouldn't all fit on the Christmas covered bed -

What do we do at the Cookie Exchange?  We eat --

We visit & have fun --

And, we all take home one of each of these -

This year I made Nut Rolls for everyone -

I had them already to go in the freezer since the Cookie Exchange was a couple weeks before Christmas - in case anyone wanted to 'save' them -

Here they are before being wrapped.  You could click here for the recipe -

We always take a group photo -

And a 'YaYa' photo -

Lucy was not too enthused with everyone here.  She is used to a quieter home so she was not on her best behavior.  She pretty much stayed under the tree and growled!!!!  She didn't hide - she stood her ground as she is indeed the Queen!

We must start having more people over so she gets used to more company!!!!

I am linking to Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday Traditions Linky Party.  Just click here to enjoy all the posts!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

So Excited For You To See My Christmas Decor

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Come right on in!!!!
This is the door we always use -

You'll go right past the Elves Laundry -

Into our kitchen where there are some new decorations this year -

To the Dining Room -

Southwest Tree & Santa Belly Tree -

Living Room -

Shabby Chic Tree -

Main Tree -

Mittens & Skates Tree -

Disney Tree -

Master Bedroom -

Purse Tree -

Master Bathroom -

Sweet Shoppe Tree -

Beach Tree -

Outside we have a lighted wreath on the garage that is controlled by a sensor -

At Bronner's in Frankenmuth, MI I bought these 2 red lighted plastic ornaments that are in our front window -

I hope that you have enjoyed my decorations!  Please check out my other December posts on the right side bar and see more photos yet!

When I was taking photos of the dining room table -- Lucy wanted to see what I was so interested in --

I am so excited to be linking to The Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes.  This tour is why I started a blog.  I first saw it when Boo Mama had it and I was hooked.  Thank you so much Nester for carrying on...  You can click here to see all the fabulous homes!!!

Also, linking to The Inspired Room's Holiday Home Tour.  Just click here for more amazing homes.