Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I Love Christmas!

I love to bake. I especially love to bake sweet things. The Christmas season gives me a great excuse each year to go all out trying new yummy recipes. This weekend was designated Christmas Baking Weekend. I spent all day (literally) in the kitchen on Saturday. Here is what I made:

  • Caramel corn
  • Ultimate brownies (brownie on bottom, marshmallow cream in the middle, and chocolate, peanut butter, and rice krispies on top!)
  • Gingerbread men (I ran out of steam before these got decorated)
  • Buttery oatmeal crisp cookies, half dipped in chocolate
  • Turtles
  • Peppermint fudge
And Monday was the even more fun part: I took my grandmother to deliver 8 plates of homemade goodies to her friends! That was my Christmas present to her this year, and she loved it!

While I am on the subject of Christmas, I thought I would share a few photos of our home sweet home decorated for the season. I love Christmas decorations!!!!! (Disclaimer: Our house only looked this way for about 3 minutes. As soon as I finished taking the pictures, the clutter and toys and dirty dishes started to accumulate again. :) )

Yes, there are still only two stockings on the mantel. Although I am not the craftiest person in the world, I have made all of our Christmas stockings. Last year I made M's stocking, only to end up not being able to find anyone with one of those fancy sewing machines to embroider her name at the top. Christmas came and went, and of course, it got put on the back burner. I am pleased to say that I found someone to add her name to it, and it should be ready any day.

The piano with the poinsettias I found for 99 cents at Lowe's!

Our kitchen. This is where I spend A LOT of time. We have a cozy, 1500-square-foot house, and we were commenting the other day that we really USE every square inch of it. I am glad for that. By the way, Daniel made our beautiful, cherry kitchen table (as well as most of the furniture in our house.) He is such a talented guy!

Daniel made this writing desk too with walnut from my grandparents backyard. I love my Willow Tree nativity scene.

Merry Christmas!


Jeni said...

Beautiful pictures! Our tree looks a bit sad this year, because we let Wendy put the ornaments on by herself. They're all clustered right at her shoulder height, right in the front, with several ornaments on each branch.

I could fix it, but the tree is primarily for her enjoyment. I think it's kinda cute, anyway. :-)

We miss you at Pegram! David is in the Cradle Roll class now, and it's strange to go in there & not see Madeline!

3 Blessings said...

Love all the pictures. Furniture maker...what an wonderful talent!

Rachel said...

Your house is gorgeous, Sarah! Thanks for sharing the pics :)

Alisa Beth said...

After reading this post, I HAD to comment! What a sweet, sweet gift you gave your grandmother this Christmas! Even though they're not decorate, those gingerbread men look PERFECT! And that peppermint fudge?! Oh, my! You have such a lovely home, too! The Christmas decorations look fabulous and I love that desk your husband made!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

E.T.'s Mom said...

How fun! That's an awesome Christmas present idea. I love the pics of your house, too. Our house is about that same size, but not nearly so cute!