Saturday, December 24, 2011

Peace on Earth! And some Yule Log too!

Warmest wishes to all of you for a very blessed holiday season.  Whatever you celebrate, I hope you are surrounded by family or friends .

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December 2011 160My kitchen tree sits amongst the clutter of the marathon cooking and baking.

December 2011 163  A little rolling pin given to me by my friend Ellen in 1994.  Do you write the dates or names on ornies to remind you ?

I upgraded to a 3 ft prelit tree this year, as I had so many cute kitchen ornaments.

December 2011 162 Here is a little baking mold amongst the copper pans and gingerbread.

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My first ever attempt at a Yule Log.  I am not French, have no French roots, so a Yule Log it is, with Irish roots!  :)

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I filled it with cream cheese icing and cherries.  I can't cut it as it is for tomorrow, so I will try to get a shot of it when we eat it.

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Some rugalach with a cup of coffee will help get me through the rest of the many things left to do.  We don't celebrate till tomorrow, thank goodness.  I have been cooking for days.

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I am working on a table starring these...

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I'll set a place for you , come back for dinner during this holiday week of celebrations!

My very best wishes to all of you!  Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukah, Happy Holidays!

Watching the gkids Christmas Concert always fills the heart with the spirit of the season.  My Kdgn gson was so excited to be in his first concert!

Joy to the World!

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Thanks so much for sharing your time with me!

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I am joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday


  1. So pretty - and boy do those desserts look yummy! (And i see the ornament I sent you! hurray!) Merry Christmas! xoxoxo

  2. I love your new tree...just precious. By this time next year, I aim to have a kitchen tree, full of cuteness.
    Have a wonderful time tomorrow. Our time is about 2 hours.:)

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family..The yule log is great..And that tree is pretty darn cute too.

  4. The yule log looks great K and the dishes are just beautiful! Merry Christmas-enjoy:@)

  5. Do you know Kathleen that I really love your blog. And I'm more and more impressed getting to know you. What a DARLING tree. And your yule log looks so delicious. Your dishes will be beautiful on your table. I can hardly wait to see a picture. Well girl, you have just done another bang up job on your post. And I love it. Merry Christmas to you!


  6. Merry Christmas, Kathleen, to you and your family! Enjoy the holidays :)

  7. You have been a very busy gal! Merry Christmas - sandie

  8. A lovely post. Merry Christmas to you. I love your little Christmas tree. Susan

  9. I love your kitchen Christmas tree, Kathleen, and your Yule log looks very pretty. The children look so sweet performing in their school pageant.

    Merry Christmas!

  10. Love the kitchen tree! Children's programs are always my favorite. You just never know what you'll get! A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  11. Love your Irish Yule log! Your kitchen tree is just precious. I can hardly wait to see those dishes used on your holiday table. Safe travels and a very Merry Christmas friend!

  12. Kathleen, Your Irish Yule log looks delicious and I LOVE your beautiful Irish nativity scene. So lovely with the shamrocks on it. Wishing you joy and peach,

  13. Kathleen, Your Irish Yule log looks delicious and I LOVE your beautiful Irish nativity scene. So lovely with the shamrocks on it. Wishing you joy and peach,

  14. I do know where every one of my Santas have come from but not the dates.
    Sounds like you bake like I do. A whirlwind of activity and mess until it is all done. I don't put anything away until then because if I do I may not have the energy to pull it all out again.
    Merry Christmas Kathleen. Big hugs to you.

  15. Kathleen, your kitchen tree is precious, and the yule log looks delicious. Enjoy your day with your family.
    Merry Christmas! ~ Sarah

  16. What a beautiful group of angels! My first child's birthday cake was a Yule log as she is Dec. 21st. Looks so yummy. Hope you had a wonderful .Christmas Eve. And have a very Merry Christmas!

  17. Beautiful photos, Kathleen, and the food looks so good as usual. Love your Christmas trees and your plates. Merry Christmas!...Christine

  18. UM Feliz Natal! Com muito carinho, muita música e doçura. Sigo seu blog e acho Fantástico!

  19. Kathleen, You keep yourself very busy, my friend! The yule log does look yummy. How fun to watch the g'kids at their activities- you are a proud grammy, I'm sure. Enjoy your Christmas celebration! hugs, Sue

  20. This is such a wonderful time of the year. Lots of goodies to eat and family to be with. Wishing you a Joyous Christmas. hugs, Linda

  21. Merry Christmas my friend!
    Your bûche de noël came out great.
    The grandkids were easy to pick out, the cutest ones there! They are getting so big.
    Just think, before we know it, it will be time to do this allover again...

  22. Ah such a wonderful Christmas! Love the tree and I can well see why you stepped up to a bigger one. You have so many treasures!

    Christmas concerts with the little ones are so special. They really remind you of what it's all about.

    - The Tablescaper

  23. Hi Kathleen,

    There is so much to comment on in this post; where do I start?! First of all, your Irish yule log/buche de noel turned out beautifully. My MIL made one this year, too. She filled hers with peppermint ice cream. Secondly, I adore your kitchen Christmas tree...and those ornaments are sooo cute! Wherever did you get the little copper sauce pans and colander? They are the best!

    Third, I love your dishes. Are they the Lenox "Neuveaux Plaid"? I'm coveting those, big time. :)

    And last of all, I LOVE your nativity set! It looks like Belleek. It really is beautiful. Everything looks great and so festive. Hope your day turned out just like you wanted. BTW, your grands are precious -- loved the pictures of the pageant. Merry Christmas!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  24. Happy Christmas and New Year too! Everything looks soooooo christmassy at your home!Love the ornaments with a cookery theme,your ware and that nativity set with shamrocks!Lovely.

  25. What a fantastic post; your log is really nice. hope you are having a great week.

  26. Kathleen, I am so smitten with that angel with the plaid trim. I'm thinking of gluing plaid ribbon to one of my angel tree toppers. Your kitchen tree looks so pretty, and that Christmas china is gorgeous! How cute all of the children are in their Christmas programs. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. laurie

  27. What a cute idea, a kitchen tree! So adorable! I don't write the names on the ornaments, I have a Holiday Journal that I bring out at Thanksgiving and record all the holiday events and gifts and ornaments in.

  28. Hope you had a very special and Merry Christmas, Kathleen. Soon, the days of Christmas concerts and plays will be here too ;) Love the kitchen tree in all it's kitchen finery and your Irish Yule Log and other goodies look delicious!

  29. Hi, Kathleen. What a perfect kitchen tree! Darling! And yes, I write notes on EVERYTHING. This holiday season I've wondered how many do that too!

    I hope you had a very nice Christmas, Kathleen, and best wishes for 2012. ~Zuni

  30. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! I do write notes and the year on the ornaments, and so glad I do. Some of the ornaments given to me six years ago, seem like just yesterday ;-) The yule log is great, I did one three years ago. Love the kitchen tree!

  31. I just love coming to your blog -- it is like coming home.

    The kitchen tree is such an inspiration -- I am just starting with my collection of things for ours. This is the first time I have ever found a place for it.

    Once my mother and I made a Yule Log when I was living in Dallas in a small single girl apartment. The filling called for was like seven minute frosting. I had limited storage, so we carefully wrapped up our masterpiece and put it in the storage room attached to the deck because the weather was pretty cold and we thought it would be OK overnight.

    When we cut into it at Christmas dinner, the filling had all disappeared! It had just absorbed into the cake! I think creme cheese would be a much better option.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! And here's to a great New Year, too. Cheers!


  32. Awe, now I want a kitchen tree-that is just adorable!I miss the big Christmas celebrations too, now it is just my son and his small family with us. But I thank God I have someone to share the season with.

  33. Love the kitchen Christmas Tree!! They have such cute ornaments. The "IRISH" Yulr Log came out great,,how was the taste??

  34. I do not know who the little girl in the first row second from left is, but she has the right attitude about Christmas. It brought a swift hot tear to my eye.


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