Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Look Back to Christmas Past, Part 1

Tomorrow is Dec. 1st, hard to believe.

I am joining my friend The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, a look at Christmas Past.

Actually, I don’t change my d├ęcor that much from year to year.  That’s part of the tradition of Christmas, doing many things the same way from year to year.

The Christmas mantel…

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I have a double mantel that dh built when we built this house 12 years ago.

The Precious Moments Nativity always goes there, surrounded by a mixture of faux and fresh greens.  I use oasis for the fresh greens and fresh flowers, and weave lights throughout.

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Another tradition is my front porch.

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After all, Santa needs a place to sit and cool off after squeezing down the chimney in that hot suit.

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Our home would not be complete without a Nativity, and  outside must have one too!

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A light in every window to welcome the Christ child’s arrival on the 25th.

I have always wanted to put every Christmas table I have ever done in one place, and tomorrow I hope to do just that!

Thanks for visiting, be sure to check out The  Tablescaper’s  Seasonal Sunday .

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Let's Dish #89

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We’ll stay home this year, dh is recuperating and needs his rest.

Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes.
 He is coming along.

We will miss seeing the children and their antics!

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Whether your gathering is small…

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Or large with many guests and many tables…

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Enjoy and count your blessings!  You are amongst mine!

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See you next week, when everyone will be into the next holiday!

I will be pulling out the Cmas, not much Tgiving actually got pulled out.

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Don’t forget the Dec. 11 challenge.  Find at pic on the net or in a mag or book of a Holiday table.

 Show us the pic, then your version.

Thanks for stopping by, and Gobble, Gobble!

Same rules to link up.  MUST be dish related, a link back to this party, one entry per week, and BLOG name first.

  I did have to delete a few craft posts last week.
No word id permitted, and visit at least 5 other entries.
THANKS!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving Blues~Let’s Dish #88

Good evening, Ladies!  Thank you for all the prayers for my dh.  He is home, 20 lbs lighter and very weak, but getting stronger every day!
I appreciate all your good wishes, those of you who have taken an ambulance ride at 2 a.m. know how very frightening it is.  ICU was the best place for him as he needed transfusions for blood loss, and they took good care of him.  Thanks again to all those in nursing for all you do!
I managed to do a little table today while he was resting.  Not the usual Fall colors, are you all FALLED out?
REMINDER!  DEC. 11th is the next challenge.  You must show us a picture from the web or a magazine, and show us your interpretation of the Holiday  table.
Have you found yours yet?  I have 2 in mind.  I save old Christmas magazines for just that reason. 
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I started with a blue and white cloth I have had for years from Villeroy and Boch.
Next came a blue glass charger, then the pierced plates from Horchow.
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The glass Bormioli compotes top the stack, they were .99 , a great find!
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The napkins are from the WSonoma outlet, and the white pearlized flatware is from Horchow.
I haven’t been out for a week, so I couldn’t get flowers, so a simple glass hurricane surrounded by small white pumpkins and some acorns is the centerpiece.
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The blue stems were a great deal from the Pfaltzgraff dollar sale. They are a pretty color blue with a large bubble before the stem starts.
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Look closely and you will see the bubble.
The white butter domes are from  Christmas Tree Shops.
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A pair of white turkey salt and peppers are also from Christmas Tree Shops.
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I hope you are all well into your Thanksgiving preparations!  We won’t be able to celebrate this year,  dh isn’t up to it.  I will miss being with my family, but I am very Thankful for God’s blessings!
Next week, Thanksgiving Eve, I am starting with Christmas.  I know many of you have already started your decorating for the holidays!

Skillet o Rama…
I am still finding lots of uses for those individual skillets I bought.
Macaroni and cheese, hot and bubbly.
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Same rules to link up.
Please be sure your entry is TABLE related, not just a craft or a recipe.
BLOG NAME FIRST
BE SURE TO INCLUDE A LINK BACK TO THIS PARTY, so others will get visited.
Be a follower to link up, and one entry per week.
Visit at least 5 others and leave them a comment, and be sure you have no word ID.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Nothing from me, dh is in ICU , but improving.  Just putting up the link so you can share amongst yourselves.

Thanks for all your good thoughts.

Same rules. Some of you are forgetting to link back to this party. Please remember to do that and put your BLOG name first.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thanksgiving is in the Air! Let’s Dish # 87

 

What a week!  DH got sick last Thursday, and I have been a nurse all week.

  Today we again went to the doc, and the news was good.  The tests came back, and it is an infection, and he should be better in a few days.  I will have to fatten him up, he has lost about 6 lbs, so I will be baking him something good this week!

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Some individual apple crisps are on the menu, I already peeled the apples.  A big scoop of ice cream will help.

 

Needless to say, Clara Barton didn’t get to do a table.

Here’s to all the nurses out there, you work hard!

 

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Time to pull out this pretty Lenox Cake plate, a gift to myself a few years ago.  I know I have shown this before.

 

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I love how the bottom is shaped like a pumpkin.

These are shortbread cookies made in nut shaped molds.  You fill them with chocolate or jam. Molds came from King Arthur.

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They would be good piled on that pretty plate.

Or maybe this cornucopia pumpkin cake…

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As TURKEY TIME draws near, I find myself leaping ahead to Christmas planning.  After this week I realize how illness can throw schedules way out of whack, so I want to try and be prepared early!

SPEAKING OF PLANNING AHEAD, the DECEMBER CHALLENGE WILL BE DEC. 11.

FIND A PICTURE OF a Christmas , or a Hanukkah   HOLIDAY TABLE AND  TRY TO DUPLICATE IT.  It can be from a magazine, book, or Pinterest or a blog.  Be sure to give credit to where it came from.

Show us the original, and your version.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

I didn’t do a challenge for Nov.  I know everyone is doing Fall tables, so we will skip this month.

Hope things will settle down this week, lots to catch up on, and I sure hope dh will be well enough to go to the dump!  I hate that job!  :)

Have a wonderful November week, busy times ahead for everyone, it sneaks up quickly!

Same rules to link up.  A dish related entry, link back to this party, no word id, BLOG NAME FIRST and please visit at least 5 entries.

Thanks for stopping by!

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