Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Christmas Village

I just wanted to share our Christmas Village.
It has been so much fun collecting these little houses!
This year I decided to put our Christmas village down the middle of our
 dining room table.  I placed all the buildings back to back and ran the cords behind
them and under the snow. The cords all go down through the opening where
the leaf goes and come out under the table and plug into a power strip. I just
didn't close the table together quite all the way. Since my table is pretty wide, there's
still plenty of room for setting the table and having dinner!
I think it looks so charming and Christmasy!
I just love the little choir in front of the church!

I especially like the ice skating rink! It was a Christmas present several years ago!
A day time view.
I think it looks so pretty at night with just the lights from the village glowing.
It will make a nice center piece for our Christmas dinner! 


We are so happy to finally have our oldest daughter Jaime back home! She has been in 
Spain for the past semester (four long months) attending school! It is such a 
delight to have her back home!  It is also a joy to listen to her playing the piano 
in our home once again! We missed her so much!
She flew home Tuesday afternoon! 
Although her luggage didn't make the connecting flight, we are so glad she did!

Jaclyn visiting Santa!  

Even though Jaclyn knows all about Santa and that the reason for 
the season is Jesus birthday, she still likes to visit him. She told Santa 
she wants a back pack for Christmas!

I'm linking to Show and Tell Friday, and
Feathered Nest Friday Holiday

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Peppermint Bark

A favorite candy recipe around our home, besides Fudge is Peppermint Bark.
I've been making this recipe for many Christmases now and it's so quick and easy
to make! It's delicious, but doesn't last long around here! It also makes a nice
little gift for friends and neighbors!

Christmas Peppermint Bark

1 cup candy canes, crushed (about 11-12 oz.)
2 lbs. white chocolate chips
3/4 tsp. Peppermint  extract (opt.)

Put candy canes in a plastic bag and break into small pieces. 
(Set aside 1/4 cup). 
Melt the white chocolate chips in microwave until smooth.
Stir candy cane pieces together with melted white chocolate chips and 3/4 tsp. peppermint extract. Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with wax paper or parchment paper. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup candy cane pieces on top (press them on a little so they won't fall off) and put in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until firm.  Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces.

I think it looks so pretty and Christmasy!

*Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Glittery Pink Christmas!

I wanted to share a glimpse of my little pink Christmas tree in 
our bedroom.  I just love having a Christmas tree in the bedroom!
I especially like the way it lights up the room ... it looks so pretty!
I made the glitter houses several years ago. They are from little cardboard 
houses I bought at Michael's. I just painted them with craft paint. 
Then, I covered them with a thin layer of white glue and sprinkled with glitter! 
I think the bottle brush trees are so cute!
A few years ago, I started collecting glitter houses from Joann's and 
Target, but I haven't seen any at Target this year. These are a 
little bigger in scale.  I would sure love to find some vintage 
glitter houses or putz glitter houses, as they are called! 
I have been seeing some absolutely adorable putz style houses on etsy!
Also, I have found patterns to make them on various websites, 
but I don't think I am that ambitious or patient to try making them.
Some glitter houses even light up!
I have them displayed on my mantle.

Each year I try to add a few more to my collection.

Hopefully, I will find some more to add to my collection this year!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Decorating for Christmas with Yard Sale Finds!

Vintage Christmas Angel
This Christmas Angel which stands two feet tall was a yard sale find! 
I couldn't believe it when I found her! I just adore her,
 even with the scratches on her face.
The china cabinet that I found earlier this year at a yard sale is all 
dressed up for Christmas! I added some red polka dot scrap booking paper
 to the inside of the cabinet. The little wreath is another find!  
The banner (I made) was inspired by a blog, but I do not 
remember whose it was? Please forgive me. If you know, please 
tell me who it is! I definitely find so much inspiration from blogging!
The green salt and pepper shakers were $2.00 at a yard sale!
The Christmas dishes are yet another yard sale find! Seven dinner plates 
and seven salad plates ... $7.00! 
A Christmas Cup of Kindness! 
The tray was actually from an antique mall,
 but the ornaments are from yard sales! Finding cute little things at yard 
sales is always so much fun, but it is even more delightful to decorate 
my home at Christmastime with all of the treasures I've collected throughout the year!
I am linking up to: Feathered Nest Friday,
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