The sky is white on this very quiet Sunday. It looks like it could snow—although I don’t really think its cold enough for anything more than flurries.
The house has pretty much been decorated. And this year I’m keeping it simple and understated. Actually, I’ve never gone overboard but I’m cutting back a bit this year.
Come on in! Don’t be a stranger! Come see how the house looks!
Are you a fan of the rustic look? This year I’m sticking to a rustic and casual theme!
The tree is lit up..
The stairways are lit up too..and festooned with the burlap ribbon and greens. Simple but nice.
I would have made more big bows, but I can’t find my Bowdabra. I may go out and buy another one! I friggin’ love my Bowdabra and fear that a certain someone threw it out! I need it for wrapping the gifts!
Selfish me–but I miss my kids terribly this time of year. I pick Oona up at the airport on the 21st. I’m counting the minutes. Oh. We’ll most likely get into an argument within the first half hour of driving back home.And after arguing, we’ll make up and cuddle with tea and a Hallmark Christmas Movie! My new favorite is Family For Christmas! And the boys arrive on Christmas Eve. I’m excited!!!!!!!
Read the synopsis under the photo. I’m telling you, this movie is Oscar-worthy in my book!
But back to the decor. I’ve been told to stop with the pillows. I can’t…
My favorite corner of the house. The sunroom. It’s not too sunny today but my pillows make me happy!
Dressing this OVERPRICED Ethan Allen sofa isn’t helping the looks of it. After Christmas we are having it re-stuffed.
This is what all those throw blankets are for. Chippy is a sofa dog. He will be in this position all afternoon. Oh. He’ll get up every so often to look out the window, then he’ll go right back into this position.
See how this rustic pillow ties into the casual theme? This pillow was a great find last year at Home Goods!
See the two green pillows? They were five bucks each at Primark. I snuck them into the house a few weeks ago!
Our little club chair in the downstairs family room does not go ignored by the pillow decor–or throw!
Even the downstairs guest room gets a touch of Christmas..
Poinsettias are the greatest and most inexpensive way to decorate. Four dollars each at Walmart. YES. Walmart!
..and the smaller ones are $2.22 each! I made Salted Caramel Nuts yesterday and another batch earlier this morning. Four jars full are now up on shelves that I can’t reach. The temptation is too much for me and I haven’t given up on my weight loss!
This is about as “over-the-top” as the decorating gets. Two Irish Santas, a little Irish Banshee from Madame Alexander, two snow globes, some evergreens and more poinsettias. Looks like Chippy got off the sofa for a minute!
More greens and more poinsettias on the top of the cupboard!
I also like little touches throughout the house. Like this red platter..
..and a cute bowl for the remotes!
Christmas mitts and a pot holder..
..and my little red hen sitting on a wreath!
Seriously-Bonaparte doesn’t get into it. At all. And I’m left to my own devices to decorate the tree. It was different when I had the kids to help me. And even when they would get bored after ten minutes, there was always hot cocoa and cookies, Christmas music and their favorite Christmas movies to keep them entertained while I took over adorning the tree.
This time I got bored after twenty minutes and left a great number of ornaments back in the plastic bin.
I did manage, though to put some wonderfully memorable ornaments on the tree.
I do not care how old and damaged these hand made decorations are or get. They will always hang on my tree! The kids made them with love!
I can always travel back to Paris whenever I see this ornament..
And this ornament always brings me back to Roman’s guitar lessons..
This year’s Starbucks ornament. I’ve amassed quite the collection over the years..
I’m amazed at the condition of this stuffed reindeer ornament dating back to 2003. Three…no–four dogs later and still on one piece!
This Fisher Price Tick Tock clock is one of my favorites. I still remember the cute little tune that played. It just reminds me so much of when the kids were young.
And whenever I look at my beloved Barbie ornament, I am transformed to the Spring of 1960. I was five years old. It was a few months after the introduction of the original Barbie doll. I was five years old and this doll was the start of my love of all things Barbie! I remember getting the doll at Green Acres shopping center and taking her out of the box in the car on the ride home. My eyes are misting up as I read this but these ornaments bring back memories. And memories are what we are left with when the time is no longer in the present. I’ve got such happy memories with these ornaments!
..and then there’s the Moravian Star! Do you remember my adventure from LAST Christmas with the Moravian Star ornament? Let me refresh your memory (Click:) Moravian Star Post From Last Year!
And yesterday I did manage to get a bit of Christmas shopping done. Oh. And when I went to Sally Beauty to purchase my hair dye, a woman in the store stopped me to tell me that I had beautiful hair. I told her most of it was fake!
The photo is overexposed to get a better look at my bio hair blending into this wig. I just plopped the Brie wig by Vivica Fox, on top of my bio hair. I sprayed dry shampoo to get the shine out of it. Looks like the hair I was born with. A Christmas miracle!
We ended talking for a half hour. She was telling me all about her sister who lost a ton of hair due to menopause and I gave her a ton of information. I’ll tell ya, when I left that store, I was in such great holiday spirits. It’s fun when you can give helpful information to others!
Ok. I’m starting to get my Christmas Spirit back now!
Anyway, I decided to make a couple of loaves of Brioche—and since it’s been awhile that I’ve baked this delicious bread, I thought it a good thing to make a couple of practice loaves before Christmas Eve.
Hard to believe that with these eggs and the ton of butter, I’m still watching what I eat. But I am!
In the oven..
Good thing that I did! Normally I make a loaf in my Pullman pan and another one in a much smaller loaf pan. This time I used a larger pan and the loaf turned out a bit on the flatter side. Now I know for the future to use a much smaller pan when making two loaves.
The Pullman pan loaf is on the right. Perfectly risen. Perfect shape for toasting. The other loaf is on the left. I should have used a much smaller loaf pan–or better yet, I should have used my round fluted brioche pan! Duh!!!!! Oh well, it’ll make great bread pudding!
The good news is that the loaf tastes great. So, I’ll cut the bread into large cubes and make bread pudding. Never a fail!
I also made some salted caramel nuts. I figure these will be a good amuse bouche when we are having aperitifs.
This year, I’m not overdoing the food either. Next weekend I’ll bake biscotti and our dessert will be the usual Buche de Noel. But I won’t go cook crazy because there’s always a ton of stuff left over!
I’m being pragmatic! But—I’m also starting to really get my Christmas on now! And in reflecting upon what my daughter Oona suggested for Christmas 2017, I’m very touched by the suggestion she had. She suggested that next year, instead of exchanging gifts with each other, we adopt a family in need and only get them gifts. I think that is a stellar idea!
Overall, it has been a great weekend. And normally I add a song at the end of my posts. But today I’m adding something different. It’s the monologue from Friday night’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. At the end of the monologue, Jimmy mentions a revival of the cartoon “DuckTails” and at 3:18 of the video, DuckTails starts. MY SON ROMAN IS DOING THE SINGING!!! Proud Mom Moment! Not only is Roman a stellar Cue Card guy but he can sing!!!!!
Please click on the link. God forbid NBC should allow youtube to show the monologues!
How about you? Do you need a bit of a push this year to get into the spirit of things? Do tell!