Friday, December 22, 2017

last post before Christmas...

Christmas baking

Sorting Christmas goodies (see cat in background?)

Last few days of baking Christmas goodies to sort and mail, etc. As you can see, Julie is off the counter and on the side table sulking as her place on the counter has been taken over... 

Family will be coming in tomorrow and hopefully all will be ready. There's still cooking to do for Christmas dinner, but I plan to do some of that today and freeze it. I've already a cheesecake and an apple pie in the freezer as well as rum cakes for everyone to take home.

We're very happy with the postal department this year as everyone has received the packages sent already... even those sent out just this week.

Grand daughter who just made 5 had her Christmas dance recital this past Sunday. She was a Christmas mouse.  It's difficult to see her on stage, but she's the little mouse directly in the middle.

The one in the front row looking up and leaning to the side... 3rd to the right of the lady's back

And lastly I need to show you the lovely vase and toothpick holder that Linda Starr from Blue Starr Gallery sent me. We did a swap for a bit of Christmas fun. Thank you, Linda. I love the pieces you sent.

New vase and toothpick holder in our chicken yard

I plan to find a more suitable place for these new pieces after Christmas, but for the moment this is the safe top shelf on my bookcase away from curious little fingers and playful cat paws.

Also found these cute wooden Christmas trees at Michael's yesterday (at 70% off!). They made a great addition to the fireplace mantel since we didn't get out in time to purchase a fresh garland this year. 

wood Christmas trees that light up with deer in front

Well, time is running out and there's a million things (maybe not a million...) to do in these last few days. So I want to wish all of you and your families a very very happy, safe, and  
Merry Christmas!

From the cats too!


  1. Happy Christmas to you and all of your family, see you in the new year.

  2. Merry Christmas...oh to the cats too :)


  3. that's a lot of baking!
    will be staying home this year due to new cat Poppet being too stressed to leave alone yet.
    have a wonderful xmas & safe new year!
    thanx for sharing

    1. I understand that, Selina. We have one cat that is 11 that has had genetic kidney problems her whole life. We have to have someone watching them when we leave overnight... but not the Vet's ... as then she gets really stressed.It does keep us from being away more than a night or two. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy safe New Year!

  4. Wow! I am so impressed with your ability to get all that done and so well, too. My waistline is happy I don't live close by, but it sure does look good. Happy Holidays to you and all your family, including the cats! :-)

    1. Luckily I don't eat too much of it myself (oh, I will have a cookie or two with my coffee!). My mother-in-law started the tradition of baking huge amounts of cookies and candies for Christmas and mailing them out to her 4 sons and their families. We loved getting that box! So I have tried to continue the tradition. Wishing you the very best Merry Christmas ever... with your new eye surgery results!

  5. Sounds like you have everything in hand, the baked goods will be delicious!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    1. Thanks, JO. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you also!

  6. Merry Christmas to you and yours Rian, and all the best in 2018!


  7. What an adorable little mouse she is! Your baking looks soooo good. I need to call my husband in here and show him the picture. He has been in the kitchen asking "why this" and "why that". Says I'm making too much...should half the recipes. I've only made brown sugar chew bread and chocolate covered peanut clusters. I told him to go away and let me enjoy Christmas. :) Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

    1. Yes, our grand daughter made an adorable little mouse. And the baking goodies is part of Christmas, don't you think? Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy 2018!


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