Merry Christmas Y'all
|Here's another "I-just-couldn't-resist"|
aka compulsive shopping...
Found some great deals at a local thrift store...
all for a whopping $7 :)
Now, if we could just get this Georgia weather
to feel like Christmas...
Happy Thrift Shopping!
|Ohhh so good! Rum Balls are one of my favorite Christmas goodies.|
There are a lot of recipes on the Internet for rum balls - some add in cocoa.
This *recipe is one of the easiest I've seen:
2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
1/2 cup finely crushed walnuts
1/4 cup (light) rum - I used Bacardi
Powdered sugar (for rolling the balls)
* I honestly don't remember what book this recipe came from.
Stir the crushed wafers and sugar a bit with a whisk to blend;
add in the melted butter, rum and walnuts and mix well.
Form into 1 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar.
Store in a wax paper lined air tight container, place in the refrigerator - now
I have heard of different "cure" times , anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks.
I guess that's a personal preference.
Any how, these should be good with a 6-day cure.
**Added note: If desired, before serving re-roll in powdered sugar.
I will say that you need to work on rolling the balls at a steady pace.
I stopped to take a pic of a few of them on my pretty green plate,
and the mixture began to dry a little.
|These babies are gonna be DE-LISH come Christmas Day!|
|As you can see, we've had a very busy weekend catching up|
on some Christmas shopping. Wrapping is fun but a job unto itself!
Only a few more last minute "little surprises" and we'll be done ;)
|What I call "A Gentle Reminder" above the kitchen sink...|
|One of my small ceramic Nativity Scenes|
|And the Stocking Were Hung...|
Y'all, I LOVE my flatscreen, and, simply put, this was the only logical
place to put it, but... now I have no place for my gi-nor-mous Santa picture that I bought at Kirklands as a Christmas gift to myself (insert BIG GRIN here)
I've been putting St. Nick over the mantel for the past few years
(the one in my Blog header) He's gorgeous!
|O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree...|
I'm so glad I decided to buy a Super Slim.
Got it at Tar-get, as Tyra Banks pronounces it,
for $30 as a last-one-standing-no-box
Day After Christmas Sale deal. Yay!
I love browsing through other Bloggers decorating photos to get new ideas.
And I can really appreciate the time and effort that's put into it.
(Because I know what effort it takes :)
It's fun to see how other folks put different items and color schemes together,
usually something I'd never think of doing. I hope you enjoy mine.
|Look what Santa brought us! A beautiful 6 lb. 12 oz. little girl|
this day 26 years ago, December 14th, 1985.
We still have the stocking.
We love you! Have a great day!
And we'll see you Dec 24th in Atlanta!
|Just wanted to share a quick pic of the little Christmas pillow|
I bought from Twin Creek Primitives... I love it!
The words "Christmas Gatherings" are stitched on the front.
I tucked it in the branches of my new Christmas Wreath
from Hobby Lobby.
It really adds a warm personal touch.
|Super Simple Christmas Swag|
|Simply butt the two closely together, leaving a space about 2-3 inches to place|
your berries and / or a bow. Hide the long handle ends inside the needles / leaves.
My berry picks came with long bendable ends so that added
support to hold the two sprays together.
(I decided to skip the bow.)
Since this swag sits on top of a shelf, after you set up it,
spread out the leaves or needles, to fill in empty spaces.
And that's pretty much it!
Happy Decorating to You.
|Favorite Santa #4 (or maybe this one should be #1)|
A Santa after my own heart... enjoying a good cup of joe!
|Favorite Santa #3|
This is one Santa that doesn't leave all the work to his elves.
He gets in on the action and admires his handy work,
painting a little toy solder. Instead of elves, little kitty cats
run around his feet having a jolly ol' time.
|Favorite Santa #2|
This little guy is the spitting image of what pops in my head
every time someone says the words "Santa Claus!"
Kind of a 1950s style face bringing the sweet and simple toys
of Yester-year: a dolly, a lolly pop, a ball,
a drum and a teddy bear.
Not sure if you can tell in the pic, but his lashes are
long and his beard, fur and the snow
is done in a crackle type finish, adding to the
"really old" antiqued look.
|Favorite Santa #1|
|Pfaltzgraff Folk Art made in USA|
|the old Castle stamp USA|