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Monday, December 17, 2007

Holiday Tour of Homes



I, not being a member of the Junior League, have never been invited to participate in a tour of homes before. You'll understand why when you get a load of my pictures. It's not much of a tour, but it seemed only fair to participate, I feel like such a voyeur checking out everyone else's homes.





This is the rule year 'round, I probably ought to just leave this up all the time!





I have been collecting santas for about 17 years, I can't wait to get them out every year.





These are antique ornaments. Another one of my favorite things!!

They were a bargain at a yard sale several years ago.




This is an iron candle holder, it's not much to look at but I when I was a little girl I loved the way the flame lit up the "stained glass". It makes me remember how much I enjoyed Christmas as a child. It's one of the few survivors of my nomadic childhood and I feel so lucky to have it.



My very favorite Christmas treat--


My great-grandmother's sugar cookies

2c sugar

2c shortening (not butter, crisco)

4 eggs

2T cold water

2t baking powder

1c flour -to begin about 8-10 total

1t vanilla

1/2t salt


Cream sugar and shortening until smooth. Add eggs, water, and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients. Continue adding flour until dough is stiff, it will be nearly impossible to stir. Roll dough to about 1/2 inch on a floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters, bake @350 for about 10 minuets. Frost, of course, with your favorite frosting.








52 comments:

Joyful Days said...

I loved the antique ornaments!! Your house is wonderful. It was fun to visit.

Southern Heart said...

Everything looks just lovely...I especially love those antique ornaments (the Jr Leaguers don't know what they're missing! :)

Merry Christmas,

Andrea

Senkyoshi said...

MErry Christmas!

Rhonda Nelson said...

Love the antique ornaments!

windycorner said...

From one Wesley's mom to another, Merry Christmas!

Hootin' Anni said...

The stain glass tree is gorgeous.

Mine's posted. I have two versions.

A thumbnail short version
and
a
slide show long version.

mammacheryl said...

I loved the Santa collection. Thanks for inviting me over! Merry Christmas.

blue thistle books said...

Beautiful decorations! And I think I need one of those signs at my house, or maybe two, one up one down...now that I think of it, better get one for the car too!

Mycrazylife

Mommy Cracked said...

I love that Better Not Pout sign!!! Lovely, lovely stuff!! merry Christmas!

Mrs. Pivec said...

The antique ornaments are my favorite! And I do like your "Better Not Pout" sign.

Thanks for sharing and have a Merry Christmas!

Jenni said...

Your "good will toward men" plate is gorgeous! Is it pewter?

TFS your lovely home!

PEA said...

I collect vintage ornaments as well and I just love the way you've displayed them! The tree candle holder is just gorgeous and how wonderful that it's from your childhood:-)Thank you so much for letting us into your home and for the recipe!! Merry Christmas to you and yours. xo

Dianne said...

Merry Christmas! I love antique ornaments! Thanks for inviting us in your home. : )

Jen said...

I collect Santa's as well. Your collection is marvelous! Thank you for sharing your home. It is lovely and so festive.
Happy Holidays,
Jen

Natalie said...

The tree candle holder is really pretty, even a grownup would think so.

JanMary said...

Love your bowl of baubles. Pumpkin (great name) looks lovely too. Our ginger cat, George (not such a great name - but not chosen by us) is recovering at the vets. I am looking forward to seeing what he makes of all our decorations. It will be our first Christmas with him.

JanMary said...

OK - too many houses, just c=got my comments mixed up - so rude of me. I do love your bowl of baubles!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Northern Ireland.

Sabrena said...

you did such a great job with everything...and I love the stained glass "tree"

the next erma said...

Santas are fun to collect. Fun to visit. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

It's a Mom Thing said...

I really enjoyed your tour. I love the Better Not Pout sign. I'm with you...keep it up year round. Great Santa collection. My fave has to be the antique ornaments.

Brooke said...

I couldn't believe it when I saw your iron Christmas tree candle! We have one just like it. Well, I did growing up and I (and 5 other siblings) all really want it.

I wonder where it came from?! Enjoy yours for me!

Stef said...

I love the iron candle holder. It IS nice to look at. And the best decorations are the ones that remind of us our childhood!

Merry Christmas!

Nicki said...

Love the sign. I think I need one of those for my house! Merry Christmas!

Jen said...

I loved your silver bowl of ornaments. And the recipe sounds wonderful. Your place is quite comfy and warm. Merry Christmas!

Nan said...

Thanks for the nice tour.
Nan

His Doorkeeper said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful ornaments with us..they are becoming quite a collector's item! Blessings to you and your family!

Big Mama said...

I love the bowl with the antique ornaments. They are so pretty!

Jenn said...

I love your santa collection! they are beautiful!!

Susie said...

Can I borrow the "Better not pout" sign? Too cute! Thanks for having us over. Merry Christmas.

Lana G! said...

Love the Better Not Pout sign and I like how you displayed the antique ornaments.

Merry Christmas!

CrownLaidDown said...

I love the "dear Santa, Define Good" sign! Blessings on you this Christmas!
Holly

The Garners said...

Thank you for the great tour! I love the "Better Not Pout" sign--so cute!

Biscuits & Grits said...

Those antique ornaments are just beautiful. I love have they stand out in the silver platter. And don't you love making those sugar cookies.

Robin

Jennifer said...

Love your decorations! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to you & yours!

Jennifer :-)

BJ said...

I love the bowl with the ornaments! Merry Christmas.

Melissa Markham said...

Your Santa collection is beautiful! And so are the antique ornaments. Merry Christmas!

Nise' said...

Your Santa collection is wonderful Love the one with Santa sitting on the moon. Thanks for inviting me into your home.

Mercy's Maid said...

I love the antique ornaments and the dish they're in. Just beautiful!

Amydeanne said...

i love the bowl! and hey! it's nice! mine is in the middle of construction, but i thought i'd participate too!

Ornery's Wife said...

Thank you for sharing your holiday with us all. I am feeling a little sad that those ornaments, which look exactly like ones we hung on the tree when I was young, are now called antique. I am feeling a bit old, now! :-)
Merry Christmas!
TM

Shari said...

oh, i love the ornament plate, it looks awesome!

boomama said...

I am crazy about those antique ornaments - so cool! And I love the iron candle holder, too - anything with some history behind it is an instant hit with me. :-)

Thanks for sharing your home with us!

Sharijoy said...

Its all great! Thanks for sharing! I wasn't able to do all I would of liked to! Happy Holidays

KC said...

Every thing looks so nice. I love your santas.
Thanks for the tour
Merry Christmas

Love Sows Seeds said...

Love the ornaments, have a great Christmas!

Kari said...

I love the wreath on your door.

Kristy said...

I love your wreath - I might have to steal that idea to dress mine up a little next year!

Bev Brandon said...

absolutely love the antique ornaments! thanks for a great post!

Tamara said...

You sell yourself short! Your home looks lovely! I have a bowl of vintage ornaments on my coffee table, too!

http://ponderedinmyheart.blogspot.com/2007/12/oh-theres-no-place-like-home-for.html
and
http://ponderedinmyheart.blogspot.com/2007/12/you-wont-mind-will-you.html

Joyce said...

I loved the plate of ornemants. I know kow how to use a plater I have. Have a Merry Christmas.

In Christ's Joy

sMC said...

lovely Seasons Greetings.

Cheryl said...

I loved the "Better Not Pout" I need that at my home! Thanks for sharing. Everything looks beautiful. Merry Christmas!

 
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