Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Best of Intentions

I honestly thought that with my baby-sitting duties on hiatus, that I would blog everyday.  NOT.  Oh, well.  I had the best of intentions.

It is just that I got busy with 'life'.  I went to my former week-day yoga classes and caught up with my yoga buddies.  I even had time to sit and have coffee.

I got busy baking my Christmas cookies so that I could drop them off to folks on Friday.  But not content to give away just cookies, I ended up making hot cocoa mix and homemade marshmallows.  (no pictures now, but I'll take some this week).  And more cookie baking and tasting yesterday.  (I was on a sugar high)

The house is all decorated.  Or at least decorated with what I was willing to drag out this year.  The tree is up and all the gifts are wrapped:

I bought this hand-sewn Nutcracker ornament in Moscow when we attended the ballet

and found this carving of Father Frost in St. Petersburg:

The fireplace mantle holds my stone houses from Estonia.  I decided not to put up my Christmas village so these will suffice this year:

The dining room table is set with the good china and a selection of my Depression era glasses:

A few last minute grocery items to pick up and I am all ready to start my Christmas dinner.

Butter Lettuce w Pears, Walnuts, & Goat Cheese
Mashed Potatoes
Three-cheese Polenta
Sicilian Carrots
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
Cannoli Cake w Chocolate Mousse

Merry Christmas!


  1. Sounds good Denise. Unusual tree topping. I never thought of buying tree ornaments when I travelled. Too late now, don't go anywhere any more. What are Sicilian Carrots? And how do you make a fruit and cheese tree? Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your family.

    1. I added a link for the cheese tree. Thought it was clever. Sicilian carrots are a Jeff Smith recipe. They are sauteed with olive oil, garlic and oregano and finished with Marsala and Parmesan. I also use his polenta recipe. I have some old cookbooks around here.

  2. Your house looks beautiful! Even though I've blogged about cutting way back on holiday decorations and gifts, I still enjoy the decorations of others. Caramelized brussel sprouts sound yummy!

    1. Thank you. I have to cut back on how much I decorate or we would have no place to sit. Have a wonderful holiday.

  3. Your home looks stunning and the menu sounds delicious, Denise. I particularly love the ornaments and decorations you've collected on your travels. What a wonderful way to celebrate those memories.

    Wishing you a holiday warm with happiness and new year filled with joy!

    VR Barkowski

  4. Love Father Christmas in front of your tree and love your neat decorations from around the world. Your menu sounds great. We are having the norm-Turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies....oh yes and gravy and dressing

  5. So pretty and your menu sounds fabulous. Merry Christmas wishes!


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