Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Blessed Christmas~Let's Dish #41

Good evening and welcome to Let' Dish!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and safe travels. 
We had good weather here in our part of NY, and made it back home  from or son's with no problem.

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14 at the adult table and 10 for the kids'
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We had baked clams and New England Clam Chowder served at the table, and helped ourselves to filet mignon, chicken marsala,twice baked potato, glazed carrots, mushrooms, onions, and assorted breads.
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Dec 2012 201The tree I made so many years ago for my mom is lovingly displayed.
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A new stocking is added to the fireplace this year for our newest gson, Eamon.

Plenty of goodies to end a sweet Christmas.
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DH made assorted Rugelach...
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Children's version of Death by Chocolate, no kahlua
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With for the adults, plenty of fresh whipped cream too!
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Apple Crumb...
And plenty of cookies and other goodies!
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I am extending the gift card give away for another week, as I forgot to mention it last week.  All followers who leave a comment will have a chance.

Enjoy all the activities of this holiday week, and Happy 2013 ...good health and happiness.

Thanks so much for visiting, I enjoyed visiting all the entries last week. If you had word id I didn't comment.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lenox Holiday~Let's Dish

Good evening, Dishers, hope your holiday preparations are nearing completion!  :)
After our party Sat., you can see it here, I needed a few days to catch up. 
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Today I am off to finish the shopping.
Last year the Lenox Outlet had a wonderful sale, and I picked up 14 dinner plates and cake plates to give to my dil and son.  I got 4 for myself, and maybe I will add a few this year.
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I wanted to keep this casual and simple , so I didn't use a cloth, just these felt wreaths I got at the dollar store.
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Green flatware from World, bad experience with them last week, I will save that for a later date!
Pom pom napkin from Tues Morning, with a tassel and some greens and baby's breath as the napkin ring.
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Ceramic spoons from WS were a recent gift, and I decided to use them as place markers .  The name is easily wiped off.
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A pretty plate for our bread, also a recent gift.
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A matching Lenox votive was also a gift.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Santa Baby, Baby Jesus, and Easy Centerpiece

It was a busy weekend for Santa and his helpers.

We had our family Santa party, and there were lots of preparations and an under the weather elf to get it done!

But I didn't let it undermine my "elf esteem",  and though not as well prepared as I would have liked, the party went on.

How  cute are they?  Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Baby style.

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My youngest gson, Eamon and his one month older cousin, Ella stole the show!

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We had a Living Nativity, unpracticed, with simple costumes.

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The Holy Family and some shepherds...

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Eamon is in the Moses basket, and little Ella in the lamb.
  My gdau was the narrator, and all the gsons had a part, with cousins and friends joining in

A junior Santa came to see the baby Jesus, and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  It was adorable, and reminded everyone the reason for the season.

That being said, the kids also were excited to have Santa and Mrs. Claus visit and deliver gifts.

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The children whispered their wish list in Santa's ear.

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Seeing all those happy faces brings the spirit of Christmas to your heart!  Though our hearts were heavy for our neighbors in CT who suffered such a horrendous loss on Friday, we cherished the time with these beautiful children.

After the party, many of us attended Mass and prayed for those who lost loved ones.  They need all of our prayers.

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Plenty of desserts to end off a sweet day!  I made devil food cupcakes, dipped in chocolate and topped with whipped cream.  The little Santa's Workshop pole signs on top were via Martha Stewart.
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Death by chocolate and a full pan of Apple Crisp with vanilla ice cream.  It was being warmed when I took the picture.

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  The tables...

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Each child got a red sack filled with gifts and candy bags.
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A Christmas bulb pop...
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I put some floral foam in a red basket, some mylar paper over it and poked holes through the paper so they could stand up.

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My usual take home, a loaf of Irish Soda, Chocolate, chocolate chip or Pumpkin Raisin Bread.

There was also a gift boutique, lol.  I had an assortment of little gifts, ornaments, etc.  Each child picked a gift, and put it in a gift bag for their mom.   Fun!

Here is a close up of the centerpieces.

It started as a 2.00 faux wreath...

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I wired in fresh greens from my yard, and pine cones.

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Added fresh mums and baby's breath, and a hurricane and pillar candle in the middle, both on sale at JoAnns.

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The wreaths can be reused, as well as the bows and candle holders, so actually very economical.  The only things that would have to be replaced next year are the flowers and greens.  The whole thing cost less than 10.00 each, and as I said, can be reused.

That's my story for tonight!  It was a very busy week!  I hope those who came enjoyed themselves, I know the kids did!

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Gollum for Foodie Friday
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