Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas! Christmas!

My dear readers! I hope you had a blessed time of thanks this past week!

It's funny how I'm sure we all want to furiously blog about our lovely holiday traditions but few of us find the time to do so during the time spent with close ones... and I think that's ok. Now we can return to each other!

One of the great things about Thanksgiving is that we all usually want some turkey day repeats for our Christmas dinner... and that's even better for those of us blogging so that we can share our favorites after the holiday and still use them next month!

While I get Christmas dinner suggestions rolling, here's a little look at my life right now and a recipe that uses up some of those odds and ends left over from Thanksgiving dinner.

G and I are very happy to bring great tidings of great joy.... in the form of our first Christmas tree! We drove over an hour to find just the right one AND when we realized the big ones were only 5 bucks more, we ended up with a ten-footer! I can't tell you what joy fills my heart over this tree. I am currently in the process of inviting everyone and their mother over to sit and look at my tree with me. Silly, I know! I can't help it! All are welcome - I'll be blaring Christmas tunes around the clock!

This is my first time truly decorating for Christmas in my own home. My goal is to incorporate all the sparkly glitter of Christmas with the more neutral, natural delights of winter.

A natural-looking doorway garland.

A few pinecones in a decorative bowl and frosted berries in a functional vase.

What is your holiday style like? Are you planning on any Thanksgiving repeats at your Christmas table?

Stay tuned for tasty favorites and maybe even some insights to our detox week that starts tomorrow!! Kind of excited. In the meantime, round up the stale bread and the leftover pumpkin and condensed milk for a breakfast treat.

Pumpkin French Toast
serves 2-3

4-5 slices bread, stale is great!
2 eggs
splash of milk
1/4 c pumpkin
2 tbs condensed milk or cream of coconut
1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
2 tbs butter

- Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Soak bread in remaining ingredients. French that toast (with some extra cinnamon!)


  1. I wish I could come sit and admire your tree too! We've decked our first teeny-tiny table top sized fir tree with owls and a few harry potter themed things! Excited for Detox Week!

  2. Your homey touch on everything makes me want to become a permanent part of your family :-p Or at least have you teach me your ways:) Can't wait to see your tree!

  3. Your tree is gorgeous. It is so nice you were able to find one that pleased you so much. I also like your French toast. It sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  4. How wonderfully festive...I love everything about this post. I love how in stores between Halloween and Thanksgiving, you could hear a couple holiday tunes every now and then, but the day after Thanksgiving, it's deck the halls nonstop :) Happy early holidays!

  5. So glad to read you give permission for neglecting all your blogging buddies over Thanksgiging. I had 5 days off so was certain that I'd have plenty of time to catch up with all my internet friends but alas, too busy. Where did the time go?

    Your tree looks lovely and I am truly sorry that I've been neglecting you Anna. I like your idea of the understated winter look with the more fabulous Christmas one. The pair seems more in tune with reality. We're not decorating at all as we're off to visit family in Northern Virginia on Dec 23rd. So who knows that culinary wonders and traditions might await?

  6. Its nice to see you getting so into the holidays, sometimes I think people get too into the commercialism of stuff.
    THe sound of that pumpkin french toast has me feeling very hungry indeed!
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. do stop by and enter my giveaway daaahling, there are two opportunities to win!

  7. Decorating your first tree sounds like so much fun! We decorated a tree in our front yard-- a Spanish dagger yucca. Not traditional, but I love it.

  8. Your tree is lovely! So glad you went big- a 10 footer must be a sight to behold. And that pumpkin french toast sounds like a winner. The only time I regret that Eric and I don't do a traditional Thanksgiving meal is when I rue the lack of leftovers. We did lamb chops and pork belly. Our holiday stle is pretty casual and swings to the more modern side. We're thinking of actually going out for Christmas dinner this year so there may not be any repeats for us.