Thursday, December 30, 2010

Last Post of the Year

GR&DF you just rock!!! Thank you all so very much for the kind comments about "CR." I can highly recommend this stitch as lots of fun and so very Christmasy!! I am almost tempted to start another LK piece. It is the "12 Blessings of Christmas" set I bought a loooong time ago. It sits forlorn in the stash heap completely unstitched and unkitted - I like it for the exact same reason I like the "CR" piece - it is so full of the Christmas spirit that is so often over looked in the hustle and bustle. I love the look of it as a sampler (surprise!!) and that is how I'll stitch it up - but when???? I know that LK is coming out with a set of Hallowe'en Rules (how cute does that sound!!) and I am sure that next Christmas she will come out with some great thing...... what to do?? Oh well, at the moment I have 3 WIP that I want to work on so I will focus on them...... but I will think about the Blessings.......
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Let me talk a little about my family Christmas holiday I just got back from - We did all the usual things - we did change up one long standing family tradition - a Birthday Cake for the Birthday Boy. We went pie this year and not cake.

On Thursday we ran down to Lee Farms in Tualitan just south of Portland and picked up one of the super delicious Marion Berry Pies they make. Here is a snap of the front door....

any place that has a sign that says "fudge" is gonna get my attention!!! The inside was decorated for the season with quite a few trees...

and as we left a slobbery, wonderful hound trotted out to get some lovin' !!

To sustain us on this arduous journey we picked up some of their homemade apple donuts to munch on in the car - no snap - as they got gobbled up before even I could get my camera out!! So, whats not to like - a delicious pie, fudge, hot apple donuts AND a great big lovable who-hound!!! If you ever get the chance to visit make the time!!

Another long standing tradition I do with the kids is to bake up some Christmas cookies - they love to work in the kitchen and it gives my sister a little break from all the cooking. I let the kids pick out what they want to make - With Katie we made decorated sugar cookies

and with Matt I made peanut butter cookies...

The cookies got eaten up pretty fast!!

On Christmas Eve we always have oyster stew!! I love the stuff and this year was no different.
I made a big pot of the it....

So deliciously thick it coats a wooden spoon.
Then it was off to Christmas Eve services - which were just lovely!!
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Here is a snap of the the stockings and tree very late Christmas Eve...

I love that the kids still like to use the stockings I made for them. It was super late when I took this snap - I like to stay up and watch the midnight service from the Vatican - such a great Christmas treat!! And so lovely.

Christmas day dinner John made a super grilled turkey - he grilled it on his "egg" grill that works like a dream. Here is a before snap...

and here is an after shot - the turkey in all its delicious glory!!!

On the last evening we had a big cozy fire and toasted marshmallows....

It was a wonderful Holiday and made so very much more special being with my family!!!
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That about wraps up the year sports fans. Thank you all for stopping by and for your kind comments!! I do appreciate every one of them!! Have a safe and wonderful New Year!!!

Take care,
edgar

20 comments:

Evelyn said...

Edgar, Thanks so much for sharing your family and traditions with us. It sounds like it was a perfect holiday. Happy New Year to you and yours!

Lucy said...

OHHH...is that a Mastif????

Margaret said...

Looks like a wonderful time! Are you going to post your oyster stew recipe on your recipe blog? It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your holiday pics with us! Have a happy, healthy New Year!

Kathy said...

Love the pics! It has been ages since I made cookies. You photos almost make me want to get the bowls and pans out! I said almost. :) No one but me to eat them so I guess I'll pass. :)

Now you, Rico and the who-hounds have a wonderful New Years.

May all your wishes come true in 2011.

Kathy
Rory and Rosie too

Michelle said...

I think I have the LK Christmas Blessings to stitch up too - they would be a great companion piece to your Christmas Rules. Sounds like you had a very enjoyable holiday! Happy New Year

Peggy Lee said...

Edgar thanks SO MUCH for sharing these Christmas traditions with us!
I like the idea of having birthday pie. Masterchief always requests an apple pie for his birthday.
I can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for your stitching basket.
Happy New Year!

DonnaTN said...

It looks and sounds like you had a great holiday with your sister and family! All the food descriptions and pics made my stomach growl. Hope you and Rico have a very Happy New Year!

Vicky said...

Happy New Year to you all :)

Berit said...

Sounds like a super (and delicous!) time. :)

You know, I've never seen the Christmas Eve Vatican service. Hmm...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great holiday, Edgar. Glad you had a nice trip. I'm with you on the "Fudge" sign! Yum!Oyster stew recipe please??? Nancy D.

diamondc said...

Edgar: You do rock you find the best stops to visit, fudge what a treat.
I am so happy you had a great Christmas together with your family, Happy Newyear
Catherine

symiote said...

i always read your blog with a very strong interest!
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Looks like a great and joyful family traditional celebration! Thanks for sharing! Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful and Happy New Year!!

Luned said...

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Sherry :o) said...

Love your CR piece - I may have to look into that one! Sounds like you had a nice holiday - it's cool you bake with your niece and nephew! Happy New Year!

Lisa S said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with your family! Your posts always make me hungry! LOL

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

Nancy said...

Looks like you had a wonderful holiday Edgar. The food you make always looks so yummy, and the Christmas pictures are beautiful. I love the picture of the tree and gorgeous stockings you made! Those against the red and blue walls are so pretty! Happy New Year!

Sherry said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas with family! After seeing your CR finish, I have been thinking about doing this piece too! I can't wait to see what all you do in 2011.

Susan said...

We have a big green egg, and I love it, because it means my husband does more of the cooking LOL - he cooked turkey on it for Thanksgiving, and a standing rib roast for Christmas.

Thanks for sharing your Christmas pictures with us - I'm still drooling from reading about the apple donuts.

My parents (who have been visiting from Australia) are headed to San Francisco today for 4 days, so I've been thinking about you! I hope the weather is nice for their visit.

Happy New Year!

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas pics. Glad you had a wonderful time with family. That turkey looks yummy!

Happy New Year!