Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While my husband wraps gifts for me in all greens and reds
To get me downstairs he suggested I blog
So I happily agreed and think I'll pour some egg nog

Guffaw! Well, after a very busy (and snowy) week, I'm happy to have a little time to blog and say hi. Today I actually cooked our entire Christmas dinner. I started doing this last year after always feeling like I spent the best hours of the day in the kitchen, emerging tired and hot. It's all cooked and cleaned up from turkey to cranberry sauce. Tomorrow when everything is heated, it will feel like a caterer delivered it all to us. Well, that's the idea, anyway! Here's what else has been going on ...

Our backyard blanketed in snow

First attempt at roasting chestnuts (kind of mealy -- undercooked?)

Working on a gingerbread house with my boys

Happiest holidays to all of my wonderful blogging pals!

Book credits:
Photo from a favorite book, A Very Mice Christmas by Wendy Wax. How can you not love a mouse wearing glasses? The top photo is from Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas by Holly Hobbie (yes, that Holly Hobbie). Unbelievably beautiful illustrations.


FrenchGardenHouse said...

Merry Christmas! I love the Toot and Puddle book, and just read it aloud. :)

xo Lidy

Ursula said...

Merry Christmas! Enjoy your dinner and we will get in a FTD if it kills us!

Connie said...

Great idea, sweetpea! I'd never thought of that. Hope your holiday is wonderful..........
Just surfing tonight since everything is done and saw your blog. Cute....

tam said...

Just stoppin by to Wish You and Your Family a Very Merry Christmas! ~Smiles~Tam!

TattingChic said...

Merry Christmas!


Hi Elyse,
I hope your family had a very merry Christmas!! Now I have that song stuck in my head~Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.......I love when the meal is all done and we can just enjoy ourselves, that's waht I do too.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I am wishing you have all of your hearts desires met in 2009!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Hi Elyse,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! it certainly looks beautiful! I love that snow picture , wow! Its so pretty at the Holiday Season ! and great job on the gingerbread house, how cute!! you sound very organized, I love doing things ahead too, that way you get to enjoy the day so much better!

Wishing you a Happy New Year too !! xox

Hugs, Cynthia

tam said...

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year Blogging Buddy!~Smiles~Tam!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

What a cute post Elyse! Now it's time to wish you a very Happy New Year with wonderful things in store for you and yours!


Wes said...

We love Toot & Puddles! The firepit looks wonderful out in the snow!
Vintage Lily

Anonymous said...


You are so fantastic! I will gush all over you on Friday but I just had to tell you how amazed I am at what you've done in such short a time. I'm so blessed to have a friend like you!


Libby Buttons said...

What a great Mum you are for doing these memory making interactions with your kids. Home rosted chestnuts are my favorite. So sweet and yummy. Not sure why they were grainy.