Our Year in Review

The Brocanting Brigade did a lot of this……

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And the Y-Knots did a lot of this:

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I had some Racers, a gathering on our deck, went to a Valentine tea, and took a trip to Illinois:

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On the home front, we did this:

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My girls and I went on the Longest Yard Sale Trip, for the second year:

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We had guests and I took a trip to Arizona & California, too:

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And then, got to see some plays and have parties and go to parties:

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Christmas arrived—we had lots of fun:

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AND THE NEW YEAR HAS ALMOST BEGUN!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Family Christmas

The cast of characters:

Munchkins……

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Granddaughter, the teacher, and her beau below:

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Assorted family and friends:

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Please note that it’s The Littlest Munchkin’s DOLL, not a baby, in the pink dress on the couch!

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A cute elf!

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All  my girls, above!

This guy, again……suspicious, coming out from the room where the presents are…….

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And more………..

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Even the TV got in on the festivities!

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The littlest Munchkin:

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The dessert table….

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And what did we eat, you might ask (well, you might if you wanted to know, on the other hand….I’m going to tell you anyway):

A ridiculous amount of cheese, dips, crackers, chips, meatballs in currant/mustard/chili sauce, veggies, pickles and, of course, nuts and snack mixes prior to opening gifts.  And a bit of Christmas Cheer to get the festivities rolling….

Dinner:

Father Christmas prepared the most excellent beef tenderloin on the grill (whilst it was snowing)

Shrimp and Grits prepared by his wife, CCQ daughter and Racer daughter

And

7 layer salad

roasted asparagus

mashed potatoes (made with butter, cream cheese and bit of sour cream)

Green beans

Assorted rolls, breads

Pistachio salad

And I’m sure some other items I’m forgetting here……

And, good grief, we hardly made a dent in the desserts!

All delicious, everyone filled with good food and good cheer, the little ones happy with their gifts, and even Security had a good time opening any gift we allowed her.  (Security’s forte is opening packages—any package, even socks wrapped up only in their paper band wrap.  She has developed a real liking for opening packages.)

Yes, a good time was had by all!

More Christmas!

“Pssst……over here!  Yep, more Christmas!  Isn’t it grand!” whispered Jabberwocky who, for some reason, thinks it’s a secret.

‘Tisn’t.  but……….hmmmmmm, well, I’ll just have to show you what’s going on……..and then, later, what happened. 

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Munchkins playing on the couch………

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Security gets included, of course.

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“What is THAT???” yelled Jabberwocky…….

That’s Father Christmas!  Yes, ‘tis……..look what he has done!

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Yes, he’s put out all the presents from Santa himself. 

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Yes, Father Christmas seems fairly happy about it all…….

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“He sure is funny!” said Jabberwocky. 

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Munchkins are unimpressed………

Santa has arrived!

“Well…….but isn’t he a lil’ bit late?  I mean, Christmas was the other day or so……….” asked a perplexed Jabberwocky.

Doesn’t matter!  He’s here along with the reindeer.  I have photos to prove it.

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Santa

“Hold on a minute.  That’s not Santa!  He doesn’t have a white beard.”

Well, around here, Santa is still a youngish guy, but he does have a beard which is a bit reddish.  We like to have him around, you know—he always brings Christmas cheer.  Regardless of the day……..

And the reindeer:

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Cute, aren’t they?

New Baby in the Family for Vanna

Yes!  A new little one to love, cuddle, walk, throw balls to…………….

Puppy!  A darling Golden Doodle!  Her name is Jolene and she is Vanna’s Granddog!

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And yes, she arrived Christmas Day.  I do not have the details yet on weight, height, length, but it’s safe to say that Jolene is just perfect.

The Cutest Hostess Gift Ever!

“Girlfriend is the most cleverest of anybody I’ve ever seen!” declared Jabberwocky, who is, frankly, not very easily impressed.  But she was by this!

Let me tell you what, peoples—this is SO cute!  And a great idea for future reference. 

Being Christmas and not having anywhere in particular to go nor anything particular to do, we decided to have our own lil’ party—a brunch with Girlfriend and Golf Pro (her man who lives there with her).  We had a wonderful time visiting and munching!  A nice, delightful Christmas.

But let me show you what she MADE! AN’ LUCKY ME!  She gave it to ME as a gift.  I’m lovin’ it!

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A Starlite Mint plate, which she made (oh yes she did!), with a small loaf of dessert bread and a small jar of cinnamon honey butter.  The “squirrel’ tag is our lil’ joke….but if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know about “SQUIRREL!”

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It is all entirely edible!  She said she got a package of the mints, found some directions online, and then made this adorable platter, made the bread and the cinnamon honey butter, and voila! a most unique, delicious and pretty hostess gift!

Now, I ask you, am I not the luckiest lady in the world to have such a clever Girlfriend?

MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN! 

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She said this is what the recipe requires:

1 package of Starlite Mints

Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Oven set at 350-375.  Arrange mints in pleasing arrangement, leaving about 1/2 inch or so between each one.  Bake in oven about 5-10 minutes, be sure to check often.  When melted together, remove from oven, and place cookie sheet on a rack to cool completely.  CAREFULLY remove (slide) the mint platter off and then very carefully handle—place whatever you wish on the plate and wrap in cellophane.

The platter is entirely edible, but breakable.  So if you break it, EAT IT! 

The Stockings Were Hung

On the railing with care, and Santa came and stuffed them there……….

And there they are. 

Because, well, as I said, we have to wait until Saturday!  But maybe you’d like to see?

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There are, ummmm, 17 of us……..and really that’s not all….just who is coming Saturday.  And one Dog.  Security, of course.

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I made each one, some years ago, for each individual person.  Then, I made some more, for no one in particular…..all made from old jeans, scraps of fabric, and the appliques were from a yard sale, but then…..you knew that, right?

 

 

 

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Hurry Saturday!  Hurry!!

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