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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Merry Christmas From My House!


As part of Boomama’s Tour of Homes, here's mine:

First let me apologize, my camera was left at a friends house by the daughter and I had to use another one, sorry about the blurriness and poor quality- makes me crazy! But I had a deadline.


Welcome to my home,
so glad you're finally here for coffee!


Twelve hours after this, I had a half foot of snow on the walk! :)



As we sit and sip our coffee with Nestle's French Vanilla Cream (or hot cocoa if you prefer), you would see this on top of my cupboards, one of my favorite things-my violin (that I did not play but picked up at an estate sale!)

Please help yourself to a cookie- I promise they taste better than the picture looks!!! I had to pull these out of the freezer where they are hidden so the family doesn't eat them all in one day!
(Recipe at the end of post).


This is made from a few of last years Christmas cards:

This is our family room (note the wild 3 year old in the second picture!) :)



This is from the dining room, looking into the living room, catching the dog sleeping on the couch! "Get down from there Macy!" (Who am I fooling- she's there all the time!)



And the tree!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Thank you Boomama for hosting this!

Sugar Cookie Recipe:

Cream together:
1 cup butter & 2 cups sugar

Mix:
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Add to above.

Add:
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
3 1/2 cups flour
Mix all together and refridgerate for 2 hours.

Roll out and cut into shapes.
Bakc at 350* for 8-10 minutes.

Cool, top with icing and sprinkles.



Icing:
1 box powdered sugar
2-3 Tbls. melted butter
1 tsp ALMOND flavoring
Dash of salt
A little milk til you get the right texture.

98 comments:

Monkey Giggles said...

beautiful!!!!

You inspired me to add another tree to my already bad habit. Remember the "hope" ornament. Well.....now I have a silver and blue "hope" tree.

Joyful Days said...

How gorgeous. It is all so warm and inviting.

Southern Heart said...

Your tree is just gorgeous! and I loved what you did with last year's Christmas cards. I can't wait to try your recipe, too...it sounds wonderful!

Merry Christmas,

Andrea

Cahleen 何凱琳 said...

How beautiful! It's so much fun getting a peak into my blog friends' lives.

Senkyoshi said...

Your home is lovely! Merry Christmas!

windycorner said...

Your home is so cozy and friendly. I just made myself a cup of tea to join in your party. Merry Christmas! Holley

Sue @ Praise and Coffee said...

Hope, I love your tree! You'll have to post a pic of the blue one too.

Hugs!

Hootin' Anni said...

From the icy walkway to the finished tree....all just gorgeous.

Mine's posted. I have two versions.

A thumbnail short version
and
a
slide show long version.

Julie said...

Love your Christmas banner.

Your tree is absolutely stunning. And your home is just lovely.

Merry Christmas!

mammacheryl said...

I love your tree and the violin vignette. Thanks for inviting me over! Merry Christmas.

blue thistle books said...

Wow! What a tree! Your home is very lovely and inviting!

Mycrazylife

The Eisele Family said...

What a beautiful and cozy home. Merry Christmas!

Antique Mommy said...

Your tree is so pretty! It must have 1000 lights on it!

Sharon said...

I love the idea of saving the Christmas cards that way. How cool!
Did you do it yourself?
Thank you for welcoming me to your home. :)

Jenni said...

Your tree is most impressive! Very pretty...wild 3 year old included!

TFS!

Alana said...

I really enjoyed seeing your decorations. The cookie recipe sounds lovely. I've been looking for a sugar cookie glaze recipe and just found one. This is very similar except for the almond extract, I bet that is a nice addition...yum!

Susanne said...

Your tree is so beautiful! And your home is so warmly decorated. Thanks for the lovely tour.

BunnyGirl said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Sue

Becky said...

What a beautiful home. Every year I think I want more than one tree and then ... no. Maybe next year :)

PEA said...

Thank you so much for opening your house to us and letting us have a glimpse of all your beautiful decorations! Your tree is also gorgeous!! Merry Christmas to you and yours. xo

Xandra said...

I love getting a peek inside the homes of my friends here in the blogosphere! Love the tree.....

Dianne said...

Merry Christmas! Everything is charming, pretty and so neat-even with a 3 year old around! Thanks for inviting us in your home. : )

Jen said...

Your home is so welcoming and inviting! i love, love, love your tree! It is so pretty! You had a wonderful idea to use old card from. I'll have to remember that!
Merry Christmas,
Jen

CrownLaidDown said...

Love your home! Every room says WELCOME.

Thanks for the Sugar Cookie recipe...I couldn't find one I liked this year. So we will be trying Mrs. Sue's recipe!
Much love,
Holly

Amrita said...

Thank you for the invite. You 've really decked the halls so tastefully.Thank you for the coffee and cookies too.

Brea said...

Beautiful tree! :)

Tammy said...

I loved visiting your beautiful home!
Your tree is absolutely beautiful...
Thank you for a wonderful tour!

Crooked Eyebrow said...

So very beautiful!

and I love your couches too.


Merry Christmas

Mob said...

Your house looks beautiful. The tree is gorgeous, but the wild 3 yr old steals my heart.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Beautiful....love the tree!

JanMary said...

LOVE your big tree - a beautiful shape. Thanks for the tour. I am learning a new word from the Christmas Tour - Estate Sale - oh - that's 2 words!

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Northern Ireland.

Glass Half Full said...

Your tree is beatiful and so full -- love it!

Lori

Mission to Macie said...

beautiful!

It's a Mom Thing said...

That's an awesome tree...so big! Thanks for the tour!

Miss G said...

beautiful tree! thanks for sharing about the White House Christmas card! Merry Christmas! Kelly

Sabrena said...

okay you have the MOST beautiful tree on earth!!

Living Beyond said...

That was fun - thank you. I'm hoping "santa" will bring me a digital camera for Christmas!!! Until then I just have to ohhh and ahhh at everybody elses pics. Thanks for sharing!!

Nicki said...

Everything looks so beautiful! Have a Merry Christmas!

Fran said...

Just wonderful Sue!! Thank you for allowing us in!

Merry Christmas friend~

Love Bears All Things said...

I enjoyed my tour!
Mama Bear

Kim said...

Very BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks SO much for the tour!!!!

Have a BLESSED Christmas.

Gina said...

Beautiful tree, and wonderful cookies..the best kind...no calories!

Dene said...

Such a great Christmas tree!

Jen said...

I so enjoyed my tour. Your home is very warm and inviting. Your tree is amazing. Merry Christmas!

Marla said...

How fun and beautiful! Your tree and your home are just gorgeous.

PowersTwinB said...

What a beautiful tree! I love seeing your decorations! Thanks too for the cookie reciepe

Mrs. Pivec said...

Wow! That's a huge and beautiful tree!

I also really like the garland in your family room and outside - very pretty!

Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Patty said...

Your home and tree is beautiful!! Thank you for showing us your home.

Merry Christmas,

Patty

Cathy said...

Your home and decorations are just beautiful.

Sue @ Praise and Coffee said...

Patty,
I tried to leave you a comment but for some reason I can't.
I love all your decorations!

Sue

GG from Casa said...

I really like your Christmas tree, it's so pretty. It's nice to see your dog so full of Christmas spirit!

His Doorkeeper said...

Most beautiful tree I've seen so far! Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you and your sweet family!

Big Mama said...

Wow. Your tree is absolutely beautiful.

Ruth said...

I love the collage of Christmas cards. Your tree is beautiful!

Jenn said...

I LOVE your tree, its gorgeous!

Lana G! said...

Merry Christmas. Your house is wonderful.

The Garners said...

Beautiful tree!

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

What a lovely tour and gracious tour guide!!! Thank you and Merry Christmas my dear sister :)

Princess at Heart said...

Thank you for sharing your home. Hope you don't mind that I take your idea of using the violin to decorate with. I have two that haven't been used in years and have almost gotten rid of them.Merry Christmas!

Sileena said...

Your tree is beautiful. I'll be back to se eyour adoption story. Merry Christmas!

Biscuits & Grits said...

Wow your tree is just beautiful!!
From one family in ministry to another - may God bless you!!

Robin

Jennifer said...

Love your decorations! I especially like the hanging that's made from last year's cards - I've love to know more about how you did this! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to you & yours!

Jennifer :-)

Susan said...

Sue, love your home! And I love you, too. I got the CD in the mail yesterday. Woo-Hoo! I haven't listened to it yet...I promptly loaded it onto my iPod and will enjoy it while traveling over the Holidays. Thank you so much.

Can I just say I was totally floored by the love and care and creativity you put into the entire packaging and design?! LOVED IT!

Hugs.

Susan

annselma said...

Wow! Your tree is gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

BJ @ http://freedomfiles.homeschooljournal.net said...

Your tree looks like snow is cascading from the top...so pretty! Merry Christmas!

Sheila said...

Your tree is absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

carrie224 said...

Great pictures and beautiful decorations! Love the tree.
I just got mine posted today, a day late. Oops!
God bless :)

Nise' said...

Beautiful tree. I had a giggle over your entry picture and mentioning how much snow we got after you took the picture. I did not get out before the snow to take mine and then said forget it. Thanks for inviting me into your home.

Waitingonyou2 said...

Your tree is GORGEOUS!!!

Thank you for sharing.

Merry Christmas,

Erica

Mercy's Maid said...

Your tree is beautiful! And huge! Merry Christmas.

http://mercysnumber1fan.blogspot.com/2007/12/christmas-tour-of-homes.html

Kim said...

Gorgeous tree! and everything else too :)

Katie said...

Thanks for the peak of your beautiful home!

Melissa Markham said...

Your home is lovely! Your tree is especially beautiful! Merry Christmas!

Kelly M. Parkison said...

Thanks for the recipe! Your house is beautiful!

Marla said...

Hi Sue, I got my pen set today, thanks so much, I love it!! Merry Christmas!!

the160acrewoods said...

i'm all for the praise and coffee!!! :) what a lovely tour!

Ornery's Wife said...

Lovely home, beautiful tree. Thanks for having me over. I had a great time! Please feel free to drop in at Miller Manor. I love company!
TM

holy chaos said...

Love your home!

boomama said...

LOVE your tree! And the picture of your family room cracked me up - I think cameras have a magnetic field that attracts kids. :-)

Thanks for doing this!

Chrissie said...

Hi, Sue! Thanks for stopping by today! I was so blessed! Your blog is lovely, and your home is sooo warm and inviting! God bless you and yours this Christmas and always!
Chrissie

Mel's World said...

Holy canoli batman...your house is stunning!

And...might I add, what's up with 80+ comments...are you running for President or something?

Love ya my friend...
Melissa

Bev Brandon said...

Our dog is Macy too!!!
And she's same size and
she sleeps on our sofa
when we are not looking...
Loved idea of framing
cards from last year...
Loved busy 3-year-old
wwwhhhhooooossssshhhhhh!!!!!!
I'm having blogger woes
my text keeps disappearing
but I finally figured out
how to SOLVE THE PROBLEM and
I posted my BooMama thingy...
You are such a dear Sue
so grateful to God I ran into
your blog...

Sharijoy said...

Happy holidays thanks for sharing!! its all very beautiful!

Just Mom said...

Gorgeous home. Gorgeous tree.

Vicky said...

Everything is very lovely! Merry Christmas! Thanks for letting us tour!

Kristy said...

I love the way you've decorated those shelves - those letters JOY are just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous decorations! What did you use for the collage of Christmas cards- a shadowbox frame? I love that idea! What a neat way to remember some of your favorites... great gift idea, too!

Allison
scottandallison.wordpress.com

jennifer said...

Wow. Lovely everything. I found this blog through my friend Coffee Mom. Hey, I'm a former Michigander! I even lived in Grand Rapids for a summer while I worked at a law firm there. I went to WMU in Kalamazoo for 4 yrs, and before that, Port Huron, where my family is from. Now I'm in beautiful Oregon. Thanks for the tour!
diaryof1.com

Bev Brandon said...

I finally KNOW SOMEONE that I already truly love on BooMama's Christmas tour!!! So, I just squealed in delight to see your house. You are full of LIGHT cause you are full of the Light of the World in your heart! I love you Sue! Merry Christmas from # 339 on boomama's tour bus....your friend, Bev

Bev Brandon said...

PS - My border collie's name is MACY!!!

SharonB said...

Sue it was so nice of you to share your home...how beautiful! I love the idea of taking last years cards and creating the frame!! I just love it so much I am going to steal it! :-)

Fonda said...

Beautiful home. Thanks for sharing.

Steffie B. said...

Your home looks beautiful!

Jenileigh said...

Gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing. You truly have a beautiful home..

Toni said...

Wow, what a beautifully decorated home. Thanks for the cookies too. ;)
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Sue.
Blessings,
~Toni~

Rhonda said...

Beautiful pictures!! Thank you for having us in.

mwmuse said...

Thank you for sharing. :)

Barbara H. said...

I'm just not getting to visit around the blog tour. Everything looks lovely! I love all the garlands. And that collage out of previous Christmas cards is a wonderful idea!

My tour is here if you have time to stop by.

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