Christmas Wrap

As Christmas feelings warm my heart and the year comes to a close, and I write about the happenings here at our home, Cedarhill, I would love to share with you as a lasting "thank you"..... And passing along a reminder that I appreciate you, my dear readers, so much xoxo

I am the type to pick up Christmas gifts all year long.  Not actually looking for them, but running across something special as I am out antiquing, treasure hunting, etc.  So!....I really had not seen any store decorations or done any window shopping and gazing just for the fun of it.  So yesterday in the last hours before Christmas Day, we decided to do just that, go window shopping, only not to any big fancy department stores or malls.  We chose a town about an hour's drive from here, in the heart of Virginia.  A sweet little place, actually being the town where I went to college.  A place where we knew we could take the dog, leash him up, and stroll the streets. It was a cold blustery day, exactly the kind of day that says, it's Christmas around here.  Most all of the street decor was simply the pretty lamp post wrapped in fresh pine garland and a big red bow.  I wore my new fur earmuffs and wooly gloves and I was toasty as could be.  Not one store did we venture in, choosing to just stroll and look at the pretty window displays and enjoy the day.  There were no crowds and we were met with friendly greetings from all passers-by, many stopping to pet Ben.  We did stop in the town bakery and treated ourselves to a Christmas cookie.  The entire day was such a sweet retreat, ....... no hustle, no bustle, just enjoying the season.

google image of my college town

And speaking of Christmas cookies, this is my mantra just for this week.  I think it's okay don't you? :)  :)  :)

(just a cute little ornament I sent to my son and his family for their tree)

And speaking of son and cookies, I have been in a baking frenzy the last two days and wanted to share with you some easy peasy recipes.  Seems I was into peppermint this year for some reason.  Maybe because my oldest can't be here and he loves peppermint.  On my mind a lot...... :).  I took a Betty Crocker box mix of Mississippi Mud bars , following their directions but adding some Ande's chocolate mint chips to the crust and then topped with the filling.  Baked and then soon as it came out of the oven, while it was very hot, I sprinkled some more mint chips on it, spread them and melting them.  Wowzer.....good good good!
(don't you love my green utensils I found at a yard sale this summer?)

Another goodie I made was Peppermint Bark.  That stuff is expensive to buy and so easy to make.  All I did was melt some chocolate candy coating blocks and spread it out on parchment paper as thin as I could get it.  Let it harden completely and then melt vanilla blocks the same way.  When melted I add a few drops of peppermint oil.  Working very quickly spread that over top of the hardened chocolate as thin as possible.  I crushed up candy canes and sprinkled those on top.  Let harden and voila.....you have peppermint bark.  Break up in pieces.  I made a lot for shipping and to enjoy here for the holidays.

Along with that shipped Peppermint Bark went their gifts.  Shipping doesn't allow for fancy wrapped presents and pretty bows but I did have some fun with the packages anyway.  In my booth last Christmas, I sold quite a bit of vintage wrapping paper and this was the last of it.  I absolutely loved the Santa paper.  I think the grand-girls, Boo & Al will too. :)

 You have probably seen these on Pinterest or blogland somewhere but I just discovered them.  I always like to have something a little whimsical and fun on the food table and these Strawberry Santas will be it for this year.  I experimented first at a little dinner party we had last weekend and they were a huge hit!  And so simple to make too!  They will be on the table Christmas Day as the fruit to go with our dinner.  Simply cut off the pointed end of the strawberry and save.  And also, cut off a little of the other end so the berry will sit flat.  (give that part to the chickens).   I found several different fillings but this is what I used.  Just whip some low-fat softened cream cheese with a little confectionery sugar to sweeten.  I also added a touch of good vanilla.  Put in a baggie.  Make a tiny snip on the corner and lightly fill the strawberry cavity.  Replace the strawberry tip that you cut off as his hat and use the filling to make a pom pom on the hat.  I used mini chocolate chips as his eyes.  Now how cute is that????  :)

This last photo is my oldest son with his 6th month old daughter, my grand-daughter Miss Boo.   It was taken seven years ago and we were so lucky to have them with us that Christmas. This year Bobby G. and I will be getting the grandest gift we could possibly get.  My youngest son and his wife are due with their first child on Dec. 26th. How special is that?!!!  This new grand-child is showing signs that he is on the way, so if you don't hear from me next week, you know I am on the road. :) :) :)
Merry Merry Christmas 
Love, Lynn

~ Delighted to be joining these blog parties this week ~ 
Frenchy's Monday French Party,  Shabbylicious Friday @ SAB,  Metamorphosis Monday & Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch Blissful White Wednesday at Time Washed, Home Sweet Home Friday @ the Charm of Home,  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm,   A Favorite Thing Saturday @ Mockingbird Hill Cottage, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage; Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here ; Vintage Style @ Tuesday's Knick of Time Cozy Little House "tweak party" Tuesday, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,  


Junkchiccottage said...

Such a great post. Congrates on becoming a grandma soon again. How exciting. I have one little granddaughter and I can't get enough of her. I am jealous you will have two. Merry Christmas.

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear friend. And, wishes for a very Merry Christmas for you and all of those you love.♥

I know it will all be wonderful for you.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Merry Christmas, Lynn. So glad I got to meet you this year. Enjoy your family.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Merry Christmas, Sweetie Pie Friend. I loved going shopping with you to your college town and seeing the pic of your Santa son and grandlittle. I am excited for you that you have another on the way!!! And girl, those sweets look heavenly!

I love Virginia. It is so pretty. We have some cousins there (one near Richmond and one in Newport News), and Mr. Magpie's father's godfather owned some famous farm up near Charlottesville, I think. Mr. Magpie's dad went to law school there at UVA and went to Episcopal High, and his sisters (Fred's aunts) went to Sweet Briar. So we love VA. Daddy was slated to go to UVA, but he stopped off to visit friends at Alabama and stayed. I will try to remember the name of the farm. It's on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't go there. You know the drill when your mind is crowded with Christmas details and can't think of another thing. ;-)

Love to you...



The Polka Dot Closet said...

So excited, your son is going to have a Christmas baby! I love peppermint to sorry the son that loves it can't make it this year, my son won't be here either :) I love that vintage wrapping paper, it is so hard to use it, but why not, we can't save it all! Lynn,Have the merriest Christmas,thank you for your friendship and sharing life's ride with me


Unknown said...

Merry Christmas Lynn, Wishing you and your family the best of the season's good cheer and Holiday fun. Don't eat too many cookies..
Kindredly, Shirley

Alycia Nichols said...

Congratulations on the upcoming new birth, and Merry Christmas to you all!!!!!!!!!!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Merry Merry Christmas to you my wonderful friend!


Magia da Inês said...

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Que esse seja o momento
de repensar tudo o que fizemos
e desejamos.


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Anne said...

Hi, Lynn! I just stopped by to say "Hope you had a Merry Christmas", and to wish you a fabulous 2013!

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Hope you are having a great season! Sorry for the absence, but 2012 was definitely a difficult year here in Portugal, and even worse for me...
Wish you a very Happy 2013, and enjoy Grenada in Blogtrotter Two!

annies home said...

love the beautiful pictures looks like such a charming christmas
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LesleyAnn said...

Just came across your blog. Beautiful photos. How I'd love the have the snowman shepherd painting. It brought a tear to my eye.

Farmville is such a quaint town. My cousin attended Longwood College and teaches at LCA and Liberty University. Beautiful towns and scenic area of Virginia.

Wishing you many blessings for 2013.

Anonymous said...

HPS....and I am anxious to hear all about your newest grand!!! How exciting! Last year, our third was born on Dec. 27. . .so I totally know what you all are/have through with the anticipation of a new babe around Christmas!

Love your "treats" and the awesome little town you shopped in! I only went to the mall ONCE this year..and it was for me. All of my shopping was done "on line" (and I'm STILL waiting for a Target purchase to arrive..was "promised" by 12-24" grrrrrrrr) or at local small shops or bigger stores that are NOT located within a crazy mall. It makes for a much saner Christmas shopping experience..except for the present I'm still WAITING ON!! :)

Have a great time with your newest wee one and let us know all about her/him!!

L, Dana

The French Hutch said...

Hi Lynn, You've just described what and how I love to enjoy the Christmas season. I shop all year and try to finish up in November so I can have time to relax and enjoy the holidays. Your day sounds perfect, even the weather. Great pics and I would love the Peppermint Bark and Strawberry Santas. Congratulations on your expected arrival! Blessings and Happy Pink Saturday.

The French Hutch

LV said...

I am with you. I buy Christmas all year long. I hate trying to do it all at one time.

Ann said...

I balanced lots of Christmas treats this season--maybe too much!!But whats a girl gonna do with all those delicious snacks. That mainstreet looks that a wonderful holiday visit.

RobinfromCA said...

Christmas grandbabies are the best! Our little grandson was born on Dec. 28, 2010, and our new granddaughter was born Nov. 8, this year. Both are in Virginia and we are all the way across the country wishing we had pixie dust to take us back and forth!
Love your vintage wrap!
Happy 2013!

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