Friday, December 30, 2011

Tis the Season

Christmas is a special time for us to spend with our families.  We gather and have fun, laugh, share sorrows, and enjoy each others company.   I still follow traditions I picked up as a little girl and I have added a few along the way.  The tree is cut down Thanksgiving weekend.  I remember as a little girl, going with my family to hang a hat or a mitten on the tree we wanted, then going back a few weeks later to cut it down. Decorating it is like a trip down memory lane, as my mom has given me some of my childhood ornaments to hang on the tree. We have new ones that we have added, and they are also wonderful memories.  As I decorate the tree, a Christmas movie is on, maybe Rudolf or Santa Claus is Coming to Town.  I have several Christmas movies on dvd, but my favorites are The Homecoming, Prancer, Holiday Inn, Christmas in Connecticut and any of the Dickens A Christmas Carol versions! Baking cookies is always fun, and this year I participated in the Coventry Regional Farmers Market cookie swap and received many fabulous cookies! 
We spend Christmas Eve with Ricks family at his sisters home.  There are at least 20 people there every year and it is so much fun. Ricks sisters table decor and decorations throughout the house are beautiful.  She usually has a theme and this year was Silvery Woodlands.  I bring a dessert and I like to keep in line with the theme so I made a Buche de Noel with meringue mushrooms.  
Christmas day is spent with my family.  My niece Olivia is 6 and we had such a wonderful time with her, watching her open her gifts and she loves to pass out the gifts.  It is such a warm feeling to be home with my parents and our whole family!
Here are some pictures of our home at Christmas!
                              I hope that you all had as wonderful a Holiday season as we had!
Our rustic Christmas

Buche de Noel

Our tree, love the fat ones!

My Christmas Faerie

I love this feather wreath that I purchased at one of the Christmas shows I vended at.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas date with my love!

What an incredible evening.  A full Oak Moon overhead, we took the half hour drive to the Golden Lamb Buttery for a wonderful night together.  We arrived and looked around, it has been years since I was there last.  A tall beautiful tree was center in the room and we were greeted promptly and introduced to our server for the evening,  Jackie.  She brought us 2 hot mulled ciders and we proceeded to go on a hay ride with Susan Lamb and she played her guitar and we all sang Christmas carols under the moon.  We saw herds of deer as we sang.  There were 2 couples, a bit older that were on the ride with us.  They had evening tuxedos and long ball gowns and furs and they were having a grand ol time!!  They reminded me of old time movies where people actually dressed up to go out for the evening.  When we arrived back we were brought to our table by Jackie.  We were upstairs, I had never been up there for dinner.   We had ordered our meal before the ride, Pork Normandy for myself, and Rick had Chateaubriand.  Rick had an amazing kale and sausage soup and I had a poached pear salad.  Our meals arrived and they were delicious.  As we dined, the Madrigal Singers came around and sang Christmas carols in Elizabethan garb.   Susan came around to each table and took requests.  The table before us took my favorite, Oh Holy Night, so I requested Silver Bells.  She has a wonderful voice and did all the songs she sang justice.
Several vegetable side dishes were brought around and I was so full I did not finish my wonderful bread pudding dessert, so it will be breakfast!  Ricks mixed fruit compote was equally delish, and there was a hint of ginger in it so I will have to try that sometime.  Cappuccino finished the meal.  We had a wonder leisurely dinner, we did not have to rush or worry about holding up a table as the table was ours for the evening. What a nice date with Rick, we could catch up and just enjoy each others company for an evening.
Here are some pictures and the link to their website.

The view from our table

Rick looking so handsome in his suit!  I could see the moon out the window behind him as we ate.

The Madrigal Singers

The first bracelet is one my niece Olivia made me from a gold pipecleaner and some beads.


Outside of the Golden Lamb Buttery

Ricks fruit compote with Vanilla Ice cream

My Bread Pudding