Monday, December 21, 2015

Catching Up on Christmas

Whew, it  was a busy, busy weekend in my little mountain house!  

Last week I posted about feeling a bit stressed and not ready for Christmas - I was definitely feeling overwhelmed and I don't like that one bit! I got so many wonderful comments from my blogland friends out there and the majority said, and I paraphrase here,  Just let it be. Let it happen. Whatever you get to, you get to. And what you don't? Oh well!

You know what? I like that attitude!! I'm going to try to adopt that mentality to more of my busy life!

We started the weekend Friday evening with some sweetness from my favorite reindeer. 


That little face always makes any day brighter!  Of course, she doesn't look too thrilled with her new accessory but she's always a good sport.

And a cookie bribe helps. 

Saturday morning dawned bright and SNOWY - just what I needed to put the pep in my step!!


It wasn't much but just that little dusting of snow made it feel so much more like the holidays!


Some good snow squalls throughout the day made me feel all warm and cozy inside while wrapping gifts. 

It was a marathon wrapping session for sure! But, I can cross that task off my holiday to-do list so I'm a happy girl. 


My little treats for my staff are all ready to hand out on Christmas eve. 


It's certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the tree!

Sunday brought more cold weather although no snow. I don't think we have a hope of a white Christmas this year which is sad. 

The holiday grocery shopping was done with some help from my girls and after a quick pizza break the baking began. 


Tell me why I bothered to clean the kitchen before we started baking? Not my wisest moment!


Butter cookies three ways, chocolate chunk cookies, and Carol's absolutely amazing sugar cookies - (get the recipe here at the Red Painted Cottage) -  and the cookie marathon was done!

A quick kitchen cleanup and then my daughters and I gathered in the living room by the fire to watch It's a Wonderful Life. 

Obviously all the action this weekend wore my poor old Lily girl out. 


However, I guarantee that as soon as she hears the sound of the cookie jars opening she'll bounce up looking for a treat!


All in all it was a great weekend, albeit a busy one. Not much time for R&R but perhaps after the holidays I might catch up on a little quiet time. 

I hope your weekend was a happy one, friends!








22 comments:

  1. I'm glad things are looking up. Your home is beautiful, the food looks delicious, and the dog looks adorable. What more could a woman want for Christmas. You are doing a great job.

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    1. I'm definitely feeling a bit better after getting all that done over the weekend, Valerie!

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  2. Lily is a doll! Ben always looks a little embarrassed when I try to 'dress' him up, lol!
    S
    xo

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    1. She IS a doll!! She hates when we put anything on her, though - you should see when I try to put her fleece on her when it's so cold out - she stands completely still and will not budge from that spot. She won't look at us, won't move, just stands firm like a little stubborn terrier until we take off the horrible fleece!!

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  3. Snow squalls and Christmas cookies baking, that sounds wonderful to me! You truly live in a Christmas part of the country, don't you? Will it be a white Christmas for you? I hope so.

    Merry Christmas to you there is your beautiful and cozy home!
    Dewena

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    1. We normally live in a Christmas part of the country, yes, but not this year, it seems!! The weather forecast calls for 68 degrees on Christmas Eve. I think we may change things up this year and sit by the fire on the deck for Christmas Eve cocktails rather than in by the woodstove! Merry Christmas to you, Dewena!

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  4. I love the way your packages look lined up . The baking of cookies and watching,"It's A Wonderful Life" is the perfect thing to do with your girls. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thanks, Susie - that movie is such a tradition for us - we make time to watch it every single year. Blessings to you for a wonderful, peaceful Christmas, Susie!

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  5. Yep, you would have to bribe me with cookies also to get that thing on my head! LOL I hope you have a most wonderfully blessed Christmas! Hugs!!

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    1. Ha ha I'd love to see you with those antlers on your head, Benita!! Can I bribe you with eggnog? xoxo

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    1. Same to you, Deb - may it be peaceful and calm and glorious with your family by your side. xo

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  7. I watched It's A Wonderful Life too. :-)

    No snow here in s.e. FL though.

    Gifts went out yesterday, and I hope to start some baking today.

    Happy Christmas to you and have a wonderful 2016.

    FlowerLady

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    1. And the very same to you, Lorraine! Our temps on Christmas eve may rival yours in FL it looks like!!

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  8. Wow look how much you got done!!!! You go girl!!!! Lilly is adorable in her reindeer attire. Happy Day and have a wonderful Christmas.
    Kris

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kris - enjoy your cottage xoxo

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  9. Lily makes the cutest reindeer ever! :)
    Your home looks beautiful and those cookies look so good they are making me hungry! ;)
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and 2016!
    Hugs, Kimberley

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    1. Thanks,Kimberley! My favorite are the butter cookies - I was trying to recreate a recipe our next-door neighbors used to bring us when we were children many years ago. They were the best cookies ever! Mom says she has the recipe somewhere....I hope she finds it and sends it to me before next Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Kimberley - may it be peaceful.

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  10. You have been on the move! Wow, you got a lot done (including dressing up Lily). She's a good sport. No snow here, just rain and unusually warm temps. Happy Christmas to you and yours!

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  11. I love seeing Lily with those antlers. So cute! Thanks for trying my cookie recipe, and I'm happy you got much accomplished over the weekend. We're suppose to have temps around 60 on Christmas. I may be eating my words later, but I really want snow this winter. Are you anywhere near Barre? We have good friends that live there, but I know they're probably wintering in Florida by now. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

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    1. Your cookies are terrific, Carol - we all love how light and fluffy they turned out!! I have one packed with my lunch today....looking forward to that little sweet treat after lunch! We are not near Barre, that's in VT - we are in NY. Not sure where exactly it is in VT but I don't remember passing it on my trips to and from Burlington. Merry Christmas, Carol!

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