Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Blessings

Christmas morning dawned bright and sunny, with temps in the 30's.
 
It wasn't the white Christmas I had dreamed of, but it sure was nice to see all the sunshine streaming in through the windows.

 
Santa had paid a visit to our house, and I'm not sure how he could have fit one more item on his sleigh with all that he brought!
 
 
And, of course, who is in the middle of it all but the little Monkey. What a goofball she is! Heaven forbid she should miss something!
 
 
Her attention shifted when she saw what Santa had left on top of the mantel - look at that, new toys for the furbabies!
 
I guess Santa couldn't shove these little fatties into their Christmas stocking, no matter how she he tried. No way, no how!
 
 
I'm pretty sure Santa meant for Monkey to have the cow and Tubby the Piglet to have the pig. But Monkey had other ideas....as she always does.
 
 
I don't think my old girl, Lily....aka Tubby the Piglet...minded too much!
 
 
My silly Christmas elves made us laugh with their antics - ahhhhh, to be young and foolish once again!
 
 
The girls got super creative with their gifts this year. My older daughter gathered up the corks we've been hoarding saving for years and made me this awesome wreath. I just love it, and we found the perfect spot for it right away!
 
 
My younger daughter also got in the crafty Christmas spirit and painted a wine bottle with chalkboard paint. She put this clever and funny quote on it, which I love!
 
"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, but if the white runs out I'll drink the red!"
 
Ha ha ha ha ha ha :)
 
 
Following our amazing meal, there were decadent desserts....this one came all the way from Austria, compliments of my sweetie. It's the Original Sacher Torte, with the same recipe they have used since 1832 - heavenly!
 
 
This one was made by my sister, our secret family cheesecake recipe. It's the best cheesecake I've ever tasted in my life, and believe me I've sampled my fair share - I'm a cheesecake fanatic!
 
I could post the recipe here, but my mom would disown me, so......sorry, it shall remain our family secret!
 
 
At the end of a wonderful day surrounded by loved ones, our tummies were full and happy, and we were ready for a long winter's nap.
 
I hope your Christmas was filled with as many blessings as mine!
 
Happy Holidays!!

30 comments:

  1. Love the wreath they made! Looks like you had great food. Your Monkey is like my Abi, the boss. I have a full tub of stuffed toys for Charlie, but he never plays with them. And he can't chew a bone because of only two teeth, though he never did anyway. Well, Christmas here was warm. I was in shorts with the air conditioning on.
    Brenda

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    1. We had such a great meal, Brenda - amazing! The weather wasn't crazy cold here, it stayed in the 30's all day but then dropped to 11 that night. Poor little Charlie with only two teeth - such a baby!!

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  2. What a wonderful Christmas you had. Love seeing your lovely family and I always smile when I see your little fuzzy faces. I can tell it was a wonderful day.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. It truly was a wonderful celebration, Shelia - and I hope yours was as well!

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  3. It looks like you had a blast! What a creative gal, with that wreath!
    Lots of toys for your babies will surely keep them out of trouble while they linger inside this winter.
    Enjoy the season.

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    1. They have more toys than they know what to do with, Daisy, they are so spoiled!! But, it's so cute to watch them attack a new toy!

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  4. Your Christmas looked wonderful! Rhonda

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  5. Your house was a great place to spend Christmas! Wow, Santa really did get weighed down! Furkids seemed to love their new toys. I gained a pound just drooling over those desserts. Happy New Year!

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    1. I'm sure I gained at least a pound stuffing those great desserts into my face, Carole!!

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  6. There sure are a lot of presents! Looks like everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Nancy

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  7. What a beautiful Christmas. We also had sunshine, which is exactly what I was dreaming of. Gotta love a sun shiny Christmas. :-)

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    1. I have to say I didn't mind it, it was so gorgeous!!

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  8. Looks like a beautifully caloric Christmas ;) Would your sister want to share her cheesecake recipe?

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    1. She probably wouldn't mind, Karen, but my mom would strangle her!! :)

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    1. We truly did, Debbie, and I hope you also had an amazing day!

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  10. LOL Love the elves photo! :) Looks like a perfect Christmas !! :)

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    1. They surprised me by all dressing up for Christmas morning - so cute!!!

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  11. What a great family celebration! That cheesecake looks divine...is there any way you could just sorta slip the recipe to us? :) Can you believe it was 84 here and had to run the A/C. It was 83 I think today. Supposed to have a cold front by tomorrow but who knows? I can't remember ever having weather this warm in December.

    Enjoy the rest of the week and weekend!
    xo
    Pat

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    1. Wow, Pat - meanwhile, we are in the middle of a crazy snowstorm right now!

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  12. Looks like a wonderful Christmas! Love the wine cork wreath.

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    1. Isn't it awesome, Melanie? So creative!!

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  13. You had an absolutely fabulous Christmas! Your girls are very creative...love the wine bottle and the wreath. xoxo

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    1. They amaze me with their creativity at times, Donna!

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  14. It looks like a wonderful Christmas and I love your goofy elves! May they always have that wonderful sense of fun! :) The gifts your girls made are amazing and they know their momma well. I've been collecting wine corks to make things with and I think next Christmas will be a wine cork themed one for gifts for a few other wine enthusiasts in our family. ;) Be blessed!

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    1. My daughter did such a great job on that wreath, I'm so impressed!!

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  15. Looks like such a special time with your kids and the fur babies! Love the homemade gifts from the girls too, those are always the best :)

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