christmas decorating

Hey everyone….I hope you are all busy busy busy…doing your thing for Christmas…I am recovering from some girlie surgery I had on Monday…so there in not much going on here…but before the surgery I had accomplished a few things…like cleaning out some drawers and cupboards…decorating and making my favorite chocolates for Christmas….and a little present from who knows when???? I think it is a potato???I will show more decorating later…LB

peanut clusters drying on my pretty table...

melt your chocolate in your crock pot...much easier...

ingredients for "peanut clusters"

the cupboard where Nick puts everything that he doesn't know where to put it...not too much in it now...

the surprise I found in the pantry.... maybe a potato?

the new organized pantry...

20 Responses to “christmas decorating”

  1. 1 Barb Schaum
    December 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    what’s with the potato? The peanut clusters look great! Hope that you are healing- have a Blessed Christmas

  2. 2 Jane
    December 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Hope you recover soon. Need more of your wonderful designs. So, what’s the problem with the potato? Isn’t that how they’re suppose to look?

  3. 3 Peggy
    December 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I hope the surgery went well and you recover quickly.
    Yes I agree that is a potato. I like seeing them that way instead of smelling them like I have been dealing with lately. Potatoes are not keeping well this year. I love the mat under your beautiful arrangement.

  4. 4 Sharon
    December 19, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Speedy recovery from your girlie surgery! That arrangement and quilt on your table is soooo wonderfully loverly! I’d take that over the chocolate any day! And… I think your right… that is a potato! 😉

  5. 5 Cindy
    December 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm


    Take care of yourself. Get plenty of R&R – you need it.

    Merry Christmas!

  6. 6 Christie
    December 19, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I know you are in recovery mode, but, would you come clean out my cupboards and drawers!?! Hope your recovery is going well. Love the little quilt on your table and the peanut clusters look good enough to eat!!! HUGS… and stitches

  7. 8 Rosemary Redhead
    December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    Love, love, love the little quilt! Do you have this kitted or have the pattern?

    Rest and take care of yourself!


  8. 9 Kathleen Shortell
    December 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I check your blog every day and love when there are pictures and new offerings. I think you asked for a recipe to be included in the chance for a gift… if I misread oh well enjoy the peanut brittle and thanks for your inspiration. Hope you are feeling well…

    Peanut Brittle

    1c sugar
    1/2c light corn syrup
    1 TB butter
    2c peanuts
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp vanilla

    – spray baking sheet with cooking spray or grease it….set aside
    -mix sugar and corn syrup in large microwaveable bown until moistened. microwave for 5min…..(owl will be hot…use pot holders).
    -stir in butter and peanuts, microwave 4min until golden brown.
    -add bakind soda and vanilla ( mix may foam) stir up and immediatly spread mix as thin as possible onto the baking sheet….pop in freezer to cool….break into pieces!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. December 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Wishing you the best. I made cake balls for the first time and everyone loves them and thinks they look wonderful. You make a cake the usual way…when it is warm you crumble it out of the pan into a bowl….mix with 3/4 can of frosting. Once mixed let cool for about one hour. Now roll into balls about the size of melon balls. Freeze for about 6 hours dip in melted chocolate and add sprinkles….just that easy. Blessings, Dianntha

  10. December 20, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    The main thing now is for to rest as much as you can. It is hard to do so, but, if you take it easy now life heels sooner. Blessings. Dianne

  11. 12 Carol Singleton
    December 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Great fine. I have a punch I make for Christmas 4 cups cranberry juice, chilled
    2 cups orange juice, chilled
    2 cups apple juice, chilled
    2 cans (6 ounces each) pieapple juice
    2 liters ginger ale, chiled
    just before serving , combine juices in a punch bowl. Stir in the ginger ale.

    Take care.

  12. 13 Kim Hartwig
    December 21, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Boy you recover fast!! I’m still trying to get ready for the Holidays so my usual recipes will not be used this year. I have taken the easy way out and purchased 3 tubs of cookie dough from a local grocery store. I am going to try and use the peanut butter cookie dough to make the cookies with the Hershey Kiss, hopefully it will work out. Wish me luck!? Love your display of goodies, please count me in. I have taken the week between Christmas and New Years off from work and hope to get some major time in my sewing room. I wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season.

  13. 14 Kathy
    December 21, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Merry Christmas Lisa. Good Health. My recipe is for “Christmas Eve Beans”
    It’s a tradition at our house. 1 lb. ground beef, 1 medium onion, chopped,
    1 can (16 oz.) baked beans, undrained, 1/2 c. ketchup, 1/3 c. packed brown
    sugar, 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.
    In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no
    longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5 qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining
    ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until heated through.

  14. December 21, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Merry Christmas Lisa. Whenever we have anything female done–we go into ‘cleaning mode’ first! Hope you get some rest. Hope we all get some rest.

  15. December 21, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Hey Lisa… good to hear you are up and moving around. This is not the time of the year to have that girly stuff get in your way. We are all excited here in Florida for our April & May trip to your retreat… me especially… since I get to come TWICE!! Merry Christmas to you and Nick. Give each other a big hug from all of us as the Olde Green Cupboard!! “Ping”… that was a rubber band shot at Nick! hahahahahaha!!! Hugs to all! Gloria

  16. December 21, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Hey… I forgot to ask… do you have any new photos of the retreat? All of the gals that have signed up are anxious to see what’s been happenin’!!!

  17. 18 Karla Schrieber
    December 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Lisa, I really enjoy your blog. Keep up the great work….loved your open house and can’t wait to come and start using my coupon book! Hap
    py Holidays!

  18. 19 Mary L
    December 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

    You have sooo much energy, even while recovering, hope you are feeling better each day.
    Loved the Holiday Blog. Enjoyed seeing what goes on all over the country.
    I have a simple jello we enjoy at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    One small pkg raspberry jello, one cup hot water, one cup cold water, 3/4 cup cranbery/orange relish(festival deli), mix all and then fold in one small package(thawed) frozen raspberries in syrup (10oz). It’s simple and festive.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and the entire staff.
    Mary L

  19. 20 Marcia W.
    December 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Lisa, Thank you for all the work you do to bring such a nice blog to your readers. Hope your recovery is well underway. I visited a few days ago yet wordpress didn’t want to display comments, so glad that I could return. Merry Christmas!
    p.s. my Mom said to me today – what are we going to do? I don’t have anything chocolate for Christmas. Do you think that my chocoholic desires came from her.

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