I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Here at StoneGable we are still celebrating!!! It's quiet right now... but the second wave of family comes on Friday. We will be in "festive mode" until after New Year's day!! I hope all of you are getting to enjoy loved ones and good food... and maybe even a little nap or two!!!
It's Christmas week!!! I think my most favorite day of the year is Christmas Eve... well... my most favorite time of the year is Christmas Eve evening. I love going to Church... I can feel the sacredness of these few hours... I love the lights and the music and being with my family!!!
Then comes the joy and fun and food of Christmas Day!!!
We are neck-deep in Christmas traditions at StoneGable! From no children (not even adult children) allowed downstairs until Bobby goes down and turns on the tree lights etc and makes sure Santa has come... to the tradition of the food we eat!
My son called me two days ago to make sure we were having the same menu for Christmas brunch!!! "We ARE having Christmas casserole, aren't we, Mom?"
Traditions bind families together and makes memories. I hope your Christmas is filled with love, peace and lots of beautiful traditions!
I am going to show you the EASIEST most amazing way to make a live wreath. You will wonder, "why didn't I think of that"? That's what I thought when I learned this technique at a wreath decorating demo last year.
You will be able to make gorgeous, lush, full, live wreaths... FABULOUS!!!!
It will revolutionize your Christmas decor and gift giving... OR ... at least make people ooooh and ahhhh!
I made this wreath in under 40 minutes for a gift exchange!
There once was a very young girl named Mary. She lived in a very small pioneer-like town called Nazareth. It was in an area of Israel called Galilee. During this time all of Israel was occupied by the conquering nation, Rome.
We have the world's WORST tree stand... aesthetically speaking! It does keep our tree watered and fresh... but it is a monster... more like an octopus! Bobby LOVES this motley tree stand and I don't have the heart to tell him to get rid of it. He is almost gleeful when he takes it out to use it!
I can't cover it with a tree skirt because the water basin is open... the tree skirt gets wet and then wicks moisture to all the gifts We have opened soggy gifts more than one year!!!
This year I found the solution to the ugly tree stand... a galvanized tub! The stand and tree fits in it perfectly!
But with one problem solved... comes another challenge... the ugly shiny "new" patina, or lack of, on the tub!
Croquembouche... even the name sounds delicious!! Croquembouche is french for "crunch in the mouth"... and it I certainly does!
Made with profiteroles, or cream puffs, Croquembouche is a tower of heavenly whipped cream filled pastry shells... under a golden spun web that crunches with caramel sweetness!
I downsized the traditional tall-tower-of-a-dessert to make scrumptious single-serving portions.
This is the ultimate WOW factor dessert... and one we often enjoy at Christmas. It is so impressive... but, don't tell anyone... it is really quite easy... and when you get the hang of spinning sugar, it is magical...
Crochembouche is part of
A Christmas linky party beginning here, at StoneGable, on Thursday at 8:00.
Bring your holiday recipes and festive tablescapes and share your ideas!
Let's get started with the "I'll hold your hand and give you lots of detail" CROQUEMBOUCHE directions...
Before I spent time in Israel I imagined Shepherd's Field, the place where angels announced the birth of Jesus to lowly shepherds, as a big open grassy plain. A place of great beauty and open spaces... like on a Christmas card.
The picture above is of Shepherd's Field today... not at all what I imagined... but then, most of what is true in the bible is not what many of us imagine...
But for some reason it takes a whole lot of "nothing is organized and clean" to get to "all is Merry and Bright" around StoneGable.
I am in awe of some homemakers who can whip out whip and up their Christmas decorations... decorate a designer tree... string the outdoor lights over the entire house... make fresh green wreaths for every window WHILE they are baking 15 kinds of Christmas cookies... clean their guest rooms (and put up a tree in there too)...make Jr's Christmas Pageant costume and host a fabulous holiday party with no effort at all... or seemingly so!
For all of you who fit into that category... HAND OVER YOUR ELVES! Please share! After all, it IS the season of giving!
Welcome to my blog... and my life. I'm Yvonne... the mother of 3 beautiful twenty-something children and a recent empty nester. I live with Bobby, my wonderful husband, Scamp our spoiled (so cute) dog and Hobbes our rascally cat. I love all things HOME... well...except cleaning the garage and maybe ironing! I am a life-long learner on a constant quest to learn and do something new... especially when it concerns anything domestic !
Living by grace, I strive to be positive and purposeful. I want to live large and love life and all those who cross my path! It is my hope to inspire creative living here at StoneGable!