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December 26, 2010

A Quick Christmas Follow-up

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I’d love to style this post a la Gerry with a poem in the style of “A Visit from St. Nick,” but I’m too pooped to be creative.  I did want to share a few pictures from our weekend.  I’ve been on the go since Christmas Eve, prepping  for two Christmas celebrations here at my house – one with mom yesterday and one with dad today (mom and dad are divorced).  On Christmas Eve, I cooked all these ahead of time for Christmas Day:

(mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry bread, zucchini bread, homemade cinnamon buns, thumbprint cookies)

I used this recipe from Sweet Savory Life for the cinnamon buns.  Yummy!  In addition to what is pictured above, I also made a chocolate pudding pie and, for the first time ever, made brine for my turkey.  I followed Pioneer Woman’s recipe.  The turkey was very moist, but I’m not sure I’d bother doing it again.  I didn’t notice any flavor added from the brining.

On to Christmas Day.

I’m quite thankful for having kids who no longer need to be up crazy early to open gifts.  I do miss a little of the “magic” of Christmas with young children and the excitement of Santa, but things are nice this way too.





Teddy puts up with a little Christmas decorating by the kids…


…and with being a pillow after a big day of visiting with people, who of course only came to our house to visit the dogs.  Are my dogs the only ones who think this way?


Happy, funny girls

Can you take another food picture?  After a big dinner, served early afternoon so poor hubby could eat before he had to leave for work, we had quite the selection at our little dessert buffet:


It came a day late, but the snow has finally arrived here.  It started snowing this afternoon.  We have a couple inches right now, with possible blizzard-like conditions tonight.  Predictions are for 10 to 15 inches by the time it is all done.  I guess Andre will finally get his introduction to snow.


  1. What a wonderful Christmas you had 🙂
    Those thumbprint cookies look just like the ones I used to make. I took the easy way out and bought cookie mixes and refrigerated dough.

    Comment by thedailyclick — December 26, 2010 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

    • Thumbprints are pretty easy too – that’s why I chose to make them! Plus the jam looks pretty too.

      Comment by Karma — December 27, 2010 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  2. Look at the treats! Ooooh . . . you set a high bar. We are having company on Tuesday and I’m thinking my plans have been insufficiently ambitious.

    These people, of course, are coming to see the dogs. Miss Puss and I are accustomed to that. It’s OK with us. While everyone is making over the dogs, we make off with the treats.

    Comment by Gerry — December 26, 2010 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

    • I had plenty of help with the sweet treats. My mother and sister brought over the extra desserts, so we had plenty to choose from!

      Comment by Karma — December 27, 2010 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  3. Ah, a nice family Christmas. You created your own magic. The photos are wonderful. My fav is the one of your husband on the couch with his furry friend. Reminds me of my first dog who was a lab/irish setter mix but with red hair. Miss her and thanks for bringing back fond memories.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 27, 2010 @ 9:10 am | Reply

    • Thank you, Scott! I took all of those with my nifty-fifty, except for the one of the tree ( I couldn’t back up far enough to get the whole tree with the 50mm, so I had to switch to the 18-55). I love how dogs help create wonderful family memories.

      Comment by Karma — December 27, 2010 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  4. Looks like the perfect Christmas! Now it’s time to rest up. Have a great vacation!

    Comment by Becky Sue — December 27, 2010 @ 9:14 am | Reply

    • Yes, it should be time to rest up! But today I had to go out and run errands. I think the girls and I are going sledding at Wilbraham Monson Academy on the big hill tomorrow – maybe you and the boys would like to go too! It’s the best place in town.

      Comment by Karma — December 27, 2010 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

  5. Glad to see your snow finally arrived. Enjoy. 🙂

    Your Christmas looks loving and idyllic.

    Comment by Robin — December 27, 2010 @ 9:44 am | Reply

    • It did finally arrive, but not in the amount predicted. I’d say there’s only about 4″ on the ground, except in places where the horrible wind we are having has blown it up higher.
      Thanks – it was a very nice Christmas.

      Comment by Karma — December 27, 2010 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  6. Très jolies photos et délicieuse ambiance de Noël ! J’adore la photos des happy, funny girls 🙂

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 27, 2010 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

    • Merci, Isa! J’espère que votre Noël a été merveilleux.

      Comment by Karma — December 27, 2010 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  7. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! Everyone looks so happy.

    Comment by Kathy — December 27, 2010 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

    • We had a very nice day. Hope you did too.

      Comment by Karma — December 27, 2010 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  8. Lovely photos, especially “Happy, funny girls”. There is a twinkle in their eyes. For me, the magic was extended one more year but this was Santa’s last visit. I am pretty sure mine know the truth but have been playing along just-in-case.

    We had two Christmas celebrations as well. The first on Christmas Eve with my parents and then the Christmas Day feast with my parents and my brother. This was the first year my mother was not up to cooking. But it was worth the exhaustion (more exhaustion for my wife than me) because my father seemed so unlikely to make it this far. Tomorrow is his birthday: 88.

    Anyway, I love looking at other people’s holidays. It keeps this time of the year magical.

    Comment by burstmode — December 27, 2010 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Burstmode.
      The exhaustion is definitely worth it, plus I get to enjoy a lazy snowy day of blog reading today.
      Best wishes to your dad for his 88th!

      Comment by Karma — December 27, 2010 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  9. Now, how can one ask for anything more? Good food, warm home, furry friends and everyone gathered for the holidays. Sounds (and looks) like perfection to me! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — December 27, 2010 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tracy. It was a lovely day. Sometimes I forget how much I have to be thankful for and take these things for granted.

      Comment by Karma — December 28, 2010 @ 9:10 am | Reply

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