Saturday, December 7, 2013

A cute gift for neighbors and friends!

How about this adorable little S'mores kit for your friends? Pinterest again comes to the rescue. Some of our sweet friends will get this sweet treat! I've included the "S'mores Instruction Card" at the bottom if you would like to make some yourself. If you can't grab it, let me know and I'll send it to you directly.
individually wrapped mini bars are the perfect size
for this take-out box

wrapped the graham crackers individually

wrapped the large marshmallows individually

instructions - see below for the file
to print yourself

It's beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas!

My Christmas tablescape - the box in the middle is holding some real growing red amaryllis bulbs
Temperatures have really dipped this week in Houston. It is a wonderful change from the oppressive heat we suffer with most of the year. I love weather drama! Ice Storm? Yes, please. This cool weather inspires winter wonderland decorating doesn't it? I am continuing with my Christmas in the Enchanted Forest theme. It just means I can use lots and lots of moss, so I am in heaven.

Wanna peek? Here ya go!

Closeup of the left side

Closeup of the right side

deer, tree and mushrooms in my miniature forest

Amaryllis bulbs will add color and life to this tablescape

my new teacup - Royal Albert

cute mushroom ornaments look so perfect here

a new sparkly tree with pinecone ornaments

Christmas goodies tree in the corner of the dining room

Armoire decor

Buffet decoration

My Bethlehem village

wise man bringing baby Jesus a lightsaber? Seems age inappropriate don't you think? My husband is a joker!


Our tree

closeup of the tree

new squirrel ornament for 2013


a new ornament for 2013 - fleur de lis

Christmas lights make a house so cozy and warm
The lights paint a pretty picture on the dining room walls


The mantle in the wee hours

So much to be thankful for...

I am thankful for good friends and family
I feel so very blessed this Thanksgiving. It makes my heart sing to share these blessings with our friends. Eleven of us squished around a table built for eight. This was because one of our teen guests didn't want to be relegated to the "kid's" table. I so get that. We were all cozy around the table and it was just fine. We always fry two turkeys because we eat at noon and then eat leftovers at 5:00 or whenever we get hungry again. We enjoyed some pumpkin bowling, a family walk and the Apples to Apples card game. And no Texas thanksgiving would be complete without some showing off of handguns. We are packing in Texas!

Turkey #2 in the fryer

Here is our menu - contributions by our guests made
the preparation so much easier! Thanks Kim & Rebecca!
The table all set for our company
Pumpkin Bowling
A beautiful bowler

a little Apples to Apples - Ken seems amused by his wife!

Family walk after our meal

Why we needed a family walk! We had 7 pies and fudge!


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