"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

December 17, 2007

Christmas tour of homes

Welcome to our home!
Before we added on to our house, we didn't really have a good spot for our tree but now it has a spot in the alcove with a window. One of the decorations we have out every year is a nativity set was my hubby's grandmother's. (and thankfully, baby Jesus survived our decorating day) I love this set more than any set I've ever seen because of how Mary has her arms raised worshipping her Lord which is something I love to do too. (and thank goodness for superglue or she wouldn't still be doing that) : ) These mugs are not part of the decor ... but it seems like they are to my family, who has had to look at them for so long.
They were only fifty cents a piece (even the large latte ones) at Wal*Mart. Woohoo!!! I'm filling them up with goodies for our Royal Rangers and Missionettes leaders who are such a blessing to our kiddos every Wednesday night.

Here is a recipe that is a family tradition and perfect for putting into mugs like this or tins. I've given this as gifts many times. Warning! -They are so good, you may not want to share them at all. : ) You will love them because the cooking process alone, will make your house smell heavenly.

Spiced Walnuts

Combine: 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. of All Spice or Mace.

Add: 3 T. of water and let stand for 10 minutes. Then heat to a rolling boil. Add three cups of walnut halves and remove from heat. Stir to coat the nuts and then separate them on wax paper. Easy and oh, so YUMMY!

The kids and I had a great time making these cute reindeer cookies last night for our JBQ Christmas party. They are sugar cookies cut out with bell cookie cutters and turned upside down!

Next year we hope to have Gingerbread Mansions complete with explosive demo to show you, if I can keep my hands off the Raid. ; )

Thanks for stopping by!
Merry Christmas and God bless!



Becky said...

Your tree is beautiful. And I love my nativity set because of what Mary is doing too. Come find out what that is :)

inspired said...

What a pretty tree!


Hootin' Anni said...

I love the vertical ribbon on your tree...very dressy and en vogue!!

I have a slide show for my tour.
I hope you can get connected to view with me, if not, I have a few thumbnail images on my regular blog too.---

My Slide Show Tour

E said...

Those reindeer cookies are too cute! I think I'll "borrow" the idea for my Christmas party. Thanks for the tour. Your home is lovely.

TheKytiKat said...

Superglue is awesome! We wind up having to fix two or three ornaments every year... Nice place!

ellen b. said...

your reindeer cookies are so darn cute! Merry Christmas to you and yours...

mammacheryl said...

Oh, those reindeer cookies are precious. I love your tree. Thanks for inviting me over. Have a Merry Christmas!

Southern Heart said...

Very pretty! The tree is lovely, and those cookies are so cute! The recipe sounds yummy, too!

Merry Christmas,


Lady Why said...

Love the reindeer cookies! I believe I'm going to have to try that myself!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a lovely spot for your pretty tree! :)

Antique Mommy said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Love the reindeer cookies - yummy!!

Queen of My Domain said...

Those reindeer cookies are to cute. And I love that Mary has her arms lifted up in praise.

Love Bears All Things said...

Thanks for sharing your home with us.
Mama Bear

Sniz said...

I loved this tour. Those cookies are sooo cute. I'll have to decorate some like that!

KC said...

so pretty
Thanks for the tour
Merry Christmas

The Gallands said...

Your home is lovely! Thanks for inviting us in.

Dianne said...

Merry Christmas! Your tree is really lovely. Thanks for letting us visit.