Most Christmas seasons you will find me lovingly preparing a few homemade gifts directly from my kitchen. This year I blessed our big boys & other relatives, who live out of state, and a few neighbors with:
homemade cocoa mix, BBQ sauce and "The Sauce" (my homemade spaghetti sauce - every ingredient is homegrown, including herbs) ...
... and mini pecan pies.
I am so proud to announce that my dearest Mrs.A won 2nd place in her neighborhood for her Christmas decorations. She lives in a nice subdivision thus, this award is quite the compliment. She has such a wonderful gift for landscape design and maintains a beautiful yard and home year round. If anyone deserves recognition, it is certainly her.
Although I'm not going to win any awards for our home's landscape or holiday decorations, especially since we live 4 1/2 miles off the main road and then another 1/4 mile back behind a stand of cottonwood trees, Mrs.A's creativity sparks my imagination and is an inspiration to me. This year, whenever I was in town I'd peruse the Christmas décor section of our re-sale shops looking for decorations that would enhance our snow covered landscape. All my outdoor decorations cost less than $30. I've enjoyed driving up to our home and seeing all the pretty little touches.
When approaching our home you will first see the deck tied with red velveteen bows.
Next, you will pass our front door where I placed faux poinsettias in our flower pots, tied bows to the porch and added a wreath to the door.
As a main entry to the house we use the side door nearest the garage. Out here I also added faux poinsettias to the flower pots and bows to our bench as well as another wreath to this door.
Once inside I've decorated with our usual Christmas décor, which I've posted photos of in years past. Since Grandpa, the big boys and other extended family would not be up for the season, we chose to move the loveseat into the master bedroom and place our little "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree in front of the large living room windows.
Our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were very enjoyable and I hope you and your family were as blessed as ours. Praying you and your family enjoy a happy and healthy New Year.