Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year's Eve!

This is the snowy scene outside my window today. It was so lovely to see giant, white flakes falling this morning. It does look a bit treacherous out there, but fortunately, I am staying in this year.

Even Savannah got in on the act, trying to catch the flakes as they fell. Sorry birdies, no seed here, just SNOW!

Is there anything more beautiful than birch trees in the winter? I love how the peeling birch bark catches the snow.

Now for the libations, we have the most marvelous bottle of wine to ring in the new year. It is Marco Negri, Moscato D'Asti.  If you haven't tried this, you should do so immediately if you like sweet, sparkling wines. I love this every bit as much as Veuve Clicquot. It is refreshing and delicious!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Time to Go A-Wassailing!

 It was our annual doggie photo shoot, and boy, was it "ruff" this year. Getting them in their costumes and getting them to sit still for the photo was like a Christmas miracle. They were so good, and don't worry, I rewarded them with treats. Their costumes are from Mark Roberts. They are called Sophisticated Doggies. They are supposed to be fairies, but we had to nix the wings. 

It's Almost Time

Are you ready? Are the goodies baked? Are the presents wrapped? All that is left is to Believe!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Tablescape #3

This tablescape mixes vintage medium green and chartreuse Fiesta with new scarlet and shamrock. The small plates with the red cardinal were a gift from a Secret Santa and came from Crate and Barrel. These colors are so merry!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Outdoor Decorations

I have never been one to go all out on the outside of my house. I think it is because I live in Kansas, and it is cold outside in the winter; therefore, I don't spend too much time looking at them outside. I believe in simple and traditional. I chose a simple wreath and added the plaid bow. The sled was a garage sale purchase that I painted. I added the greenery, bells, and a bow that matches the wreath. I like the way it turned out. I also added a Christmas doormat, which is peeking into the sled picture.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tablescape #2

Christmas Breakfast for Two
Today's tablescape uses Post-86 Rose Fiesta, Royal Doulton Old Country Roses Christmas pattern, Depression Glass, and Fenton Rose Crest. I like the feather tree with vintage ornaments. I am not sure how old the tablecloth is, but I got it at an estate sale. Love this shade of green. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Snowman Buffet Caddy

I found this little gem at a garage sale. I can't believe someone would sell it. It looks great with my Fiesta Christmas Tree pattern luncheon plates and Fiesta mugs in Scarlet, Ivory, and Shamrock.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Tablescape #1

This is the first tablescape of the Christmas season. I used vintage and Post-86 Fiesta, Johnson Brothers Old Britain Christmas, Depression glass, and a vintage table cloth. I love how the bows on the tree on the plates is similar to the bows on the tablecloth.  Also, the silverware has little Christmas trees on it. They are upside down in the place setting, but when you use them, they are right side up. I think the shades of green go nicely with the Scarlet Fiesta. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Robot Ornaments...YES!

Someone I know needs these for her space age tree!


At 12:12 my students pointed out that it was 12:12 on 12-12-12.  Wow.  Then, at 12:13 one of them said I made a wish that I know is going to come true. GASP!!!!!!!!!!!  A wish, nobody mentioned making a wish. I didn't make a wish. Now, what am I going to do? How will I ever win that Powerball jackpot?

With that said, and in honor of the special day, here are a few lists of 12 things. I was going to do 12 lists, but then, I thought that might be overkill.

12 Holiday Songs to Listen to this Season
  • Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton
  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby
  • Happy Christmas by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
  • Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas by Michael Buble'
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guraldi
  • Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan
  • All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey
  • The Christmas Song by Johnny Mathis
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Darlene Love
  • O Holy Night by Josh Groban


12 Websites Worth Checking Out
(Click on the name of the website to link directly to it.)

12 Recipes Worth Trying that I Posted on My Blog This Year
(Search them by name on my site, One Dish Dude.)
  • Green Chili, Chicken and Lime Soup
  • Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas
  • Three Packet Roast
  • Enchilada Casserole
  • Dale's Sugar Cookies
  • Shelly's Pumpkin Roll
  • Copycat Houston's Baked Potato Soup
  • Turkey Chili
  • Copycat First Watch Marinated Salad
  • Zesty Taco Soup
  • Homemade Chicken Soup
  • Ree's Restaurant Style Salsa

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Some habits die hard! I used colored lights on the tree, but I just couldn't help myself and used white lights on the mantle. Simple, yet effective.

The clock on the mantle was a summertime garage sale purchase. Does it work? No, but that doesn't matter; it is still beautiful, and I am pretty sure there is clock repairman in town who can fix it. I just need to get it into his shop. Cost of said garage sale clock??? Brace yourselves--5 bucks, no kidding.

And the statuary. I love using garden statues inside. There is something about the rustic mixed with the classic that makes this look very elegant. Throw some greenery in the mix, and wow, what a dreamy mantle.

Monday, December 10, 2012

"I hope that is not your only tree!"

This year the tree at my house is not like other years. For one, it is small.  I mean tabletop small. I just wasn't feeling a big tree this year. If you don't feel it, then it is probably not a good idea to force it because you will probably just make others miserable around you in the process.  Maybe it was something about the economy this year. It just seems extravagance is out.  

If you know me, you know I always have white lights and an ornately decorated tree. But not this year. This year, my tree was free. I was feeling thrifty, and recycle-y. I know, I know, recycle-y is not a word, but that is how I was feeling. This tree came into my life, and I am not one to look a Christmas gift horse in the mouth. I was driving down the road sometime this summer on a 100 degree day wishing it was cooler, and I happened upon a pile of Christmas trees, three of them, placed outside for trash day. I thought, "Really, really?" It was like Christmas just fell from the sky into my lap. I whipped over and loaded up the car. I had no idea the shape, but they looked pretty good, and I was sure I could at least use them outdoors.

The lights didn't work. No problem. I stripped off the old lights and put new ones on the tree. It is here that my tree takes a wild turn. I decided to go with colored lights. Yes, I know, not white. Scandalous! Three trips to the big Wally World and many strands of lights later, I had a cheery, colorfully lit tree. It makes me smile.

So, there it is, my tabletop, recycled out of the trash, colored-lights tree. We might be in recession times, but at my house it is merry and bright. Don't judge me! And if you hear someone say, "I hope that isn't your only tree," just know that I don't care! I love it. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Rosemary and Bing!

I saw that areas in Minnesota have gotten 12 inches of snow. I think they are on track for a white Christmas. I love white Christmases, and secretly hope that every year I get to have one. My favorite movie is just that...White Christmas. Remember the scenes below? I think there is nothing more magical than hearing Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby sing. And how can you not love a movie with the woman who had the tiniest waist ever--Vera Ellen?