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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Eve at our house

I'm a little behind in posting, but oh well, I'll get caught up, eventually.
Christmas Eve at our house...Align Center
There was a time in our lives when my brother, my sister, and I were all single, and living on our own. My Mom and Dad would have us over on Christmas eve for pizza and games. I have kept up the tradition only my brother lives too far away to come over Christmas eve and the next day, so his family gets together with us all on Christmas Day. I invite family and friends --- basically whoever wants to come over. We bring snacks and play games.You got your winners....

and losers.

(we played this game called Left, Right, Center which is a lot of fun)
I have wrapped 'gifts' for prizes. The 'gifts' are mostly stuff I was either going to put in a garage sale or I got in a box at an auction, but every now and then, one of those goofy gifts might have a scratch off lottery ticket in it! And then again, it might not.

hmmm, they might be losing.
The kids had fun playing games and watching a 3-D movie

Don't know why my camera turned blue all of a sudden.
Luckily, Anh (the boys Mom) fixed it for me!

It was Taylor's birthday and we had a big cookie to celebrate her special day.

I thought I'd show you this picture because it's a great way to cover a dirty stove top. Put a Christmas dish towel on it and use it for counter top space!

I also wanted to state that I did make some decent cookies after all....
No bakes - my babysitter used to make these for us when we were kids. It's her recipe.
Oatmeal scotchies - my Shugs favorite. We also had coconut macaroons and white chocolate covered pretzels. Only the red was more of a pink color and my cousin and sister pointed out that the pink color was more of a "raw meat" color. Nice of them.

I even made the dogs some biscuits.
Dixie is a very slow eater.
Vinh and I froze cranberries in ice cubes for this punch recipe which turned out very yummy. (Martha Stewart Christmas punch) We all drank it. I used the gingerbread ice cubes for the kids drinks and there was still some gingerbread left in the pan, unknowingly, and it came out on the ice cubes. My niece pointed out that my ice cubes were "dirty". Nice of her.

When my Dad had knee surgery I took a pic of Mom through the waiting room window.
I think she was making embroidered pillowcases.
Even the dogs got extra attention on Christmas eve.
This dog loves kids....

And this dog loves Cousin Vickie!


  1. Just think how exciiting it will be next year in your new home. It looks like the Dog is still at your house...What did you name him???

  2. Oh Cindy what a great Christmas. I had no doubt you could make great cookies. I LOVE no bakes like you have above--would love the recipe. Cracks me up about the gingerbread ice cubes. Your niece sounds a lot like me when I was little. I was good for stuff like that :) Happy New Year Friend

  3. What a wonderful Christmas you had! It looks like everyone is so happy and having a great time (well with the exception of the losing couple) :)
    Wishing you many blessings in the New Year

  4. Sounds like you had a great Christmas! Those cookies look great ... and the dog biscuits too!!

    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog.

  5. Looks like you were all having a great time, even the losers! Just made birthday cake for my best friend of 30 years, getting together with her and the other crafty friends tomorrow evening. Next day meeting another long time friend for coffee after work and then picking up my grand daughters for a couple nights at our house. I should have something to blog about soon. Having a brain fart. Anything else I want to share I have to wait for a couple of days so as not to give away some gifts I made.

  6. Dog buscuits AND cookies. We'll be right over!

  7. I think you had a great Christmas! Everyone seems to be having so much fun! YOu always hear about those awful family get togethers but you don't hear about the good yours! I will get that sugar cookie recipe to you, those cookies are still soft after 4 days! Have a great rest of the week!

  8. Hi Queen - It will be exciting in our new home. At the same time, I can't believe it will be our last Christmas in this home. We do love it here. It's going to be a totally different lifestyle out there. I'd love to take you and TH on a tour sometime. I'm so embarrassed to even say this, but we still haven't named our new dog. So embarassing.....but here's the thing. We were going to name him something that he reminded us of...but I do not like pee wee and stinky for names! Vinh calls him Baxter.

    Verde Farm - I will get the no bake cookie recipe to you. If you don't see it in a couple of days, remind me again ok? My niece has been outspoken, especially about dirt, ever since she could talk! She gets that from our Mother. Happy New Year to you too!

    Rebecca - I think we all had a good time on Christmas Eve. Even the losers were still winners because they had to win a game to get the scratch off lottery ticket. Many blessings to you in the coming year as well.

    Fiona - Can't wait to sit down and check out more of your crafty blog. I woke up thinking about those man scarves and how I wonder if I could make some of those for next year. Lord knows I have a stock pile of yarn.

    Brenda - We all get "brain farts!" Sounds like you've been busy. We had three birthday's in December and my husband had some family come over for lunch that we have never met before! Very nerve-wracking because when you've never met them, you don't know what they like, what they expect, etc. They came to our house because his Mom is 88 years old. She was one of the birthdays. It's hard on her to have people over. Anyway, looking forward to your posts, and can't wait to see the gifts you made. How did the felt food go over?

    julandmatt - come on over and bring the dogs with you!

    Mrs C - We do have a lot of fun together, but we also have the family 'stuff' that everyone else has. Doesn't every family? Thank you in advance for the recipe. I'm going to stick with tradition next year, and use your recipe instead of Martha's for the sugar cookie!

    Thank you all for visiting me.



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