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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Baking and Preparing for the Holidays

We just now started getting some cold, snowy weather.  But up until about a week ago, 
we had gorgeous weather, and I was still walking our little dog!
One evening I looked out our kitchen window and saw this sunset.

I don't see sunsets often because of all of the trees in the way.  I'm not complaining though!

I love trees!

My Shug took advantage of the warm weather and hung our outdoor decorations.
 (I, on the other hand, was busy inside and did not get pictures while the weather was nice, so these are from last year, but they basically look the same!)

I also enjoy baking this time of year. 
Has anyone ever had any experience with this detailed type of  Nordic Ware Bundt pan?

Because it didn't work out so well for me!
I greased and floured just like it said.
I even googled how to get it out of the pan, with no luck.
It tasted good though!

I was having some ladies over on Friday, December 1, so I had to get decorating and food fixing!
I also did a couple of Advent bags for some friends that needed wrapped by December 1.
For those who don't remember, my cousin did this for me a few years ago, and we've both continued doing it.
It's best you start out a year in advance because you gather 24 small gifts, and the person you give this to gets to open a gift a day for the month of December until Christmas.  
Both of my friends are enjoying it.  From now on I'll probably only do one a year!  It was a pain wrapping all of these gifts before December 1st, AND I ran out of tape!  So I stapled lunch bags closed!!!  HAHA
I decided this year I was going to take my glass decanters and put them down the center of my island with greenery. And I had two people buy me this beautiful candy!  I love the old fashioned look of it and have been buying it for years, although I never eat it!  Maybe if it were covered in chocolate!!!
Thank you Vickie and Teresa B!

So here was my kitchen island the evening I had the ladies over.

Later in the week I decided to try another bundt pan!

It wasn't as detailed
and came out perfectly!

I'll show more decorating tomorrow.



  1. How pretty your table looks! I never haver luck with Bundt pans, they always stick. I love the ribbon candy, but I'm like you, unless something is coated in chocolate I just give it a miss.

  2. Cindy, When things do not work as they should it is aggravating. I hope you just plopped some frosting in those spots. LOL. You have a beautiful home. Love the big entertaining room. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  3. You look thinner, it becomes you. Keep it that way!

    Your house is beautiful, and the decorations inside and outside add to its beauty.

    The sunset pictures are dramatic! I would even say that the sky seems to be on fire.


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