Wednesday, December 29, 2010


The past week or so has all been a blur but here is a brief recap of the events.

I received this beautiful giveaway prize in the mail that I won from Marie's Maison.

It is a ceramic cupcake that holds a pot scrubber!  Adorable!  Love it!  Thanks Marie.

My colleagues decided to hold our office Christmas Party in-house this year as opposed to going to a restaurant.

My good blogging buddy, Lisa, from Serendipity Chic Decor lost her blog, somehow, in Cyberspace.  She was distraught, as you can well imagine, after all the hard work she put into her blog.  I'm certain a lot of you already know of Lisa, she made my beautiful Winter sign. 

Within a week she had a new blog up and running so please go take a look at her new blog.  Lisa is a makeover guru and design diva whose blog is always a delight to visit.  You can find Lisa and all her great makeovers and projects HERE at her new blog, Serendipity Chic Design!


Although we didn't host Christmas dinner at our house this year, I still baked up a storm.  I always take the desserts to whichever family member is hosting Christmas.  I made shortbread cookies, peppermint meltaways, carrot cake, maple syrup tarts, two different flavours of fudge, peanut butter cookies, molasses cookies, 7-layer bars and raspberry squares.

My Dad was released from the hospital on the 23rd of December.  The hospital sent as many patients as possible home for the holidays.  With assistance, he was able to attend Christmas dinner.

Food, fun & family was plentiful!

Boxing Day was when our guests arrived.  Hubs has four adult children who came to spend a few days with us.  We visited Hub's Mother's house in the morning for brunch and then back to our place for dinner & gifts.  We also spent an afternoon at the movies and held our first ever bowling tournament.

Up for grabs .... my vintage wooden bowling pin!

And no, it didn't come home with us!  Darn it ... maybe next time!

So, in summary, the past week or so has been spent cooking, cleaning, eating, baking, driving, laughing, dog walking, bowling, smiling, doing TONS of laundry, visiting and all related activities associated with the holidays! 

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas 2010!

Cheers - Lisa


  1. Lisa ~ great pictures!
    First of all I am glad
    that your dad was there
    with you for your holiday.
    WOW you are a baking guru.
    So many things, so much could have
    opened a bakery this week!
    We also had our office
    covered dish luncheon and
    I think you have so much
    more variety of food and more
    time to socialize than going
    to a restaurant. Hubs & I both work
    in education so we're lucky
    to have the same stretch of
    vacation days. We don't go
    back to work until Jan. 3rd
    so we're having wonderful lazy
    naps...and did I mention naps?
    HUGS my friend

  2. What an awesome Christmas you had! We've had our office party in-house the past two Christmases also. The lawyers cook for US... it's been great! We had a nice Christmas in our family... on to the New Year. Hope 2011 is a wonderful year for you and yours!! -Tammy

  3. Hello sweet friend! Wow! You have been a busy girl! All of your baking sounds fabulous! Your family looks darling and so much fun! Isn't it a joy to have your dad home for Christmas! Huge blessing! Oh, I will stop by and say hi to your friend who lost her blog that would make me crazy!
    Happy New Year!

  4. Lisa, I'm so glad to hear that your Dad is doing better and was able to be home for Christmas with all of you. Looks like everyone had a great time, and that you were very busy!

  5. Looks like you had a wonderful time. It's so great to be able to reunite with family over the holidays. Blessings for a wonderful New Year!

  6. Hi Lisa,
    Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! So glad your dad is doing better! Hugs, Courtney

  7. Trying to hop on over to Lisa's new blog- but the link isn't working for me... can you possibly email or post the address? I tried to go over through my blogger follow list too- since I follow Serendipity Chic- but it isn't going either! Poor Lisa! Where did her blog go?!

  8. So glad your Dad was home for Christmas, It looks like you had a house full. Wishing you the happiest of New Years ahead. take care.

  9. Hi Lisa, so glad you stopped by to say hi! I tried to get into Lisa's blog, it takes me to a microsoft sign in or some such thing, will try to google it.
    Oh what goodies and it loks like you had a great christmas...and boxing day:)


  10. Lisa, what a great gift to have your Dad home for the Holidays, sounds like you just kept going and going... us too it is so nice to slow down a bit and enjoy the peace and quiet. Happy New Year!

  11. Sounds like you had quite the wonderful time! I am sure the best gift was to have your father home. I tried the link to your friend's new blog but was unable to get through!
    Hope you have a very Happy New Year!

  12. Wow! It sounds like you were very, very busy and had a wonderful time. I love the bowling tournament idea, how fun!

    So glad to hear your Dad was released from the hospital before Christmas. I know how stressful that can be. Both of my grandparents have been in and out of the hospital several times this month and my grandmother was in over Christmas. We had no family get together this year as my poor mom and aunt are very stressed and overwhelmed taking care of my grandparents.

  13. Aww! You are to kind to me! What a sweet surprise.

    I loved looking at those pics of your family having a great time...The spread of food is making me really hungry despite the fact that it is almost 1 AM.

    I am so glad your dad is home and know he will make a speedy recovery. How can he not with you as a daughter!

    Take care,

  14. Happy New Year, Lisa! Your Christmas sounds wonderful! Can I come to your home for dessert?!!! What a fun holiday with your family!
    ~ Julie

  15. So glad your Dad got to come home from the hospital in time for Christmas! Looks like you had a housefull! All of the fun activities that lead up to Christmas makes for lots of memories. Hope the New Year holds much health and happiness for your whole family!

  16. Dear Lisa,
    I was so thrilled to read that your Dad was able to be home for Christmas!! What great news!
    I want to thank you for all of your visits and wish you and yours a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!
    I do have a question if you could be so kind to answer. What exactly is Boxing Day and how did this tradition start? We do not have it here in the US and there was some debate between my hubby and son so I am curious.


  17. Wow Lisa... you were BUSY for the holidays! All that baking alone would have done me in!

    It must have been wonderful to have so many family members at Christmas and of course, especially your father.

    The after Christmas bowling looks like it was a lot of fun. Will it become an annual event so that you can try to win back the pin?

    Happy New Year Lisa!


  18. Happy New Year Dear girlfriend~ Cheers to a Very Happy 2011 Hugs, Diane

  19. Looks like you have had yourself some great family fun. I love the bowling pin "trophy"! Thanks for the sweet comments -- I've enjoyed you're blog as well! Happy New Year!

  20. Lisa, I just got your message. (I need your email address!)

    This is so shocking and very difficult to comprehend. She lived just four properties down the road from us. We're really hoping this is solved soon.


  21. Hello Lisa,
    Thank you for popping over and wishing me a Happy New Year.
    I hope yours is wonderful and what great news your father was there to celebrate the Holidays!
    Happy New Year Lisa!!!


  22. What a wonderful Christmas you and your family had! I love the idea of the family bowling tournament. Looks like everyone had so much fun just being together! That's what it's all about! Hope you have a wonderful and blessed New Year!

  23. Hi Lisa - looks like you had a wonderful Christmas season. Glad to hear that your dad is much better too! And happy to hear you liked my present to you.

    Wishing you the best in 2011!

  24. Lisa looks like you had a great Christmas. Hope u have a great New Year too. Thanks for all your nice comments. Glad your dad got to make it out of the hospital. Judy

  25. Thanks for sharing your Christmas joy with all the wonderful stories and photos! Feel like I've been there in person!
    Happy New Year!

  26. Oh Lisa Sweetie...
    What a wonderful time you all had. I love the tables and your home was so festive. Looks like you did some major cooking for this crew. I hope you got a little assistance in cooking it all, not just them eating it all. Ha! Ha!

    A bowling family tournament. Now that would be a great idea for all the kids to do. I love the tip, thanks for that one. Looks like you all folks of all ages too.

    Oh and sweetie I was so tickled to hear that your Daddy was able to be there as well. How wonderful to be released in time to be with family.

    Many hugs to you sweet one. I can't wait to see what 2011 brings us. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  27. Hi Lisa,
    Happy New Year! I am so glad that your Dad was able to be there for the Christmas celebrations. I am sure it would have lifted his spirits tremendously. Good times with family is always the best medicine! You certainly baked up a storm! The bowling tournament was a great idea and looks like it was a blast.
    Taking photos of your garden sounds like fun. We will have to talk in spring. Jennifer

  28. Happy New Year, Lisa! You have been busy! I'm glad your Dad was able to be home for Christmas. We had my Dad at all our Christmas/New Year's family stuff (his first without Mom) and we now realize not to take it for granted. I still don't know why your comments come up anonymous all the time. Blogger baffles me sometimes.

    We love going bowling when we visit my bil and sil in the Owen Sound area. Lots of laughs. Wishing you a great, if a bit snowy, week.


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