Bring on December

Are you sick of turkey and pie? We had a really nice Thanksgiving. I hope you did too.
A few weeks ago we took the pie class at my friend Laura's. (she has recipes posted BTW) We used Laura's pie crust recipe and method. It worked perfectly, except that Shelbie ripped open her thumb on the food processor blade. But that aside, the pies were great. I told you I've never made great pie crust. Well I hope that is all in the past. My father-in-law always makes pumpkin pie for us. His is great. But I finally made really good pumpkin pie. I tried a trick I want to pass on. Use your favorite pumpkin pie recipe. Before putting the ingredients together, cook your canned or fresh pumpkin in a sauce pan for 10 minutes. That will make sure your pie sets up in the center with no mushy texture. I still baked the pie for nearly 40 minutes and it turned out wonderfully and cut into a perfect slice.
We got our Christmas decorations up, too. It was really a productive weekend. I love having Christmas in my entry way. Here is (again) my Christmas Cottage exchange block quilt. It is really special to me.
I have my favorite Christmas things set out on the side board. New this year is the gold dear from Barbara's etsy. You can't beat Oodles and Oodles for a great vintage Christmas.
I have my vintage ornaments in a glass bowl under my beehive cake keeper and in a pretty glass jar.I set out things I made and gifts from friends in my favorite holiday collection. I put some foil covered chocolate balls in the beehive pot. Now if I could keep Allison from getting everyone to unwrap a chocolate ball for her!
Of course I hung my kitchy Christmas wreath I made last year. I wish it was twice as big. But it makes me smile every time I see it.
Mason went by himself and picked out the most beautiful (real) tree and got it at a great price. It is about 9' tall and smells fantastic. He always helps me trim the tree. It feels so good to have this all completed before busy December starts.

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~Niki~ said...

Your tree is perfect. Love that wreath. Yes, I'm glad November is almost gone. I am not a big fan of Thxgiv. :)

LuAnn said...

The wreath is great; it brings back a lot of memories. And, I love your Christmas cottage quilt.

Annette said...

Such gorgeous decorations Nanette. I need to get busy on my house.

AnnieO said...

The pie looks yummy! Glad you were successful with hardly any blood, lol! My niece cut open her little finger when a glass she was washing broke--but that didn't happen at my house, thankfully.

Your Christmas entryway is very special--glad you got that set up so you can have happy holiday feelings early in the season.

PamKittyMorning said...

Woo hoo, let the celebrating begin. Not a stitch of Christmas here yet, although last night Frankie wanted to get the tree out. To me its the panic of where to put the stuff we move for the tree!

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Everything looks fabulous, Nanette! You always make things look so happy. I love that. And you!

Liv said...

Love that Christmas Cottages quilt!!!

Lori Holt said...

Yay!...the tree is up and now you can just shop, wrap and bake.
(while singing carols)
Good for you!
totally jealous:)

Thimbleanna said...

Oh My Gosh -- I can't believe it's time already again! Your decor looks beautiful Nanette -- congratulations on getting it all up!

Nedra said...

you look so ready! I can almost smell the pine needles of the fresh tree from here. And congratulations on mastering pies. I bought mine from the Lion House Pantry (does it count if I helped in the baking process?)

Browndirtcottage said...

WOW...what a great tree Mason picked out....I'll pay plain fare if you'll loan him out!!! My Christmas 'stuff' is upstairs in a big ole closet...but, I don't have any youn-uns to help me haul it down anymore!!!

Yes...the ole wonderful 'HOUSE' quilt!! How wonderful to have this hanging as a welcome entry piece!! My blocks are still in a project tub!!!

Well, it looks like the Christmas merriment has begun at your house!!!

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Heather said...

I love that wreath. Think I'm going to have to start looking for fun stuff so I can make one for my son!