Monthly Archives: November 2016

Getting in the Holiday Spirit

I love to cook, but don’t do it much anymore with just the two of us here.  Scott is not an adventurous eater, so my meals tend to be constant repeats from the week before.

When I get in a cooking mood, somebody’s got to come and eat.  Today, my Sunday school friends came over for a soup and dessert lunch.  I spent the last two days dicing, slicing, and baking.

On the menu-clam chowder with crumbled bacon and oyster crackers, broccoli cheese soup with crusty French bread, and tomato vegetable soup, made with tomatoes and potatoes from my garden.  Of course, veggie soup calls for piping hot cornbread.  I wanted to keep with the theme of Fall, so for dessert I had apple dumplings, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and caramel pecan cheesecake.

I finally got the urge to do a little fall decorating, so the mantle, front porch and table all have taken on a festive air.  I’m not much into the frou frou stuff, but I do enjoy holiday decorating.

I found these pretty wheat candlesticks after Thanksgiving last year and just love them.  The Pilgrims came from Tuesday Morning, also an after holiday sale.  I always stitch out any design I am going to put on napkins or other items on a piece of plain fabric, so as to not make a mess on my finished piece.  It helps to see if I like the colors that I chose, but that left me with dozens of what I call ‘stitchouts’.  I decided not to waste them, so used a decorative stitch to attach them to a table runner.  I think I have enough stitchouts to make a dozen runners!   The front porch arrangement is in an old glass jar I used years ago at Christmas, put found a new use for it this year.  Just goes to show you should never throw anything away.








I got new dishes and put them to use today.  I think the table turned out very pretty.  With the placemats and napkins I stitched up, the new bowls really accented the colors I chose for the fall table.


I always have such a great time with my Sunday School buddies, and miss those who weren’t able to come.  So now I am plying the internet for Christmas ideas.  I just love the holidays.