Hope y'all had a blessed Christmas with family and friends. We had a very quiet Christmas. It was a little lonely for us since we don't have family around us. But we made the best of our day and kept to our traditions. Freckles woke us up early to open gifts...
Her main gift this year was her very first guitar along with some handmade things I made for her. One favorite was the stuffed guitar pillow for her bedroom. I love how it turned out!
We made a lovely Christmas brunch...Homemade Italian Breakfast Toast with eggs and garden tomato sausage. Later in the afternoon we enjoyed a cup of homemade cocoa:
( Salted Caramel Cocoa) It was the bomb!!! So yummy!
I also made homemade white chocolate spearmint candy fudge.
Then I made our traditional Christmas dinner: Potato pancakes with honey glazed ham, and homemade applesauce...A favorite family tradition we started over 20 years ago! We very much missed our son and his girlfriend...This is our third Christmas apart from our son. Unfortunately he had to work Christmas Eve and couldn't make it down this year. Prayerfully they will come home for Christmas next year! Christmas is so different without him home.....This has been a very hard and very sad year for us...Having him away made it worse.
But we got through it and thankful we are all in good health!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!
I spy with my little eye, a little Elf waving goodbye! The presents were wrapped and put under the tree by our little Elf. He made a mess of things this last week and was quite naughty...But he ended up redeeming himself. This is our last evening we will see Elwyn the Elf until next Christmas. Goodbye our little mischievous elf...Until then!
My girl and I did some Christmas baking together. A tradition I hold dear to my heart will forever be baking Christmas cookies with my kids every year. This year we bought a few new cookie cutters from Target. I love love love the sweater cutter and the lil Gingerbread man cutter. I must confess the sweaters were my favorite to decorate of all time! My piping skills, eh...Not so good. But it was fun to design them. I also love how the cookies have sort of a vintage look to them!
We had so much fun decorating them together...
My daughters came out adorable too!
It brought back some wonderful memories of my kids as littles.
Oh how I miss those days, but ever so blessed to see them
still enjoying the traditions we have instilled into their hearts.
Well Elwyn Elf was at it again...What a naughty Elf he is this year!!! Ole' St. Nick was just about to deliver coal to this naughty lil elf and our elf turned the tables on Santa! He trapped in and taped his mouth, then place the coal on top of the lid so Santa couldn't get out! I don't think Elwyn will be on Santa's good list for quite some time!
This morning we caught Elwyn taking selfies of himself.
Just a few more days of this behavior is all I can handle...
I was reminiscing some of the memories I hold in my heart when I was a little girl. There are a handful of Christmas seasons I remember and will hold dear. It is unfortunate there are any lost memories of my childhood due to the moving around we did, I just can't place some of the memories with time or place. But Christmas was certainly a special time for me. Tell me your special Christmas memory, I'd love to hear!
Just a few days till Christmas I thought I'd put together a few last minute gift ideas for a farmgirl. These gifts are perfect for other occasions too! So keep these in mind for future reference. The first gift idea I put together I am calling:
~The Farmers Wife Gift~
I started with a vintage Pyrex bowl called Butterprint. It is one of my favorite prints adorned with a Farmer and his wife. The colors are pretty too. So I decided to pull together a gift that went with the color of the bowl. I bought this sweet Butterprint dish towel from a gal on Instagram but found another shop on Etsy called Fresh Pastry Standwhere you can get one yourself. Just click link. I placed the towel in first then filled the bowel with the other goodies. I picked up a bottle of my favorite kitchen spray: Mrs. Meyer's Basil Scent. You can find them in Target or online through ePantry. I also added The Farmers Wife handmade Lavender Citrus body butter and soap. I found mine at Nob Hill Market/Riley's...But you can order here The Farmers Wife. Lastly I added a handmade crocheted hot pad and a fun little wooden sign.
What Farm Girl wouldn't love this special gift!!!??
Next up a fun little gift!!!
~The Barn Silo~
If you know me, I like gifts that have a theme... I had this Fisher Price Barn Silo on hand and thought...How cute would that be to fill it up with treats! The perfect gift for a Farmgirl who some Farmkids at heart. Go to Etsy.com and search Fisherprice Barn Silo. I filled it with sweet treats, wrapped bakers twine around it with a little plastic cow and a vintage milk top. I found the Cow Tales at the Dollar Tree...You can also find them online through
Amazon or the company that makes them at Goetze's.
The last gift idea for that special farmgirl will be sure to put a smile on her face!
I used a large old berry basket for the container and filled it with Mrs. Meyer's Radish surface spray, Burt's Bees Besswax Lip Balm, a little wind up cow toy, a gingham coin pouch, Utterly Smooth hand cream, homemade Apple Pie sugar scrub, a vintage tea towel and hot pad,
and a jar for drinks filled with Cow Tales.
I found the candy, Utterly Smooth hand lotion & the little cow toy were from The Dollar Tree, The Mrs. Meyer's spray & Burt's Bees Lip Balm and gingham coin pouch from Target, the vintage hot pad & tea towel were thrifted and the "Oh Kale Yeah" drinking jar was found at Nob Hill Market/Riley's but you can use a regular ball jar to fill candy in. I also added my homemade Apple Pie Sugar Scrub made in my kitchen and packed it into a jam jar. There are many fun recipes you can find yourself online or through Pinterest.
The last gift idea is just as sweet.
~Vintage Kitchen Linens~
I have collected many vintage kitchen linens. What Farmgirl wouldn't love to have a stack of beautiful lines for her kitchen? Collect a lovely stack of linens found in thrift shops, antique shops, or online through Etsy. The best part of this gift is that it's wrapped in a very old flour paper sack. You can find these similar online. Even old linen flour, sugar or rice bags would be great for wrapping gifts such as this. Be creative! I simply filled the old flour sack with the linens and wrapped twine around it. Add a tag and a paper doily...Voila! A beautiful yet thoughtful gift.