Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Wishing a wonderful Christmas time to everyone. It has been quiet around here and we like that. I was glad our son made here from Iowa or it would have been just the husband and me to celebrate last night. This is the first time ever that we celebrate Christmas on the 23rd. Our schedule has to coordinate with the husband's schedule thus the reason. We had a nice meal and opened gifts afterwards. I watched "Miracle On 34th Street." We will go to Iowa to celebrate on the 28th of Dec.  My husband's mother usually has a great program for us and she involves many of the younger ones in the program. We have a couple of nieces who are musicians and they provide a small concert for us which is wonderful! Check them out here Chasing Lovely   .  Do you travel to be with family for Christmas? What do you traditionally do as a family?
My prayer at this time is for more love, we need to say "I love them" more often. Jesus said for us to love one another. May you keep cozy and get lots of love from family, friends and adorable pets!
I am going to try making wrist warmers. Link : wrist warmers
 Our star on top of tree isn't lighted so I am looking for something else for next year.
 We have had lots of warm soups for it's the best thing to cozy up to a warm bowl of soup in this weather.  Recipe here White Bean And Ham Soup

This new house looks a bit lonely without trees around it. We see this in our way driving to the gym in another town nearby.
Love the thoughts of Joy!
Got a few wheat grass ornaments from a lady who was making them at a crafts fair. This art seems to be dying. Hope people in the future will take time to learn it.

When we were in Germany for Christmas 1999 we enjoyed spiced wine at a Christmas Market. We asked to buy the mugs we were using to bring home as souvenirs and they sold it to us. It brings back memories when we use our mugs this time of the year.

Mimo is getting old but he is so sweet!
It never fails, everything gets to park on the coffee table. I dislike mint chocolate and husband dislike cherry chocolate combination so I get him the mint/choc. and he gives me cherry/choc. every Christmas.
Sweet potato pie!!! I love it! We had pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving so I made this one instead this time.
Pomegranate for good luck! Hey, we forgot to open it. I imagine it was because we were too full.
Lonely table just for 3 people!

Three Bean casserole, sour cream mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, carrot casserole and cranberry sauce.
I made stuffing on stove top. It takes too long to get the turkey done when the stuffing is inside cavity. I wasn't in the mood for that this year. My son was suggesting this elaborate stuffing with Port Wine, chestnuts, cranberries etc....maybe next year buddy!
Making of sweet potato pie.
Panettone is a must for us at Christmas time.

Sweet Potato Pie with chai tea.

Started to read my Hygge book son gave me for Christmas. Reading newsletters and cards from family and friends.
When we lived in Zimbabwe for 3 years we loved the tradition of placing Christmas Crackers by the side of the plate. I can't get it around here unless I order online so I just placed some other small gifts by the plate.
Time to eat.

The new kitten Lumi is quick to make friends with our older cat Mimo.
We have another church service tonight with a lovely cantata.   Merry Christmas to you and yours! Keep cozy and spread the love!

P.S. Some of you asked for the recipe for the Carrot Casserole.

Cook carrot, mash, yield 3-4 cups (I like to use 4 c.)
4 Tab. butter
1 C. evaporated milk with 3 teaspoons sugar
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup onion cut very fine
salt to taste
Buttered crumbs for top (panko)

Miss all, place on 9x13 pan. Top with buttered crumbs. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

chasing Lovely


  1. It sounds like a lovely Christmas, looks delicious too. Enjoy the time with family. Blessings to you!

  2. Merry Christmas... love the wheat grass ornament..

  3. That looks like a lovely Christmas. And lots of leftovers to enjoy!
    I am so impressed by the gold theme of both your tree and gift wrap. So elegant!
    Nothing is sweeter than kitty sibs who sleep together.

  4. Wonderful!
    Merry Christmas dear Angela! Wishing you all the happiness and prosperity

  5. I loved reading your post! Thank you for visiting my blog and sending me Christmas wishes! Merry Christmas to you and your family too! The food you made looked so yummy! Your cats are adorable and your tree looked lovely. My family and I enjoy the tradition of Christmas crackers on Christmas Eve and have fun reading the trivia or jokes out to each other.

    1. Also thank you for the carrot casserole recipe! I'll have to give it a try :)

  6. Being from English heritage we have crackers on the table too, but we also have table gifts, usually fun ones. We also like to read the jokes and riddles from them 😀it is part of the Christmas tradition!

  7. I like every yummy dish you have pictured, especially the green bean casserole. Thank you for the carrot casserole recipe, I will make this.
    I got a souvenir cup from Germany when I visited my daughter and her family when John was stationed there. I love that Gluwein and it tasted so good walking the cold rainy evening back from the castle to shop. What great book gift idea. The outdoor snow picture is so pretty. Cuddly cats hugging, so sweet. Happy Christmas Season to you, Betsy

  8. Everything looks delicious and cozy. The cold outside and the warm cuddly kittens inside.

  9. Merry Christmas Angela! Glad you were able to celebrate with your son. Enjoy your second Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  10. That pie looks scrumptious, Angela. Your cat all snuggled up together makes me want to take a nap. They look soooo comfy. It was nice that your son came home. I'm thinking as I'm writing this you may be in Iowa. I hope your trip was uneventful and that your return home will be the same. Happy New Year! Hugs, Nancy

  11. A lovely Christmas post, Angela - so cozy and sweet! Three at the table is just right and so happy your son was able to spend the time with you. I love the idea of putting little gifts at each place setting. I hope that you are enjoying your extended holiday with safe travels and loving moments with family. I've so enjoyed visiting you this year, my new blog friend, and am looking forward to many more visits in the new year. Wishing you and your family peace and love in 2018! Hugs xo Karen

  12. Lindos os enfeites natalĂ­cios. Feliz Ano Novo.

  13. Thank you ladies for your visit and comments! Waiting for the new year to start soon and wishing for a wonderful year for us all!

  14. Your Christmas looks wonderful with lots of fantastic food. Those wheat grass ornaments are lovely, I do hope that the tradition doesn't disappear. What were you doing in Osnabruck, I used to live near there many years ago? Wishing you and your family a very Happy new Year. Sarah x

  15. Your tree looks very beautiful. It is nice that your son made it home to be with you. It looks like a very peaceful, and lovely Christmas. Thank you for your visits - I always enjoy them. Happy New Year! Ronda

  16. What a beautiful Christmas tree!!!!!!
    I wish you a happy new year, for you and yours♥♥

  17. how sweet of you and your mother in law to celebrate christmas together dear Angla!

    your tree is GORGEOUS!!!

    yummy inviting food and adorable pets
    loved the glittering fairy most

  18. I loved everything about this post. :) That new kitty is so sweet. :)

  19. I enjoy reading your posts Angela, it is like sitting down and drinking a bit of coffee with you and sharing life and its events. So thankful your son was able to come and spend such a sweet time at Christmas with you! The sweet potato pie looks delicious! And I do so love a good cup of chai tea :) Your Christmas table was decorated so prettily, and I do think it does make the food taste better! Hard to believe 2017 is over and done with! Blessings to you dear friend :)