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Friday, December 19, 2008

OH, CHRISTMAS TREE, OH, CHRISTMAS TREE.....

I MADE some more of these last night...
semi sweet chocolate chips..
butterscotch chips...
spanish peanuts...
WHO posted this recipe? I can not remember, for the life of me...
but, it is SO SO SO good. I've made them about three times now.....
THANK YOU, WHOEVER YOU ARE !!!!
ALTHO I wish this said MERRY CHRISTMAS instead of HAPPY HOLIDAYS, I couldn't resist SANTA hanging with a CHRISTMAS MOOSE and a SNOWMAN when I found them at
a thrift store last year....

I am SUCH a copy cat...I found this picture of the tiny tree on the LEFT in a magazine a few years back and just fell in love...
The one on the RIGHT is at home in our SWEET NOTHINGS cottage...it sits in it's
very own CHRISTMAS RED WOVEN BASKET, just like the orginial....we had the
white paper stars at one time, but over time, they got all crumpled up..I just added more
SANTAS to ours....
We have to store our tree up in the attic and this precious little 4 ft. one is so much easier for us to transport than the 7 foot one we always had before.... it is a pre-lite one but.....
there's those glass cookie jars with their very own cookie mix....



A photo of a tree NEVER, EVER looks as good as it is supposed to..

this little Santa stands guarding all the stockings....:O)
I bought him when our first grandson was about a year old...he is now 18....boo hooo

these are a few of my ornaments...
Most are older ones....some we had hanging on our tree when our kids were little....


nearly all Santa and nearly all red and white....



whoa....
this one is a tad bit out of focus...
i hesitate to even mention that, along with computer problems, my camera
is acting like it's from another planet...
then, Mr. Sweet Nothings was gone for a week and as soon as he left, by the time he hit the
city limits, both my commodes stopped up...
2 strands of my Christmas tree lights went out,
couldn't wash clothes nor dishes all week because i was afraid water would overflow out of the machines,too....(i did hand wash the dishes but...the clothes had to wait 'til things were flowing smoothly again)

needless to say, I now have a HUGH fever blister on my bottom lip !!
pretty sure it is STRESS related...
all is well now,tho....
OHHHH....
I was showing you my CHRISTMAS TREE....

cute little clown belonged to my mom and was on her tree forever...
i just love him.
and i just love YA'LL for looking at all this with me.....thanks, girls!!
a tiny, pink Christmas stocking from my daughter's days in grade school....
awwww .... don't we all just LOVE CHRISTMAS memories....




a cute little stocking of my son's that's been on our tree since
he was in grade school...he's 43 now....boo hoo....


this is a little tiny picture of my mom...she's been on our tree since before she
passed away 20 years ago...
i know it sounds silly for someone MY age to feel better, just having her picture on my tree...somehow, it just makes it seem she is here with us....
and, good grief...just looking at the photo now...i am the same age as she was then.......now, THAT makes me feel FUNNY ! ;>)
thanks again, ladies...now, show some more of YOUR Christmas cottage!!!...
please!
*
Have a HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS....
love, bj

36 comments:

Eileen said...

Love your Christmas ornaments…. you have decorated your tree so beautifully.

Chris said...

Just beautiful, BJ. Yes, I also love the memories when putting up our main tree. I think I'm going to get a frame to put my Mom's photo in too, I love that idea.When I gave a party for my Mom and Dad's 50th anniversary someone gave them a beautiful oranament that was like a wedding cake topper. I ended up with that and it's on my tree also.

Love Ya,
Chris

Mary said...

Hi BJ,
Your Christmas tree is so beautiful, and such a sweet reminder of your beautiful family. Christmas blessings to you, my dear. :)
xoxo,
Mary

Bo said...

Bless your heart BJ...If it's true bad things happen in threes...then you should be in the clear now... I could look at your sweet cottage full of loving memories forever.
Yum, I want a bite of that candy... is that the recipe Sher of Sher's Creative Expressions gave us the other day? ♥ Bo

Miss Janice said...

Love your Christmas tree! Your week sounds like mine! Enjoy the holidays:-)

Amelia said...

Enjoyed the tour of your Christmas pretties.

Hope things are back to normal now...with water going down - not up.

Merry Christmas

Kathleen Grace said...

You poor dear! Clearly Mr. Sweet Nothings should not be leaving the house without hiring a plumber and handyman to take care of you, lol. I always say I guess I would rather have things like that happen all at once and be done with, than have my whole life be one long string of things going wrong one at a time. Your decorations are beautiful, I want to look for a little tree at the clearance sales for next year. It won't replace the big one but I have some other rooms I could use one in. Your home is always beautiful no matter what the season:>)

Beverly said...

BJ, I think your tree is just perfect, and I love that your mother is there smiling at all of you. We all love our mothers - no matter our age.

Thank you for sharing your sweet Christmas treasures.

bj said...

EILEEN....hope you come back to read this...when I click on your name, it goes to a coupon page!???
MERRY CHRISTMAS..

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Just lovely ..... I love all you sweet memories on your tree..... my goodness.... sounds like hubby needs to stay home.... too much goes wrong when he is gone...
HUgs
Linda

Marcela said...

Hi dear Bj
OH I love your christmas tree!!!
Beautiful ornaments!!!
You did a great job decorating your home!
Blessings
Marcela

Twice as Nice said...

Hope you got your plumbing problem taken care of. It seems like it can never be just one thing but multiples!!

Looks like you're already for Christmas. I have yet to even wrap one present...I'll get to it this weekend as the weather is awful and I'll be staying put. No school for the kids today. We got less snow than predicted but it's icy.

Have a happy weekend.

Smilingsal said...

I really like the idea of a big red basket and a smaller tree with precious memory ornaments hanging. The pictures are beautiful. What a sight it must be in person.

I'm glad that your husband is home and all is well--or almost well.

brettinsky said...

Everything is so festive! And doesnt it always happen right when they go out of town? I just hate that!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Morning BJ,

I absolutely love that red bucket you have your tree in! I'm thinking that I may have to steal that idea for next year ;0)

Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday.

Hugs,
Dena

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

BJ, I love your Christmas tree. It is very.. hard to get a good picture of a Christmas tree. I love all of your ornaments. Your home is so cozy and warm.
God Bless! Terrie

Sue said...

BJ your tree is so pretty, so sweet with all your memorable ornaments! Yes I completely understand about lugging a big tree, I wish I could just leave mine standing where it is all year! Why is it when the men are away we have water problems? Once when I was by myself we got about 3 inches of water in the basement, thank God for son and his working at an industrial pump company! Hope you are running smoothly now! xoxo

Helen said...

Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us ... home looks like it's all ready for next week. I especially love the way your photos are framed with the red and white ... very festive.

Happy To Be said...

BJ its just beautiful girl !!! I love all the old memories you have with this tree..I wanted so much to do a memory tree this year..I started scanning old photos of family that has been on and got these little frames from Dollar tree and was going to put them all on a rememberance tree and my new scanner when out...the mointor on my putor died last week also..HP just send me my new replacement scanner late yesterday so spend the evening setting it all up..order new monitor last friday to be shipped over night...and UPS has losted it..so I had to get my old monitor out of barn and hook it up to putor..Now I still need to find me a new monitor again...and this Sunday is my family Christmas dinner here..so needless to say I have been like a one arm paper hanger trying to get things done here...and then it snowed and could't get out of my driveway..ain't life grand?? hope you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gloria

Suzy said...

Lovely BJ,
and I don't think it is silly to have your mom's photo on the tree, it is so sweet.

Enjoy the holiday. Love, Suzy

Daisy Cottage said...

Merry Christmas BJ!
I love your tree and all that you have shared with us... so fun to take a break to visit you!!
Much love,
Kim

JyLnC said...

I'm sorry about your stressful week but your tree looks really pretty. I love the red basket!

jeanne said...

Hello BJ, I have missed you girl. Come over, we made Christmas cookies too. I think you might get a chuckle or two. I do love all of your Christmas memories and photos. Especially your mom on the tree. I understand why it is important to you so well. You copycat tree is cuter than the original. Your Santas are so cute as well. Good job.

Ho Ho Ho...Love, Jeanne

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I have really enjoyed seeing all of your Christmas lovelies! The ones that really get to me are all the homemade and sentimental things!

Sorry I haven't been around to visit lately. I've been down with illness and surgery, but am on my way to recovery!

Kady

Debbie from NJ said...

Oh Mary,

Sorry to hear about your stressful week with Mr. Sweet Nothings not there. :( My mom used to get those fever sores all under her nose too. Now my poor daughter gets them everytime she is stressed too.
Your little tree looks adorable. I love that little basket idea. Loved seeing all of your christmas decorations. Have a blessed Christmas!

Debbie from NJ said...

Oh BJ, I am so sorry, I typed your name as Mary by mistake. lol. I was just over at The Little Red House, and left Mary a comment over there.

Adrienne said...

Hi BJ -
Cute tree filled with such special memories.
~Adrienne~

beddow said...

I just love seeing your decorative touches and no I don't think it is silly at all about including your Mom's picture.

Betty

Remember that when people tell you "Happy holidays" to ask them if they know the origin of the
word " Holiday "? The answer is that it comes from the phrase "Holy Day".

salmagundi said...

I read somewhere that everyone should have a picture of their mother displayed somewhere special in their home. It just makes you feel good. I agree - I have a picture of my mother & I when I was two that I see everyday. Have a great day. Sally

Alice said...

your little tree is so pretty. i also have a small one this year and just love it. my living room is so small that a large one takes up too much space (plus putting on the lights is a real bummer for me.)
have a great day, love u, al

nikkicrumpet said...

Well not that it's a surprise...but your tree looks lovely! I love all the memories that go along with the ornaments. I especially love that you have your mom on the tree. I hope that blister goes away...the plumbing flows (the house not yours...ok yours too) and that things smooth out so you can have a wonderful Christmas week! Love ya!

squawmama said...

Hey BJ... OHHHH I love your little tree and how cute is it in the little red basket... Love that idea... Although most of them are in storage we also have pictures of family members that were on our tree... We made them years ago ... when the kids were small... we also did balls in glitter with all of our names... I have the ones my mom & dad made... Always a nice memory when decorating the tree... I loved all your decorations... Have a happy evening

Love ya
(((HUGS)))
Donna

Darlene said...

I have been browsing through your blog looking at all your Christmas decorations and they are all just so BEAUTIFUL! You are decorated so lovely for Christmas! Hope you have a great weekend!

Meggie said...

LOVE Santa and the Christmas Moose. So cute! Sorry to hear about all your cottage problems when Mr. Sweet Nothings went away. I hope all is well once more.

laurie said...

Love the Christmas tree in the red basket. What a great idea! Everything looks so pretty. laurie

CC said...

Hi there..was visiting your blog and saw my favorite candies you had made. Twas me, CC..that posted the recipe..or rather a recipe for these candies. I love them..they're my very favorites and they're also wonderful made with pecans. I'm so happy you like them too. Have a lovely and blessed Christmas..