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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Clean up time....

Little trees and candles and napkins....

Santas, pillows, wreaths....

My house is already beginning to look BARE...
no pretty wreaths loaded with red...
only the GREEN APPLE one I made. I am keeping it out just awhile longer.

All the Christmas decorations around our homes tend to make our room cozy and comfy and full of warmth.
I have to be careful and remember to add color the form of pretty, warm throws....and pillows.....and maybe a vase of
super market FRESH FLOWERS.   
.....some I leave out all year.

...more dishes....

I am keeping these out to fill with good things to eat at my birthday party. Nuts and dips and creamy things.....ummmmm

 Someone left this amazing CRANBERRY SCONE mix, complete with a pkg of dried Cranberries,  in my stocking...
so, in the middle of CLEAN UP, mid morning,...when we got hungry, I made them.

The mix, thick whipping cream
and a few fresh Cranberries thrown in for good measure

The most amazing part, ya just mix, then pat out a 6" circle on a 
greased piece of foil on a cookie sheet...
Then, cut into 8 wedges....
 Once they cool, you can lift them onto a plate....

To consider something a RECIPE doesn't mean that you can't start with a MIX, add your own things to it.
Why, SANDRA LEE of SEMI HOMEMADE has made a fortune with her special semi homemade recipes.
So, NEVAH feel like you aren't "baking" because you didn't do it from scratch.  Sister friend, some of the best tasting foods I've ever had were SEMI HOMEMADE...and I love it.
                          ♥ ♥ ♥
Now THIS is not a TEA CUP....
No siree, Bob.....
It is a TEA MUG... and I am lovin' it to pieces.
It holds a comforting amount of TEA
or COFFEE, which is what I am having this morning.

OK....I am about to let you in on a little BREAKFAST SECRET....

CHRISTMAS CRANBERRY SCONES go best with a cute cup of

 ...there's not much better way to start your day than adding
a few scoops of COFFEE  ICE CREAM to that plate with the warm scone.
Yes, ma''s a heck of a good way to start ANY day around Sweet Nothings
I hope you have all your Christmas put away for another year and
everything cleaned up and you can enjoy the time between now and 
NEW YEAR'S EVE, so you will be rested up to ......PAR...TAY.
HAHAAAAA...we do have a party but it's a good, laid-back kind of thing.
I'm ready !
LOVE, bj
Joining in with:
my thanks to all the hosts....


♥ Sonny ♥ said...

those look so delicious.
I need a box of that scone mix.

did I ever remember to tell you I baked your biscuit recipe and for the first time ever , they were NOT hockey pucs~! I was tickled pink with them..

Anonymous said...

you really know how to do things up right, yum yum! Have a Happy New Year!!

raggygirlvintage said...

Sure is great to pack up Christmas and start with a clean slate. Love your little diversion there, they look yum!

Kit said...

This was great! I too am busy putting away all my treasures till next year and have also bought a few items at the clearance sales. I am already anticipating seeing them next year. Happy New Year! Kit

Mary said...

Those look yummy! I still have a few days before the annual diet starts. I'm running out to the store to try to make these before the first of the year!

Looking forward to following your blog!

Cheers to 2012!

Mary @

Linda Chapman said...

What a fun post!! Made me hungry for some scones!

Glad you got your clean up done. I am simply too tired to start. Next week I will get with it!!

I am thinking and planning on how I am packing it all away this year. Hopefully it will be easier to UNpack NEXT year!

Happy New Year and an early Happy BIRTHday to you!!

Anonymous said...

Those look absolutely delicious! I don't think I would have been able to wait either.

The Tablescaper said...

Oh my, it's not clean up time yet! There is still time to enjoy the wonderful season of Christmas.

- The Tablescaper

Neabear said...

Scones look delicious. My stuff is still up. I traditionally don't take anything down until after the 12th day of Christmas otherwise known as Epiphany on Jan 6th. In fact most years our church does an Epiphany Pageant now instead of a Christmas Pageant. Great fun!


Kathy said...

Your cleanup sounded so nice with the scones and tea. And I love, love, love your tea mug. So cute. Happy New Year!!

Barbara F. said...

That is my idea of a cleanup, having tea and scones. Wonderful. Happy New Year to you and Mr. Sweet. xo

Julie Harward said...

I have put mine away too, except for the tree, can't let go of that yet! Love what you did with the scones, yum. We got a box of Lion House cranberry muffins, had them tonight with soup, so good! Happy New Year my sweet friend..God less you real good this year! :D

Cathy said...

I just can't put it all away yet, I usually wait till after New Year's Eve. Wish I had a scone for my midnight---oops how about 1:00 snack.
HaPPy nEw YeAr!

Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

mississippi artist said...

You are my kind of gal-ice cream for breakfast-yum! I haven't started putting any decorations away-in fact they may be up at Easter-just can't get motivated!

Theresa said...

Yummy morning to you dear BJ! I am leaving my Christmas up until my weekend guests come and go:) So, it is still Christmas around here! I have some mixes that I will be starting with today and tomorrow, adding nuts etc to make them my own recipe, yums! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Madeline's Album said...

I have all my Christmas put up for another year(all the inside). Still have lights to take down on the outside but I am waiting for my daughter and grandson to help with those. Your scones look so good. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Vee said...

Glad that you turned your chore into a happy thing. Coffee ice cream in the morning? Get out! What a great idea!

Kelly said...

I completely forgot about Sandra Lee! No wonder I like her!! As you know all too well, I am a semi homemade gal myself. Those scones looked yummy! I put away all of my Christams decor inside, but am waiting for the weather to warm up to put away the outside. I can't stand feeling cold!

Bev said...

To me the only thing better than decorating for Christmas is the clean house after undecorating and storing everything away. Nothing motivates me quite like it!

May you and your family be richly blessed in 2012, BJ!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Oh yes!!!!!!!!!!! NEW YEAR'S EVE!!!! And "BJ's" BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!! :-)

I had just remembered that, all by myself. Honest I did!!!!!! :-)

So let me be the FIRST one to Wish You A Happy Birthday Wish! (?Yes, I am so silly.... Wanting to be *First*!) -grin-

"People are so worried about what they eat
between Christmas and the New Year,
but they really should be worried about what they eat
between the New Year and Christmas."

Carol said...

I haven't started packing away Christmas yet, always seems so bare when it's gone. You have inspired me to get started! The scones looks delicious! YUM!

Happy 2012!

Clairejustine said...

Would love you to join us on creative Thursday (which is ing this week to creative mondays ?

Beth said...

BJ, Your scones look fabulous! I must head to Target to pick some up. I haven't put my treasures away yet; we have company coming tomorrow so will keep the house festive and pick up over the weekend. Regarding Christmas cards, I pray over each person as I look through them one last time, then donate them to be used in a program that evaluates eyesight in children - of course, the photos stay!
Happy New Year, my friend!

Phyllis@Around the House said... that looks so great...I have to go bake something now i can almost smell it through the computer...happy New Year my friend...thanks for your blog

Kathleen Grace said...

I can't wait to get over this cold so I can pack things up! I bet the house is looking so fresh:>) Happy New Year dear friend!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Awww! You're already putting all those lovely decorations away, BJ? That's the part of Christmas that makes me a little sad. Everything looks so bare when the decorations are all put away.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week. I love havin' you join us.

I hope you have a blessed New Year, sweet BJ!
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Sweet Tea said...

When I start my diet I'm gonna have to quit visiting here - you make everything look so yummy and I am so weak!!
*kidding of course, I can't stay away!

NanaDiana said...

OHHHH...MYYYYY...That looks good! You are ahead of me. I have to leave things up until after the New Year's Eve sleepover with the littl girls- xo Diana

Sue said...

Hi BJ....just stopping in to wish you a very Happy New Year.....I just noticed the picture on your side bar of your friend and you since 2nd. grade....all I can say is that is awesome.......Hugs, Sue

Pondside said...

Christmas will stay up here until after the Three Kings arrive on Jan 6th - then it will be time for the big clean up!
Those scones look wonderful!
Birthday?.....when please!

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh, my those scones look delicious!!! while you're having a party...I'll be taking down the Christmas decorations for this year! I have ample decor items packed away to put in those vacated places...perhaps if I had one of your scones. . .I'd have the energy to get it done. Ha!
Enjoy your party, dear friend!

Kathleen said...

Oh no! Nothing gets put away till the Epiphany. It would make me sad to put it away so quickly! It must be a southern thing!:).
Here, the lights stay lit and people still celebrate till the New Year. And then, little Christmas when the Kings arrive, we start packing it away.
Your scones look delicious, and ice cream in the morning, you devil you! :)

Katherines Corner said...

Oh my goodness, I'm with you on the clean up!
That looks so delish!
Now where can I get a tea mug? That looks like a must have for my wish list, giggle.
Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop at Katherines corner xo

Micupoftea~ said...

Fun blog, love your TEA mug and attitude, but no ma'am....I do not clean up and put Christmas away until the 12th Day Of Christmas, my BDay, which is January 6!! lol~
HAPPY New Year....sounds like you have a birthday coming up too? :)

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

hugs to all

kitty said...

I am loving that tea mug! It is calling my name. Where could I find one???

Miz Helen said...

All my decorations are still up, I just love them but will be putting them away next week. Those cranberry scones will be a good thing to have while I am wrapping each ornament so carefully. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Happy New Year to you and your family and Abundant Blessings in 2012!
Miz Helen