Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Deck the Halls...

Okay, boys. You have to help me! We've invited all the people from BooMama’s site to see our Christmas decorations. Let's get busy; they'll be here any minute!

A, bring me your favorite musical toy. Did Dad replace those batteries yet?
D, are all the creches ready? Did you put the wooden one on the coffee table? Can you bring all the guys for the Fisher Price set and put them under the tree? Let's put that Willow Creek one up on the entertainment center, okay?
S, will you put all the books back in the Christmas book bin?

Hey, Look! I found Jess Jingle, our little elf. I'm going to hide him for the next person to find and rehide.
D, where should we put that Rudolph?
Does anyone know where the Christmas tree skirt is for under the tree?

D, it is your job to update the Santa counter.

A, don't eat all the treats!! Oh, you are boxing them up for gifts? Alright. Can you put a few on a plate while I brew some gingerbread tea? Let's put out a few Rolo cookies and a couple of those chewy oatmeal cranberry toffee cookies. I'll have to get the recipes. Everyone keeps asking for the recipe for those!
S, You've got to help me put this new jingle bell wreath on the door.

Okay, okay! Look cute, guys. You were hard workers and I think I hear our guests coming up the walk!

Merry Christmas everyone! May God pour out His blessings onto you today and always!

Chewy Oatmeal Cranberry Toffee Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

dash salt

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup toffee baking bits

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour, baking soda and salt. With a wooden spoon, stir in the oats, dried cranberries, mini chocolate chips, and toffee baking bits.

Using a cookie scoop, place dough balls on a parchmant lined-pan. (They spread, so don't place the cookies too close together.) Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes on the pan and then move to cooling racks.


Nadine said...

Oh your boys are so adorable. They made this tour special. You have a lovely home. Have a Merry Christmas.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Your boys are the cutest! The cutest! I have two girls and then a boy, you are a brave woman! You have your own little team there! :-) What fun to do all that holiday stuff with them. Great work, it looks so festive!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, great to meet you!


Amy Martin said...

Thank you so much for the very creative tour. You have a beautiful home and some really wonderful helpers there! Tell them they did a great job!

Merry Christmas!!

Jennisa said...

Sooo cute! We love our Fisher Price nativity set too!

Merry Christmas!

David, Greenwood SC said...

Yea!!! I love the new post. Okay yes the oatmeal cookie was my favorite and I was going to ask for the recipe. You have my favorite wreath that I hae wanted and will not buy. Did you see the Christmas Tree that matched. LOVED It. Talk to you soon.
Love ya,

MaryLu said...

I love that the boys helped you.
That was very sweet.
They look so cheery in their matching reindeer shirts.
You rock! Mom!

Reformed Grits said...

Great pics! Thanks for the tour! We have that "Jingle Bells" toy with the snowman and the dog and my children think it's hilarious.... It's almost time to hide the batteries to that one...

Ginna said...

Thanks for the tour, your boys are SO adorable, I loved their matching shirts. How fun!

Have a merry wonderful christmas (how can you not with that cute family!) and come check out my place if you feel so inclined!

Gretchen said...

I love the matching shirts (and smiles!). Nice meeting you. Jingle bell wreath is so festive. Nice meeting you. Merry Christmas. :)

50 toes said...

very sweet boys, love the dog sweaters.

You are right we both have wonderful taste in Nativity sets. :)

Have a wonderful Christmas. The tea was delicious by the way.


Kerri said...

Thanks for taking us all on such a great tour! I have the same snowman with dog sitting on my mantle. I love the dogs on your boy's shirts. Thanks for stopping by my home tour!

ellen b. said...

How blessed you are with 3 boys! I love all your nativities. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours...

MaryLu said...

Ok, I just looked again, I totally feel like a blind idiot. Dogs on shirts, not reindeer! Ok, well, they are brown anyway.

Jen said...

I love the kid's nativity sets!

Terri said...

What handsome adorable boys you are blessed with. I love all your nativities. Thanks for the tour of your lovely home and have a blessed Christmas.

Megan said...

I saw your stars too! Thanks for stopping by my tour and I had a lot of fun going through yours. So cute how you got your boys involved.
Merry Christmas!

The Gallands said...

How fun! You're boys are so cute. Loved your tour. Merry Christmas!

Episcopollyanna said...

What adorable kids! And I love your decorations - very cute!

I'll take a couple of each cookie, please. YUM! :P

Miss G said...

What a fun tour! Thanks for coming over and inviting me over. Your boys are adorable. Merry Christmas! Kelly

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed touring your home and seeing your cute little guys! I've been looking for a children's Nativity like the one you have! Where can I find one??

We are headed up your way tomorrow. My daughter also lives in SC and we'll be there with her 16-mo-old little boy!

Thanks for commenting on my blog, please come again!


Nikki said...

First of all...your boys are so handsome! Your home looks beautiful! I did not know there was even a Fisher Price Little People nativity!!!! I love the superman pjs, my ds used to have a pair...we had to hide them once they only covered 1/2 his tummy (he did not want to part w/ them!) Merry Christmas!

Elaine A. said...

What a cute way to present your home to us! Those are some cute boys you have there. I have 2 myself, so I can guess how much fun you are having. Merry Christmas!

Virginia Wieringa said...

How charming! Thanks for having us all over! Okay, maybe one cookie. What a beautiful tree! God's richest blessings on you and yours in 2008!

Totallyscrappy said...

Yellow Rose Arbor,
That wooden nativity set came from White Rose, a Canadian crafts-type store about 10 years ago. It was a gift from a student. There aren't any markings or stickers, other than one that reads, "made in China." I do love it and I think about the little boy and his family every year. The neat thing about it is that all the characters fit back in the stable and the doors close. Very convienent for storage.

Anonymous said...

What a cute post. I love your decorations. Thanks for sharing them!

Mabiana said...

Thank you for the tour! :-) I especially like the third nativity scene from the top with the stars.

AuburnGalAlways said...

I love the variety of Nativities - but the Willow Creek (name?) one is just simply beautiful. I love those figures. I'm late visiting the Christmas tour of homes. I was a little busy with the usual Christmas rush of replacing broken appliances. Wait? You mean not everyone has 2 appliances to break during Christmas? I must be special!

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