Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I Almost Forgot: A Christmas Entertaining Tip

While sitting at Chick fil A this morning drinking a cup of coffee (they have the best ever) and working on my grocery list for Christmas Eve and Christmas day, I realized I forgot to share my favorite Christmas entertaining tip from a post long ago.
Friends do that right? They forget things?
So here is an 'I almost forgot' re-post.

I have had the pleasure over the years of
hosting many parties in our home.

The most important thing for me is that everyone feels comfortable
and relaxed and that the food is good.

(Who am I kidding?  It can be a LOT more complicated than that. What can cause that complication?  Me.)

And so my tip today, during this hectic , busy season
is simple:

Know what to buy.

That alone can be such a huge stress reliever.
And so, I found my ‘one’ thing
years ago when I discovered this chocolate cake with chocolate icing from
Esperanza’s Cake Shop in Alamo, Texas.

It is located in a humble storefront near the railroad tracks near downtown Alamo.

It is delicious and it is fresh.

And no, there is no fondant icing entombing stale layers
or a price tag that makes your eyes cross.

It’s simple and it is good
and the bakery is low profile-
my favorite combination. 

I add fresh strawberries and place it on my favorite silver cake stand from Casa Guero in Laredo, and I am done.
I have served this cake at Christmas parties, baby showers, wedding showers, and while sitting on the couch with my favorite co-hostesses after these parties are over.


Merry Christmas AGAIN!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas dear friends!

My simple Christmas continues with laughter, gratitude ,family, cooking and friends.

I wish you those very same things.

I will be back after Christmas with more White Spray Paint shenanigans.

There is planning to do!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas in the Nap Room


I enjoy naming things (as in Hauler ) and so the Nap Room is the perfect name for just what this room is: 
a wonderful place to take a nap.
When we bought this house 27 years ago, this front room was actually the front porch.

But one thing usually leads to another, we enclosed the porch and built another porch, and it became the


which sounded far too grand for my liking.

So Nap Room it became.


It is also a place to put your feet up, read a book, or have a bit of peace and privacy during this busy Christmas season.


How do I incorporate Christmas in this haven I love?
With simple tucking and arranging and using what I have.

Merry Christmas!

This is a post from a Christmas past.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Simple Christmas

Christmas 2016 Fireplace Edited
Christmas 2016 is unfolding as simple and uncomplicated, and I am so grateful.
All of the important things are still in place such as family, faith, and good food, but I have eliminated most of the extra.
No multiple trees, no decorations in every room of the house, no shopping- other than well intentioned gift giving.
Looking back this year, I can see lots of reasons why this was inevitable and needed, but I really don’t want to label the ‘why’, unless of course I label it a blessing.
Christmas 2016 Den
Here is an update on what I have done and how this is evolving.
*We are not traveling this Christmas. My husband and I invited our family to visit us whenever they can.
*Our gift giving will be simple and personal.
*I decorated simply which includes everything you see in these photos.
To my friends reading this, yes, you read that correctly, I decorated simply.
I walked out to the garage to get the Christmas crates, decided to give our oldest daughter my flocked tree, I couldn’t reach our other tree, and the crate I could reach was full of red ornaments. Decision made.
*My faux red poinsettias and a simple tabletop tree were within reach, so I grabbed those.
Result? No large tree and I used red- which is my favorite Christmas color.
*I used plaid ribbon from Marshall’s ($5.99 a roll) and I bought a skinny garland at Michael’s for $2.99 to add to the simple mix.
*I added my beloved blue and white , stepped back , realized I could breathe, I was smiling, and I was
Christmas 2016 Mantel
I know I have another Christmas extravaganza in me.
It can happen again.
This is not a bah humbug tale. This is about simplicity and relaxation and laughter.
It is also about feeling comfortable and cozy-
which leads me to the wonderful
Once again, she has gathered a group of bloggers and asked us to share how we feel Cozy at Christmas.
Isn’t that a wonderful thought?
There are 15 bloggers sharing what this looks like this week in their homes.
The schedule and their links are listed below.


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