Friday, December 18, 2015

Blog Girls Luncheon

Greetings!  I hosted a luncheon for 3 of my blogger friends today and we had a nice time.  Gracie, Taci and Becky joined me at the farm.  We had the fire blazing, candles lit, Christmas music playing and lunch ready to come out of the oven.


After I saw this photo I though.. oh dang.. I didn't have the pillows arranged properly or the candles lit.  LOL!  Oh well!


I just love having a fire in the living room.. the sound of the cracking and popping and the warmth.  Good thing there is no chocolate in those stockings yet.  :-)


Two of my little crocheted stocking ornaments.  The green one is Dayles - but I made one for myself and it's totally missing.  


My crocheted ball.. kinda didn't turn out how I had envisioned but I still like it.


Kristi found two empty metal frame ornaments so I printed up the boys school photos and put them in.. on the back in gold ink I wrote their name and the year.. years down the line I hope they will have these and remember me when they read the back.  


Buddy seems to be waiting for our company to arrive, too.  :-)


Kristi had the table set before I arose this morning.. my DIL is amazing!


From left.. moi, Taci, Gracie and Becky.



Does this look like deja vu?  We baked the rest of the ham and the second pan of "Classic Bistro Style Gratin Dauphinoise" - French gratin potatoes.  Gracie brought green beans, Taci brought rolls from her friend's bakery, Becky brought deviled eggs and some fudge to share.  We also had some broccoli salad that Kristi made.


The Brioche rolls were delicious and made this morning.


After lunch we retired to the living room and chatted and opened presents.  


I gave each of the girls a pair of hand-rolled beeswax candles that I made - that was also the gift I gave my sisters and Shirley.  Dayle cut some fresh holly from our huge tree and some cedar for me to decorate them with.  :-)  They smell like honey - just divine.


The girls gifted us with fun things, Taci gave us a hand-towel kit (she is selling these on Etsy - you might want to check them out), a crocheted bird and a bag of Hershey kisses, Gracie brought a cute tin with a sewing kits and 3 jingle bells, with a yarn Bonbon on top! Becky brought a calendar she made using her own photos and a holiday coaster.  Thanks, ladies!


We returned to the dining table where we had dessert - Kristi made us a "Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Tart".. oh it was delicious!  Also homemade whipped cream with Bourbon Vanilla.  :-)


Our son Travis and DIL Kristi took the boys to her sister's for the weekend and will spend the evening with them.  So, Dayle and I are relaxing and watching TV.  I hope you are finding time for relaxation during this busy season.  

I will be doing a blog post on Monday showing you how to make the beeswax candles I made.. sound good?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

24 comments:

  1. We moved my Mom & Dad last year and that's where we cut our holly for the holidays. Too bad they are enormous shrubs/trees. I miss having it available to decorate with. I still have fir and cedar and pinecones. I'm making do (sigh). Love your beeswax candles. They are very prettily posed.

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    1. You are welcome to come and cut some holly here!

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  2. That sounds like a fun get together with blogger friends, and your house is decorated perfectly for Christmas. The candles you made are pretty.

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  3. I. Am. So. Jealous. Really I am. I was supposed to be there too. Oh well. I guess that's life, but I really miss you girls. I haven't seen Taci in so long. Everything looks so perfect. The gifts you got for each other are so nice. I'm glad you had a wonderful time together. And Kristi is a gem to be sure. Give Buddy a hug for me. I remember he liked my lap when we visited. :-) Maybe next year I'll be able to be at the party. I will remain hopeful.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  4. Oh yes please Teresa. Your beeswax candles are beautiful and look wonderful tied up with holly. Such a fabulous gift to give/receive. When I saw the photo I wondered how they were made. Your DIL sounds a very special person and so kind with her help she gives you. Your home looks beautiful and so welcoming. While you are keeping warm by the crackling fire we are drinking cold cold drink, lemonade ice blocks, bare feet because it's too hot to wear shoes. A ll the best and merry Christmas.Hugs Shirley N.Z.

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  5. Sounds like such a wonderful time you had together, with some super gifts. I really am looking forward to seeing how you made the candles, they looked beautiful embellished with the holly. Your home is looking so warm and welcoming for the season and the food was a real delight. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas.

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  6. It was a perfect afternoon and you are a great hostess My friend. Thank you for the delicious lunch and thank Dayle and Kristy again for all they did. We sure had a great time ... The only thing missing was Betsy ... thwnks again and happy Holidays to you🎄🎅

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  7. What a wonderful day, and how beautiful your home looks in the festive season. I'm glad you all had such a great time together, it was a lovely gathering I think. Have a good weekend Teresa. CJ xx

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  8. I really love how you and your beautiful family embrace the season. Your home looks amazing and that meal ... well, I really don't know what to say about that. Being a 'blog friend' I just wish I lived closer :) I'll be interested in Monday's post to see how you make those gorgeous candles. Teresa, the artist in you comes out in everything you do - you are an amazing woman. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xox

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  9. It looks like you had a lovely afternoon with your dear friends. The food you made looks delicious; especially the rolls. I'm looking forward to your post about making the beeswax candles. They are beautiful. Wishing you a fun, festive weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  10. I almost, almost felt like I was there. ANd it was great. Your home looks so warm and Holiday! Ours is no where near that festive! All of your plates and napkins etc are wonderful. Beeswax are my favorite kind of candle.

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  11. Oh wow to everything Teresa. Can't tell you how much I would love to be there!!! Kirsti is amazing but she also has wonderful in laws :-) Hugs Anne x

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  12. We had a wonderful time, Teresa, and this post helps capture it beautifully! Thanks so much for opening your home and heart to us. My girls are admiring the candles you made with the holly and greens Dayle gathered, and members of the household have already dived into some of the packages of goodies that Kristi, Travis and the boys sent home with us :) Thank you all!!! I am looking forward to your candle making tutorial on Monday. xx

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  13. Your house looks gorgeous, your friendship is one that we all dream to be a part of. Thank you for letting us tag along on this special day.
    Meredith

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  14. Hey great seeing you all and the fabulous food but don't want a crackling fire here lol we are roasting 😥

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  15. Your meal looks so good, (as usual), and it looks like your gathering is what Christmas is all about. Sharing handmade gift with friends and having fellowship.

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  16. Teresa, you have such a lovely, warm and welcoming home! Love the gifts you gave your friends, and the ones they gave to you! Any chance Kristi would like to come to Pennsylvania?!! :D

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  17. So lovely to see you ladies together. Who needs candles lit when you have a roaring fire and gorgeous Christmas lights? Ha! :) Everything looks so nice. Your candles are so pretty tied up with the holly. And all the gifts are very thoughtful. Happy holidays and blessings to all, Tammy P.S. And yes, your DIL is awesome!

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  18. Teresa, I have a great time being with you and Taci and Gracie on Friday, in spite of the travel woes on I-5. Always have fun together and the food was delicious! The hospitality was so warm and Buddy was so good, too. Merry Christmas and see you sometime in the future year! Hugs!

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  19. You and Kristi should open a restaurant! I'm drooling........... :-) love how you decorated the beeswax candles. And all of the gifts are darling.

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  20. Everything looks just lovely! What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. There's nothing like good friends and good food.

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  21. Wow, what a lovely luncheon. You two are such good cooks. I loved seeing your blog ladies together and the beautiful decorations around your house. Your gifts to each other are lovely. It was really nice of you to share this special day with us. :)

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  22. What a wonderful way to bring blogging friends together. Your house decorations were beautiful and your dinner looked super yummy! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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