Monday, December 22, 2014

these days














 Twenty-fourth birthday celebration for our son with delicious Asian food - and a surprise
red velvet cupcake and singing waiters at the end of our meal.

Presents wrapped and waiting by our little tree (decked with our son's childhood
ornaments).

Christmas cards from near and far deck the mirror and remind us of loved ones.

Candlelight and magazines and sleepy kitties on blankets.

Baking. Lots of baking.

Delicious dinner with the most amazing girlfriends...we had sweet potato curry
soup, homemade bread with three different homemade toppings ~ olive tapenade,
roasted tomatoes, and goat cheese with herbs and Parmesan, fennel and grapefruit
salad, quinoa salad with pomegranate seeds, walnuts, green olives and fresh
parsley (recipe here), leek and mushroom pot pie, three bottles of wine, and 
vegan carrot cake (which was amazing) for dessert.

And tonight: candlelit restorative yoga. I can't wait. 


16 comments:

  1. It looks as though you are all set for Christmas now! Your cards look lovely on your mirror frame. Happy Christmas! xx

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    1. Thank you, Amy! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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  2. Looks like Tim had a very happy 24th, he and I are birthday twins and I turned 57 this year.
    Your photos are beautiful. Merry Christmas to you all.

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    1. I always forget that you and Tim share a birthday! Well then, happy birthday to you, too! Merry Christmas.

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  3. It looks like you've had some wonderful celebrations, Melanie! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Vickie

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  4. Hi Melanie;
    Christmas Blessings to you and your family! And a very Happy Birthday to Tim! Looks like you had some fun, I am glad to hear it. I feel as tho I know you and yours thru your blog, Your home looks beautiful. Love and Hugs, Nana

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    1. Thank you, Nana - I have missed you! Thank you for saying my home looks beautiful - you are always so sweet with your comments.

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  5. Now you've got me cravin Asian food! Glad Tim enjoyed his day with you guys. Happy Christmas time for you and your family! PS - any baked items left over?

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    1. I think you should order Chinese or Thai food tonight! Lots of cookies still here - want some? :-)

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  6. Happy birthday to your son and what a nice birthday celebration. I love the pictures of your sleeping cats and all of the delicious treats you've been baking, too. Merry Christmas to you and your family... :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Dee. Happy Christmas to you and your family, as well.

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  7. Thinking of you and yours, Melanie. What a lovely Birthday celebration!
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and the best of New Years-
    Jemma

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    1. Hi Jemma - thanks so much for you comment and happy holidays to you, too!

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  8. Melanie, your days, (and nights), look pretty, feel cozy, sound peaceful, and very tasty! What are those adorable, little, round delights sprinkled with cinnamon and icing sugar?

    Hope your Christmas was a happy one, filled with the love of family, good food, and special moments.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year; all the best in health and happiness!

    Poppy

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  9. The round delights are eggnog donut muffins! They were good...and so was the eggnog bread that I also made later. ;-) Happy New Year to you and your family!

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