I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful holiday. It has been an exciting two days here--and we're not done yet! :) Yesterday while my sister was away skiing I worked on some surprises. The first one being some new outdoor decorations. A friend of mine had a Christmas tree but she was leaving for Indiana for the holiday. She took the ornaments off and asked if I wanted it. I said "sure!" I set it up outside on my garden bench. (It's a short little tree.) How do I keep it up right? Zip ties! I don't have zip ties...or wire. So what do I use? Curling ribbon of course! LOL. With the tree upright I put ornaments on and strung lights. Underneath I put offerings for our squirrel and bird friends: old oranges and bread. They'll be pleased! My sister was too! She loves giving the fruit to the animals so I thought she'd get a kick out of our "offering" tree. Next up meant heading to my Mom's house to finish making beignets. My sister fell in love with these pastries when she was in New Orleans so to surprise her my Mom and I made some. After the dough is prepared and has risen, you deep fat fry them to perfection. Topped with powdered sugar, they're amazing! We ate quite a few while we were at it! My sister was quite pleased this morning when I presented the fluffy little treats. Wahoo! We went to my Aunt's house last night for snacks and conversation, like we do every year since I can remember. It just isn't Christmas without that visit! We all slept well afterward and awoke this morning to presents and orange rolls, good coffee and cheer. Tonight we'll go back to the parent's house for a turkey dinner, tasty cocktails, pie and board games. I love it! What a pleasant two days with my most beloved people. I hope you are having a fantastic time with your favorite people! Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you sleep soundly tonight, pleasantly exhausted from the joy of it all.
This was another silly surprise for my sister. This "shelf" was put up around Halloween on my bathroom wall. I left it after the holiday ended, but it was looking a bit out of place. So, what do I do? Take it down? Nah! I just added holly. :) Perfect!