December 21, 2015

Christmas in the Kitchen, 2015

Hey everyone, I want to share a few Christmas touches in my kitchen before the sugar and flour start flying! I had to take my pictures under low light conditions. Another grey day/week here! I did my best to lighten up the photos in Picasa. I hope you enjoy!

snowman ornament, red ball ornament

After a quick trip to the grocery store I am starting my baking! Yes, yes, I have been saying that for a few days, but I am down to the wire now. ha!

three tiered tray
Mary and Martha three tiered tray. 
Son has requested gooey bars as his all time favorite desert. So that is on the list. Tradition dictates that I make loaves of banana bread. And I am going to make either a rum cake or a bourbon cake. I am still on the fence on that one. ha!

Ok, on to the kitchen Christmas tour...

I have odd and ends of Christmas décor in the kitchen. And things move around too. Let's begin.

mini Christmas trees in the kitchen
These cute trees are from Dollar General, at a whopping $3.50. Run, don't walk. 
The small trees stay on the kitchen table...until it is time to eat. Then, I slip my aluminum candlesticks onto the table for candlelight during the holidays.

I cannot remember where I purchased the candle sticks. I have had them for many years. 

granite countertops, stove, coffee mugs

You can see the reflection of the Christmas tree lights in this pic. Fun. 

Our granite is black pearl, and it acts like a mirror. That's the nice thing. 

The negative is that in pictures some of the "pearl" flecks look like crumbs. :-( 

I promise, I always wipe my counters before I take pictures. 

white plate, Monogram, granite

This is the counter that we use for coffee and tea prep. I am not sure you would call it a coffee bar, but it has all of the necessary items to be one. :-)

The black painted letter came from Hobby Lobby at 50% off. I simply inserted it in front of the white plate and added a touch of greenery. And voila, it becomes a Christmas decoration. 

Can you read the message on the over sized coffee mug? Naughty is the new Nice. Who knew?

We are over on the other side of the kitchen now. The peninsula is a great baking center. 

My mixer is ready to jump into action! Hubby gave this red mixer to me for Valentines many years ago. Yes...there are some appliances that are ok gifts on Valentines day. ha!

tureen, ironstone platter, candlesticks, red plaid table runner, green placemats

This centerpiece is made up of a tureen from the Thistlewood Farm collection at the Painted Fox, and a large ironstone looking platter from WalMart. I accessorized with greenery, berry sprigs, and jute bows. The red plaid runner came from TJ Maxx after Thanksgiving this year. 

I was hesitant about using red plaid with my yellow kitchen drapes...but I threw caution to the wind and told myself..."it will be ok. It's Christmas."

I like having Christmas wreaths on the windows. It makes any room seem a little more festive. 

Black pottery barn chairs, ironstone tureen, Christmas tree

It has been really nice having the Christmas tree in the great room this year, because we can enjoy it from the kitchen too. 

ironstone tureen, red plaid table runner, Christmas tree

The last item on the kitchen tour is the antique baby chair with a basket of holly. 

This chair came from my hubby's family. His father and aunts and uncles used this chair when they were babies. I am so glad hubby was able to have this little chair. It is wobbly...but very special. There are hinges for a tray, but that was long gone when hubby's father brought the chair home. 
Baby high chair with basket of holly.

We are just days away from Santa's big arrival, so the clock it ticking to get everything done. Our presents are wrapped. And the house is mostly clean. ha! I am preparing for grown children to come home, so I am focusing on food over the next few days. 

christmas tree, lamp, tiered server tray

It has been so much fun sharing Christmas at my house this year. I only have a couple of more Christmas posts...then I will go back to my usual posting schedule. I hope you found some ideas or recipes to use in your own home as you read my December posts. 

I am already planning some January topics for us! But more about that after Christmas. Time is just flying too, too fast!

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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