Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas! And here's what I have made over the past 24 hours.

First off, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Hopefully yours is full of family, friends and lots of love. Remember too that family are the people that we chose to surround ourselves with, the people that we love and who love us, support us and encourage us. Not all of those people are related by birth or even marriage. Thanks to all of you for the gift of your friendship over the past year. Some of you I have had the pleasure to meet in person, and the rest I would love to meet in the future. I appreciate all the comments you leave for me. they really do encourage me. It has been a rough year personally and the comments have meant even more than you could possible know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the gift of friendship and the time that you spend reading my blog.

This is our Christmas tree this year. I love Christmas trees and ornaments and have been collecting them for many years. Most all of my ornaments are angels. The rest are Elvis. That alone says so much about my personality!
I thought I would share with you what I have been making for the past 24 hours in my kitchen. This is a pan of homemade caramels. They are to-die-for delicious, but not quite firm enough to lift out of the pan. But with a spoon they are great!
Chex Mix Muddy Buddies. I sent a bowl of this and some coffee to work with my husband yesterday.
Traditional Chex Mix.
Chocolate Mint fudge.
My almost famous twice baked potatoes.
Sausage balls.
A triple batch of laundry detergent. Not for Christmas or anything, I was just out of detergent! I do make my own and usually make a double batch when I make it.
I have been working on this for the past couple of weeks, I just finished it yesterday. My niece lives about 3 hours away from me and she wanted A stamping kit for Christmas. She specified that she wanted to be able to make cards for lots of occasions, birthdays, get well, friendship, holidays and such. I bought a pack of cards and envelops and decorated them for her. Since she doesn't live nearby she doesn't have access to a lot of craft supplies. 
Now she has a box of 50 pre-decorated cards, ready for her to stamp her image and then add it to the card. There is also a rainbow selection of card stock for her to use.
This is her "stamping kit" that I put together for her. I have a few more stamps to add, but she will have a few for every occasion she wanted to be able to make a card for. I also added some colored ink pads, a black ink pad, some coloring pencils and a pencil sharpener. I think she is set for a little while!
And now let Christmas begin!!! I won't be around online for the next few days, I will be hanging out with family and friends. They are predicting a white Christmas for us which is a very rare thing. I've got my fingers crossed!!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!


jimlynn said...

You have been busy, busy, BUSY!!!! Wow. Alot of cooking and decorating! Beautiful tree (LOVE the Elvis ornmanet!) and such yummy looking goodies.

Angela said...

Awesome Gina!!! Girl you have been busy!! Looks GREAT!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I will post pics of your card on my blog tonight off to see the IL's!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Your tree is beautiful and your treats look yummy!!
Merry Christmas to you and your family! May the joy and peace of Christmas remain with you through out the new year.

Susan (peebsmama) said...

Look at all these wonderful projects! When did you have time to sleep? Merry Christmas.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Lovely tree! You have been very busy! MMmm I do not eat potatoes, but my family loves them....maybe I will make those twice baked ones!!! Love your stamp kit- great idea! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Scrapping Julie said...

Hi sweet Gina!!! just wanted to pop in and wish you a merry Christmas. I hope all is well and life is getting back to normal !

Becky said...

wow Gina, you make your own detergent! You sure are one creative soul. :)

Pat (mspfd) said...

What a gorgeous tree and such yummy goodies, Gina! Enjoy the rest of your holiday and have a very happy and healthy New Year to you and yours.

Tammy said...

WOW you were busy! Beautiful tree and all of the foods looks delicious!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Maria Matter said...

Wow, you were busy before Christmas weren't you! I wouldn't have the energy! lol The tree looks beautiful!
that caramel looks DELICIOUS!!!! that would be hubby's favorite! Everything looks so good!

I make my own laundry detergent too! cool!
And the card kit is a fabulous idea for a gift!
Thanks for sharing all this Gina, you're a regular Martha Stewart! lol ....I'm a MS wanna-be! lol
Take care hun!
hugs & blessings!

Sparkly Pink Star said...

WOW all those treats looked so yummy and the gift for you niece, I bet she LOVED it! Hope you had a merry christmas!

Heather said...

Lots of yummy goodies.. Hope you had a great christmas..

MiamiKel said...

Gina, this is one of the best posts I have read this month! I loved it from start to finish! My curiousity is peeked - I'd love to hear your recipe for making your own laundry soap! As a family of 6, we go thru it by the ton! Such thoughtful gift to put together the stamp kit and papers and the scrumptious foods - oh the holidays must have been good at your house! :) Happy New Year!

Annette Bowes said...

Drooling over here lol! Fantastic stamping set you have made for your niece she is going to love it, hope you had a fab time, all the best for 2011, take careX:)