Thursday, December 17, 2009

Decorating is done - let the fun begin

Not a creature was stirring - not even a mouse (there had better NOT be a mouse in this house). But all through the house the decorations were in place and ready for christmas.

We have Santas on the buffet - - -

Santas on the marble top dresser - - -

Teddy bears on the door handle - - -

And a reindeer guarding the closet filled with gifts. They are not wrapped yet - so we need a guard - - -

Jingle bells above the kitchen sink - - -

Cookie jars atop the cabinets in the kitchen - - -

A train pulling out of the station, filled with M&Ms for our son - - -

A big bear that will play holiday songs for you at your request - - -

Shimmery snowflakes hung from the chandolier - - -

And of course - mistletoe in the doorway.

We are ready for christmas - now to do some baking!!! Don made the Chex Party Mix last night - that was a good start.

And I bake German Stollen - our favorite holiday bread.

It is yeast bread, full of candied fruit and nuts and raisins - you can frost it - - -

Dust it with powdered sugar - or leave it plain. Pop a slice or two in the toaster and brown it a little, or heat it in the oven, slather it with butter, and you are instantly in heaven.

It is our Christmas morning breakfast - plus good any time with a nice hot cup of tea.


Pat said...

Oh, pretty decorations AND a wonderful, mouth-watering bread....wish I lived closer, I'd be over for tea and a slice of that!

blushing rose said...

What a darling collection of Santas ... oh, yum, the bread is so inviting.

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Fearless Nester said...

Oh you are going to have such a wonderful holiday with your family! I'm excited for you...I can only imagine how wonderful it smells with all baking. All of your decorations are the perfect backdrop to enjoy a huge helping of your wonderful family traditions! Enjoy my friend!

goddess in the groove said...

Mmmm....your Stollen looks delicious, and very authentic :). Spoken by a true German :).

Crispy said...

Lovely decorations Jo. Stollen....another word for fruit cake :0{ LOL.


Nanci said...

I love that cake! It looks so yummy.
Your decorations just make everything so inviting!
We have stratas for Christmas brunch. One is sausage and the other is remind us of the cottage in the summer.
My daughter makes sticky buns from yeast for the coffee too.
Merry Christmas.