Here it is, January 5th and we have not yet put Christmas away. My excuse........I'm having my mother and godmother over for lunch today because they couldn't make it last week and I promised to leave the decorations up. As soon as they leave today I'll make the decision as to what is going to stay out (maybe my white lanterns and silver trees for the winter) or what's going to come out (my winter birds and/or snowmen). In any case, there will be a lot of packing to do.
Speaking of packing and getting back to the title of this post, I am happy to say that I am going to participate in the Jingle Belles challenges again this year. It is, I've decided, the best way to stay ahead of the Christmas rush that inevitably hits in late fall. So on with it...........
No Time Like the Presents - Lauren and Stephanie have challenged us to use some remnants of our Christmas wrapping, be it actual wrapping paper or tissue paper, trims, bags or tags.
I am so tickled with this card (and so was HWNSNBP). The center blue circle with the Santa on it is a tag from a gift that my daughter-in-law's parents gave us (a beautiful silver and white ornament for our tree). The bow on the wreath was the ribbon that the tag hung from. Surrounding the blue tag is a red and white cord which I had wrapped around a gift that I gave to a friend who visited over the holidays. The green snowflake background is a gift bag given to me by another friend. I also used the soft yarn handle around the center motif. I used "be merry" Essentials by Ellen dies for the message in gold foil paper. Oh, oh, and I added a gold pencil border around the snowflake piece.
I don't know why, but this reminds me of the Looney Tunes Logo a bit. I've got another card cooking for the second week of this challenge.
Yikes, speaking of cooking, I'd better get going. I'm making three new recipes for this lunch. I know, not the best idea to try things out on guests, but they're pretty simple. Thanks to my time off from work and perusing Pinterest so much, I've amassed a small stack of recipes that I want to try out and since it's only HWNSNBP and I, it's usually too much for the two of us, so at least I'll be able to share whats made.
This is the dessert that I decided to try - Edible Pine Cones. (HWNSNBP says they look like chocolate Christmas trees which is okay too.) I had bought all the ingredients for this and for the other two recipes to make for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but with all the regular holiday fare that everyone was looking forward to, and the hecticness of those days, I put them off.
The rest of the menu includes Christmas Tortellini and Spinach Soup and Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake. They look simple enough and don't take an exhorbitant amount of ingredients or time to make. So let me get going.
But....... I'll be checking out the Jingle Belles gallery later on. Here's the link for JB:15:01.