T’is the Season


Hi everyone, can you believe it – it’s meeeeeee.
I was made aware that a small number of you are missing my scribblings.  Kathy from the Upwoods blog just sent a comment which brought me here today.

Sadly or maybe not so sad, I don’t have to be up in the mornings any longer.  Which means that I don’t see what you want me to take pictures of too much anymore. After all, the boys are now 18 years old and can get up and drive themselves to school without me nagging them early in the morning about one thing or another.

Mike and I had a Christmas Cocktail party on December 10th and I managed to take a couple of pictures before the guests showed up…

a new location for the Christmas tree

I think we had 15 different kinds of Vodka all together. The only Martinis we made though, were Snowflake Martinis

So much more booze on the buffet

the living room

the library

more alcohol to go with the goodies

yup, I baked - Apricot Window Stars, iced Shortbread candies, snowflakes and ornaments, Chocolate -Cherry-Pecan Rugelach squares, and Walnut cookies

To make things more interesting than just standing around eating and drinking too much, we had a White Elephant exchange which really was a whole lot of fun.

Here is a treat for you.  I had posted it in another blog, but none of you could find it, when all you had to do was highlight the white space in the middle of the blog…

Snowflake Martini

Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Creme de Cacao
Splash of Peppermint Schnaps
Vanilla Vodka

Shake, shake, shake until frothy and cold.
Dip the rim of the glass into some vodka and then into pulverized
candy cane or peppermint candies

Snowflake Martini 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you

Stay healthy and have a wonderful and prosperous New Year


I promise to make an effort to get out of the house and shoot many pictures for you!

28 thoughts on “T’is the Season

  1. The house looks beautiful!

  2. Merry Christmas to you all

  3. The house really does look splendid!! Bear, Jinx, Screamer and I wish ALL of you a very very Merry Christmas!! xoxoxoxo

  4. Lovely, just absolutely lovely. I really wanted to take a drive out and surprise you this year, and hopefully get a cookie decorating lesson. Perhaps next year? So glad to see you posting again. 🙂

  5. How in the world did you make walnut cookies that look like walnuts???? bet you had a great party!!!
    Merry Christmas to you, Mike and the boys!!!

  6. Iris,
    Everything looks so festive! And those cookies look yummy.Those walnuts are very cool.What’s in the center? I was hoping for a cookie workshop at Wayfarer. I guess I will be teaching myself how to do the piping on the snowflakes.Boo hoo, I wanted to learn from the best-YOU! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!!

  7. Iris,
    Very nice and festive. Merry Christmas to you, Mike and the boys.

    Sharri, Don, Joey, John and Jimmy

  8. Merry Christmas, Iris! I am glad you are blogging again. (Bet you have more than eight visitors!) Your house looks wonderful and I would love–do you hear LOVE–to have one of those Christmas martinis, if you could just pass it through the computer screen, thank you.)

  9. So glad to see you’re back, Iris! I missed you! LOVED looking at your pre-cocktail party photos and pretending we were there 🙂
    signed,
    A One-time-hoping-to-return-someday-soon visitor

  10. Happy holidays! Glad to see you on your blog again. Thought maybe you got lost in Never Never Land.

  11. The place looks great! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 🙂

  12. Hey Iris,

    everything looks just scrumptious- I bet you had a good time!
    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your family!

  13. Beautiful. Reminds me of scenes from my (now-vintage) Martha Stewart Christmas book.

  14. I really like the colors you chose for your walls. You have made your home very beautiful. I remember how decorated we always had the house during the holiday season. It has never been the same since we moved away.

  15. That Snowflake Martini looks delicious!

    How about pictures of snow around Benzie County, once Winter finally arrives in your area. We had our first “green” Christmas that I can remember, in fact the temps this week have been the mid-40s. Hopefully we’ll get some snow on Thursday.

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