Sunday, December 9, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree....

I thought I would get creative with the Christmas tree this year.
I removed every other row of branches and decorated.
I still have a bit more to put on but I really like it.
(My vintage lit tree stand)

I was busy baking this weekend.
These are the oyster crackers with an envelope of ranch dressing with
a bit of dill then it is baked. They are so yummy and a great gift in a
canning jar.

My women's group had a brunch on Saturday. I made some
lemon poppy seed muffins. A great easy recipe that is made with Bisquick and
some lemon instant pudding.

After brunch I did some thrifting. the Santa was free
the rest..

was total of 3 dollars.(Yes that is Sadie lurking:)

But the best purchase this weekend was this candle.
It has a timer so it goes on and off at regular intervals.
(That is David as an elf at polar express)

Here is what I ended up with for our Yankee swap at the brunch.
I don't usually make out that well.
I hope your weekend was a great one.
I am done with Christmas shopping except for a few gift certificates
I have to pick up.
If you have only one smile in you,give it to the people you love.
Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning "Good
Morning"at total strangers.
Maya Angelou


Nellie said...

It sounds like a lovely week-end! We LOVE those Ranch oyster crackers, and using Bisquick for the muffins is a real time saver! More good thrifting items, plus not left with a bad gift at the swap! How much better could it be?:-)

Sending wishes for a blessed Christmas season.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh, you're making me hungry!
LOVE your tree.
I wish I was done with shopping. I am getting close and overall I am in much better shape than I normally am at this time in December. I'm still not stressing and that is very good.
Hugs :)

jennifer768 said...

The tree looks great!Wonderful finds on your thrifting trip.The crackers look yummy,will have to give that a try.Hugs,Jen

Primitive Stars said...

Evening Cathy, the tree is so beautiful, that stand is so neat......yummy bakes lemen muffins, and your thrift finds are fabulous, way to go, love thar candle to, looks prim perfect.......Enjoy the week, Blessings Francine.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Your tree is lovely. How did u ever think of taking off branches. Neat idea. What a wonderful tree stand. I have never seen one like this.
Sorry your number did not come up but who knows maybe you will be lucky this next drawing.
I have missed u and think of u often.

Kim said...

Neat idea for your tree. And that lit tree stand is the best! I think you scored with that cute holly birdhouse.

annie said...

sounds like a great weekend! yumm on the food! great thrifts! you have your own personal elf???? amazing! grin! have a great week too!

Sweet Tea said...

It all looks beautiful and what finds you made "thrifting"! I am gonna google to see if I can find that Bisquick muffin recipe - it looks delicious!

Orange Sink said...

Your post made me hungry!! LOL! Your tree is lovely! I Like them a little sparse too!
Hope you and David are enjoying the Holidays so far!
Blessings and Hugs!!
Cathy G

moosecraft said...

Very creative idea with every other branch on the tree! Love it!

yaya said...

Cool tree idea! It helps to see all the ornaments better. We finally got our tree up tonight..done decorating and about 1/2 done with gifts...I'll get there I'm sure! Love your finds, especially Santa!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Beautiful tree! Such a good idea to thin it out to show off the ornaments!
Yummy...have to try the oyster cracker recipe!

The Paisley Studio/Sarah McNamara said...

Your home looks lovely, Cathy! Happy Holidays to you and your family. Sarah

Annmarie Pipa said...

never heard of oyster crackers...sounds delicious!
your tree looks so pretty!

Karen said...

I've made the Oyster snack before ...very tasty.
What a great bunch of goodies you found...cute bowl.

Leslie said...

Such a great idea to thin out your tree. We always shop at a local tree farm and the trees are fairly robust ;) and could all use a little thinning. You have to see the ornaments, right?!