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Friday, December 23, 2011

Looking back over the day...

Good Evening everyone..
Hope everything is well with you all..
 A snowy day here in Atlantic Canada.. 

We have been busy doing last minute chores.. Terry is cleaning up the big mess... grin... 

It was a big job.. Poor guy..

I had a nice cup of coffee and a bagel for breakfast..
I thought I would share this card that I received in the mail for my birthday from a sweet friend who lives in St. Martins ( where we have our summer cottage..)




I thought it was hilarious:-)  They tease me about being an OLD hippie.. Funny, eh!!

Did you know that you can make your own cream cheese spreads for your bagels? 
The one I used here is herb and garlic..
Just cream up a block of cream cheese and add a clove of crushed garlic, a tsp. of dried onion flakes and a  bit of chopped parsley..
It is delicious..  Or you can add some chopped strawberries( or pineapple, blueberries, etc.) and a tsp. or two of sugar..
Cream well..

Anyway, the rest of the day I baked... Oreo balls, pineapple squares, shortbreads and 2 batches of fudge..

Here I am putting labels on some patchouli cream that I made for my sister...  
She must be an old hippie, too.. grin..
Also, finishing up some tags.. I am not a great painter but it is fun to make some homemade tags..
And the stars are cut out of clementine skins..


Just use a little cookie cutter and let them dry.. Add to potpourri or freeze them in ice cubes for your punch...

Here it is evening again, already...
The lights are lit on the mantel..

I think I will just sit back and enjoy the lights..

I enjoy the before Christmas...Do you? 
Soon the lights will need to be put away...

But for now I will enjoy them..

All of our sweet kids are coming home for Boxing Day.. Lord willing..
Tomorrow, I need to make the ice cream cake and get all the beds ready...
Isn't God good?.. I really appreciate Him tonight... Just thinking over the past year and all of His goodness to us..
He has supplied us with a roof over our head, food on our table, shoes on our feet and peace in our hearts that only He can bring..

And tonight I am thankful for all of you.. You have become dear friends and a blessing in my life.. 
I so enjoyed all the cards and wee gifts that you sent..
Such dear girls...

Thank you for dropping by and Merry Christmas.. 
May the Jesus of the manger bless your hearts and lives this beautiful season.. 
xoxox 

23 comments:

  1. You are such a sweet hippie! Happy Christmas and all good wishes for the new year!
    xo

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  2. A VERY BELATED BIRTHDAY FAYE....goodness I've missed a lot lately.
    What a cold looking picture and it certainly did take down some trees didn't it?
    Hmmmm...patchouli cream - interesting. I do think patchouli is one of my favorite scents. It has such a romantic yet nostalgic aroma to me.
    Have a wonderful Christmas Faye.
    Blessings
    Karen

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  3. Well, as usual I posted a comment and didn't know what I was talking about.
    I see hubby downed those trees! lol
    Karen

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  4. Happy Belated Birthday & a very Merry Christmas to you Faye! Blessings, Shirlee

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  5. Hope you had a wonderful birthday, not a year older but 365 degrees sweeter! I will prepare the cream cheese...mmmm. I hope you have a wonderful, joyous holiday. Merry Christmas, and God Bless You.

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  6. Your homemade tags are beautiful! I love the lights above your mantel. I love Christmas lights and it will soon be time to put them away. But for now I will enjoy them. :) I am glad your kids get to come home for Boxing Day. I just googled that-it's the day after Christmas right? :) And I do love your birthday card. Happy birthday a little late! I hope it was a good one!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    :)Vicki

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  7. What a wonderful post.. we are far away in Kansas but feel the same... the best of Christmases to you!

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  8. Happy Birthday a bit late. I hope you enjoyed it. I love that card. :) Your tags look great as do your lights. That is great that everyone will be home for Boxing Day.

    Did hubby get the yard all cleaned up? Hope so.

    May you all have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog.

    Take care, Janet W ((Hugs))

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  9. Merry Christmas dear Faye! The clementine stars are such a lovely idea and I just LOVE your prim tags!

    Have a wonderful celebration of our Lord!

    Blessings,
    Sharon

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  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family Faye. We are all so blessed that God saw fit to share you with us another year. A belated Happy Birthday to you my friend. Glance out your window at the pretty white snow and think of me this early Christmas Eve morning. (smile)
    Angela

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  11. Merry Christmas to you Faye! I hope you have a wonderful visit with family and enjoy the blessings of this Christmas season.

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  12. I love all your ideas! Those tags and orange skin stars - wow, great. I will be sharing today, Christmas Eve at my Mom's house. I have a turkey in Nesco, it smells so good - I made a frozen dessert too...we are too much alike. I'm glad I was able to find your blog this year. I so enjoy reading it. Merry Christmas Blessings from Wisconsin.

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  13. Happy belated birthday to our sweet Faye!!!!!!!! Sorry I missed it!

    Faye, don't you ever give up blogging! I would be lost not having some project to do or to think about! Your creative ideas are so neat and easy to do. This time, I love the clementine stars! Oh how neat!.....and fun to do. I suppose the clementine skin is thin and therefore they will dry quicker?

    Anyway, you are a joy to have in my life!

    Susannah

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  14. You always touch my heart so Faye...Blessings to you and your lovely family this Christmas. I like the stars very creative and simple. The Christmas lights, my favorite how they twinkle and sparkle...Looking forward to more chats with you over the fencepost. Your snow looks homey and Christmas like a card....and yes, he is good for he has sustained us this year while we are out of the employment loop....God is Good, the gift which keeps on giving is Jesus....

    Crochet by the Sea- Faith
    Faith Crochet by the Sea

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  15. I think there are a lot of us old hippies still around. How do you make patchouli cream? That is Jessica's favorite fragance. I would love to make her some. Merry Christmas to you and yours. God bless.

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  16. You've thought of everythihng! Stars from clementine peels, seriously?!... I LOVE THEM! A great way to use up the peel instead of throwing it in with vinegar to "steep" in preparation for homemade cleaner... Cuter too, I might add.

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  17. Happy Belated Birthday and Merry Christmas ya Ole Hippie!!! That is so cute! Thank you for your beautiful posts too. I know you have touched me in the past year Faye...as I will ALWAYS and forevermore wake up on Monday morning and instead of thinking..ugh monday..I think Monday..and entire week of new possibilities! Katie

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  18. I love all your creative touches and ideas, Faye!
    And i too love the 'before' Christmas cheer!
    God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas Season!
    Hugs
    Christine

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  19. Lovely pictures. I do like the before Christmas also. Have a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate Christ's coming to earth. Enjoy your time with your family.

    ~Cheryl

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  20. Faye,

    You really had me laughing at the "old hippie' comments :) :) My dad would consider himself an "old hippie" :) :....sometimes I joke and call him an establishment baby :) :) Oh, and I also say "never trust anyone over 90" :) :) That makes him laugh.

    I love your Christmas tags. They're beautiful :) :) Happy CHRISTmas to you and your sweet family :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

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  21. Merry Christmas, sweet friend! Love and hugs, Cindy

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  22. I so love to read your posts. My mom was an "old" hippie and my dad is still! Maybe that's why I love it here at The Blessed Hearth, you remind me of my mom. I do adore that card that you got from your friend. Happy Belated Birthday :) Well, being a paper crafter, I can say that I am jealous of your tags...they are amazing. Love them!!!

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  23. Je viens de découvrir vos tags , ils sont vraiment très jolis !
    Amitiés de la France,
    Anne-Michèle LENGLART

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