Thursday, December 27, 2012


After Christmas Day brunch, I spent the afternoon making a festive dinner.  I didn't want any help since this was the first dinner I have made in ages, as we usually celebrate where someone else is doing the cooking. :)  I had ordered a huge prime rib roast from the butcher.  He trimmed the fat and saved it for me as I was trying a new recipe.  Fresh herbs were patted on the roast and then strips of fat went over that.  It keeps the roast moist.  While that was in the oven I made mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and asparagus with homemade Hollandaise sauce.  I had a recipe for Cheddar biscuits but forgot to get buttermilk so that was scratched.  I was a bit flustered that I took on so many first time ideas and also that Abby had to work at 7:00 (who goes to a bar on Christmas night?) and Jeff had plans as well (in fact he showed up at the pub Abby works at, so we now know who goes to bars on Christmas night!).  So...dinner was served on time at 6:00, everyone was happy and enjoyed it and of course, I forgot to take pictures of the table!  Needless to say, I was snuggled up in bed with a book by 9:00, just so happy and content and sort of relieved all the fussing this month was over!! 

I didn't get to rest long.  We were up bright and early and downtown the next day for The Husband's post op exam.  His doctor is the sweetest lady.  She was as happy as we were that he is doing so well!  His next appointment is in mid January and they will talk about when he can go back to work.  He is just now starting to work out of our home office.  

Well, that's all I have for now.  After this trip to the store and then heating up leftovers, I think I am going to put my PJ's on and stay that way for a few days! 

Warm wishes to all of you!


Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday, full of fun and family.

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Jane, wonderful family pictures........looks like a great time had by all.......Glad to hear is better........Oh Jammie's for days sounds great, enjoy.....Blessings Francine.

Anonymous said...

wonderful christmas! I'm so glad your husband is feeling better, PJ's sound good to me too!

Gina said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! It's always so wonderful to be surrounded by those we love!

Enjoy your jammies and I'm glad to here your husband is doing well!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Jane,
Looks as if you had a wonderful Christmas with all of your family ..... just perfect.
..... and, I' am so pleased that all is well with your husband.
..... and, isn'g it lovely to put your feet up after all of the hard work ? We had lots of our family here on Christmas Day and, for the las two days, have been putting my feet up and watching television !!!!
Thanks so much for your blogging friendship this past year Jane . XXXX

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Jane, what wonderful family pictures. Glad to hear hubby is doing so well, hugs ~lynne~

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Hi Jane,

Sounds like you had a lovely time with family over the holidays. And yes your dinner that you made sounds delicious, I love yorkshire pudding....You can substitute milk with lemon for the buttermilk, I think.

Your wreath is beautiful, is that made from felt? I think I saw it on their site. So glad that your husband's health is going fine.

Happy New Year to you!

Susie said...

Blondie, You all looked very nice in the photos. So glad your husband is doing so well. Yes, rest honey, you've been a busy person this holiday. I have been counting the days till Spring..83. xoxo,Susie

Pondside said...

That was a whirlwind!
I'm so glad that your husband was well and able to enjoy all the festivities - it must have made it doubly happy for everyone in the family. Your tree, your mantel, everything looks lovely! Now you can relax....

Debby said...

I bet you are breathing a sigh of relief for making it through the surgery and through Christmas. It all seems to line up doesn't it. Sounds like a fun few days for you and your family. I remember how it was when the kids were grownup before they started their families. There was alot of coming and going. Glad your hubby is doing so well. Stay warm and stay in those jammies. I know I have been. Headed out in the cold to meet our Colorado kids for dinner in the village.

Geneva said...

Hi Jane... It was so nice to see your pictures ... Your world sounds pretty perfect right now. We'll keep your sweet husband in our prayers.

Olive said...

...and a good time was had by all Jane. We have mimosas too. I just put my recipe on the blog. Your meal sounds lovely. Wishing you a happy new year, olive.

Lynn said...

Looks like you had a great and fun Christmas Jane! So glad to hear Hubby is doing so well! Getting cozy in some PJ's and cuddling up with a good book sounds like a great idea right about now-enjoy:@)

Barbara F. said...

Sounds like a fun Christmas with family. Glad that your husband is feeling much better. Happy New Year! xo

Unknown said...

Sounds great! Glad you had a great Christmas with family! We did too. I, too, am glad the hustle and bustle is over. It's fun, but so tiring sometime. Hope the New Year ia a great one for you and your family.

Linda said...

A lovely Christmas it was!! Thanks for letting us see the highlights! I know you are so grateful your husband was 'done' with that surgery BEFORE Christmas!
Lovely home and lovely family! Enjoy your rest and that book. New Year's is coming!!!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
I love all the family photos and I felt like I was right there on Christmas morning enjoying the sweet rolls.

I'm with you though, sometimes it feels good when it's all over. I love getting into my pj's and snuggling up with a good book or my laptop. Just think we get to do it all over again next year!!


NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful Holiday with your family, Jane. I love to see everyone's sweet smiling face and to see The Husband looking so good. I hope his appointment goes well, too.

Sounds like you were so busy that you are ready for a nice long rest- me, too....but I'm not sure that is going to happen. Have a great night- xo Diana

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Sounds like your holiday was just wonderful Glad the hubster is up and feeling well.

Kathleen Grace said...

I am so glad your hubby is doing so well! That is a gift in itself. It looks like you had a perfect Christmas, Wishing you a happy and blessed New Year too:>)

Lori said...

So glad that hubby is feeling good Jane. Looks like Christmas was a success at your house too! xo

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas Jane!! So glad the hubby is doing well. Wishing you all the best in the New Year!!

Unknown said...

Jane, I am sorry I didn't realize your hubby was sick & had surgery. Blogging just hasn't been on my agenda of the past couple months. I am glad to see he looks good & is doing well .. prayers do work miracles.

Your Christmas & family look like you had a beautiful time.

TY for walking with me as we go forward tomorrow.

Have a beautiful New Year ...

Stacey said...

Your menu sounds like it was wonderful! I'm ready for normal food too...of the lower calorie variety. :)

Beth said...

The photos are lovely Jane. I am so glad your husband is doing so well!


Sounds busy, fun and perfect.


Karena said...

Jane it looks like a wonderful celebration with your family!

Wishing you all the best in 2013!

Art by Karena

Debbiedoos said...

Didn't mind at all Jane. Lovely family and all looking like good times. Happy New year to you!

June said...

What a great time you had Jane! I loved every photo of your dear family-time. I laughed about you going to the store to get some real food : )!
sending hugs...

Sarah said...

Jane, looks like your family knows how to celebrate. Glad you all had a wonderful holiday and that your husband is doing so well after his surgery. Happy New Year! ~ Sarah
PS ~ thank you for the thoughtful note.

Lynne said...

Your holiday home looks so pretty and cozy, Jane.

Such sparkle at your place! The wreath, the champagne, and most of all, your beautiful growing family! So glad to hear that The Husband is recovering well.
Season's blessings to all!

awal.ny said...

Sounds like fun was had by all. Glad your husband is feeling better. Happy New Year!

Susan Shull said...

Merry Christmas, Jane! I love the wreath and garland and West Elm, in general. I bet you have one right down the street, lucky girl. Your family is beautiful! I know exactly what you are taking about trying to accommodation everyone's schedules-but that is just what we mom's do, I guess! Talk to you soon!

Maria Elena said...

Jane, I am so happy to hear you had a wonderful Christmas! So nice to know your husband is doing well. Happy New Year!

Melanie said...

Your Christmas sounded absolutely wonderful, but exhausting! I was tired just from reading your post! I hope you get some R&R now that the holiday is over. Please don't tell me you're having a New Year's Eve party. ;-)


Theresa said...

Oh girl, you had a load of fun... great food and fellowship with the family! I can't wait to see what the New Year holds for ALL of us! Have a blessed weekend and thanks for sharing your Christmas with me! HUGS!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane... looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas, and hubby is looking great!... I love your little sparkly setup on your island... I too have been pouring over my Susan Branch Christmas book all month, love that lady!... your food always sounds soo yummy!... and having all of your family together is the very best gift of all... Happy New Year to you dear friend, xoxo Julie Marie

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Looks like great fun. I took Christmas Eve photos but hardly any on Christmas Day. I have to brag though...I've been BRILLIANT with the relaxing and pajama wearing the last couple of days. I highly recommend it.

Balisha said...

it looks like your Christmas was wonderful. You have so much to be thankful for this year...I'm sure you know that.

I love sharing family pictures at Christmas time. Everyone looks so happy.The love of a family shows in the eyes.

Your dinner sounds "fab" Ina would say.I can tell by your description that you love to cook.

I wish for you and yours a happy, healthy, New Year. It's almost here...wonder what it will bring?

Hugs, Balisha

Knitty said...

Glad to hear your hubby is doing well. I love seeing your family photos and various decorations.

Christmas day was at my younger son's home, but we did have leftovers from a few meals before Christmas. I am ready to fix something else today, and I can't believe I am saying this, but I am done with cookies for a while! The first bite tastes good but I follow up with second, third and fourth until they are gone and then I feel sluggish afterward.

Unknown said...

Fun Christmas!!! I love the pics of your sweet family!!
I ate way too many treats too for the part few days. Lol

Always Nesting said...

Love seeing all the festive photos! Glad to see your hubby looking so good.

Shirley said...

Merry Christmas Jane, I loved the pictures especially the fire place and Christmas Tree. Have you got the snow and bitter cold yet? I am glad that your hubby is continuing to progress. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

thistlewoodfarm said...


It looks like such a wonderful time!

Have a wonderful and blessed New Year!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Jane dear,

I loved your words, "live in the moment." That is what it is really all about, isn't it??

Loved this posting and love knowing you are in our world.

Sue will like seeing her Christmas book on your blog. I'll let her know.

Love, love, and happy and healthy new year,


Anonymous said...

I am with you night I was so worn out that I didn't even clean up the feast table. The next day I just stayed in my jammies all day and took my time cleaning up everything. Sounds like your Christmas was just pure perfection and I am so glad the husband is doing so well. :) The new baby came a few hours ago. He's big. The new Mom had a rough go of it but all's well now. Her Mom will be with them for a while so it will be at least a week (I think) before we travel up to see them. Can't wait! Happy happy New Year. xoxo

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Dear Jane, My wish for you is many Blessings in the coming year..You have been a great blog friend to me and always remember that..I fell very blessed to of had you for a cyber friend..Hugs and love Gloria

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! We did as well and also had a COUPLE of pajama days spent eating leftovers!

Gypsy Heart said...

Sounds so nice...and looks very warm and inviting too! I'm sure your meal was out of this world. Next time you find yourself without buttermilk, use 1 T. vinegar or lemon juice and fill the rest of the cup with regular milk to make 1 cup.

Hope you're warm & enjoying the PJ's! I love being in mine.


Mimi said...

I LOVE WEST ELM!!!And I love your new garland and wreath!!!I wonder if there are any left!!!!I doubt it!!!
Your family gatherings look so fun!!I love to see families doing fun traditional things!!!Makes me smile!!!
I enjoyed all your pics!!

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