Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

My Mom Rocks!

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! Joyeux Noel!

Christmas Eve was low key here, assembling filling boxes after boxes of baked goods and preparing for dinner with the family today.
Each year I put together a variety of treats and B. helps with the wrapping and of course tasting "reject" cookies. Pistachio and cocoa nibs cookies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter fudge, key lime meltaways, brownies, sables cookies, homemade marshmallows, truffles and salted butter caramel popcorn.

Even though I would not mind starting with dessert, there is duck on the menu this year with a sausage and chestnut stuffing, sweet potato casserole, greens beans with pancetta, and wild rice. Dessert ? Well, I'll tell you more about this weekend...promise!

Finally...

We finished decorating the tree just the other night and I just love sitting in the dark looking at it. The magic of Christmas...a time for reflection and cheers, joy and remembrance...

Getting Ready...

...and also of a little fun....Looks like Santa had his clothes dry on time to visit everybody...down to his suspenders!

All the best to you!

59 comments:

morgana said...

Am I the first? Yepeeeee.

I just wanted to thank you for all the good things you shared with us this year and wish you a great 2009 full of happiness and joy.

(lucky people those who enjoy your delicious and special baked goods).

A big huge from Spain.

Oh, and what a lovely thing, tiny Santa's clothes

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Such pretty pictures! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Cheers,

Rosa

Y said...

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you! Looks like Santa's clothes shrunk in the wash! :-O

Papilles et Pupilles said...

Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas !

K and S said...

Merry Christmas and Happy 2009!

VeggieGirl said...

Stunning decorations!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HELEN!!!!!!

Aimée said...

Merry Christmas!

Marija said...

Merry Christmas Helen!!

Manggy said...

Joyeux Noel Tartelette! Santa is looking very trim this winter-- must be the penny-pinching, hee hee ;) Very cute! I can't wait for dessert this week-end! :)

The Food Librarian said...

Lovely decorations! Merry Christmas! - mary the food librarian

Amber said...

Be blessed this Christmas.
I have enjoyed all that you share with us.

miri said...

Merry Christmas! How delicious that Christmas dinner of yours sounds! I wish you a very happy new year, and want to thank you for all the beautiful creations you've shared with us this year!

Kate said...

Heya Helen , wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ...xoxo

Helene said...

Joyeux Noël!

mycookinghut said...

Joyeux Noel!!!

Jude said...

Looks like santa went on a diet... Merry Christmas!

Rita said...

I love looking at our Xmas decor as well, that's why they have been up for a month already here at home....
Enjoy your time with family! Merry Christmas!

Didona said...

Happy Christmas!

Botacook said...

Ces petits vêtements de Père Noël sont adorables!!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear tartelette
I would also like to wish you Merry Christmas and wonderful ushering into new year 2009.

Elra said...

Merry christmas to you and your family as well, Helene!
May yours full of joy and happiness.
Cheers,
Elra

Mallory Elise said...

joyeux noel! ah a low key christmas eve? christmas day is low key for me, my catholic french canadian family is all about christmas eve activity. tonight for dinner--gluten free meat pie! then a million desserts of course. very cute photo at the end there by the way.

bonne fin d'annee!

Passionate About Baking said...

Shall wait for dessert with glee...Merry Christmas to one of the most beautiful & also most creative bloggers I've met.Love the pictures...as always, beautiful!!

Jen Yu said...

Merry Christmas, my dear friend. I hope your feast was a hit. Wishing you and B and Tippy and Bailey a fantastic holiday and even better 2009. I see a trip to CO in your future :) HUGE hugs!! xxoo

Aparna said...

Best wishes for the festive season and very Happy New Year.

Looking forward to the next year here.:)

Vera said...

Helen, Merry Christmas and the most wonderful holidays!

Cakebrain said...

Beautiful Christmas pics! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Chez Us said...

Happy Holidays to you both!!!

Esra said...

What a cute and inspiring post. Happy Holidays to you and your family !!!

cindy : quaint said...

hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Sandra Avital said...

Happy Holidays to the sweetest baker!

LyB said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time getting ready for Christmas, Helen. Hope you had fun! I can't wait to hear about that dessert. ;)

Britt-Arnhild said...

Some beautiful photos here.....

Merry Christmas, god jul from Norway.

Mollie said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!!

Maybe said...

Joyeux Noël Helen ! And thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures and recipes with us !

creampuff said...

What would qualify as a "reject cookie" in your house???

A big hug and kiss ... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

(oh yeah ... tell Mr. Tartelettey to have a good year too ...)

Lori said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Arfi Binsted said...

Merry Christmas, Helen.

Gigi said...

Such festive photos! Happy Holidays!

cindy* said...

i am sure your holiday was lovely helen and i can't wait to see dessert!

Christy said...

Merry Xmas Helen!! Your house looks adorable!! Can't wait to see what you served for dessert!!

Fuji Mama said...

Joyeux Noel! I can't wait to hear more about your Christmas dinner...though I'm warning you, the more I here the more tempted I am to show up on your doorstep with bags in hand and announce that I'm moving in....

nicisme said...

Merry Christmas! Hope you had a great one!

Julius said...

Looking forward to your posts next year.

Happy Holidays :)

~ Julius
from Occasional Baker

Joyce said...

I love the heart ornament!! AND the santa clothes on the line- too cute!!
Your menu sounded mmm.... good!

Are these pics taken with your new lens?

PheMom said...

I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that you both have a very happy new year! Those tiny Santa clothes actually made me think of one of our families favorite Christmas books - Santa Mouse. :)

PheMom said...

I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that you both have a very happy new year! Those tiny Santa clothes actually made me think of one of our families favorite Christmas books - Santa Mouse. :)

Kremer Pigments Inc. said...

Is there a cookie inside that thing?

Ingrid said...

Merry Christmas to you!

Happy 2009!
~ingrid

Tartelette said...

Carol is that you?!!!
Ahaha!

Anonymous said...

I love the Santa's garland...absolutely adorable!

Hope you had the best Christmas ever!

Joline

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Ashley said...

I know this is an old blog post, but where did you get that ornament? ??
Simply wonderful!

ashley
jepeuxetsy @ yahoo . com

: said...

Hi guys,

I hope everybody is having a blast in this Xmas season.

Have a nice festive season..cheers!

Happy Christmas

: said...

Hi guys,

I hope everybody is having a blast in this Xmas season.

Have a nice festive season..cheers!

Happy Christmas

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