December

December

December 18, 2017

HOLIDAY DATES



The Christmas season is a busy time with all of the shopping, baking,
wrapping and planning isn't it?
It is also the best time of the year to plan some activities to see
Little Theater productions and a really good movie, which these days,
proves to be few and far between.
Here's a look at what delightful holiday events our family has enjoyed this season!


The holiday tins are filled with our favorite chocolates....
ready for Christmas Eve......


The darling and I took in a late matinee over in Plano.....


“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

OMG....this is THE BEST film we have seen all year....
LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!!
Great directing, acting and dialogue, not to mention a wonderful soundtrack!


As the late afternoon had turned a bit chilly and rainy
we popped into our favorite dining spot for cocktails....


Our favorite thing to do is enjoy a glass of wine or two
as we discuss the movie!


After an hour or so, sitting at the bar and people watching,
we decided we were both hungry and stayed for dinner.


Beginning with our favorite appetizer of fried pickles...
oh honey, this is a favorite from when we were teens and would
go to Buddy's Drive-In for their fried dill pickles......


Dressed in holiday style.....


In the air there's a feeling of Christmas....


As the shoppers rush home with their treasures....


This is Santa's big scene...


Last week, son #1 had to be in Atlanta for a huge
convention that covered four hotels.....
he did manage to take a few hours away on
Sunday afternoon, to enjoy brunch with Miss M and her family....


Our first two children....they were both
SOOOOOO happy to see each other and visit...
and both were a bit verklempt when it was time to say good-bye.


He was going on very little sleep..that was some production.....



Luke's class enjoyed a tour of the Georgia Governor's Mansion........
how darling are they?


The mansion is stunning and even more so at Christmas....
Luke came home very excited and thoroughly enjoyed every minute..
he even met the First Lady of Georgia, Mrs. Nathan Deal.


Play dates included christmas cookies and hot cocoa....
and....little boy laughter!


Miss Judy and her office enjoyed a day in Biloxi at one of the Casino's
and enjoyed their big holiday buffet...they won $20.00!!!!!


So that's some holiday fun here at Estelle's....
this week I will be sharing our dining room and the holiday mantel...
then, it's time for family and company!

December 17, 2017

SUNDAY IN MID -DECEMBER



Hello Loves....what's everyone doing today?
I am planning and organizing our Victorian Christmas Tea coming up this week.


This is a cloudy, misty chilly December Sunday
here in Texas...time to hibernate a bit.....
and we are loving this Starbucks Vanilla Latte 
as an afternoon treat.....


If you are a fan of the White Mocha from Starbucks,
you will love this one.....


I am pulling out my collection of Christmas books
I collected over the years which are chocked full of
decorating ideas and delectable recipes....
a perfect day for last minute on line shopping
and Christmas movie watching....
hope your weekend has been full of happiness!


December 16, 2017

FAVORITE YOU TUBERS


Hello Loves....we are in full swing at Estelle's
preparing for Christmas festivities.
The baking, the shopping, the wrapping and ribbons
are evident everywhere.

Today, I wanted to share my favorite You Tube channels
that I am a huge fan of.....
I find getting to know some of these people
has become a favorite way in which to
spend some time.....inspiration for a beautiful lifestyle!

Christopher Allen
Little Poet
Vintage Bombshell
Shelly's Home Life
rxstrmom
Pretty Neat Living
Bits of Paradis
Melissa 55

I hope you will enjoy these as much as I do!

December 14, 2017

DELICIOUS CRANBERRY COBBLER


Sometimes, you discover the simplest of recipes
that prove to be out of this world delicious!
This is a fantastic cobbler prepared with just a few ingredients...
you're going to love it!


MY DELICIOUS CRANBERRY COBBLER
1 box of white cake mix
2 cans of whole cranberry sauce
1 stick of butter, melted
1 t. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a 8 x 8 inch baking dish, prepared with cooking spray,
spoon both cans of cranberry sauce.
Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cake mix. Save the remaining mix.
Top with one stick of melted butter.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.


Your home will smell heavenly......


Cranberries are not just for the holiday season.....
I am so loving this sweet little recipe!

December 13, 2017

HOLIDAY JOY.....CAN YOU FIND IT?


She moved out of state....clear across the country.
It's probably been five years now.
They met by chance and a friendship grew....
both are in their late 60's. 
The house in which they live, belongs to him, which
was the home that actually belonged to his parents, now deceased.
The house resides in a very small town in the Northeast,
which is now laden with snow on bare branches.
The home is two story and is stacked to the ceiling with
old outdated law books. 
When asked, "How are you celebrating
the Christmas season?".....her response was....
"Well, we're not doing anything. We are not buying gifts,
we are not putting up a tree....maybe taking in a movie on
Christmas day."

Let's stop the clock a minute.......

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.”


Remember how it feels to hang the boughs of pine
to welcome your loved ones home for the holidays......


Remember the anticipation of finding the perfect tree........


Remember bringing it home and shopping for the perfect gifts
for your family and friends.....
It was time to bring out the heirloom ornaments
drink hot chocolate and listen to Christmas music
as you strung the lights......



Remember how warm and cozy you felt
as you poured your morning coffee into a festive
Christmas mug......


Remember how peaceful you felt
as you sat by the tree in the evenings....
transporting you back to your childhood
and all the sweet memories that swirled about......


Remember the delight you felt when building
your Christmas village and seeing
the wonderment in children's eyes as they played
with the tiny characters within the magical town.....


Remember the aroma of pine, evergreen, cinnamon and citrus
that your baking created throughout your home.....


Remember an evening at the theater
watching The Nutcracker



Remember being transported back to the
world of Dickens as you enjoyed
A Christmas Carol......


Remember the Christmas dinners
with all the special holiday foods...
real butter and cream....the holiday ham
and
Christmas cakes.....the brandy laced eggnog.....


Remember the Christmas Eve service
all aglow with candlelight.......


Remember the choir singing
O Holy Night.....

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.”



December 12, 2017

OH WHAT FUN CHRISTMAS MUGS


I simply could not resist...too cute!!!!


This is the perfect combination for a lovely
hot cup of Peppermint Cocoa....topped with
Cream and Sprinkles!


Especially for Mr.. Wonderful


Topped with Vanilla Latte Whipped CREAM.....


An afternoon delight while watching
the Cowboys Football game!


Now it's my turn.....


It's the holiday season...

December 11, 2017

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SNOW



Friday turned into a beautiful winter wonderland
over in the great state of GEORGIA!
The south never, ever knows how to handle snow days
as far as schools are concerned, so rather than think ahead,
Fulton county did not cancel school in the early AM hours,
instead waiting  until twenty minutes before the school day was to end...
which, of course, caused bus service to be late due to icy roads
and traffic jams everywhere created by people leaving work
and picking up their children early.....lawd!
  

They actually received about 6-8 inches of this beautiful cold fluff.....



Piper was in snow heaven.....jumping and romping and rolling.....


Catch it Pipes.......


 I mean this was a lot of snow...enough to build a Frosty!
Oh to be a kid again......


Mae Mobley and I managed to get all the gifts wrapped, boxed up
and mailed from FedEX...This is always my biggest holiday project, so
I am so glad that is all taken care of!


My craft assistant is always willing to lend her helping paw....
sweet kitty toes!!!!


I made a quick run through Target and discovered
one of their gorgeous 2017 snowglobes....
A FOX.....CARDINALS....SNOW
perfection!


Oh, how I have loved THE FOX this year!!!!
I just adore this addition to our collection!


And....a few new holiday mugs....darling for hot cocoa!


Another weakness....mercury glass birds in BLUSH!



Mae loves the tree and the nightly fire......
December is just flying by isn't it?
Time to start the baking and getting the list
ready for delicious dinners!