Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas 2012

IMG_6365eFrom our home to yours, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

IMG_6208eMaisie’s elf Mortimer arrived the morning after Thanksgiving.  Such a smart elf, he even knew to travel to Aruba to visit with Maisie each day.

IMG_6244eMaisie and I got the tree decorated in November, right before we left for her gymnastics meet in Savannah.

IMG_6369eIt wasn’t until Christmas eve that any presents were placed below the tree.  Maisie was very excited helping Eammon and I wrap each other’s gifts, adding funny notes to each of the packages.

santaIt was very exciting to catch Santa in the act, leaving Maisie her gift.

IMG_6389eChristmas morning, still dark outside as Maisie awoke at oh-dark-hundred, ready to open her gifts and see what Santa brought. 

IMG_6394eMaisie enjoyed passing out gifts & opening all of hers too and look, it’s starting to get light outside.

IMG_6392eModeling her new robe.

photo (8)eMaisie with her gift from Santa, a new Touchpad, and Eammon with his stocking stuffer, Danish Bacon.   Just noticed as I’m writing this post, Eammon’s wearing his England Rugby shirt and Monty Python pants, he’s eating bacon sarnies with HP Sauce, drinking a cuppa and watching Monty Python: Almost the Truth on TV. It’s also grey and rainy outside, Eammon should feel like it’s Christmas morning back in England.  The only thing letting him know that he’s not in England right now is that he didn’t receive any clothing six sizes too small or from some elderly Auntie, a tacky hand-knitted, one-sleeve-longer-than-the-other Christmas jumper.

I am making a few special foods for dinner today including Eammon’s favorite heart attack potatoes Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes.  If I were making a fancy meal, I think that my recent Steak au Poivre would make for a gorgeous dinner, maybe I’ll make it for NYE.  Click on the link or the picture to be taken to Cook Lisa Cook and the recipe.

steak au poivre

Other delicious recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook include: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake, Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Rum Cured Salmon, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Texas Chicken with Lime Butter, Biscoff Fudge, Eggnog Popovers with Cranberry Butter, Creamed Corn with Cheese and Cilantro, Potato Crusted Pork Chops, Oatmeal, Cashew & Chocolate Granola Bars, Texas Chicken Sandwich, Seared Scallops with Creamy Pesto & Lemon Pepper Pasta, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Glazed Lemon Squares, Chang-Style Brussels Sprouts, Maisie “safe” No Bake Cookies, Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart, Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers, Sweet & Spicy Apple Pork, Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel, Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites, Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake, Malted Pretzel Crunch, Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing, Apple Pancakes, Baked Egg & Avocado, Health(ier) Peanut Brittle, Crab Cake Stuffed Mushrooms, Broiled Sushi, Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter, Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Slow Cooker Chicken Curry, Slimmed Down Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole, Baked Meatballs, Skinny Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Fruit, Nut & Poppy Seed Chicken Salad, Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars, Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Hearty Sausage, Mushroom & Cheddar Mini Quiche, Strawberry Soup, Chicken Tenders, Mango Melon Banana & Chia Smoothie, Lacy Cheese Crackers, Dried Cherry Almond Tart, Thai Cucumber Salad, Grilled Thai Chicken, Chili Maple Mustard Ribs, Curried Grilled Thai Chicken Salad, Copycat “KFC” Original Recipe Fried Chicken, Double Chocolate Mousse Cake, Cauli-Rice, Cauliflower Crust Pizza, Fritos Crusted Pollock, Chicken Satay Noodle Salad, Mini Cheesecake Bites, French Fries Hash Browns, Soup Day Soup, Thai Curry Shrimp with Shirataki Noodles, Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon with Sesame Ginger Honey Glaze, Bacon & Cheese Zucchini Fritters, Fried Green Tomatoes, Crispy Zucchini Chips, Zucchini with Onion & Brown Sugar, Shrimp & Vegetable Madras Curry, Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings, Maisie “safe” Bacon & “Cheese” Zucchini Fritters, S’mores Granola Bars, Marshmallow Pops, Broiled Tomatoes, Steak with Bourbon & Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce, Thai Peanut Noodles with Chicken, Sweet Italian Sausage & Roasted Chestnut Stuffed Mushrooms, Sweet Potato Glass Noodles with Honey Garlic Lime Shrimp, Curried Chicken Salad, Slow Cooker Ranch Mushrooms, Roasted Spatchcocked Turkey, Crockpot Baked Stuffed Apples, Cauliflower with Seared Peppers and Caramelized Onions & Garlic, Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes, Braised Beef Short Ribs and White Chocolate Marshmallow Cranberry Cashew Bark.



  1. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas - glad to hear you can't take England out of the boy - enjoy your sarnies Eammon.

  2. Merry Christmas friend! What a beautiful tree you have! Looking at the colour of Maisie pre and post Aruba made me giggle! That girlie tans like her Mama! :o)

    Hope you had a wonderful, fun, loving Christmas with those you love most.

    Merry Christmas!! xo

  3. Merry Christmas! Very impressed with your Christmas, considering that you were away for most of the month. Hope Santa was good to everyone!

  4. What a fun Christmas morning! I love Maisie's robe. I had to click your link to see what a Touchpad was - it looks great! I had to laugh at the picture of Eammon holding MEAT from his stocking. LOL! Glad it was a fun day - Merry Christmas!

    1. He got bacon and chocolate, I know what he likes!!

  5. How fun! Your tree is so pretty and I love how Maise was too excited to sleep long! Glad Eammon got something he likes too. Love the robe!

  6. You all know how to have fun! Merry Christmas!

    Alyzabeth's Mommy

  7. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the 3 of you! I look forward to reading more posts in 2013!


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