New Beginnings.....

It's the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

I feel so blessed to be in good health, in good company, and in good spirits awaiting 2010. 

2010, can you believe it ?

Wishing all of you only the best for 2010 !!!!!!


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'Twas the night before Christmas - dieter's version ......

Twas the night before Christmas and all 'round my hips

Were Fannie May candies that had sneaked past my lips.

Fudge brownies were stored in the freezer with care

In hopes that my thighs would forget they were there.

While Mama in her girdle and I in chin straps

Had just settled down to sugar-borne naps.

When out in the pantry there arose such a clatter

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the kitchen I flew like a flash

Tore open the icebox then threw up the sash.

The marshmallow look of the new-fallen snow

Sent thoughts of a binge to my body below.

When what to my wandering eyes should appear:

A marzipan Santa with eight chocolate reindeer!

That huge chunk of candy so luscious and slick

I knew in a second that I'd wind up sick.

The sweet-coated Santa, those sugared reindeer

I closed my eyes tightly but still I could hear;

On Pritzker, on Stillman, on weak one, on TOPS,

A Weight Watcher dropout from sugar detox.

From the top of the scales to the top of the hall

Now dash away pounds now dash away all.

Dressed up in Lane Bryant from my head to night-dress

My clothes were all bulging from too much excess.

My droll little mouth and my round little belly

They shook when I laughed like a bowl full of jelly.

I spoke not a word but went straight to my work

Ate all of the candy then turned with a jerk.

And laying a finger beside my heartburn

I gave a quick nod, toward the bedroom I turned.

I eased into bed, to the heavens I cry

If temptation's removed I'll get thin by and by!

And I mumbled again as I turned for the night

In the morning I'll starve...'til I take that first bite!

Merry Christmas Friends and many Blessings to all,


Let's say thanks to our troops....

I am gratefull to live in a free country that allows me the FREEDOM to live as I wish. This would not be possible without the sacrifices of the men and women of the military and especially as this time of year it is important to show our appreciation for the sacrifices they make. 

Use the bottom below and send a free postcard - no postage to our troops to show them we are thinking of them.


The Countdown begins

10 days to Christmas...can you believe it?

I live in Florida and you wouldn't know it was Christmas by the weather here, a balmy 80 something degrees.  No sweaters, no boots, no scarves - we are living in shorts and flip flops in the middle of December.  The palm trees dance.

I long to see and experience a White Christmas.  The closest thing to white is the white sand on our beaches.

From my home to yours - Blessings to all this Christmas.

xoxo, Sylvia


I'm DONE !!!!

You know the feeling, you can't wait for something, you get all excited with the anticipation and when it finally arrives it becomes a chore?  That is how I felt this year about Christmas decorating.  I couldn't wait to put away all my fall decorations and start with the Christmas stuff, but as hours turned into days I was dreading  pulling out the boxes, sorting throught the stuff and deciding on a theme for this year's Christmas. 

So, this year I am still LUCKY to have my 20 year old living at home (and going to college) and decided to let her make the decisions.  She decided on a real Christmas tree that she would decorate with all different types of ornaments (no theme this year), so she strung the lights and started on hanging the ornaments.  I think it turned out BEAUTIFUL, just like her !!!!

Welcome ......

Come on in....

Entry Foyer

Dining room mirror....the Christmas Village I posted earlier sits on the sideboard directly under this mirror.

Kitchen Tree and Reindeer Cookie Jar .... do you see the penguin and santa espresso coffee cups and mini chip clip??

White feather tree in my bedroom....

Living Room Tree...

Reindeer and Snowman tablescape in living room....

BELIEVE indeed....

Guest Bathroom....

Daughter's silver tinsel tree .....in her room.....

Family Room

Do you see the snowman and red cardinal?

Time to rest up, still have the outside to do.

xoxo, Sylvia


Oh Christmas Tree

Remember these ?

Picture isn't the best quality but got so excited when I pulled this tree out of storage that I just had to share with all of you.  I made this in the 70's in ceramic class.  I LOVE this tree.

Enjoy your decorating.

Hosting a Cookie Exchange

Courtesy of Taste of Home
Recipe to follow

Hosting a cookie exchange is easier than you think with these timely tips:

* Select a date and send out invitations about six weeks in advance. Weekday evenings or weekend afternoons work well because people may be less busy. Schedule the party to be about 2 hours long so guests aren't required to set aside a lot of time.

* Invite 8 to 12 people, keeping in mind that having more guests results in more variety of treats. Make the same kind of cookie or candy, allowing 1 dozen for each person participating. You might also encourage them to bring an extra dozen for sampling at the party.

* Ask what each person is making to avoid duplicates. There's no point to the exchange if everyone arrives with sugar cookies.

* Have participants bring empty containers or resealable plastic bags to collect their goodies. If the gathering is small, they may want to bring the batches already individually wrapped. Also have guests bring a copy of their recipe for each person.

* You can keep your menu to a minimum by focusing on the sweet treats. Simply serve a selection of beverages and the extra cookies and candies. Of if you prefer, offer a few hot and cold appetizers.

* As people arrive, set out the cookies and candies on a long table, leaving enough room for folks to walk around. Label the containers with the recipe name.

* Near the end of the party, have guests fill their containers with a dozen of each kind of cookie and candy.

* For party favors, gather all the different recipe cards into bundles, tie with festive ribbons and hand them out as guests leave.

White Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints

• 38 Servings

• Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


• 3/4 cup butter, softened
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 2 eggs, separated
• 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup baking cocoa
• 1-1/4 cups finely chopped pecans or walnuts


• 4 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam


• In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Combine flour and cocoa; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.

• In a shallow bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy. Place nuts in another shallow bowl. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Dip in egg whites, then roll in nuts.

• Using a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in center of each cookie. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

• In a microwave, melt white chocolate and butter at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon into each cookie. Top each with about 1/4 teaspoon jam. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3 dozen.


Enjoy this recipe and report back if you do host a cookie exhange.

xoxo, Sylvia


Christmas Village is Bustling with Christmas activity.....

City Hall with the Candy Shop to the right and a home to the left.

Every city must have one.

Do you see Santa ringing the bell?

Candy Shop, Hotel and someone's Home - Taxi driver is in for a rest and the blue truck is gettting ready to pack up the family to shop for their Christmas tree.

The Bakery, Church and another Home - The Bakery has been working non stop producing all types of sweet breads and cakes; The Church is staying open for last minute workshipers and the family in the pretty blue house is getting ready for dinner.

The skater is taking in one last go around before being called in to dinner.

Firetruck at the ready - just in case.

Another view around the neighborhood.....

Last one ---

And to all a GOOD NIGHT.

xoxo, Sylvia