I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! I know our family certainly did. It was the first time in 6 years that we had all been together. It was such a fun day. My daughters did all the cooking except for the mashed potatoes and stuffing which I made the day before and they were warmed up in crockpots for our dinner. I was super impressed by the team work of my daughters! They did an awesome job putting it all together.
Here are a few pics from our day..
Now it is time to decorate the house for Christmas! A real live fresh Christmas tree has always been our tradition. However over the last few years I have wanted to buy an artificial tree. My kids were not into the idea but, I personally was tired of the mess of a real tree makes (needles falling off the tree are a constant daily cleaning job :). Not to mention that typically a tree makes it a couple weeks before it starts really drying out. I have always wanted to put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving and enjoy it a little longer. I talked with my hubby about the idea and he was fine with it. A few weeks ago we were in Costco and they had their artificial trees for sale and we purchased one. The kids are all warming up to the idea! ~smile~ I am super excited to get the tree up today! My plan this morning is to get the living room all dusted and vacuumed and the furniture moved around to make room for our tree.
After the tree is up and the house is decorated it will be time to start planning out Christmas baking. I will be making cookies over the next couple of weeks and putting half of them in freezer for Christmas day and for cookie platters to give to friends and neighbors.
Here are my favorite cookie recipes…
Peanut Butter Oatmeal http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/peanutbutteroatcookies.htm
Nadine’s Chocolate Chip Cookies http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/nadineschocolatechipcookies.htm
Sugar Cookies: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/sugarcookies.htm
Gingerbread Men: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/gingerbreadmencookies.htm
Cherry Cheesecake Bars: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/cherrycheesecakebars.htm
That is all from the homestead for now!!