The Tale of Oranges

To continue with previous postings of my Christmas Foods And Traditions Series we will look today at the Elizabethan period of England. As a queen, Elizabeth had access to some of the most luxurious foods that were on offer now from many parts of the world. Her food reflected the wealth and power of England and was…

Christmas Oranges

For the last few weeks months I have been very busy with a project. More of that coming when it is completed, sometime in January. But, I thought I would share some Christmas posts that I have posted over the years to get us all in the Christmas Spirit! Today, its all about the Christmas…

T’was the Day Before Christmas and All Thru the House………….

Everyone is too busy to stir……………..but we are all decorated and ready for Santa! With a view from this way ………. and that………….. The animals talk at Christmas you know………. And the table is almost set…………we just have to add two more place settings! This year, it is Santa and two reindeer on display……… And…

T’Was Days Before Christmas and in the Fourth Ward……

I can’t think of anything I like better to do than to go on a Christmas Walk and Home Tour during the Holidays. We have a favorite spot in Charlotte in the Fourth Ward. What began as a neighborhood potluck dinner crawl for neighbors over 41 years ago, has evolved into a vibrant, festive celebration…

T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate, Part Two

We’re back for our last viewing of the Biltmore House before we move on to more Christmas outings……..now let’s see where did we leave off? Oh yes, George Vanderbilt was moving into his new home which included 250 rooms with 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65  fireplaces,  and 3 kitchens. There also was the ultra modern…

T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate

After a short visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington Vanderbilt II, found the perfect location for his COUNTRY HOME! Biltmore Estate is a large (6,950 acres or 11 square miles), private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Chateau-style mansion built between 1889 and 1895 and is…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Christmas Is Over Bring On the New Year!

Come in, come in! We are having a heatwave, it’s up to 48 degrees today, so let’s celebrate with some fruitcake! Remember before Thanksgiving I made two fruitcakes, which were slathered in rum, wrapped up tight, and put in my bedroom closet to ferment? I had set a reminder on my phone because I was…

Christmas Special Writing Prompts: Days 9, 10, 11

Well, I got a little behind this weekend!  I was shopping and watching football, basketball and Season 2 of The Crown, oh my! Got all my runs in too! But, let’s get on to the writing! Oh gee, I would be embarrassed to write a letter to Santa!  It would have to be a more…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 8

Gosh, I don’t think there is just one part to like, Christmas is the entire package! I like the busy-ness of the season, the preparing of the food, the decorating of the house, tree and outdoors, the buying of presents and wrapping. It is getting ready for the Christ Child to renew your heart…… prepare…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 7

I have always wanted to go to Quebec City, Canada at Christmas or for the Winter Carnival at the end of January. I love everything about the city! It is easy to get to from the US. The decorations at any time of year are fabulous. I can practice speaking French. We have been there…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 6

My Christmas decorating starts right after Thanksgiving! This year we even got the tree the day before Thanksgiving because my daughter was here with her big SUV, to lug the tree home, and she was here to decorate it as well! We collect Christmas ornaments from our travels during the year and put them in…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 5

Yes, my husband and I both send out our own Christmas cards. When we got married my husband was in the military and  had a Christmas list of hundreds! This list was built from a twenty-four year career, so I didn’t know many of these people. So we established lists of yours, mine and ours,…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 4

It begins to feel like Christmas to me as soon as I see a Christmas commercial on TV. That starts right after Halloween! However, as it gets into Thanksgiving and we watch Macy’s Christmas parade and there is football, football and more football and more commercials, it seems I steadily get more Christmasy! Then the…

Christmas Special Writing Prompts: One, Two and Three

I just found this in my email and it looked very interesting, so I think I shall participate! Every day of December we will get a Christmas writing prompt so here goes! I will be doing three today to catch up! How did I spend last Christmas? It must have been a quiet day because…