Monday, December 20, 2010

BE JOLLY BY GOLLY BLOGFEST

 We bought an artificial tree about twelve years ago...It ended the annual when are we going to put up the tree fight.  (LOL)  This is the tree in our family room.  This year we decided that we would focus on red and gold ornaments.  Each year we buy two special ornaments for our tree, one for Katherine (that she can take when she moves away from home) and one for Walter and me.
 This is our hearth.  We used to have stockings I cross stitched.  They weren't as nice as the store bought ones...(They're shaped a bit strange.)

This wreath is really special to me.  Last year we sponsored it for a local fund drive for our small hospital in town.  My friend Marina made it.  She knew she was making it for me.  If you look carefully, you can see it looks a lot like me...It has a cake on it, chocolate covered strawberries a workout girl, and of course a princess crown.  
 This is our dining room tree.  It's a smaller one.  It has random colored special ornaments.  If you look carefully you can see a Macy ornament on it.  :)  There are quite a few of my "teacher" ornaments on this tree.  I get a bit sentimental as I hang these ornaments...
 This is probably the most fun tree in the house.  It's our candy tree.  We have to keep it in the basement where Macy can't get to it.  (We keep a gate across the basement stairs so that the basement is a pet free zone in case we have guests.)  The reason I have a silver tree is because when I was a little girl in England my grandparents had a silver tree.  I  was sooo excited when I saw silver trees in the stores again a few years ago.  Notice the star...It's a chocolate fish.  (LOL)
Everyone has a wreath on their door...We opted for something a little different.  :-)

I don't have a photo of the food item I always make (now only for my husband), but I wanted to share it with you because it is soooo good! 

Scottish Eggs (You can make them that morning or the night before)
Boil eggs and let them cool
Take raw sausage (I use Jimmy Dean Hot) and coat the eggs
Dip the coated egg in a raw (mixed) egg
Coat in bread crumbs
Cook in oil until sausage is completely cooked.
Drain on paper towel.
Serve with spicy mustard ...an be served hot or cold....

I don't really have a favorite drink...Sorry!

I would like to take this moment to thank you for being my bloggy friends.  I feel so blessed.  You have made my year so much better.  I hope that at some point in the year I have cheered you up or said something of value to you. 

May 2011 bring you great happiness, wonderful health and may all your publishing (or other) dreams come true....Thank you for being part of my life!

Don't forget to check out all the  Be Jolly By Golly Blogfest entries...

66 comments:

  1. Your decorations are beautiful, Sharon! I love that you have a wreath that reflects you. The silver tree is so unique and pretty too!
    Enjoy the holidays with your family, Sharon!

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  2. That wreath is just adorable!

    And thanks for the Scotch eggs recipe...I've always wondered how to make them.

    Happy Christmas!

    Shelley

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  3. Your Christmas trees are beautiful but that wreath is the most amazing decoration ever.
    Happy Christmas.

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  4. Thanks so much! I feel as if I had been invited to your house, and I've so much missed Christmas decorations this year!

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  5. That Santa wreath is wonderful. You must have so much fun decorating all of your trees every year!

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  6. Beautiful decorations. The candy tree is a great idea!

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  7. I love your hearth! It really makes me wish we had a fireplace. Your decorations are lovely! Merry Christmas!

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  8. I'm quite amazed at how many people put up multiple trees. Yours are lovely (I especially like the candy tree! I need one of those!). Have a fantastic Christmas this year!

    ♥ Mary Mary

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  9. Those decorations are amazing! I can't believe you have three trees--what a fun way to celebrate Christmas!

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  10. All your decorations are beautiful! I love the wreath and your fireplace. Wonderful.

    Happy Christmas to you and your family!

    Be Jolly By Golly

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  11. Awww your special and beautiful trees are truly personal - that's so sweet! I do like your wreath - it's a very special wreath - it is so you!!!

    Have a wonderful and brilliant christmas and new year, Sharon K Mayhew!!!! Take care
    x

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  12. Love the trees and decorations! They're beautiful. I also need to make those eggs for my sons. Thanks for the recipe.

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  13. your hearth is so beautiful! I love the santa too!

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  14. I love the idea of a candy tree. How fun!

    Wonderful decorations, Sharon! :) Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Amy

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  15. I *heart* you! Love the decorations!!! Happy holidays :)

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  16. I love your mantle. It's so festive! And I like how you opted for something other than a wreath on the door. The Santa is fun! Merry Christmas!

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  17. Very cute decorations, and Merry Christmas!

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  18. I love your trees--and the wreath looks great! Thanks for the recipe. :)

    Merry Christmas!

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  19. I've never heard of Scottish Eggs. They sound great though.

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  20. Love the santa on the door. Great pics, thanks!

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  21. I love wreaths like that! Have a very merry Christmas!!!

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  22. That Santa is so adorable.

    Happy Holidays.

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  23. Hey...your profile pic was taken in front of your Christmas tree. FUN! I love your decorations!! :)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  24. I love your silver tree full of candy. THAT is a fantastic idea. Plus, it's beautiful. Merry Christmas.

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  25. Three trees! How fun! I especially love the chocolate fish. Sweet. Literally :) Have a Merry Christmas!

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  26. I love your different trees! The candy one would not have very many ornaments on it if it were at my house ;) Have a Merry Christmas and a great new year!

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  27. You really jogged my memory with your Scottish Eggs recipe. Haven't seen one since we ventured this side of the ocean. I loved all three of your trees. I would have another tree but for husband. Have a lovely Christmas.

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  28. Wonderful to make your acquaintance this year. Merry Christmas and good luck to you in the new year as well.

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  29. Hi Sharon,
    Very pretty decorations and it's so nice to see the Christmas ambience, alive and well, in your home.
    Penny, the 'wee folks' and myself, wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and positive holiday season:-)

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  30. Beautiful decorations! I love that you get misty-eyed when hanging the teacher ornaments. :)

    We get multiple ornaments each year, too. One for each of the kids, and one for us parents... for the same reason as you. :) Many of the ornaments on my tree are mine from when I grew up, and they are so special. I love knowing I'm doing that for my own kids each year.

    Merry Christmas!

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  31. Loving your decorations and tree! Such a great idea to buy 2 lots of decorations too. Have a wonderful Christmas! ;)

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  32. I love your tree and decorations and your recipe makes me hungry!!

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas,
    Lyn
    W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

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  33. Hi Sharon,

    Stopping by for the blogfest...

    Your place looks great! So festive! =)

    Happy Holidays!

    -Shannon

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  34. You’re awesome... I'm glad to be a blog friend, and yes, you have been a great inspiration to me.

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  35. Looks like all your decorations are up and you are all set to enjoy the holiday season Sharon! Good for you! I like your candy cane tree ~ very cute.

    Wishing you and your family all the best in 2011 and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas too!
    xo Catherine

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  36. That wreath is beautiful! And so is your fireplace! Awesome!

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  37. Beautiful decorations!

    Merry Christmas, Sharon. Look forward to seeing you back again next year :)

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  38. I love your trees! And the Santa is gorgeous too :)

    Enjoy a wonderful holiday season! :)

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  39. All your stuff is so cute! and the personalized stuff like that is the best :)
    Happy Holidays!
    ~Kelley

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  40. Hey, do you want to come and decorate my house.(Smiles) It looks beautiful.

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  41. Hi Sharon!

    Your trees look beautiful! I so wish I had a big enough place to have more than one tree up for Christmas.

    I've never had Scottish Eggs. Will have to see if hubby and son would like to try this one.

    Merry Christmas!

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  42. Love every one of your trees. They are each so special. And that wreathe is so beautiful too.

    Merry Christmas. And thank you for being my friend.

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  43. Beautiful trees, beautiful decorations, beautiful sentiments - Merry Christmas!!

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  44. Three trees - and I love them all (especially the candy one)! What a great idea to buy two new ornaments a year - one to go with your daughter and one to stay home with you! Have a Merry Christmas, Sharon!

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  45. We buy each of the kids an ornament from our vacation spot each year, and then they each get a special ornament from either my sister or me as well (Jillian gets a snowman, Kevin gets a Santa, and Madeline gets an angel). I love that they'll already have a pretty good ornament collection going by the time they have their own trees to decorate.

    Great photos, thanks for sharing, Sharon!

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  46. Hi Sharon .. love the trees and the notes on the decorations and the wreath .. it looks specially made - great memories.

    Re the Scotch Eggs .. you can wrap the sausaged egg in bacon, skewer (toothpick) them, and bake in the oven .. if you don't want to deep fry & I put mine in a bun tin - keeps the bacon more in place. Another thought .. they work well!

    Enjoy the celebrations .. and many happy days ahead .. thanks for your thoughts and definitely see you in the New Year ... cheers Hilary

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  47. Hello Sharon. Nice decorations, love the Santa wreath.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  48. hi miss sharon! wow your house is so happy and christmasy. for sure i love that candy tree. if i had that it would be bare by the time christmas got here. ha ha. i didnt know that was a chocolate fish at the top. wow how cool is that! i bet its a starfish. ha ha.
    ...happy holiday hugs from lenny

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  49. That Santa is so cute and I love the candy tree. The Scottish eggs sound really good. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

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  50. Such gorgeous trees. Merry Christmas, Sharon!

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  51. Love your trees. Especially the silver one. And what a precious Santa on your door. You and I have a lot more in common than you know. :)

    YAY, I can now (finally) make Scottish Eggs. Woo-hoo. Thanks girlfriend. Merry Christmas. :)

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  52. Happy Holidays Sharon!! And thanks for the tour, loved your decorations! =D
    Will try those scotish eggs!

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  53. Your trees, fireplace, and chocolate fish star are delightful!!

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  54. Sharon, I love your Santa on your door. I like that it's different. The beard looks so soft & sparkly, too!

    Thank you so much as well for Stephen Swineburne's book! It came in the mail yesterday, right on my birthday! LOL, you had excellent timing!

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  55. Three trees? And one dedicated to candy, too, what a great idea. I've seen a few white or silver trees on this blogfest, after not seeing one since I was young way too many years ago. Aaah! Memories!

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  56. I love all those trees. You have some awesome decorations!!

    Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

    Merry Christmas!

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  57. Gorgeous trees! :o) And your recipe is the most interesting one I've seen yet.

    Merry Christmas, Sharon! You certainly have brightened my life this year!!!!! God bless you in 2011!

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  58. Merry Christmas Sharon!
    Absolutely LOVE the Santa :)

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  59. Your pics are lovely. Happy holidays!

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  60. Merry Christmas, Sharon!
    I love it that you have 3 Christmas tree, each with a story behind it(what a lovely concept). I also love that you include Macy ;) But who wouldn't include their pets in a family tradition? I also want to wish you a wonderful new year filled with love, peace, health, and lots of publishing ;)

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  61. Thanks for sharing the photos, Sharon. Your home looks so festive and welcoming. The decorations are beautiful. Merry Christmas and the very best in the New Year.

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  62. I hope you had a great Christmas Sharon! The Scottish eggs sound so delish!!! I am so glad to have you as a bloggy friend. Hope the New Year brings you everything you want (especially that publishing one). =D

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  63. Sharon, I love your decor! Homemade goodies are so full of love and character -- they are ALWAYS better than the store-bought ones. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas and enjoyed lots of cozy time with family. xx

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  64. Thank you for the warm wishes, Sharon. Thanks, too, for the joy you bring to those of us who read your blog.

    May your 2011 be filled with blessings!

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