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A Christmas Buffet and a New Back Splash

My husband and son and I were hanging around after dinner last night when we heard a beeping from the basement. My husband went downstairs to see what it was and our carbon monoxide detector was beeping. After determining the batteries were good in both the basement detector and the main floor detector, he opened the basement patio door and the alarm soon quit.

And then the one in the family room, where we were sitting, went off. We got out of the house and called the emergency line for the company that takes care of our heating system.

When our heat guy came over, he told us the carbon monoxide levels in our basement had been dangerously high (5,000 ppm by the heater) and the detectors had saved our lives. We spent last night without any heat in the house but so thankful to God that He protected us. If you have gas logs or gas powered heat in your house, please get these detectors. The gas is odorless and we would have passed out and unless someone had found us quickly, died. 

On to more pleasant things!

One of the things we really love about our home is the open floor plan. It's especially nice for the holidays and entertaining.

Our dining room, kitchen and family room are divided by this large 'island.' This gives me tons of counter space and I use it like a buffet at the holidays.

It's also nice that I can talk to everyone while I'm cooking!

I moved my gold sled to the buffet and surrounded it with treats.  This little chalk board that I found at Tuesday Morning is always fun to change to match the season.
On Christmas day, this spot is filled with appetizers, desserts and drinks.

While I'm cooking, someone is always sitting right here - snacking.


When we redid our master bathroom this summer, our tile guy was nice enough to help me with our back splash. I already had the 4" travertine tile. He advised me how to seal them and what products to use. 
He had his wet saw set up on our drive way and when I got to the point where I needed the tile cut, he paused working on our bathroom and cut the tile for me!  But I did all the tile laying and grouting myself.
I love how it turned out and how well the tile matches the colors of the cabinets. A friend asked me how I got the pattern of the tile so perfect. I didn't do anything! I just kept grabbing the nearest tile.

I'm also really thankful for the advice and help that our tile expert gave me because I would have missed some steps without him! Thank you, Neil, at Carpet Gallery!
These are cardboard letters that I bought at HobbyLobby. I decoupaged them with blue and white napkins that I found at Tuesday Morning a couple of years ago.

Hope you've got all your shopping done! We've got a couple of Christmas parties this week and will be picking our son up at the airport tomorrow for a week long visit.

Also, our wonderful 'heat guy' is coming over today to get our heat working again! I've got both our gas logs going and I'm wearing several layers under a thick blanket. It's 59 degrees in our house.

love and blessings~
"So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them." Luke 2
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Home & Garden

A Christmas Buffet and a New Back Splash

My husband and son and I were hanging around after dinner last night when we heard a beeping from the basement. My husband went downstairs to see what it was and our carbon monoxide detector was beeping. After determining the batteries were good in both the basement detector and the main floor detector, he opened the basement patio door and the alarm soon quit.

And then the one in the family room, where we were sitting, went off. We got out of the house and called the emergency line for the company that takes care of our heating system.

When our heat guy came over, he told us the carbon monoxide levels in our basement had been dangerously high (5,000 ppm by the heater) and the detectors had saved our lives. We spent last night without any heat in the house but so thankful to God that He protected us. If you have gas logs or gas powered heat in your house, please get these detectors. The gas is odorless and we would have passed out and unless someone had found us quickly, died. 

On to more pleasant things!

One of the things we really love about our home is the open floor plan. It's especially nice for the holidays and entertaining.

Our dining room, kitchen and family room are divided by this large 'island.' This gives me tons of counter space and I use it like a buffet at the holidays.

It's also nice that I can talk to everyone while I'm cooking!

I moved my gold sled to the buffet and surrounded it with treats.  This little chalk board that I found at Tuesday Morning is always fun to change to match the season.
On Christmas day, this spot is filled with appetizers, desserts and drinks.

While I'm cooking, someone is always sitting right here - snacking.


When we redid our master bathroom this summer, our tile guy was nice enough to help me with our back splash. I already had the 4" travertine tile. He advised me how to seal them and what products to use. 
He had his wet saw set up on our drive way and when I got to the point where I needed the tile cut, he paused working on our bathroom and cut the tile for me!  But I did all the tile laying and grouting myself.
I love how it turned out and how well the tile matches the colors of the cabinets. A friend asked me how I got the pattern of the tile so perfect. I didn't do anything! I just kept grabbing the nearest tile.

I'm also really thankful for the advice and help that our tile expert gave me because I would have missed some steps without him! Thank you, Neil, at Carpet Gallery!
These are cardboard letters that I bought at HobbyLobby. I decoupaged them with blue and white napkins that I found at Tuesday Morning a couple of years ago.

Hope you've got all your shopping done! We've got a couple of Christmas parties this week and will be picking our son up at the airport tomorrow for a week long visit.

Also, our wonderful 'heat guy' is coming over today to get our heat working again! I've got both our gas logs going and I'm wearing several layers under a thick blanket. It's 59 degrees in our house.

love and blessings~
"So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them." Luke 2
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Our Christmas Buffet

I don't know if you're like our family, but on the holidays, we eat all day!  Especially on Christmas!

We eat breakfast and then start cooking.  We make all the hor d'oeuvres first so we can eat them while we fix our big dinner.

I love having this counter space in our dining room area. We hang out in the family room and in this area all day long, watching TV, playing games and eating.

But this counter is the place that we fill with hor d'oeuvres and punch and desserts and snacks.

I'm planning on sharing some of our favorite Christmas recipes with you in a future post.
I bought this Nativity several years ago at Hobby Lobby and have put it in this place of honor every year since I've had it.  It's within your view when you're in the kitchen, dining and living room.
This year I discovered that my star fit perfectly here and makes a great back drop for it.
I bought these deer plates, by Better Homes and Gardens, that coordinate perfectly with my Christmas dinner ware.  I bought 8 of the dessert size just to use on our buffet.  On Christmas day, they'll be filled with shrimp cocktail, crab artichoke dip and baked brie.

My plate holder usually holds a variety of pies.
And a rum cake will fill the covered cake plate. I've had this cake plate for about 20 years.  It was a gift from a dear friend.
I promised you several posts ago that I would share with you my husband's Christmas decorating and here it is!  Our cow has reindeer antlers!  Haha!  He was SO pleased with himself that I had to leave it.  It is pretty cute!

A little wheel barrow filled with evergreen and cinnamon sits next to the stove.  My mom in law sent us a box last week filled with Christmas memories and this little box of evergreen.  
I added a holiday bow to the topiary that usually sits here and surrounded our cow deer with jars of candy.




Need some great recipes for Christmas? Visit my Christmas Cuisine pinterest board.

Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season!  We have had rain instead of snow here and no indication for a white Christmas, which is very unusual here in Michigan.  I hope we'll get some 'bad' weather the week of Christmas!

love and blessings~

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2


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Home & Garden, Tips & How To

Our Christmas Buffet

I don't know if you're like our family, but on the holidays, we eat all day!  Especially on Christmas!

We eat breakfast and then start cooking.  We make all the hor d'oeuvres first so we can eat them while we fix our big dinner.

I love having this counter space in our dining room area. We hang out in the family room and in this area all day long, watching TV, playing games and eating.

But this counter is the place that we fill with hor d'oeuvres and punch and desserts and snacks.

I'm planning on sharing some of our favorite Christmas recipes with you in a future post.
I bought this Nativity several years ago at Hobby Lobby and have put it in this place of honor every year since I've had it.  It's within your view when you're in the kitchen, dining and living room.
This year I discovered that my star fit perfectly here and makes a great back drop for it.
I bought these deer plates, by Better Homes and Gardens, that coordinate perfectly with my Christmas dinner ware.  I bought 8 of the dessert size just to use on our buffet.  On Christmas day, they'll be filled with shrimp cocktail, crab artichoke dip and baked brie.

My plate holder usually holds a variety of pies.
And a rum cake will fill the covered cake plate. I've had this cake plate for about 20 years.  It was a gift from a dear friend.
I promised you several posts ago that I would share with you my husband's Christmas decorating and here it is!  Our cow has reindeer antlers!  Haha!  He was SO pleased with himself that I had to leave it.  It is pretty cute!

A little wheel barrow filled with evergreen and cinnamon sits next to the stove.  My mom in law sent us a box last week filled with Christmas memories and this little box of evergreen.  
I added a holiday bow to the topiary that usually sits here and surrounded our cow deer with jars of candy.




Need some great recipes for Christmas? Visit my Christmas Cuisine pinterest board.

Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season!  We have had rain instead of snow here and no indication for a white Christmas, which is very unusual here in Michigan.  I hope we'll get some 'bad' weather the week of Christmas!

love and blessings~

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2


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