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Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Quiet Homemade Christmas

Happy New Year! Just a post full of Christmas love!

DH plays Santa for some families in church ever year and this year we got to be Santa for our grandson. We spent Christmas eve with Brandie, Micah, and Jr. Jr. was not even afraid of Santa! Here is myself, DH (Santa) and Jr. What a happy boy!

This is a wonderful vegan basket of goodies from a very good friend of mine and her husband. Chuck got a nice shirt, socks for me, popcorn, hot chocolate, hand lotion, organic sparkling apple cider for New Years Eve, the DVD of Sleeping Beauty, pita chips and more. N & E, Chuck and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Thanks to Bethany I made roasted butternut squash seeds. They were so good that they disappeared shortly after coming out of the oven. :o)

This years economy made way to a homemade Christmas. This is a little wooden house and family that Chuck makes from wood. Then I do the painting. This one is Brandie, Micah, and Jr's. Brandie loves skulls so I painted the family in hoodie's with skulls. I am so glad they liked it.

DH made this wonderful wooden toy for Jr. It rolls across the floor and makes the sound similar to those stand up toys (popcorn popper). Jr loves it. Brandie loved it so much she asked her dad to make some more in different sizes so the sounds are different. DH has already made Jr. 2 more. A new tradition has been born. Grandpa has to make Jr a wooden toy each Christmas.

Another shot so you can see. The dowels in the middle are the ones that make noise as it rolls.

Because we spent Christmas Eve with Brandie and the family Christmas day was quiet and simple. Tofurky roast was the main attraction.

What a mess, but boy is it good. Susan's Green bean casserole, potatoes and gravy, carrots, broccoli, stuffing, and the best cranberry sauce ever thanks to Veggie girls great advice.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!!


Amy said...

Aww it looks like you had a great Christmas and it's so nice that Jr isn't afraid of Santa! What an adorable photo of you all :)

I would've loved wooden toys for my kids! It looks awesome!

Have a Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Sheree!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Such darling photos!! And aww, thanks for the shout-out!! Glad you like the cranberry sauce recipe, since ED&BV is the best cookbook for it :-)


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful homemade Christmas! You are so awesome!
Jr. looks SO happy! What a sweetie! >:o)
Happy New Year Sheree and family xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! Your Tofurky is beautiful! Do you use a marinade? Your homemade Xmas gifts are really neat! :)

Vegan_Noodle said...

What a wonderful way to spend the holiday!! Your DH has some amazing woodworking skills! And I love how you painted the little skull and crossbones. I'm sure Brandie adored it. Handmade gifts are the best.

Hope you have a happy new year Sheree!

River said...

So impressed with the little wooden toys so had to comment :) And that looked like one delicious dinner too - yum! I shall be visiting here a lot now - yesssss! Have a wonderful 2009.

aTxVegn said...

Those homemade toys are amazing! I used to love those old popcorn popper push toys.

It looks like you had a great Christmas. Happy New Year, Sheree!

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

Stupid google reader didn't update this when you posted it! What a beautiful picture of you guys and your grandson! He's such a little cutie!!

I'm loving the homemade gifts, what a talented family! Happy New Year, Sheree!!!

Ruby Red said...

Awww, the Santa hat suits you well!

What a lovely gift basket! That is an awesome gift.

I also love cranberry sauce the VeggieGirl way! All the Christmas foods look so yummy. I can't believe it's over, but now we have an awesome new year ahead of us! :)

Bethany said...

looks like you had a great xmas eve and xmas.

the house w/ the family is really cute.

I think the popcorn popper sounding toys are the best. I used to love going to my grandmothers to play with hers. Very cool that you were able to make one w/ wood. I love the red swirl on top.

I'm glad you liked the seeds. It's funny how both of us had to be reminded of roasting seeds. I almost got a butternut squash to roast because of the seeds :)

your dinner looks really yummy. gravy makes everything taste so good.

aredcardigan said...

a little late but...


may this year be another fantastic year for you and your family.

carrie said...

That toy that your husband made is awesome.....he should go into the toy making business!! Wooden toys are the best.

Virginia said...

the wooden sign with the family is ADORABLE!!! i would pay for something like that! and how sweet are the toys! that is really what christmas is all about, gifts from the heart!