Freaky Holiday! This Christmas I’m possessed by Martha!

What the hell has happened to me?   Did having a baby change my genetic structure and now I love to cook and craft?  Actually, I do like making things and even started a jewelry company, made a few mosaics, and I did finish the blocks for my wedding quilt.  On the other hand, when I was single, my friend Kevin D was (and still is) a foodie so he was having the fabulous dinner parties and I became a little lazy.  Alright, twist my arm … I’ve always liked to cook and craft, but these last few months have been a little cahrayzee in the “I will craft every thing for Christmas and my house will look like a freakin’ magazine article!”

This crafting & cooking craziness started the first day after I quit my 9-5 job.  I ordered Great American Wreaths: The Best of Martha Stewart Living book.  By midafternoon, I had scheduled the DVR to pick up “The Martha Stewart Show” and “Martha Bakes”.  I was as surprised as you are.  Within 5-7 business days I was on my way to making my first Ponderosa Pine Cone Wreath for Christmas.  Thank god the Babe sleeps 14 hours a day because there was a lot of crafting going on.  Although, I am looking forward to when she can participate, which will be what, 3 years from now?
This year, everyone in my family is coming to Seattle for the holidays. It’s my FIRST time hosting a Christmas celebration at the tender age of my late thirties.  I am almost as excited as I was planning the wedding.  The advice I got from the Martha Stewart show is to at least practice the recipe before you make it.  Most of us simply do not have the time to do this (PERIOD), but some of the recipes were easy so I tried a couple.  It’s a good thing because some of my tries were complete failures “nice” and promptly removed from the Christmas dinner list.
And so it is with trepidation and excitement that I am planning Christmas at the house with a variety of decorations for the house &tree, along with a cornucopia of Christmas delectables.  And for the record, I have been “practicing” so that my first Christmas extravaganza isn’t a complete flop. 

What, you may be asking, am I planning for my dear family? 

Tree Decorations:
Cinnamon Bird Ornaments
Cranberry Garland

House Decorations:
Pinup Wreath
Red Maple Leaf Wreath
Stiffened Doilies
Magazine Christmas Trees
Christmas Tree town

Christmas Breakfast
Citrus cured Salmon on a cream cheese topped bagel
Oatmeal w/ Cinnamon

Christmas Dinner
Salt and Pepper with Rosemary rubbed Turkey
Grandma Moser’s Sausage Stuffing
Honey Baked Ham
Mashed Potatoes (I’m going healthy w/ half potato & half cauliflower)
Sweet Potatoes roasted in Coconut Oil with Meringue Topping
Green Beens & Carrots roasted in Olive Oil with Sea Salt
Hot Cranberry Sauce (Lindsay is making this, it sounds SOO GOOD!)
Roasted Vegetable & Barley (Lindsay is Vegetarian)

Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie (from Cooking Light)
Fresh whipped cream
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

*I’ll be blogging about each of these recipes and/or the how to’s for the month of December.
I am drooling over craft scissors, hold please.

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