Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Little More Christmas

It is starting to feel a little more like Christmas to me. I got a call today from my boss, and I have tomorrow off. Yea! I don't go back to work until Monday...I needed a little break. I am enjoying catching up on some blog reading and relaxing this afternoon. This is my little computer nook.
and a few other little Christmasfied areas in the house.

a hot cocoa and spiced tea station...

And today, our dear friend, Betsy and her husband Jimmy, came for lunch.
I used small stockings to hold flatwear and napkins.
Betsy brought a delicious Butterfinger cake and a plateful of cookies.
I made a chicken and rice stew

and a chili dip.
The dip was a recipe from my boss who brought it to work last week. You spread a brick of cream cheese in a baking dish. Pour a can of Chili Magic over that, and top with 1 cup of grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly, and serve with Fritos. It was really good.

The best part was the company, but we did not take a single picture. I am so disappointed, but I think we were too busy chatting to think about it.
It was good to catch up and share with did me good.


Glenda/MidSouth said...

That was a nice surprise from your boss! Sounds like you had a very enjoyable day - we all need those on occasion. Thanks for sharing your Christmas decor - pretty! Lunch looks and sounds yummy! I have never used the chili magic before. May need to make a trip back to the store for the ingredients.
Enjoy the holidays!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

And a Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Queenacres said...

Everything looks beautiful! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!

laxsupermom said...

Everything looks fantastic! I especially love the little stockings for your silverware. Such a cute idea!

Sue said...

How fun to get the day off!! Unexpected days like that are the best, aren't they?! I hope you had some fun. Thank you for visiting me ~ come back anytime.
Happy New Year

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sheila...

It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas and what a blessing to get a few extra days off! My friend, your home looks beautiful all dressed up for Christmas! I love how you decorated the shelf above your range...sooo pretty! Ohhh yes...and what a cute idea to use Christmas stockings for the silverware on your pretty table! Mmmm...chicken and rice stew sounds fabulous! I hadn't ever heard of the chili dip but it sounds good as well! I'll have to give it a try! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and hospitality with us, my friend!

Also wanted to thank you for dropping by and taking a peek at my buffet decor. I really enjoyed your visit and sweet note, Sheila!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Love that plate that says "Let the Heavens rejoyce and the Eart be glad"! It's so pretty. Your computer desk is so pretty and neat! Did you straighten it for the photo, or are you just a neat person? Your lunch table looks so pretty and the food looks delicious! Can't wait to try that dip recipe. Thanks for sharing it. Wishing you a wonderful 2011! laurie

Jenny Beth said...

thanks for the follow. glad to see other ladies from the midsouth area as bloggers!!

Love Being A Nonny said...

I see that you are my latest follower so I came over to check out your to read!!!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

I just found your blog through Brenda and am so glad that I did. It is so nice to meet another Tennessean!Have had fun reading over your posts and look forward to reading more.