Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Rush

Are you rushing, rushing?
Shopping, shopping...
Wrapping, wrapping...
Cooking, cooking...
Cleaning, cleaning...
Soon, real soon,
I am going to sit down and enjoy the holiday season.
I am almost finished!!



Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Festive Holiday Dinner

The Christmas china has been placed on the table...
The menu has been chosen...
Smoked ham
Smoked turkey
Sweet potato casserole
Creamed potatoes....yes, we have both kinds...some like sweet, and some do not.
Green bean casserole
Corn casserole
Broccoli and wild rice
Squash casserole
Spinach salad
Baked macaroni and cheese
Chicken and dressing with gravy
Cranberry sauce
Yeast rolls
Bread pudding
Banana pudding
Carrot cake
Pecan pie
Chocolate pie
Everyone's favorite dessert and favorite casserole
will be on the buffet
for our big Christmas Eve supper...
It's a tradition and it never changes...


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Lights of Many Colors

The twinkling lights of many colors...
How I remember being a child in the 50s & 60s,
and every Christmas tree in the south was aglow with color.
I will always remember the feeling that came from seeing the first tree of the season...
I love an old fashioned Christmas.
And how about some old fashioned copper?...
Yes, I think I love it.


Monday, December 5, 2011

In The Country Kitchen

In our country kitchen,
arrangements are made...
Ingredients are piled on top of the old Irish bar,
and cutting board table.
Everything becomes dappled with flour.
The oven is warmed and ready to bake our time-honored recipes...
Family recipes handed down through our family.
There is always bowls of nuts and fruits.
On Christmas Eve we have our great family supper,
with traditional desserts in front of a warm fire.
Our family country house is the only place I want to be
Christmas time...


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Magic

It's happening...
That ol' Christmas magic...
I love our old family country house at Christmas time...
I love the peace and quiet...
The remoteness from all the traffic,
and hussle and bustling city life.
This place is a glimpse of days gone by...
Days when my grandparents lived here,
and as children,
we all gathered here for the holiday dinners.

Ribbons and the scent of fresh pine..
Candle light...
The gathering of family and friends...
Oranges and cloves,
Cinnamon and more spice...
I love bringing in the greens, red berries...
Adding silk and old lace...
Candles and ribbon...
Yards and yards of ribbon...
Trailing across table tops.
We are all abustle,
preparing for the celebration to come.
Noel, noel, noel...

Blessings of Noel

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Paris and Coco Chanel...Together Forever

And so it is that my French state of mind,
and my wish list
put me in a Chanel state of mind...
Can you imagine being invited up to her Paris apartment,
above her shop?!!
Hearing her say, "Come in, my dear."

She made her own world.
It appeared to be of a fairy tale kingdom.
Such enduring mystique,
this "something" that creates legends.
She is a classic,
and in a world of her own.
We are captivated.
What was her secret?
The splendor of this woman
could stop a crowd.
I believe fragrance dresses a dream...
Adding Chanel # 5 to my wish list.
Beauty can reward the senses
and move the soul.
Remembering Coco...


Wish List

Ou La La...
I'm still in a Parisian state of mind...
Making my list,
and checking it twice.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Country French Comfort

Potato Leek Soup
A few splashes of olive oil into the skillet...
Wash and rough cut three leeks (white end),
and about two pounds of golden potatoes...
Toss into hot olive oil,
and slightly brown.
Add several pinches of Herbs de Provence...

After potatoes and leeks have slightly browned,
add enough good vegetable or chicken stock to cover.
Place lid on skillet and simmer until potatoes are soft and done.
Add a cup or so of cream or milk, and puree or mash.
A rustic loaf of country bread is perfect with this soup...
Serve with a nice glass of wine...
I love the comforts of France...
Bon appetite...


Paris Lights

It's December 1...
Time to string the lights,
and hang the mistletoe...
I'm not quiet ready...
I think I prefer to visit Paris,
and dream
from the comfort of my armchair
by the fire.


A French State of Mind

A cozy splendor...
Beautiful boudoir...
Ritz Paris...
A tribute to our dreams...
These are the ingredients for a room
that takes one under its spell...
Just to be in this atmosphere,
to be part of it,
is intoxicating...
Even if only from my very comfortable over-stuffed armchair,
by the fire.
somewhere beneath a southern sky...
Dreaming of Paris...

French Blessings