Saturday, November 27, 2010


As you can see, we had a beautiful Thanksgiving. Victoria took these photos or there wouldn't be any, you know how busy you get putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table! Once the festivities began even she didn't have time to take pics. We all ate til we were as stuffed as the turkey and then just talked and laughed and had a great time together.  I ♥ Thanksgiving:>)
 And now, as we all know, this weekend kicks off Christmas. We are getting the tree today, hauling down the ornaments from the attic (lets hope the ceiling doesn't suffer for it this year!)  and soon the smell of cookies baking will fill the air:>)
Last year I saw this book at the discount book store and put it on my list for Christmas. It has so many pretty projects and delicious recipes I had to have it! And like a dork I was afraid I wouldn't get it so I got one just before Christmas. Of course my sweet Victoria had gotten it for me so I have two copies. I had her write inside the one she got me and now I have one to give away. I'm working on a few more little things to include, but you'll just have to wait and see what else comes with this. Leave a comment and I'll choose a winner next Wednesday, December 1. Oh, and please make sure your email address is included in your comment or that you are signed in so I get an email address when you comment. If I can't get ahold of you I can't send you the prize!
I can't wait to begin decorating and enjoying the next 4 weeks.....only 4 weeks! They fly by so quickly, I plan to squeeze as much candle light and joy out of  each moment as I can. How are you preparing for Christmas?


  1. Gooseberry Patch Books are so darling. Please sign me up for a chance to own this great book...

  2. I just came across your blog and I love it!!

  3. I have quite a few Gooseberry Patch books but not that one! Would love to have it. I've got the house decorated as much as I will do. Christmas Shopping is almost finished and am busy wrapping presents. My mother-in-law is dying from cancer and not expected to live past Christmas so wanted to get everything done early.

  4. So much we are looking forward to this season.....our first Grandchild ( Clare and she is ADORABLE) and our daughter is expecting too. I feel blessed and joyous, and hope your Christmas season is equally wonderful. Thanks for the chance for the book...would LOVE to win!!!!!

  5. What a lovely book, not one that I had heard of. I'd love to enter your giveaway, please.

  6. Love Gooseberry Patch books. Thanks for a chance to win one!

  7. Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The Gooseberry Patch books are always wonderful, thanks for a chance to win one!

  8. Hi Kathy
    Your Thanksgiving table looks lovely. I hope you enjoyed your time together as a family.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  9. Hi Kathy

    I've only recently discovered Gooseberry Patch so only have two so far and would love to get my hands on their Christmas books so thanks for the chance to win this.

    We are moving house on Wednesday (after 22 years in the same house) so we will be in our new house in time for Christmas. More importantly, our beautiful daughter is coming home to the UK from Texas for the holidays so hopefully our family will all be together for Christmas. I can't wait to start decorating our home and doing some cooking to make it a really holiday. I know your book would be just the thing to inspire me!

  10. beautiful pictures. It's looks lovely and inviting.

  11. Love the Gooseberry Patch books and happy to have a chance to win one!

    My stockings are hung, the lights are up and the decorating and shopping is just about completed. True enough it all comes and goes soooo fast, I want to enjoy every moment.

    All the best wishes to you and yours!!

    LindaSonia (

  12. Good Morning Kathy. :o)
    Your table setting is just gorgeous and everything looks so delicious! :o)
    Thank you for being so sweet and sharing your darling book with us. :o)
    I was able to put out my new to me table runner (I created and posted about recently), plus a couple red and white gingham bows around the house, and a few red berries. :o) Woody mentioned putting up the lights today as well. :o)
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Sincerely - Trish

  13. Thank you for stoppin by my blog, Kathleen Grace and for your sweet comment.

    What a wonderful giveaway :)

  14. What a fun give-away! Loved the glimpses of your Thanksgiving together. Can't wait to see your decorations. I'm spending time with one grandchild a day (and night) through their Thanksgiving break but starting to do a bit of decorating. The Christmas/Winter village is going on the mantel today and there will be bits and pieces of it appearing around the house. All the Christmas decoration boxes are down from the attic - with the help of a grandson - and I'm looking forward to switching the seasons and enjoying as much candlelight and lights on the tree as possible.

  15. it's nice that your daughter got some shots before the food was gone! I was able to get a few when dessert rolled around but that was it! SO glad you had a lovely dinner, Kathy!

    What a great giveaway! I love Gooseberry Patch and have a few of their books! How sweet and generous of you!

    I am working on getting the fall decor down and then bringing out the Christmas decorations. A big task, but fun!


  16. Love Gooseberry Patch~ I just found your blog today!

    Christie C
    dctm at bellsouth dot net

  17. I adore gooseberry patch books!

    Typically I would be transforming my home for the Christmas holidays this weekend - but I work as a secretary in the emergency department so i'm working this weekend. Come Monday there will be Christmas music playing and I'll be happily tucking bits here and there!

  18. I am trying to ignore the gal who has her stockings hung and Cmas tree up! I haven't even started, nor will I! I haven't recovered from Turkey Day!
    Lovely give away, KG, and I am having one on the 15th in conjunction with my White Christmas Party, a 55 dollar gift cert to CSN. Hope you can join in, Details in my sidebar!
    Your pics are lovely, looks like a great day! Ours was chaotic with 7 little ones running around! TG it wasn't my house! :)

  19. How sweet of you to pass along this wonderful book. I just have to keep my fingers crossed on this one. It looks like it is filled to the brim with great foods...yum
    Thanks for the chance to win it.

    I was going to do our tree today but Mr. Sweet and I both not feeling very good..colds..sore throat.
    Maybe tomorrow...
    xo bj

  20. I just came across you warm and inspiring blog! What a great giveaway too.
    I really wish Thanksgiving was a little earlier so I could have about 6 weeks to enjoy all the Christmas festivities! Now I'm off to enjoy some of your other posts!

  21. Love your thoughtfullness! I would love to be entered!

  22. Gooseberry Patch is so neat! Thanks for entering my name.

    Bebbie Kay

  23. i just wanted to say your table looks beautiful. you sure know how to set a royal table! it's just too sweet of you to share that extra book.

  24. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)


  25. I'd love the chance to enter your wonderful giveaway.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  26. You are so thoughtful, Kathy! I would love the chance to win this book! Thank you!!

    Hey, the buffet looks FABULOUS! Fabulous isn't doing it justice - it is OUTSTANDING! Great job and love the knobs!! Isn't it neat to see what a can of paint can do?

    Glad to hear you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Happy decorating, dear friend!


  27. Glad to hear you guys had a fabulous Thanksgiving. We had a really nice one too.

    I've never had a Gooseberry Patch book but I just bought the 2010 Christmas magazine. So many cute Christmas ideas and great looking recipes!

    Well I got some of the Christmas boxes out of the barn so this week I'll do a little decorating. I'm not doing as much as I normally would since I just don't want to have to pack up all that stuff again. But I do want the house to look festive!


  28. Ooh, I love Gooseberry Patch books! I have a few in my collection, but not this one! Happy holidays...

  29. oh, i love all the ideas in gooseberry patch books!

  30. i'd love to be entered please!! great christmas book xx

  31. Kathy - I'm glad to hear you had such a nice Thanksgiving! Your giveaway is sure to be a hit with Gooseberry Books Christmas as a prize - I'd love to win!

  32. Hi Kathy!
    So glad you had a good Thanksgiving! What a fun giveaway!

  33. Hi Kathy,

    What a delightful book. I have been decorating the house for Christmas, and took a coffee break and stopped to visit you. I told my daughters that this year is going to be a little different than previous years. Because there is not as much money, we are just going to enjoy everything we have. It really takes the pressure off. I too plan on enjoying every ounce of Christmas.

    Thank you for your giveaway, please enter me. Wishing you all the joy that you can find.



  35. Looks like you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving...So wonderful to get together with family and friends.
    I love love love GBP cookbooks and this is one that I do not have!! Thank you for adding my name in the pot!
    Happy holidays to you and yours!

  36. Hi Kathy....don't know why I'm even bothering...That Linda from A La Carte ALWAYS wins everything....LOL!! Just kidding Linda...but she does have great luck and I can say that because we are lunch buddies....
    Glad to hear you had such a lovely was just me and the Boss this year fighting over 14 pounds of turkey....luckily he like the white meat and I like the dark...I guess that's why we have been married 40 years....
    How am I getting ready for Christmas.....I am packing to go to Jersey to spend it with my girls!! incase!

  37. i'm so delighted to find this bright, cheery, beautiful blog!!

    In your comment on Daisy Cottage you said you started this one because of hers, and that's the way mine began, as well, from another that admired and enjoyed.

    I'm marking you for more visits, as soon as all the flurry of the holidays is settled down. Or perhaps just a tiny peek now and then, in the tree-lit room, with a little cup of something steaming and spicily fragrant.

    Just lovely, with warmth and hospitality, and that gorgeous reclaimed buffet.



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