Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas in Our Kitchen

I can't get over how quickly Christmas has snuck up on me this year.  Maybe it was because we went to Disney after Thanksgiving, maybe it was the late start we got on shopping, or maybe it's because I have been far more laid back than normal about all the preparations.  While I've been very busy in my kitchen, that is relaxing for me, and what I do when I'm procrastinating other things.  There are a number of things I want to blog about and still plan to, so hang in there, you might be reading about Christmas on here for another few weeks!  I promise to take pics of the Christmas tree before the needles start to fall off, because I know there are a lot of questions on the basket instead of a tree skirt experience.  But tonight I just have a few minutes to blog before I grab a glass of wine and watch a Christmas movie {er, fall asleep on the couch}.  Here are a few pictures of our kitchen this month.  For the record, open shelves have changed my life.  Best thing I ever did!

{my first gingerbread house! {not from a kit} I used this recipe with my royal icing.}

{Charlie is always at my side when I'm baking, his rolling pin is tucked in the bottom shelf bracket.}

{dark chocolate cut-out cookies, recipe here}

{Do not be deceived by the above pic. 
 Jimmy is warming up left over soup, not cooking! haha! 
I feel like we have been eating soup 3x, at least, per week lately.  
It's been so cold and soup is easy and so comforting.}


  1. BEAUTIFUL pictures/touches. I have wanted open shelves for at least 2 years but could never get my Bryan on board, I think I have finally won the battle recently...we will start a small rehab here soon...sooo excited! Love your shelves/kitchen and have shared these pics with him alot. DITTO on the whole "where has the time gone?" too....ugh. Merry Christmas!

  2. I wanted to comment on your last post -- fresh vs faux but 'tis the season . . . I adore fresh greens as well and yes, they do dry out if you put them up too early -- our parents never did or else as children we weren't aware of them drying up! But when the stores have greens even before Thanksgiving . . . and later in December, you couldn't find a green if you're life depended on it -- what are you to do?

    I read somewhere that Williamsburg (which only decorates with fresh) changes out their greens three times during the holiday season so that is why they're always fresh. Having a source, I'm sure for all that fresh greenery.

    But we don't have the access (unless you have a yard full of cedar and fir and pine) nor the $$$ to do that!

    Your solution is a good one -- I use the greens on the mantles and now they're not as pretty -- but they are real . . . and there is always something to be said for real!

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Ah, thanks Martha! I knew there wasn't a trick. Thankfully the previous owners of our home were evergreen lovers and we inherited a yard full. I'll just continue to be out with my clippers throughout the season. I was talking with my Mum the other day and she mentioned when she was younger there was no such thing as artificial greenery, they just put their fresh greens up later in the season. I too wish it was more readily available in stores later in the season. Have a wonderful Christmas! xo

  3. Kitchen looks beautiful! Love your gingerbread house. I will try to add the gingerbread trees to mine next year. It really is a nice touch, and I like the added greens around it too. Glad to learn from Martha's comment above that Williamsburg changes their greenery out so much for the season. I have been there for Christmas and wondered how it stayed so fresh looking. I thought of you yesterday when I whacked off some dead branches from the front door wreath and trimmed some from the tree to put in place of them.It worked!
    Enjoy the next two days of Christmas!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! Have a merry Christmas in your gorgeous home!!! xo

  4. Your kitchen looks great ! Merry christmas and happy new year to you and your family

  5. Your kitchen is beautiful, Tessa, and your made-from-scratch gingerbread house is amazing! Great job. I love eating soup in the winter, and making soup is one of my favorite things to do. What are some of your favorite soup recipes?

    Have a wonderful, merry and bright Christmas, and a happy New Year!

  6. Love your kitchen! And even more for the holidays. I do have a question. The clear canisters are they sealed for your flour? I love this look but can not find any with seals.

  7. I've just recently discovered your blog. Everything you have done in your home is beautiful perfection, but my favorite has to be your gorgeous kitchen. I look forward to reading more. Happy New Year!

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  9. Hi! I love your kitchen and would love to know where you purchased the brackets or corbels for the shelves? I cant seem to find any similiar but would love this style.

    Thank you kindly! Mary

  10. I too, love the open shelves! Did you make your brackets or purchase them? Love the shape.
    Angela H.