Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December Daily - Day Fifteen

Wow, just 10 more days until Christmas! How exciting is that!?!?! A day to sit around with our families, drink cocoa, open presents, and cook a delicious dinner. Ahh....sounds fabulous, doesn't it?

What do you cook for Christmas dinner? Growing up, my dad always wanted turkey again. As the cook in our home, I'm not ready to do the whole Thanksgiving spread again! I still have a little turkey in the freezer I need to make soup with! I like ham for Easter dinner. I made a pot roast last year and I think I'll make that again. It's really simple and if you have a Crock-Pot, or get one for Christmas, it's even easier!

Here's the Crock Pot I received for Christmas last year with our dinner in it! After I wash my roast, I place it in the pot with some fresh diced onions, cubed potatoes (skins left on), carrots and celery. I add a couple packages McCormick brown or mushroom gravey from the spice section of the grocery store. Add 1 1/2 cups of water, a 1/2 cup of cooking wine and turn pot on! I also bake some Sister Schubert's yeast rolls, my husbands favorite! They are in the frozen bread section. Too simple and so delicious! With this easy recipe, I can enjoy the day and kick my feet up for a little!

My crafty share for the day is a couple things I found at the second hand store and turned them into fun holiday decor items. This first one, a wooden sled was still unfinished. Someone probably had plans to make something out of it and never got around to it.

I painted the sled white and then added a silver glittered leaf pick along with a red glittered berry pick. I cut them a little since they were too long as is. Then I hot glued the picks on and layered them with a silver mesh and white satin ribbon bow. The bow was tied together with some white craft string that enabled me to add these old Ki Memories chipboard accents and a white glittered snowflake. On the lower right hand corner of the sled I added another couple pieces of Ki chipboard, a rusty metal snowflake and a rub-on sentiment.

This next piece was one of those old recipe boxes many of us grew up seeing on the kitchen counter. No longer a hot item, this recipe box was waiting for a remake!

Since this box was already painted blue and made to look like a house, all I had to do was give it a good washing, glitter the roof and front to look like a coat of freshly fallen snow and cover the sides with this pretty snowflake patterned paper from Bo Bunny. I embellished the house further with a pine stem cut in two and made into two tiny wreaths for the windows. Baker's twine was used for bows on the wreaths. On the roof I added a berry pick, a white satin ribbon bow layered with a couple felt snowflakes, a white button and a rhinestone brad. The roof still comes off the house so it can be used as a container to hold goodies or whatever your heart desires.

Well, I hope you  have some free time during this busy season to make a couple fun things. If you are interested, these projects are for sale in my Etsy shop. Thanks again for stopping by my December Daily and I hope you can visit again tomorrow. :) Kathy


cnelson said...

oh my goodness what fabulous projects!! We usually have turkey for Christmas and sometimes ham, too. This year a request for tri tip roast has been made. Your crock pot roast sounds super yummy!

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Laura Davis said...

Darling projects! Mmmmmm even though I do not eat beef, your pot roast sounds delish, with all those veges and potatoes and gravy! Yum :P

Audrey Pettit said...

Love those snowy projects, my friend. That recipe box transformation was brilliant, and the sled is as cute as can be.
I can so relate about the turkey all over again at Christmas thing. I'll bet you a million dollars that that is what we'll be doing this year. ;)

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