Thursday, December 14, 2006

~Christmas Tour of Homes~

The day is finally here for Boomama's Christmas Tour of Homes!

Welcome to my home! Feel free to click on the pictures to make them larger.

On the front door are my ice skates from when I was a teenager. I grew up in Canada and remember spending entire winters with my skates on! Let's go inside where it is warm...





Here is our Christmas tree, all lit up. This year we used white lights, lots of ornaments, candycanes and red bows.




"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there."





Mantle
Originally uploaded by pwinn.


Here is my "Rustic Woodland Scene" on the coffee table. A sweet family of deer are nestled in the greenery.




Deer
Originally uploaded by pwinn.


Even my bedroom has a little Christmas sparkle. I've been trying to get up early in the mornings, but my warm flannel sheets are not helping!




Bedroom
Originally uploaded by pwinn.


Here is my diningroom, feel free to pull up a chair. Our second Advent candle is lit and the kettle is on.

Diningroom
Originally uploaded by pwinn.


It looks like everyone is having fun on the icy pond!

Skating
Originally uploaded by pwinn.


Before you leave, let me get you a hot cup of tea and...

Tea
Originally uploaded by pwinn.


a slice of Eggnog Bread. Here is the recipe in case one slice isn't enough. :0)


Bread
Originally uploaded by pwinn.


Eggnog Quick Bread

2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup eggnog
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 1 bread pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, stir in sugar, eggnog, butter, vanilla and almond extract. Add mixture to flour and stir just until moistened. Bake 45-60 min. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Frosting: Mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp. vanilla and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg in small bowl. Add enough eggnog to reach drizzling consistancy. Drizzle over bread and serve.


Icing
Originally uploaded by pwinn.


A big thank you to Boomama for hosting this Christmas Tour. Be sure to visit her and see all the beautiful homes!

Thanks for looking and come again soon!

90 comments:

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I totally love those skates, and your bedroom lights! Wow!

Mama Lily said...

I love the skates on the front door. I like your little woodland scene too. Very Festive. Merry Christmas

crickl's nest said...

The skates are cool!! Thanks for a very inviting tour!

Mine will be up shortly. ;)

Sarakastic said...

I love the lights on your canopy. I had thought of doing that but then thought, is that ok? I've never seen that before. Now I have & it's gorgeous, thanks so much.

Jenny from Queensland, enjoying Jakarta said...

Your skates on the door are wonderful, but I love the lights above your bed. Thank you for inviting me over. Merry Christmas

thehomespunheart said...

Those skates look awesome on your door! :) Your home is very cozy and I loved how you decorate! Thank you for your warm hospitality! Merry Christmas!

Jean said...

Everything looks beautiful! I love the ice skates oon the door!

Heather said...

The skates on the front door are adorable - what a clever idea! I have a question about the icing for your Eggnog Bread - what is icing sugar? Just regular sugar?

Marci said...

Kelli, your house is so cozy and inviting. Thanks for the tour!!!

Chris said...

I have to try the recipe. I love egg nog and the bread sounds yummy.

Thanks for having us over.

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

You always have such lovely photos anyway, so this was a double treat!

May you have a BLESSED Christmas!

sara said...

LOVE the ights above your bed...SO PRETTY!

sara said...

sorry...meant to say LIGHTS! What can I say...I am trying to see EVERYBODYs pics...and make breakfast at the same time!

Laurel Wreath said...

Oh my goodness!! Everything is so beautiful. And the bedroom lights, I would never get up I would feel like a princess. Thank you for sharing these with me. And the recipe yummmm...

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Your decorations are just beautiful and I love the lights about your bed. The egg nog bread was delicious. Oh my, I'm getting full:) Have a very blessed Christmas!

Mama Duck said...

Oh, I LOVE the skates!! All we've gotten decorated around here is the Christmas tree, yipes!

Kelli said...

Heather, oops..."icing" sugar is the Canadian way of saying "powedered" sugar. :0)
Kelli

Heather said...

Okay, now I HAVE to put lights up in my bedroom! It looks wonderful! Thanks for the tour! Merry Christmas!

Sue said...

Kelli,
Your home is lovely. I've copied down your eggnog recipe! Like so many others, I love your lights above your bed! What a festive touch!
Merry Christmas!!

Laura said...

How beautiful! I think I'll make your eggnog bread for my son who loves eggnog...

Beck said...

Your bedroom is GORGEOUS! And yay! A yummy recipe! your site is always so much fun to visit!

Dianne said...

Just dropping by to say thanks for sharing a part of you and Merry Christmas!
You have some great decorating ideas!
The eggnog bread sounds yummy!!

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing! Your home looks really beautiful! And the yummy recipe I will have to try! Merry Christmas to you & your loved ones.

Southern Girl said...

I LOVE your decorations! The ice skates are a nice change from the usual wreath, and the lights over your bed very romantic looking. ;)

I don't like egg nog, but I'm about to drool all over my laptop at that egg nog bread. Looks delicious!

Merry Christmas!

Pamela said...

What a gorgeous home filled with such beauty! I love the skate and have an ornament on my tree just like them! It is one of my favorites! I love the simplistic rustic splendor of you home. Thanks for the eggnog bread too! :)

amanda said...

i like the skates on the front door too.

you have some great photos here and a nice house. what a blessing!!


Merry Christmas!!

it's a Mom thing said...

Girl, that bread looks so yummy! Two things....love the lights on your bed. They look magical. And the skates on the door are simple, yet very pretty.

ShaggaBear said...

I love the skates (just like everyone else) and the whole house is so Christmas-y! Love it.

Thanks for sharing.

Sabrina said...

Your home is so warm and inviting. Love the Rustic Woodland Scene. My 4yo son would love the little deer. Great idea!

Sandra said...

Beautiful home, and thanks for posting the 'Eggnog Quick Bread.'
Yuummmmmy ;o)

Copper's Wife said...

Oh, Kelli, your home is just lovely! The complexisity of it is truly astounding. (sorry, couldn't resist!)

Karen F. said...

Your house looks beautiful - lots of special little details!
Merry Christmas,
Karen at www.firstbrookfive.typepad.com

Tammy and Parker said...

So warm and welcoming. Thank you for the tour!

Mrs. B said...

Everything is so gorgeous! And your Eggnog Bread looks delicious.

I always enjoy visiting your blog.

Merry Christmas!

Cheryl said...

What a lovely idea with the ice skates.

Such a beautiful tree and the stockings look so good on the mantel.

Oh and I like that Rustic Woodland with the deer and greenery.

How charming with the tea set and candy canes. Makes me want to buy some Christmas dishes!

I don't like eggnog but that bread sure looks good!

Thanks for sharing your home with us!

gail said...

Love your skates on your door, so fun! Your mantle is just lovely and how festive your lights look over your bed. Recipe looks good too...thanks for the tour!

Tammy said...

Oh, this had so much charm! I really like your Christmas style!
Thanks for having me...please stop by my place if you have the time! :)

Rachel said...

I may have to make a couple loaves of your bread tonight! Yum!

Patty said...

beautiful Kelli ! The house looks so pretty and so festive.

BooMama said...

Your house is so inviting...and I love love love the ice skates with greenery inside. If I had any ice skates, I'd steal your idea in a heartbeat. :-)

Thanks so much for opening up your house to us...and that eggnog bread? I'm SO making it. :-)

Susan P. said...

Kelli, I am so in love with your bedroom, it looks AWESOME! I love the skating pond and I especially love the skates on the door! The recipe sounds delicious, can't wait to try it:) Thank you for sharing your heart and home with us!

Heather said...

Hi Kelli - your home is very warm and cozy - all of your little touches just make me smile! Your family is blessed to have such a creative woman in their midst! Now with all of those visitors today, I do hope you asked them to wipe their feet at the door - or were they too busy drinking in the lovlines of your old figure skates? Maybe you're like me and ask folks to take off their shoes at the door - Canadian-style!

Susanne said...

Your fireplace and colored stockings are absolutely stunning! I'm off to try that eggnog bread recipe!

Jill said...

Thank for the very nice tour. The skates are beautiful and I will definitely be baking the Eggnog Bread at our house.

Mrs. U said...

Kelli, once again your home is BEAUTIFUL!!!! And the eggnog bread- OH MY!!!! I copied it down and will be making it this week (that is, IF I can NOT drink all the egg nog- I LOVE IT!!!).

His,
Mrs. U

Juliet Echo Mike said...

Thank you for the lovely tour! Your home is very warm and inviting.

I love the mantle. The eggnog bread recipe sounds delicious!

XO,
Jill

Anniesue said...

Everything is beautiful! I cannot wait to try some eggnog bread.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Thank you so much for the tour of your lovely home. It's so warm and cozy and inviting. Your decorations are beautiful. The pictures give me such a sense of peace.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Oh and thank you for the recipe. It looks delicious.

PEA said...

You won't be able to get me out of your house now that I'm at your table eating that delicious eggnog bread! hehe Oh Kelli, your house is so beautifully decorated for Christmas and looks so warm and inviting! The idea of hanging your skates at your door is such a fabulous one!! Love your tree also, it's gorgeous!!! Hugs xoxo

Heather said...

Hi Kelli! Is the Kent's home also all decks for Christmas? Tiny mistletoe and itty bitty holly and greens on the mantle? Maybe even some mini skates on the door! That would be fun! I've always loved things in miniature!

Susie said...

I loved this tour and your eggnog bread looks delicious. I will have to copy the recipe.

smilnsigh said...

Oh Kelli, I love all your decorating. But I am especially captivated with the faerie lights on the bedroom crown-over-the-bed. I know there's a more proper name for it, but can't remember it, this moment. "Senior Moment." :-))))

Mrs. Darling said...

Greast tour! Love the skates. I alos like the wall the fireplace is against! How cool. My pics got up late last night but you're welcome to take a peek!

owlhaven said...

Love the skates and your mantel.

Thanks for stopping by

Mary, mom to many

MommaB said...

Those skates are fantastic! What a creative way to display them!

Your home is simply beautiful, warm and inviting!

Thanks for the tour!

Naturegirl said...

What a gracious hotess you were!
I loved the storybook feel to your home..I really felt as though I was reading a Chritsmas story! Your fireplace..the skates..so shiny and new looking..your romantic bedroom..I also have one of those nets in guest bedroom but didn't think to put lights around it..very creative and festive!!
Your home is warm and inviting Kerri!
~*Happy holidays*~ to you and your sweet family! Hugs NG

Rowan said...

I'd love to see your home for real, it looks so lovely. My favourite thing is the skates on your front door.

on the Rock said...

Oh! This is sooooo heart-warming! Love the hanging and skates and all the wonderful touches to everything!
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

you had some really neat ideas. the skates are just adorable. i enjoyed your tour.

Big Mama said...

I love the skates on the front door and the eggnog bread sounds delicious. Thanks for the tour and the recipe!

dcrmom said...

That bread looks amazing! Love the skates on the door. Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas!

Stephanie said...

Egg nog bread? that sounds fantastic!I think I have to try that recipe!

Barbara H. said...

Everything is just lovely. I love the skates, the rustic scene, and the skating scene especially.

Carol said...

Everything looks wonderful. Thank you for inviting us in!

Pass the Torch said...

What an inviting home you have! I think it's all lovely! Thanks for touring mine as well!

Mary T. said...

Thanks for the tour, it was so relaxing and inviting.

Allison said...

Your skates are such a wonderful creative way to decorate and share your memories. I also love the lights above your bed - very nice, thanks for sharing!

Mommy Dearest said...

Those skates are so clever on the front door. Your bedroom looks so charming and cozy; I see why you're having trouble getting up. Are those cinnamon sticks around the candles on the woodland scene? Nice touch!

Mrs. Staggs said...

It's all just lovely Kelli! My favorite thing is your ice skating pond!

Vicky said...

Wow! 70 comments... I feel a bit daunted adding another one! But every single one of those 70 compliments is well-deserved. Your house is beautiful and your Christmas decorations lovely.

We only have the tree in the living room and decorations in my classroom, but up on my blog right now are my kids writing their Santa letters, if you'd like to have a look!

Rhonda said...

How charming!
Merry Christmas!

R

Amy said...

the dining room and the bedroom are so pretty :)

Kim said...

I absolutely LOVE the skates on the front door. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

I LOVE the skates!!!!! I am in Canada and I love ice skating.

All your photos are incredible - great shots. You whole house is gorgeous!!!

Debbie said...

Your home is sooo lovely! Since you came by my blog, you know that I LOVE teapots! Yours included! Merry Christmas!

Christine said...

Thanks for such a wonderful tour of your beautiful home. I just love the ice skates on your door, and I'm going to make your Eggnog bread tomorrow, thanks for sharing the recipe.

Amy said...

Kelly,
I'm so glad you stopped by my site and left me a link to your blog! Your decorating is very elegant and I'm glad I did not miss the tour! The skates are unique as well as the lighted canopy in your room. Could come over and help me??!!
Merry Christmas.
PS. Your cookies look absolutly yummy too.

Elizabeth said...

I loved your home- I've always thought it would be neat to make ice skates into a holiday decoration, and you just proved the point entirely! Also, I really liked the cinnamon stick candles- what great ideas :) Thanks for visiting my home, and thank you for sharing yours! :)

Mama Heffalump said...

What lovely touches of the season you have scattered throughout your home! Thanks for the warm cuppa and the eggnog bread! *Smile*

~Merry Christmas!~

Jessica said...

The skates...so neat!!!

jennhoots said...

Wow, now I wish I had kept my skates. How creative you are! And I love your bedroom. I'd keep that up year round. My daughter has one of those hanging over her bed. I'll have to show her yours and see if she wants lights too. I am impressed. Your pictures look professional! Thanks for visiting my house.
Jenn
www.homeschoolblogger.com/jenn4him

Theresa's Lavender Box said...

Oh My Goodness!!!!Love the Skates, your bedroom! Merry Christmas!

Doris said...

Oh how clever and charming are the skates. Merry Christmas!

Homefront Mom said...

Now I am trying to figure out something cool to hang on my front door.
Also I want the Peanut butter, things with the marshmellows.
Amanda

Kelly said...

YOur home is beautiful! I love the skates!

Michelle said...

I loved how your skates are hanging on the front door - how unique!! Your house is beautiful, as is your tree, dining room, all your decorations!

Thanks so much for the recipe for the eggnog bread! I love eggnog, but have not heard of that recipe before so I will definitely have to make it here soon!

Laughter and Lighthouses! said...

I was attracted to the bread recipe so I made a loaf on Wednesday. Sent it with my husband to work to share on his birthday yesterday - he loved it and so did everyone else. I did get a small sample...it was so good, I have 2 more in the oven as I speak. One will go to my uncle as a lovely gift and the other I will cut on Christmas day morning to go with our coffee. My mom has asked for the recipe too! SO GOOD! Thank you for sharing this recipe - it will become one of my new traditions!

Kari said...

Oooooohh. I just found your Christmas home tour. Love it! I'm a...well, I'm a total nutcase when it comes to decorating for Christmas. I can't help myself. I'd post pictures of last year, but it might look funny here in July. lol But I didn't HAVE a blog at Christmas. And I DO have one now. And if I'm doing it on my own blog, who cares, right? I'm going to have to think about this...Christmas in July. That's not too crazy, is it? I mean, it's crazy, yeah...but not TOO crazy. Right? Right??? :)

JanaBanana said...

Your home is beautiful all decked out for Christmas :) Christmas is my favorite holiday!!! Im often called the Christmas Queen. Im newer to the blogging world and found your site through a link. Will be adding your site to mine :)
You can see pictures of my home for the holidays as well on my blog if you would like to take a peek.
Enjoy your weekend!