Christmas in the kitchen

Christmas in the kitchen




I love having Christmas decorations in the kitchen. When I look over at my baker's rack and see the ornaments it makes me want to bake.

I learned a lovely trick for vases and punch bowls at Christmas. Fill the bowl with water, add fresh cranberries and they will hold up any fat candle. They don't have to be floaters. I tied a ribbon in and out of the edges of this one.








I discovered Susan Branch when I was living in Hong Kong. I was so homesick the year I found this wonderful Christmas cookbook. I have been a fan of hers every since. She has a wonderful web site by Susan Branch.











I love tea, and I love having my teacups stacked ready to use when I put the kettle on. My sister, Susan is creating her incredible Christmas tea blends again. I just love my sister's tea, she has been making her own blends since 1995.




Christmas in the kitchen, the kettle on for a cup of tea, browsing Susan Branch's cookbook for a new recipe and now all I need is a bit of snow.







Did I say a bit of snow?

The song for this post is Christmas Is Only Christmas With You.
Alison Gibbs said...

Such lovely christmas photos you have put on today.Lots of pretties on your bakers stand.
Certainly plenty of snow out there.
What a fabulous song you have playing. Really nice words.
Alison

Teri C said...

Wow, you really are a Christmas person! Love each and every activity here. Thanks for the hint about the cranberries too. I am going to try it when I fly to my dughter's for Christmas. They have snow there also :)

KarenHarveyCox said...

We got our first snow yesterday. It totally paralyzed the city from 1PM until 10PM last night. I went to the post office just twenty minutes away, I got back two hours later. We are expecting another storm Saturday night until Sunday.

celestina marie said...

Karen, my goodness your vignettes are lovely and I see the baker santa that I have too. Yes,we are kindred spirits! Your blog is a wonderful joy to visit. You certainly are a favorite now! Thank you for visiting me as well.
Hugs, Celestina

celestina marie said...

Karen, my goodness your vignettes are lovely and I see the baker santa that I have too. Yes,we are kindred spirits! Your blog is a wonderful joy to visit. You certainly are a favorite now! Thank you for visiting me as well.
Hugs, Celestina

celestina marie said...

Hi Karen, I have so enjoyed my visit to your blog. Each and every vignette is so cozy and warm. Yes, I also see your baker santa like mine! And, my art studio is also done in black toile fabrics and accessories. Yes, I do believe we are kindred spirits! I will have to post pics of my studio after the holidays. I really enjoyed my visit to your wonderful blog. Thank you for taking the time to visit mine also. It was great to have you there.
hugs, Celestina

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

These are a wonderful inspiration! I was thinking about that too, our tree is in our living room, quite a long distance from the main part of our home. I have to make a trip just to see the tree each day! By having decorations where you spend the most time you are maximizing your enjoyment of the holidays!

Thanks for sharing!

Blessings & Merry Christmas!

Melissa

Mary Isabella said...

I love the song you chose for your post today. I wish i could taste your Sisters tea blends. I adore a good cup of tea. Enjoy. Mary

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage said...

What a lovely kitchen! Your photos are just beautiful.

Miss G said...

Karen, thank you so much for stopping by for a visit! I enjoy your Christmasy kitchen very much too! It is so warm and cozy and homey! Your gazebo is beautiful! Thanks for the welcome into the world of blogging! Merry Christmas! Kelly

libby said...

Oh my gosh!!! What can I say? Your house look amazing. Like something straight out of a catelogue but you definitely haven't lost the "homey" feel. It is beautiful. And that snow? Your home, inside and out, certainly looks like Christmas. Wish i could be there on Christmas Day :-).

Libby

KC said...

so very pretty. Thanks for the tour
Merry Christmas

Mercy's Maid said...

Your home looks like a magazine spread. This has been one of my favorites so far. Merry Christmas!

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