Monday, December 20, 2010

Be Jolly Golly Blogfest

Jen and Jules are hosting the Be Jolly Golly Blogfest.

Here are the rules:

1.Blog Post to be posted on December 20th (whatever time you desire)
2.Show pictures of your decorations, holiday lights & Christmas tree!
3.Share your favorite treat (Recipe included, chance for others to steal the yumminess!)
4.Share your favorite drink (Recipe included, chance for others to steal the alcohol – or non)
5.Last but not least… visit others!!! Take part in their holiday cheer!

Note: For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, you’re welcome to share any other holiday you are celebrating in this year!

Here are my pictures:
I used my Droid phone to take the pictures and then my daughter and I spent over an hour trying to figure out how to email them to myself. Once done it was a simple means of downloading the attachments and uploading to blogger. I'm disappointed with the quality but a least you get a good idea. Next year maybe I'll have a camera.


When I saw this tree at the store several years ago I had to have it. It speaks Colorado to me. A bear climbing a Christmas tree with her cub at the bottom. So I decorated it with fruit, birds and snow flakes. There are a few special decorations the kids have added too.




Ugh, messy kitchen. It's hard to tell from this and we are missing a stocking. But the Christmas tree, house, train, Santa, bear and snowman are all musical and when opened have little figures go round and round. In the garage, still packed, I have a lot of lighted houses. But no place to put them so they remain packed.



My youngest daughter, who is the one helping me with the pictures, wants to be a chef. She has this wonderful cranberry recipe which we have been enjoying for the last two years.

Cranberry Relish
1 bag cranberry's
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup sugar
1 tsp nutmeg and 1 tsp cinnamon (optional).
1 or 2 small oranges, peeled and cut into slices.

Bring all ingredients, except orange slices, to a simmer ( be careful not to boil hard, the sugar will burn).

Simmer until cranberry's pop open and soft crush all or as many as desired in pot. (In other words, squish the buggers), with the back of a spoon. Then add orange slices. Keep warm until it's time to eat.

You can serve warm or cold.

We drink Hot Chocolate and variations. All of which we conveniently buy from the store.


My granddaughter and grandson outside in the lights in front of our three bedroom condo. I love my house and I love my grandchildren.

The Christmas tree photo didn't work out. Sorry, just use your imagination.

60 comments:

Mary Vaughn said...

Today I make this relish so that later I can enjoy my great-grandson (age 2). Kids make Christmas!

Enid Wilson said...

The recipe sounds yummy but I'm not sure if there many fresh cranberry available. Your kitchen looks fine, you should have a look at mine. hehe. Happy blog fest!

Fire and Cross

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Here's hoping you have a camera next year! Start asking Santa now.

Joanne said...

You've got a very festive kitchen going on here! And love the look of the twinkling lights photo with your grandchildren ... Definitely shows the wonder of the holiday :)

Jules said...

Love the messy kitchen look, that I can do for any occasion, I think I have you beat though :)
I love hot cocoa, sort of a comfort drink!

Happy holidays :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Emily White said...

I love that cranberry sauce recipe! Thanks for sharing, and have a great Christmas!

Elaine AM Smith said...

Festive and fun, I love the children outdoors by Christmas lights. I hope you have a very Happy Christmas.

Colene Murphy said...

Awe fun!! Cranberry stuff sounds goooooood! Thanks for sharing!! Merry Christmas N.R.!

Ellie said...

Ooo...I love your festive kitchen! And the cranberry sauce recipe.

Happy Christmas!

Be Jolly By Golly

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Cranberry relish is so much better than cranberry jelly. Thanks for sharing!

OJ Gonzalez-Cazares said...

I am decorating my christmas tree today, so the timing for this blogfest is perfect! I will post my entry tonight! ps - somehow I can't see the picture of your tree (just a white box with a red x on the corner) - love the cranberry relish! I'll do mine today as well with pomegranate!

Summer Ross said...

The last picture with the grand kids looks so precious! enjoy you holiday!

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, Mary, Enid, Ales, Joanne, Jules, Emily, Elaine, Colene, Elle, Jennifer and OJ. I has the worst time with the tree photo. I thought it was ok but I guess not.
NR

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Summer.
NR

Carol Riggs said...

Hey, we're writers--we can use our imagination for your tree. LOL Nice decorations, Merry Christmas!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Merry Christmas! I enjoyed your pictures. :)

N. R. Williams said...

You're right Carol.
Thanks for dropping by.
NR

Kimberly Franklin said...

Don't worry, lots of my photos didn't work out either! Merry Christmas!

N. R. Williams said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Nicole and Kimberly.
NR

Laura Marcella said...

Lol, we writers are (supposedly) good at using our imaginations! Have a very merry Christmas!!!

Ann said...

Hope Santa Clause hears you wish for a new camera. Did you write your letter? Love your relish recipe. After this blogfest my spanking brand new recipe book will be full. Not a bad complaint! Have a wonderful Christmas!

The Golden Eagle said...

It looks like you've got some great lights outside! Thanks for the recipe--I love cranberries. :D

Merry Christmas!

Christine Danek said...

I'll have to try that relish. Have a wonderful holiday!

L'Aussie said...

You and your Droid phone - show off. Is that what we call an Android - like an iPod but is connected to google??

I love your warm family feel for Christmas. Enjoy your time together!

RaShelle said...

The idea of the figures going round and round sound amazing. And the lights outside with the little one's - adorable. Plus, I love cranberries, so the recipe sounds amazing.

Holly Ruggiero said...

Your relish recipe looks similar to mind. I’ll have to try it with the nutmeg and cinnamon.

Michelle Merrill said...

Thanks for sharing! By the way, I love that you have falling snow on your blog background. Have a Merry Christmas.

LTM said...

too bad I couldn't see your tree, but I bet your grandkids are having fun in the snow... Hey! It's snowing on your blog... ;p

Merry Christmas!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

My mother-in-law would LOVE your cranberry recipe. I'm going to send it to her. :-)

Abby Minard said...

The lights are pretty outside! I couldn't see your tree either :( The recipe sounds yummy! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Tara said...

Maybe Santa will bring you a camera ;-)

Happy Holidays.

N. R. Williams said...

I've been working on my book, sorry everyone. Thanks for all your comments. I will continue to visit you throughout the week.
NR

A Droid is made by a different company than an Android if we are talking phones.

Lynda Young said...

The cranberry relish sounds yum! I'll have to give it a go.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas,
Lyn
W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

Jan Markley said...

Love the new blog template! Merry Christmas!

Shannon said...

Stopping by for the blogfest...

The cranberry relish sounds amazing - thanks for sharing!

Happy Holidays!

-Shannon

Talei said...

Hi Nancy, your relish sounds fab! And I love the pic of your Grandchildren playing with the lights! Don't worry about the tree either - we can definitely use our imaginations! Have a wonderful Christmas!! ;)

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Lynda, Jan, Shannon and Talei. I'll be by your blogs in the next couple of days.
NR

Monti said...

Fun time! I like your snowy trees background. Does it look like that now in Colorado?

Monti
NotesAlongTheWay

N. R. Williams said...

No snow in the Denver metro area and a lot of snow in the mountains Monti. Thanks for dropping by.
NR

Renae said...

Loved you pics! Have a great Christmas!

Chris Phillips said...

I imagine it's beautiful! Happy Christmas!

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Renae.
NR

Kelley said...

Everyone has a messy kitchen right about now! Cute pictures :) Happy Holidays!
~Kelley

Jemi Fraser said...

I know my son would love that cranberry relish - thanks for the recipe!

gideon 86 said...

Hi, Nancy.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Your tree sounds fantastic. I have a great imagination.

Your cranberry relish sounds awesome.

I hope Santa brings you a camera this year....

Michael

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Kelley, Jemi and Michael. May the Claus favor you with a wish.
NR

Susanne Drazic said...

Cranberry Relish is my favorite. Yum, yum, yum!

Donea Lee said...

It's snowing on your blog!! :) I e-mail myself pics from my phone all the time to upload in my posts - sometimes it's just easier for me. Very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Jennie Bailey said...

I wish I could see that tree! I love the picture of your grandkids all bundled up out front with the lights. My mom loves her grandsons so much! They bring her so much joy and it wouldn't be a Christmas without them. Have a Merry one!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nancy .. have a lovely time and if you have a cheffy daughter .. sounds like some delicious recipes coming up. Enjoy the family and time together .. especially with the grandchildren - enjoy Christmas and the festive time .. Hilary

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Donea, Jennie and Hilary...I'm glad you all like my pictures and my snow. I grabbed it off someone else's blog and forgot to grab their name to give them credit. I'll post it tomorrow.
NR

Talli Roland said...

I think your photos are fine!

But did you know you can download the Blogger app to your Android phone and then just sharee the pics straight to it? Might be easier...

N. R. Williams said...

You're right Talli. To be honest both my girls are constantly playing with it and I hardly get to use it.
NR

Lisa Potts said...

The cranberry relish sounds really good and the grandkids look like they're having a lot of fun. Happy holidays!

Clarissa Draper said...

I think the pictures are lovely. And the recipe too.
CD

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Lisa and Clarissa.
NR

Danette said...

It's always fun to have kids around for the holidays! I guess we'll have a brown Christmas-- and in Key West they might be out on the beach! Thanks for taking time out of your busy holiday planning and visiting my blog!

Be Jolly by Golly

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Danette. The same back to you.
NR

Melissa said...

That relish sounds really great and your decorations look awesome.

Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

Merry Christmas!

N. R. Williams said...

Hey, Melissa, it was fun. Thanks for dropping by.
NR