Here we go…continuing on with sharing last year in pictures taken with my phone. You’ll notice most of these shots are from the second part of the year.
The pictures above were taken during my favorite season. Since we really don’t have much fall color around us, it was nice to get away for a few days to take in all the beauty this time of year brings…and North Carolina fit the bill perfectly for that!
These cookie jar pictures were snapped while out gallivanting around. The top two were at different antique shops, the Biscotti cookie jar was at a thrift shop and I spotted the bottom one at Tuesday Morning. In case you were wondering, none of them found their way home with me.
Now this is how my family does Thanksgiving for 40 people…potluck style! There was such an abundance of food that I could take up an entire post talking about it all. We had turkey, dressing, ham and lots of southern side dishes. Check out those greens and chicken & dumplings…my mouth is watering just looking at this food again. Then there’s the desserts…no lack of sweet treats for this hungry crowd!
The National Gingerbread House Competition displays at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina showcase some of the most amazing talent I’ve ever seen. The pictures really don’t do these works of art justice…there’s nothing like seeing them in person. Except for the base, all entries must be constructed entirely of edible materials and the main structure has to be constructed of at least 75% gingerbread. These were some of the entries in the top 10 of the adult category.
The top right was the 2012 grand prize winner. It was hard to get a good picture of this as the display revolved around and there were bright lights above it, but take my word for it….this was absolutely stunning! There are entries from all over the country and some people travel a long distance to bring their display to the competition…oh, I’d be so nervous that it would get messed up somehow!
Here are just a “few” of our Christmas ornaments…some new and some we’ve had for years. There is no theme on our Christmas tree…I like all kinds of ornaments. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is finding new ornaments to add to the growing collection each year. There are more in my stocking on Christmas morning too!
Lastly, here are some sights of Christmas. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw Santa on a motorcycle…how do you like his “other” ride? The top right picture was a live nativity in someone’s front yard. The middle two shots were at one house…they really know how to deck the halls! The Santa collection on the bottom left is on my sister’s mantel (and that’s only part of them). The bottom right house threw us for a loop…it looked like Santa on the roof was following you with his hand to his brow. We had to drive by a few times before we realized he was a robot!
That’s a wrap y’all! Hope you enjoyed taking this 2012 trip down memory lane with me. Now it’s on to new photos for 2013 and to getting back in the kitchen!
Tell me about the exciting things you did last year. I’m anxious to hear!
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