My Kind of Tree.

Happy Saturday!

 

This morning, I repeated my dinner from last night, but in a double dose.

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The orange juice made this meal. I haven’t had orange juice in ages – I never have drank much more than water, because I love it. But my husband has been having a glass of OJ in the morning, and I joined in the fun today. It was so refreshing. :)

 

After a fun filled day of decorating (love it), cooking (love it more), cleaning (ugh…I didn’t clean the toilet though), and organizing, I ran out to return some lights that we didn’t need. 

 

I got an eggnog latte:

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Not too sure how I feel about this. I enjoy a sip of eggnog during the holidays, but not much (again, I don’t like many drinks other than water. Or wine. Or margaritas. You get the jist.). This was not quite sweet enough for me since I do not love coffee, and it had way too much nutmeg – which I normally love.

 

So I did this instead.

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Much better.

 

We have 2 family rooms in our house, which means 2 Christmas trees. :)

Actually, we only have 2 trees for a very good reason. Last year, when we lived in the wonderful castle, my hubby surprised me with a Christmas tree. Being the biggest bachelor on earth, he had never had decorations. I threw tantrums everyday while living there was none too happy about our living situation, so I didn’t plan to decorate. 

A few days before Christmas, while I was baking cookies at my parent’s house, he bought and decorated a tree. He had orginally bought a beautiful tree that was a great deal.

It was 8 feet tall.

It obviously didn’t fit, so he went out and bought a second tree. The first was non-returnable, leaving us with 2 trees.

 

This made me extremely excited! Yes – I am usually one to decorate right after Thanksgiving, but with some busy weekends coming up and my incessant harassing of my husband, I began to decorate last week.

 

The back family room is where the big tree went. I knew I wanted the color theme to be deep reds, festive purples, a bit of pinks, golds and greens. These are a few of the ornaments that I love.

 

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Just a few of these beauties scattered throughout the tree.

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Here is a crackberry pic – the best one I have at the moment.

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I’m spending the rest of the evening hanging with my hubby and brother, eating some snacks and drinking some wine.

Sounds fun, right? It will be.

 

But this just means 2 times the man-stink in my house tonight. Candles are a’burnin’.

 

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be featuring Holiday Appetizers 101 for all of your entertaining needs. In the meantime, make this chocolate cake.  :)

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12 Responses to “My Kind of Tree.”

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    Amy J in SC — November 21, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

    Pretty. I need to get to it. Can’t wait to read your Holiday Appetizer posts.

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    Mandy — November 21, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

    Beautiful! I decorated this week, too. Love the bachelor pad pics. My husband is a decade older, too, and we are still in negotiations regarding tennis trophies, vision boards with Sears models and a mechanical dart board.

    xo

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    Evan Thomas — November 21, 2009 @ 8:15 pm

    Ornaments are, by far, one of the best things of the season :-)

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    kalin — November 21, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

    i’m trying to convince josh we need more trees. we have three living rooms. i think that means 3 trees. plus one for outside on our deck.
    i see nothing wrong with my ideas

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — November 21, 2009 @ 10:55 pm

    I love this post!

    Your ornaments are gorgeous. When I was a little girl my mom bought me an ornament per year. As an adult, I have prized ornaments from my childhood, one each year that’s saved in tissue & newspaper.

    Eggnog latte and not being sweet enough…I am sick. I put a ridic amt of sugar, splenda, truvia, whatever I can find in my coffee. I like it sweet & creamy. I am addicted to the sweet and to the caffeine so I am hopelessly hooked :)

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    Shelley — November 21, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

    beautiful!! i have never decorated like that but have alwyas wanted to :) loks awesome!!

    eggnog isn’t quite my thing :-\ but the oreo looked like itmade it much better

    xoxo
    shelley

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    Melinda — November 22, 2009 @ 5:57 am

    Very nice. You’re tree looks beautiful, probably because I like purple and pink!

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    carolinebee — November 22, 2009 @ 6:09 am

    All of my ornaments at home look like that!!! My mom and i loooove getting fun sparkly ornaments that are all sequined and girly :D Love itttt! Also love eggnog, I haven’t tried the latte but I think I prefer the pure form :D

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    The Candid RD — November 22, 2009 @ 6:19 am

    Wow, GORGEOUS!! You have similar tastes as my aunt who always goes crazy for Christmas and her ornamanets are big and flashy like yours. I really like that look, a lot, but I grew up with a simple and slightly boring (haha) mom. She didn’t like to decorate much at all! Your tree looks great JEssica!

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    Maria — November 22, 2009 @ 8:25 am

    Gorgeous tree!

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    Low — November 23, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    Your tree is so pretty! I can’t decide how much decorating I’ll be able to do this year since I’ll be in the middle of a move so I’m going to live vicariously through the blogs. The more pics the better!

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    Seth @ Boy Meets Food — November 23, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    My wife and I have started a little tradition where we always decorate on either Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving. Since we are both off work, it usually works out to be a good time to do it. As much as anything else, I like to go ahead and do it then, because I absolutely hate the thought of decorating for Christmas only a week before, and then having to take it all back down so quickly. So for me, if I don’t do it this weekend, I probably won’t want to at all.

    We have 2 family rooms too, and so my wife insists on having 2 trees. She says it is so that we can have one visible from the front of the house, and one for us, but I think it is just an excuse to buy more ornaments (one of her favorite things).

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