I’ll cut right to the chase. I love it when I get invited to Sharene’s home, because it promises to be a wonderful day filled with delicious food and lots of eye candy. She not only has a lovely home that promises to be decorated tastefully for the holidays, but she also knows a thing or two about how to put a table together, (and she’s pretty good behind the stovetop too).
Seven of us were seated at this elegant table for a fabulously festive lunch of two different kinds of savory crepes and a delicious salad, and we were each treated to some homemade christmas bark to take home.
Pssstttt…I hardly made it home before some of it was gone. Bark is super easy to make and is a thoughtful gift so if you’re in need of something at the last minute, here’s a great Christmas Bark recipe (it’s also on my side bar).
I think this next dish is the reason the phrase ‘life is short, eat dessert first’ was created. A chocolate cake rolled over peppermint ice cream, then studded with peppermint candies. She finished it off with chocolate ganache. O.M.G.
Let’s move on to the decorations. There’s something about ice skates that simply says ‘Christmas’ to me. I love them in wreaths, but here they were used as vases to hold a simple but elegant arrangement, highlighted with tiny white lights. So pretty!
Her formal living room, visible on the left as you walk in from the front, has a gorgeous mantel and a smallish tree, perfect for the space, nearby.
A fan of Mackenzie Childs, she dressed these candlesticks up for the season with the addition of pearl like embellishments around the candles. Next to the bright red ribbon they really shine!
Although this isn’t a holiday decoration, I wanted to show you how she turned a simple buffet into a conversation piece just be decoupaging vintage looking labels that she got on line to the draw fronts.
Speaking of decoupage, I have to show you this cool cocktail table. She printed out the image and took it to a printer to have it enlarged. One thing she mentioned was it’s extremely difficult to decoupage a large image like this without it bubbling, so she discreetly cut it into sections. This image lended itself nicely to that process because there were some naturally straight lines, and you can barely tell, even when looking closely.
Sharene has a second Christmas tree located in the family room. It has a great balance of sentimental and modern ornaments, and I really liked the modern touch of the tree topper. Something unexpected!
That concludes the tour of Sharene’s home, but I wanted to show you this beautifully put together table by my friend Elaine. I love the plaid napkins and placemats, mismatched candlesticks, and pretty red bowls. Everything went together so nicely and was so festive, not to mention the food was amazing! Chocolate chip cream pie for dessert that melted in your mouth! Oh boy. I’m going to throw my scale out the window…
In other news…
The last couple of days the weather has been FREEZING! It’s the coldest it’s been in years, and I can’t wait to head south! Hopefully mother nature cooperates, because there’s nothing worse than driving in poor weather with a 35′ motorhome!
We’re busy with last minute details, not the least of which is cooking and freezing some things for the trip down. I want to try to avoid having to eat at rest stops if at all possible. We don’t keep our refrigerator on in the RV on while traveling, so we’re looking into the idea of bringing a cooler filled with dry ice with us. Suggestions welcomed!