Wednesday, December 12, 2007

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas...

It needs to be looking a lot like Christmas around here...because tonight we are having the family over for our Christmas turkey dinner.

It is actually a birthday dinner for Lisa (DIL)...but since Kris and Lisa will be away for Christmas, we're celebrating everything tonight!

We got our real tree on the weekend, so the decorating is done. If it hasn't happened won't happen this year. I always put up our everlasting (fake) tree a month ahead, in the library/balcony area.
We've been putting our live tree on the front porch as long as we've been here. I rather like it takes up no room inside, but it is clearly visible from the great room or from outside. And here's the needles inside the house! We just put lots of lights on decorations.

I finished up some placecards last night. They are clear Christmas tree balls from Ikea...I removed the ends and filled them with gold tinsel and just tied the name tags on with ribbon.

The turkey and trimmings are all ready to go. I'll just share tonight's dessert with you; it's something quick and easy to have on hand over the holiday season.

Christmas ice-cream was on sale last week, so I stocked up! I made a bunch of ice-cream pies with Oreo wafer they are ready whenever I need them. For tonight I am serving a 'festive fruit' ice-cream pie as Lisa's birthday cake. So here's the scoop...

Make Oreo crumb base (as per directions on package) and press into the bottom of a spring form pan...or use a pizza pan.

Use 2-Litre carton of your favorite Christmas ice-cream... cut pieces to fit pan, and smooth top with a spatula.

Drizzle chocolate syrup over ice-cream pie and sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Refreeze...then cover with foil, and store in freezer until ready to use. That's all there is to it...other than a dollop of whipped cream as you serve it! Once the pie is removed from the spring form pan, it looks great served on a pedestal cake plate.

So, I better get cooking! Have yourself a wonderful day.


  1. Hi Judy, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! Yes, Untours is great. We have friends who've gone to Europe using Untours several times. We went to Paris in 2001.

    Your Christmas preparations look wonderful - I like that ice cream recipe. I've never seen Christmas ice cream before - I'll have to keep an eye out here for that!

    Your trees are lovely. I love the photo looking out the window to the real tree on the porch.

  2. Judy,
    I do hope you have a wonderful time with your family tonight. Your decorations are just so pretty. I can feel the warmth and the smells . .oh the smells how delicious.
    That ice cream pie looks really yummy. I make that one with the Safeway peppermint icecream. Yum.

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  4. Good heavens! I have no idea what that comment even meant. Let me try again...

    Judy, you always have some wonderfully clever ideas! I hope that the Christmas party is a lot of fun. I don't see how it can help but be!

  5. Have a fabulous Christmas celebration tonight. The sights, sounds and aroma's are known as "HOME". God bless you Elmer and Judy for making such tremendous efforts with your kids.
    Love to you all. Martha & Vern

  6. Everything looks so perfect. You really know how to put a personal touch to things.

    I was wondering if I could escape to your place on Saturday, while I host our big event of the year!!!

  7. I looked at the picture of that dessert and my suger spiked...and the view of the tree at the window is breathtaking. All in all my visit tonight was enjoyable if not exactly healthy for me! Nah, loved it!

  8. Happy birthday, Lisa! I know you'll all have a great time. Merry Christmas!


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