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Christmas Pecan Rolls

Most everyone likes bread, sugar, cinnamon, pecans and butter.  I 

made these pecan rolls this morning and wanted to share them with 

you all.  Nothing like a last minute recipe-right?!  

I just bet most of you have these simple ingredients in your pantry, 

so with such little time left for baking - these tasty little rolls are 

perfect alone are accompanying a breakfast casserole on Christmas 

day or any other day!  

~This recipe is printable~

I am thinking of each one of you today and truly wishing you a 

blessed and beautiful Christmas Day and a New Year that is filled 

with good health, abundant happiness and calmness in your life.

Thank you dear friends for your inspiration and friendship- 

knowing you has given me more joy than you can imagine!

 Merry Christmas. 

 With Love~

White Fruitcake Dusted With Powdered Sugar

Every year my Mom would make fruitcakes and carrot pudding to 

serve on Christmas Day.  I am here to share the news that fruitcake 

has gotten a bad rap and our family some of our family really enjoys 


Okay, I may have added a few chocolate chips, some coconut, a few

pecans and less citron.  But by all standards it is still a fruitcake, 

that's my story and I am sticking to it.

This recipe has a super batter and reminds me of a simple Christmas

sweet bread, it especially tasty served with coffee and as you can see

I garnished this cake with some Christmas candy too.

I think part of the reason that fruitcakes get a bad rap is because of

their appearance, so instead of the usual loaf pan size I gave my an

updated look by baking them in 1 cup ramekins.  Be honest, 

wouldn't you sort of like a nibble?

Here is the recipe, it really is tasty, the batter is just plain good.  As 

always, the recipe is printable.

Fruitcake Ingredients~

1/4 lb diced orange peel
1/2 lb cherry pineapple mix
1 cup coconut
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups butter at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

To Make The fruitcakes~

Preheat oven to 325 degrees spray 10-1 cup ramekins with bakers joy.

Place them on baking sheets with 1 inch space between them, set aside to be used later.

1.  In a large bowl combine dried fruits with 1/2 cup of the flour so that fruits are all coated with the flour-set aside.

2.  In a separate bowl sift the rest of the flour and baking powder together and set aside.

3.  Using a standing mixer cream softened butter and sugar together.

4.  Add eggs one at a time beating well after all eggs are added add vanilla.

5.   Add flour and baking powder mixture alternating with buttermilk.

6.  When the batter is well mixed fold in floured coated fruits, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips.

7.  Divide the batter evenly among the ramekins, fill 3/4 full.

8.  Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean.

9.  Cool on rack 10 minutes. Unmold.

When completely cool dust these darling with powdered sugar, add 

some white chocolate shavings a few candies and serve with a good 

cup of Holiday Cheer.

Thank you Sandie for this "Fruitcake!"

Please Join Me~

A Stroll Thru Life

Cozy Little House

The Dedicated House

This Gal Cooks

A Treasured Georgia Christmas

Amanda has finished decorating her historical home in Fort 

Benning, Georgia.  You'll remember my visit there in October, 

when I shared my trip with you in my Thankful and Pleased post. 

She has incorporated treasures from the sea as well as the 

forests to bring a certain natural magic to the Season.

Starfish, silver baubles, pine cones and the glow of her frosted

Christmas tree make her sitting room a very special place to be.

Although she did not join us for Tis The Season tour, I was looking 

forward to sharing with you some of the ways in which she 

celebrates The Season with her young family. 

In creating her Christmas theme she combines natural elements with 

her own handmade creations.  It all begins with the simple elegance 

 of the natural grapevine Star on top of her petite Christmas Tree.

To her handmade Toile Christmas Stockings, hung by 

the chimney with so much love and care.  Her creativity 

and talent shine throughout her home.

The mantle decorated so effortlessly with her hand sewn

fabric Christmas Tree, mercury glass and clear glass ornaments 

nonchalantly placed in a clear glass cylinder.  

A beautiful oil painting over the mantle and the colors of the ocean 

and sky enhanced with the blue candle and the modge podge letter 

of her last name.  Just look at the gorgeous blue patina of the 


Carefully placed keepsakes and Christmas treasures 
reflect the 

beauty and joy of adding natural elements to home decor.  

A Tis The Season treasury of what makes Christmas special in her

Georgia home.

Our Tis The Season Home Tour Continues~

Monday December 9th

At Home With Jemma
The Cafe Sucre Farine

Tuesday December 10th
Poppy View

Wednesday December 11th
Home and Lifestyle Design
Red Rose Alley

Thursday December 12th
Comfy House
Cozy Little House

Friday December 13th
The Refeathered Roost

Saturday December 14th
The Dedicated House
Across the Way

Please Join Me~

The Dedicated House

Common Ground

Traditional Christmas Home Tour

Welcome friends, so great to have you join me. I have a cozy 

fire burning, Christmas music playing, cookies are baking and the 

Tea is almost ready, so come on in!  I am delighted to be able to 

share my Tis The Season Christmas Home with you.

This is the first day of our Tis The Season Blog Tour, Chris from 

The Cafe Sucre Farine and I will be your hosts.  There is more   

inspiration waiting for you throughout the week, links are included 

at the end of this post.

I have enjoyed working with the theme of Tis The Season.  In our 

home Tis The Season represents embracing traditions and using 

treasured collections from the past.  When you enter our home you

will see this sweet little antique secretary desk.  

I found this little secretary in a whimsical shop eons ago and just 

recently gave her a fresh coat of french grey paint which 

has made this little desk shine.    

I have displayed my Hummel collection in this desk for our 

traditional Christmas theme this year.  This dear little collection has

been handed down throughout the generations and added to by 

family members.  

My Husband and I have  reached a place in our lives where we 

feel blessed to have the opportunity to help create joyful memories 

for the young and tender hearts in our family while guarding the 

hearts and souls of a gentle and older generation.

In our home red and gold are traditional colors for Christmas, it 

seems to me this combination of colors creates such warmth and 

comfort.   I love to sit in our cozy living room and read, especially 

in the evenings.  

Decorating the formal mantel is both challenging and enjoyable.  It 

is a large and slender mantle so many decorations are either too 

small or too big.  However, this year I found some darling red and 

gold ornaments at the Dollar Tree, they are just nearly perfect for 

tucking in among the flocked garland.

It has been many, many years since we have had a live Christmas

Tree and we are so enjoying the fragrance.  Standing next to our

tree is Ross, our faithful tin nutcracker.  He is about two feet tall

and is becoming a fun friend to our grandchildren.  

I enjoy sharing the timeless stories of days gone by with our family. 

I have bundled a few of them up and tied them with red satin 


I just know you will be so familiar with them.  Hans Brinker or The

Silver Skates, Little Women and Jane Eyre are the selections which

I chose from our bookshelves.  This magnifying glass is the real

deal-officially a treasure from the past, even the grandchildren use it.

I have been anxiously waiting to incorporate this primitive bread 

bowl into my Christmas decor. This is the one which I found in 

Oklahoma City about a month ago.

These little glittery gold buckets, poinsettias, garland and candles are

creating just the right amount of warmth and welcoming glow.

I always enjoy decorating my Grandmother's antique hutch, it dates 

back to the late 1800's.  Whenever I decorate it I am always amazed 

at the workmanship and it's durability.  It has withstood several 

cross country moves.  I have painted the inside pale cream as an 

accent for my china and collectibles.

Inside my antique hutch you will see a combination of China and 

crystal from three generations, along with Christmas Fitz and Floyd 

collectibles.  This year I will be using this decorative Twas The 

Night Before Christmas pot to serve the grandchildren hot cocoa. I

think this will be much fun for them and me.

The dining room table is set with traditional red brocade place mats, 

cherished Christmas plates and candles.

Christmas treasures of the past on my dining room table, always 

make me smile.

Our family room is a combination of Traditional and playful.  I am

sharing just a few photos today, more will follow later in the week.

Rather than use a wreath for these antlers I used garland and added 

some berries and clip on poinsettias.

One of my favorite things to bring out of the Christmas boxes are 

the snowmen.  Some of them are thirty years old and others more 

youthful, I love them all the same. And please Be Good For 

Goodness Sake!

Thank you for joining me, I hope you enjoyed our time together as

much as I enjoyed sharing some of our Traditional Christmas with 

you.  Wishing each one of you a joyous heart and the Merriest of


For more of Tis The Season please follow these links, all of these

Ladies have been working very hard to bring you joy and inspiration!

Monday December 9th

At Home With Jemma
The Cafe Sucre Farine

Tuesday December 10th
Poppy View

Wednesday December 11th
Home and Lifestyle Design
Red Rose Alley

Thursday December 12th
Comfy House
Cozy Little House

Friday December 13th
The Refeathered Roost

Saturday December 14th
The Dedicated House
Across the Way

Please Join Me~

The Charm of Home

No Minimalist Here

Ivy and Elephants

Savvy Southern Style

Jennifer Rizzo

A Stroll Thru Life

The Christmas Sled

This is the tale of a well loved Christmas sled, a sled that was used 

until it was worn out. I received it the year I was between five and 

seven along with a baby doll. The sled carried me from the edge of 

the sloping river banks on to the bumpy crystal frozen waters.

Where I sailed across the glassy, slippery ice with complete glee and

freedom from heavy boots, soggy sweaters, frozen mittens and rosy 

frosted cheeks.  When the ice became too thin for safe travels, my

parents would pull me behind the pick up truck, while snow and 

wind swirled about me like a small tornado.  I loved it all, every 


My sled is long gone, where I do not know. It was no ordinary sled, 

it was magical, at least to a youngster.  For years I 

have been looking for a sled and just when I thought I had found 

the perfect sled I found fault with it.  Until I found this one.

I found this Dano 80 sled in a antique shed-not shop, there is a huge

difference.  I literally crawled over and moved all sorts of ancient 

cobwebby treasures to reach this sled.

My sled traveled the long distance with me in my car  from 

Tupelo Mississippi to our home in Texas.  I feel as though I have 

found a long lost friend. 

I think there is some sort of a Christmas magic happening because 

the week we arrived home we had snow.  Of course this sled will 

live in quiet retirement, there won't be any wild rides on icy ponds. 

But it will be decorated with care each Christmas and provide many 

warm memories for me.

Naturally, I had to take my Christmas sled outside because I just 

do not know if there will ever be snow at Christmas time again.

I hope to see you back tomorrow for more glimpses into our home.

It is the beginning of  Tis The Season Christmas Tour and I am 

day one of the tour, our door is open I can't wait for your visit!

Please Join Me~

Thoughts From Alice

The Style Sisters

Cozy Little House

Coastal Charm

The Dedicated House

Dwellings The Heart of Your Home

Little Red House

Pinterest Perfect Decorating

I am such a fan of Pinterest, I always find just what I am looking for.

Now, how many times can a girl honestly say that?  I have put

together a few of my favorite window shopping treasures and I am

actually going to incorporate some of these ideas into our home.

And since I am going all out this Christmas-I seem to have a 

renewed spirit.  I really can't say why, my life is not perfect, but I 

am thankful for where my journey has taken me.  And when I say 

all out, I mean that I am pulling out all of my Christmas decorations. 

I am sorting through boxes that have been tucked away for years. I 

have added a touch of this and that to bring new life to beloved



My mail box is not black-no problem I will still make a gorgeous red 

bow and add some greenery and berries-just know this will make 

our mailman smile.


So, I have a window pane and I am going to paint it, add some vinyl

letters, I am thinking I may use BELIEVE. Being thankful 

and believing are where I am right now and I like it-alot!

What is not to love here-the symmetry and colors are just amazing 

to me.  I will not be able to incorporate all of this, so I may just have 

to be content with something similar-wreaths maybe...

Isn't this just a darling advent calendar?  I remember buying the 

chocolate ones for my children when they were little and eventually

splurging and purchasing a fabric one that I thought was splendid.

When I pinned this awhile back I became slightly obsessed

with silver.  I do have a few silver pieces of my own, but I have 

been shopping antique shops from Oklahoma to Mississippi.  I have 

found some darling pitchers which I will be filling with sprigs of 



I think it is the glow of the candles combined with the wooden plank

that makes this so appealing.  I do have a wooden dough bowl which

I may use to try to replicate this look.  If not just oodles of white 

candles throughout our home would be symbolic and delightful.

Attention to detail makes everything stand out in this room, as

well as the uniform packaging which keeps it all from being too 

busy.  I am going to coordinate my gift wrapping this year-this will

be a stretch for me.

Isn't this just lovely, I am keeping with gold and red for my 

decorating motif.  I really feel as though staying focused and on 

track has helped me simplify my decorating and enjoy the process 

even more.  Before Pinterest and other online resources I always

turned to Better Homes and Garden, Traditional Home, Southern

Living etc... and even though I still do use magazines I am truly

enjoying Pinterest.  Do you have a favorite resource for your 

Holiday decorating?

 Monday December 9th
 The Cafe Sucre Farine
 At Home With Jemma

Tuesday December 10th
 Poppy View
Wednesday December 11th
Red Rose Alley
Home and Lifestyle Design
Thursday December 12th
Cozy Little House
Comfy House
Friday December 13th 
The Refeathered Roost
Saturday December 14th
Across The Way
The Dedicated House