Blooming just in time for Christmas and the colors couldn't be more perfect for the season.
Love the pairing of red & white against the antique blue vase.
I usually don't cut my Amaryllis flowers but 'Ambiance' put up three bloom scapes so I didn't mind cutting the first one to put in the vase.
Besides the Amaryllis, I also have blooms from a new pink Christmas cactus.
Given to me by one of my sweet neighbors as a thank you for decorating her mantel.
VERY nice of her, especially when I was happy to help. That sort of thing is fun for me and not a chore at all
I hope I can keep it alive. I'm good with outdoor plants but not so much with houseplants.
This past week I kept really busy baking for both my book club and cul-de-sac parties.
I made the above Hazelnut expresso cookies for my book club. They were devoured! I highly recommend them if you're looking for a new cookie to try over the holidays.
For my cul-de-sac party, I was put in charge of desserts. I enjoy making those so I chose both a no-bake white Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
At least one of my neighbors is on a gluten-free diet so I left out the cookie crust base from the recipe ~ it was still totally divine.
The Peppermint sticks came from Cracker Barrel ~ I thought they'd be a festive (edible) decoration but they actually turned out to be the perfect utensil for eating them! Dipping the peppermint sticks into the cheesecake gave us a little extra zip of peppermint flavor. Because of that, they'd be great for any party, you wouldn't have to provide extra serving pieces. They're also very easy to make & everyone enjoyed them.
I guess I hit both desserts out of the "ballpark" because they were both gone by the end of the night including all of the Lime and Gin Coconut Macaroons (see link above for recipe.)
Another easy dessert to make and if you are a fan of coconut, an absolutely amazing treat!
I couldn't ask for better timing on the Paperwhites either.
They are just beginning to open ~ they'll be gorgeous at the end of the week for Christmas!
and finally, our little "baby" Ivory has a new favorite spot to sleep ~ on top of the bookcase next to the tree!
Isn't she sweet illuminated by tree light???
Now I'm signing off to try and catch my breath before the next round of parties. I still have all my wrapping to do plus some cards and a little shopping left so it's going to be a busy final few days. I hope you all are more ahead than me??!!! If I don't get back to the blog, Merry Christmas to you ~ I hope it's a peaceful, happy holiday.