Friday, December 11, 2015

Jennie's Christmas Cottage -- Five on Friday

My daughter, Jennie, invited me over
for dinner the other night. 
This is her first Christmas in her tiny,
1910 cottage. 
You can see more photos of her cottage Here.
  Here she is in the photo on the wall,
 peeking out from behind the top
of her pretty Christmas tree!

This tiny vintage Christmas tree is so 'her'.
The silver plate banner reads 'DREAM'.
The wrapped 'Present' on the wall
is a weathered piece of barn board.

She found both the tree and the 'present'
on our recent 'vintage' shopping trip.

A pretty wreath and chandelier ornament
A lovely vignette.

Her welcoming table and the delicious meal she prepared.
(Cheese ravioli, salad and buttered flat bread.

I supplied dessert - Lemon Bread. 

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1+ 2/3  cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
Grated peel of l lemon

1/4 cup sugar
juice of l lemon

  1. Cream butter with sugar and add eggs. 
  2. Mix flour with baking powder and salt.
  3. Add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture. 
  4. Mix in lemon peel. 
  5. Bake in greased 5x9" loaf pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour. 
  6. Pierce top with toothpick while hot. Mix and pour on topping.  


It was a wonderful evening spent under
the glow of her twinkling Christmas tree;
catching up, sharing laughs, good food,
memories of a year that went by too quickly,
and dreams for the New Year.

The loveliest gift at Christmas
is time spent with family.


Next time: I attend the Nutcracker ballet with
daughter, Heather, and share her Christmas Cottage, too.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend, my friends!


Today I am linking with:

Five On Friday


  1. What a beautiful home Jennie has! She has great style and taste, just like her lovely Mom! Thank you for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

  2. It's lovely to share family time with your children once they have left the nest. Her cottage looks beautiful. Enjoy your Christmas. Barbara

  3. You're right, time spent with family is what Christmas is all about.

  4. You have such a beautiful daughter and how special to spend an evening in her lovely vintage cottage. Her Christmas decor is so pretty and warm for the holidays. I hope you're keeping dry and warm. Hugs, Pat

  5. Jennie's cottage looks so warm and welcoming, Karen. What a special evening for you to be with your beautiful daughter and enjoy love, laugher, and good food! xo

  6. What a pretty Christmas tree with all the white balls and pearls adorning it. And that picture is stunning of her on the wall. She made such a nice meal for you. Cheese raviolis is one of my favorites. I just went out for Italian food tonight. Your lemon bread looks yummy.

    Looking forward to seeing Heather's Christmas Cottage too.


  7. What a cute home your daughter has made for herself! I love how she did her tree. I remember my first apartment - I ended up with a funny fat tree- but I loved it!

  8. Dearest Karen,
    What a joy to go to daughter Jennie's lovely cottage during the Christmas season.
    She is as good a NESTER as her sweet Mama is.
    Love to see her imagination from the moment at the store and than the way she adopted the new pieces into her own living space. She knows what she is doing!
    Lovely meal, prepared with love.
    Sending you hugs and blessings.

    PS Dad is back in the hospital. Fluids in his lungs and this morning when I called at 2:00 AM our & 8:00 AM his time he did sound so weak. My youngest sis went to see him and called the ambulance. He's back in the safe environment where he will be watched over far better than being alone at home. He is in God's hands...

  9. How lovely your daughter's little cottage is. I love the pretty colours. Her Christmas tree and the other little vignettes are gorgeous. How exciting to spend the festive season in her first home.

  10. Your daughter's home is just the sweetest and her Christmas decor is oh-so-charming and pretty. Thank you for letting us take a peek inside :)

    Hugs to you, sweet friend!

  11. Yours daughters cottage is beautiful and so pretty decorated for the season. Precious moments of spending time together, memories to treasure.

  12. Your daughter's house is decorated so pretty for Christmas. I'm sure she's enjoying her "new" house! My daughter keeps finding interesting small house ideas that are affordable. We are ok here with rain and wind...not too bad today. My sis made it down from WA to Portland to meet up with her friend. Planning to see her tomorrow evening at my house. I-5 North bound still has one lane closed by Woodland, WA where there was a avalanche/slide. Should be open tomorrow. Sure alot of wacky weather going on this week! Next week a bit better?

  13. Beautiful, congrats to your daughter, I love decorated stairs, the house is charming.


  14. How pretty, I hope your daughter has a great Christmas. :-)

  15. Hi Karen, what a beautiful and cozy home your daughter has made. Her new place is amazing and she sure takes on your talents for display and decorating. I love the Dream banner and every detail. I imagine it was a beautiful dinner. The menu sounds delightful.

    ALSO~~ you won the traditional tree in my giveaway drawing this morning. You can contact me here to share your address for delivery.
    Congrats to you. I was excited when my hubby pulled your name from the Santa hat!! My post to announce the winners will publish shortly!!

    Merry Christmas, xo

  16. Hello, your daughter is pretty and she has a lovely home. I like the dream banner. The dinner sounds delicious! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Happy weekend!

  17. I love seeing what others are doing for decorating! The lemon bread is among my favorites, any time of year.

  18. So beautiful! Really nice and the lemon bread I must try at once...
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  20. Beautiful Home of Your daughter !! All love! Thank Recipe For I will try to do. Big kiss and Good Weekend

  21. Such a wonderful treat for both of you! I LOVE her little cottage & Christmas decorations. I spent last Sunday afternoon with my daughter having tea ~ as you said, "The loveliest gift at Christmas
    is time spent with family."

  22. Hello dear Karen, your daughter is as beautiful as you are, and she has certainly learned the beauty of decorating from you as her mother, lovely.
    Her little cottage is gorgeous, and what a joy for her too have such a wonderful enchanting home.
    Buy the way...Your last post of your home was lovely as well. I find peace within my soul when I visit your place no matter what you post.
    I say this just about every time I see your kitchen, but I LOVE it, just love it!
    You are so precious, Karen.

    Merry Christmas wishes to you.

    Oh, nearly forgot,I saw that you won Celestina's traditional Christmas tree in her give away, congratulations! I know you will place that gorgeous tree in a very special place in your home.

  23. Love seeing the inside of her cottage! And how wonderfully she has decorated! I know the two of you had a lovely visit there!

    I'll catchup with any of your posts I have missed, you can see by my own post, things have been very busy, and now it's a mad dash here to get ready for Christmas!

  24. Your daughter has taken her sweet new/old home and made it into her very own lovely haven. She's done a wonderful job with her place and it looks so pretty for Christmas.

    Dinner looks delicious!

    Love & hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

  25. Just love her pretty cottage! It looks so gorgeous for the season. Truly a little jewel box. I love the colors Jennie has used too. That wood "present" is so clever and adorable! And the meal looks delish!! I'm so keeping that bread recipe too. Sounds like heaven. ;)

    Truly what the season is all about - precious family time. Blessings Karen. xoxo

  26. Hi Karen, your daughter has such a pretty house all decorated for Christmas! I bet that the dinner and dessert was just yummy!
    Enjoy the weekend!

  27. What a wonderful job your daughter has done decorating her new home. Looks as if she has acquired your knack for decorating! Nothing more precious than spending time together

  28. Such a charming little cottage! Lovely that you got to spend an evening together. I agree that being with family is the best thing about Christmas!

  29. What a sweet cottage and what great vintage finds! I love lemon bread! Spending time with my immediate family is all I care about this Christmas...well, add in some yummy food too!

  30. Your beautiful daughter has such a flare for decorating! I love her small home and garage. That little grandson is so sweet. I have one similar! :D
    Wonderful family photos!

  31. What a special time with your beautiful daughter and what a lovely home! Such memories are truly a treasure! Thanks for sharing. Have a beautiful week, Lynn

  32. Absolutely beautiful! I love how she decorated and that bread sounds delicious, definitly jotting down that recipe ;-) Have a wonderful day!


  33. Great post..I love seeing that you get to spend time with your daughter - lovely place she has. I love lemon bread too!


  34. Such a wonderful vintage look to her decorating and I bet you two had a wonderful evening together, such special times those are!!

  35. What a lovely home she had created. Such a special evening for you both x

  36. I really like the way your daughter decorated her little cottage. It looks very sweet, calm and in a really Christmas mood. My co-worker at essay-writer-club is a real silver lover and she says it's the best decorations she could just imagine.

  37. Hi Karen....
    Found my way here via Wendy's awesome blog...
    You have a beautiful family, and your daughters house is adorable....
    I will visit again...
    Linda :o)

  38. Karen, your daughter's cottage is precious! I agree that family is what makes Christmas special!

  39. I love your daughter's cottage and the Christmas decorations are perfect.


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