Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Relaxing Weekend at Home

It is a very cold, snowy weekend in northern Michigan. 

DH and I are enjoying staying inside.  Together this afternoon we cooked six future meals of pizza stuffed pasta shells, which we froze for meals later this winter.  Tonight we were in the mood for a big spinach salad topped with a warm chicken breast, fresh avocado, mandarin oranges and poppyseed dressing. It was sooooooooooo good!

I took a few pictures to show you the (minimal) Christmas decorating I did this year.
 Last month I bought this rusty 3- candle centerpiece that I really love:
If I have the time (and energy) I will add fresh greens for my Christmas Eve dinner.  If not, it will be just fine the way it is.
Here is a full view of the Christmas tree in the family room.
Same tree as seen from the dining room:

I hung the "Joy" banner I made two years ago across the china cabinet on the left. It is difficult to see in the pic above.  I left everything on the top of the cabinet as it was (much easier to take down just the JOY banner!):
 December is zooming by.  We have been so busy for the past 30 days that we have had little time to enjoy the season.  This is the first weekend for a month that we have been able to stay home and we are really enjoying it!
I plan to plop down soon in the chaise lounge and watch a Christmas movie tonight.

 I hope you are all having a good weekend, too!


  1. I love your "simplified " decorating this year.....and those recipes sound delish. I do love spinach salad, but I've never had it your way. I'll give it a try.
    Have a relaxing evening...Balisha.

  2. Zoey-Your home looks just lovely. What a pretty tree and I love your three little rusty candle holders. I had to give up spinach because it causes a flare in my immune system (weird huh) but I LOVE a spinach salad with chicken. I love your furniture, too- didn't you get that new set just a bit ago? Anyway- JOY to you and your dh- xo Diana

  3. Your home is beautiful!

    Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you and hubby!

  4. Zoey!!! This is just gorgeous!!! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!!!!

  5. We got lots of snow here also. Staying inside. Your decorations are lovely. You may call it minimal but they look great.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  6. Zoey, what a beautiful view to look out at. Your Livingroom looks so lovely for Christmas.

  7. Doing the same..nothing wrong with keeping decorating to a minimal. Love the centrepiece!

  8. Doing the same..nothing wrong with keeping decorating to a minimal. Love the centrepiece!


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