Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas House/Tree Tour

I guess this is a little "off the cookie subject"......but I wanted to invite you to my house for a little Christmas gathering.......at least an online version. 

Not only am I cookie CRAZIE......I'm also Christmas tree CRAZIE. lol I have nine of them this year. I added two new ones. Oh my! My daughter thinks I'm totally nuts and drags me out of the Christmas tree section of Hobby Lobby every time we go together. =)

I grew up with a dad that loved to buy live Christmas trees (I can still smell them in my memories....). And since we had a nice A frame tall ceiling in the middle of our living room.....he always made sure the tree nearly went to the ceiling. Great memories. We had lots of funky, eclectic ornaments to add to the tree each year.

And when I got married at 18......I naturally started collecting ornaments and making my tree as special as the ones when we grew up.  As my five children started coming.......I would buy them each at least one ornament each year.....building a collection for them to take with them when they go out on their own. 

About ten years ago.....I bought a second tree.....gasp! I put it in our small entry. And since I'm super crazie about snowmen (!!!!!), I made it my snowman tree. Wellllllll..........................it snowballed from there. lol Then I bought a set of three small woodland trees..............candy cane tree, purple tree, and kitchen tree. And then when we moved into our new house three years ago.....with our very own tall ceiling......we just had to get a 12 foot tree to fill up that big wall. :)

Last year......I bought a tree specifically to hang cookies on to share with our guests when they came to visit around Christmas tree.

And this year.......I now have a nativity/Bethlehem tree.......and not only a kitchen tree, but a tree dedicated to baking and cookies.

So there you have it......my Christmas tree obsession history line. :)

So come join me at my house. Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds.............stay for a cup of coffee or tea. And take home a cookie from the cookie tree when you leave.
I'd love to meet every last one of you. :))))))))

(And please excuse the photos......I am getting better about photographing my cookies.....but not so much anything else!)

Welcome to our home......

Beloved cookie tree ready to greet my visitors. :)

Turn to the left to see my Bethlehem/Nativity tree.....along with a ton of snowmen down in the stairway. :)

And yes.....it includes a peek at my cookie cutter collection. ;)

Purple (my fave color) tree in the front room.....with my desk....where I sit even right now, writing to you. =)

Back towards the entry......my snowman tree.... I LOVE snowmen and snow. :)

Towards the kitchen and great room......

The twelve foot tree holds all our family ornaments. God has RICHLY blessed us. :)

You can barely see my tiny kitchen tree to the right of the stove.....

 Try to ignore the piles of cookies on the dining room table that I need to decorate right now.......hmmmm. lol

Candy Cane tree...........never could get a decent photo of it. : /

Gingerbread tree.....also hard to get a good photo. The windows bring in too much light. : /

Stepping back toward the front door......the baking/cookie tree is to the right.

 Be sure to stop at the cookie tree on your way out and take one home.
(Boy.....I'd have to do a LOT more decorating if you all really came!)

Thanks for coming on this virtual tour/visit of my house. I love having visitors this time of year.....and I would love to see you all and enjoy the season together. :)

I guess it is time for me to get crackin' on all those cookies waiting for me on the table..................sigh


Pam said...

Absolutely breathtaking. Your home is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

TracyLH said...

Pam, it is all just so lovely!!  Absolutely gorgeous! Wish I could see the beauty in person! (Of course, my favorite is the the cookie tree!)

LaurelC said...

Pam, your trees are BEAUTIFUL!  I LOVE the kitchen trees!

Dbroughton said...


Karen said...

I want to come to your house, Pam! :) Your trees are beautiful!

Elaine said...

I wish all of our houses look like in yours in this Christmas. Soooo beautiful! I love when the house is all decorated for Christmas. makes me want to celebrate even more.

Brenda said...

Pam, your home and trees are just beautiful. You are so very blessed to have such a beautiful home and such talent.

Chari Pérez Carrillo said...

Me encantan tus árboles!! I love your trees!!

Minibakercakes said...

so beautiful! great job decorating!!

Tricia said...

Pam, I just found your blog and I LOVE it and joined it. Your home and your Christmas trees are
Please come on by my blog, I love having new follower's!

Your home belongs in a magazine or book!
I am so happy that I found your blog!

Christmas Blessings,
Hillcrest Home

Kewlgranny6 said...

That was fun! Thanks for sharing.......& Happy Holidays.

thepartiologist said...

Merry Christmas Pam!  I enjoyed my coffee with you this morning and all your wonderful trees!

diana said...

I agree with your daughter, these wonderfully crazy. I traveled with my daughter your amazing house, and she ask me why we only have one christmas tree. Happy Christmas.

Cristin Sohm said...

Absolutely beautiful home Pam! I love all the gorgeous trees, but my favorite is the cookie tree. I've always wanted to do a cookie tree, but the holidays are so crazy busy, there's never been time. My bare Christmas tree at least has lights on it now, but still trying to get some family time to put on the ornaments! You're an inspiration Pam as always!

patricia rolon said...

I love it and great idea

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!! What a beautiful home and I left with such a cozy feeling! Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas! ♥ Thanks for all of your posts!

cookiecrazielady said...

Wow Stacey.....you've been through a lot. I'm so glad that cookie friends have helped you through.....from a distance of course. And yay for the Snowman tree! I know how good my trees make me feel.....so I'm glad your family understood how important it would be to you. :)

My cookies are 3/8" thick and I bake them about 20-22 minutes on 325.

May you have a blessed Christmas.

Stacey said...

Pam,OMG I typedthat long story so fast and did not look atthe screen when I was typing. I am thinking that Santa needs to bring me voice recognition software so that I can just dictate and let the computer do the rest. Bles youfor having to read such a longgggggg story plus trying to decipher what some of those words were. I do type fast but with many mistakes. It is a huge joke on fb with my friends. it looks like a drunken person was typing. Not me only drink oncea yr. Champagne on Christmas. Anyway you deserve a huge pat on the back for being able to read and get through that message/comment. next time I will email you. Thanks for the cookie hints about the tree and your newest post GorgWAHHHHH of course. Would not expect anything less. I am sooo excited and appreciative for the cookie hints. Can not wait to get started. I do use your one concistacy recipe and love it. I did use light corn syrup though. how much difference does the regular corn syrup make?? Does it hard faster  or does it just hold together better. The light corn syrup is what iusded because I did not realize at first that is what  Ihad purchased. So what is your take on the difference btwn the two in consitacy?? Also I hope that you have a blessed holiday season with lots of Christmas cheer and piles of cookie around to make you happy!!! Thabnks for your therapy and umm Im sure my insurance company is quite happy that they didnt have to pay for that. My wallet and my panrty that is another story. But it is all good. OCD me??/ Im sure you thought how can she be OCD if she types the way she does. I guess we all have our downfalls. I will chalk it up to me thinking faster than my fingers can move or my fingers moving faster than I can think!!! Bles you!!!

Stacey said...

See I ran my words together again. SLOW DOWN STACEY!!! LOL

amereldas bakery said...

I absolutely LOVE your trees! Thank you for allowing a tour of your beautiful home. You are always at the very top of my MUST see web pages. Even though we have never met, I know that we are sisters in Christ!
May God continue to shine His favor on you.

amereldas bakery said...

I absolutely LOVE your trees! Thank you for allowing a tour of your beautiful home. You are always at the very top of my MUST see web pages. Even though we have never met, I know that we are sisters in Christ!
May God continue to shine His favor on you.

neens said...

Hello! Could you tell me where you got the plush snowman ornaments and sweaters? Also could you suggest a website that sells nice ornaments? Thank you so much!

cookiecrazielady said...

I've collected ornaments for years.....and found them from multiple sources. Keep your eyes open at Kohls, Target, department stores, craft shows/fairs, etc. And Merry Christmas! ♥

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