Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I'm Dreaming of a Warm Christmas....

Just like the ones I used to know.....

........growing up in Australia,
where Christmas was most decidedly
not white!

But it certainly is this year in upstate NY!

We've had a very snowy December....

and my dear husband has spent quite a bit of time out in the cold plowing the driveway.

I must say the scenery is gorgeous, Posted by Picasa

but the cold that goes along with it is not so enjoyable.

It's very good weather however, for baking holiday treats.

Dear Alice, are you and Richard coming for tea and shortbread? I made it especially for you!

Or, if you'd prefer, cranberry chocolate chip cookies.

Or perhaps some of that delicious cranberry-orange nut bread? We liked it so much at Thanksgiving I decided to make it again for Christmas. We'll save you some, but you'd better hurry! Posted by Picasa

The hungry little birds have been arriving early in the mornings to fill their tummies against the cold.

Little Mr. Downy Woodpecker is a friendly fellow and doesn't mind posing for a photo.

From our house to yours.

I hope you all have a joyful Christmas filled with the blessings of family and good friends.

And please dear Aussie blog friends, soak up some of that wonderful warm sunshine for me! Posted by Picasa

Remember the reason for the season! Posted by Picasa


Pam/Digging said...[Reply]

I always forget you're from Down Under, Kerri. Your climate is certainly different these days but as beautiful as a Christmas postcard (from the U.S. anyway). Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Alice said...[Reply]

Dearest Kerri and Ross -

We'll be there very soon - just have to have a 'nanny nap' first (what sort of a nap do Grandpas have, Ross?).

Your range of culinary delights is so vast that I think we will have to stay for quite some time. I hope that will be alright?

I'll collect plenty of warm sunshine for you before we leave, although your scenery is certainly worth at least a week of viewing and photographing.

You remembered that I love tea from a real, fine china cup, too.

Thank you for your friendship, not only at Christmas, but every single day of the year.

God bless you always, Kerri and Ross.

Much love and Christmas hugs -

'Alice' and Richard.

Northern Shade said...[Reply]

Merry Christmas, Kerri. Everything inside looks so snug, and the outside looks beautiful with its winter coat of snow. Enjoy your tasty Christmas treats, as the birds enjoy their own treats.

Mo said...[Reply]

Those cookies look amazing!!! Yum! Hope you have a very merry Christmas cuddled up, nice and warm at home!

verobirdie said...[Reply]

Merry Chirstmas to you and your family Kerri!
It is always a treat to visit you. Thank you for those delightfull moments.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...[Reply]

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

(where it was 64° F at 11 pm last night and the frogs were jumping in the stream again)

Robin's Nesting Place said...[Reply]

Merry Christmas, Kerri! The cranberry orange bread looks delicious! Yum!

Sue said...[Reply]

I enjoyed looking at your snow and home pics. I have lived in Nebraska all my life, and it is still hard on me when it is as cold as it has been. I wear several layers of clothes, and put blankets over my shoulders, but still have trouble keeping warm. If you're not from here, I imagine it's even more of an adjustment when the weather turns cold.

Oh, I just heard on the radio, it's supposed to get into the 30s today. Yea!

Merry Christmas!


em said...[Reply]

hi kerri, the first photo looks just like a christmas card! i love the tractor! your post makes me hungry! merry christmas!

John said...[Reply]


Merry Christmas, and the Happy Holidays to You and DH (Ross). I enjoy the pictures even if it is a white Christmas.

Apple and I have the white stuff too, and I have have spent time moving it around.

Best Wishes.

Apple said...[Reply]

Merry Christmas! I'm dreaming of a warm Christmas too but I've only had one in my lifetime. John's not kidding - he has moved mountains of the awful stuff. Pretty if you don't have to go out, so we didn't today :)

Anonymous said...[Reply]

Merry Christmas!


Debbie said...[Reply]

Merry Christmas, Kerri. Everything looks so lovely and I do enjoy a white Christmas.

Thanks For 2 Day said...[Reply]

Hope your Christmas was warm and wonderful, Kerri! I'm sure the 'white' Christmas has it's plusses and minuses...I would love to have some white, just for a week or 2...then say goodbye to it! I hope you don't get too cold up there in the snow belt! We still have NO SNOW here in VA! Your cookies and goodies look yummy. I still have a few more goodies to make before this week is over. It's Christmas all week in my house:) Have a beautiful day, Kerri! Jan

Britt-Arnhild said...[Reply]

God jul!
Merry Christmas!

Pear tree cottage! said...[Reply]

Dear Kerri, here we are sending you much sunshine from Victoria in Australia, we have had a simple sun filled Christmas with santa in shorts........but I adore your winter wonderland and know that Alice will wishes always to you and your dear family.


Roses and Lilacs said...[Reply]

Your scenery is always gorgeous, but especially with all the snow. We had more snow and bitter cold Christmas eve and Christmas day. Now comes a big thaw to create some flooding.

Your home baked goodies look so good. Put on the kettle, I'll stop by for tea;)

JunieRose2005 said...[Reply]

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Your pictures are very lovely to look at but I know it would be hard for me to be any other place but Florida!
We had a WARM Christmas! :)



Lisa at Greenbow said...[Reply]

Kerri, you have the best of both worlds. All the warm memories of Christmases from down under and the picture postcard snowy christmas here and now. Try not to be too homesick. Merry Christmas.

Isabelle said...[Reply]

Beautiful but cold. (When I was a student I once heard another (male) student describe a girl like that. I've always wondered whether she was really cold or just didn't fancy HIM....)

I love to see the pictures but it looks too chilly for me. Season's greetings!

Mountain Mama said...[Reply]

Your pictures look as cold as it has been here. One morning the thermometer said 4 degrees! We have been covered in snow for the past week or more and there is more forcasted all next week. However we are having warmer temps, up to 38 degrees so it's more tolerable.
Your Christmas treats look yummy and the picture with the tea and cookies sure looks inviting.
I hope your Christmas was as wonderful as mine.

Annie in Austin said...[Reply]

Cranberry orange nut bread is one of my favorites, Kerri - so if you get tired of living in a snow-covered postcard, bring a loaf down to Austin to warm up a little. We do get cold snaps and it's not tropical like Florida, but sixties are the norm, and today we got up to 79°F!

Sure hope your Christmas was a sweet one and that you and Ross get out and throw a few snowballs while wearing your special hats!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose
(the verification word is 'mootion' that what cows do in exercise class?)

Abandoned in Pasadena said...[Reply]

Your having what I can only dream of...A White Christmas. We had a mild Christmas with sunny skies and today it's 72 degrees here. Jimmy even took a ride on his motorcycle today.

Your Christmas goodies look delicious, and thank you so much for those pretty ecards...I showed them to everyone.

Merry Christmas and a Joyful and Happy New Year.


Blossom said...[Reply]

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas Kerri! It must have been quite an adjustment for you, when you first came to your current home from Australia. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos....


Titania said...[Reply]

Dear Kerri, I would like to send you some of our summer. It is overcast, but it is still hot. I am actually glad the sun is hiding. But as you said, the snowy country looks beautiful, so fresh.
Underneath this blanket are all your wonderful bulbs having a rest. The cookies look scrumptious. The Christmas days are already on their way out and the New Year only days away. I wish you and your loved ones a very happy 2009.

inlandempiregirl said...[Reply]

I figured you would have a white Christmas also! Those cookies and bread look so yummy! Happy New Year.

Layanee said...[Reply]

I do hope you had a warm and luscious Christmas! The cookies and treats look delicious.

Tanya said...[Reply]

You wouldn't like to share the cranberry and chocolate chip cookie recipe, would you? I've a bag of craisins I need to do something with, and those cookies look delicious ;)

Hope everyone in your family had a wonderful Christmas. All the best for 2009.

Sue said...[Reply]

Hey Tanya,
Here's what I do with Craisins:

1 cup lightly salted mixed nuts
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, or any kind of flavored chip
1/3 cup Craisins

These are approximate amounts, and I don't really measure any more. This is enough for about 2 sessions of munching at the computer.

Hi Kerri, I hope you have a good day!

The Garden Faerie said...[Reply]

My mom, who lived in Australia some years, says she misses going to the beach on Christmas!
~ Monica

Reflection Through The Seasons said...[Reply]

Loved your winter wonderland snowy scenes Dear Kerri..... it is bitterly cold here in Wales, but no snow. John and I send our good wishes to you and Ross...... may 2009 be enriched with many blessings.... particularly good health for you both.

Thank you for the Christmas card you sent to us.... very much appreciated. Lots of Love - Marion

Liisa said...[Reply]

I love your snowy scenery. Our snow had all but melted, but this morning we are replenishing our supply. It's beautiful out there. Best wishes for peace, health and happiness in the upcoming year. : )

Shelley said...[Reply]

I love the photos of the snow! Looks like you had a lovely white Christmas. The woodpecker photo is great. He's so pretty. I like the Christmas lights around him. Great shot!

Happy New Year!

Isabelle said...[Reply]

Thanks for your very kind comments, Kerri. All the best for 2009; I look forward to lots of flower pictures once it get a bit warmer.