2011 Christmas

The big day has come and gone and I hope it was special for all.  We hosted a Christmas Eve dinner and then spent Christmas Day with my mom and father-in-law.

It’s been a while since I’ve entertained and I really enjoyed setting a pretty table and cooking a large meal.

Mama and my father-in-law enjoyed a bit of Christmas cheer.

I made beef tenderloin for the first time and it was quite tasty.

We also had scalloped potatoes, pineapple casserole, roasted broccoli, maple glazed carrots, and rolls.

Our friend Elsie is fantastic cook and baker and made dessert.  This cake was on the cover of the December 2011 Southern Living and I was so excited to try it.

Nicole and Keith think it looks quite good, too.  (This cake gets a 10 out of 10 rating from me!)

Christmas Day started with Pumpkin Spice coffee from Vermont and present opening.

Mr. SP spoiled me, as usual.  You can tell that I like to workout by his present choices.  I have my fingers crossed that 2012 will be a better workout year for me.  I’m still plagued with the back problem that has bothered me since May.  Thursday I have to travel  3.5 hours to see a specialist that my pt hopes can help me.  Please cross your fingers for me because I’m really desperate for a solution.

Next up was an afternoon with Mama on Walnut Avenue.

Mama and I had to laugh at how she opens her pantry doors!

Do you like Mama’s new kitchen curtains?  I admired them while she fried our traditional Christmas Day oysters feast.

Everything was so good!

Mr. SP and his dad surprised Mama with a new tv.  Don’t you like the way Mr. SP decorated the package?  Mama had no idea what was in the box and was quite surprised.

It was a wonderful day.  This week we still have a few more celebrations with family and with friends.  We are both off from work and plan to enjoy every second.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’m looking forward to reading about your celebrations, too.


  1. Well, here I am again, Paul! I just commented on your last post and now I see you truly did get your meal going! Looks like you had a fabulous Christmas too and how nice to see your parents.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia 😉

  2. 1. Your hair looks longer and I like it.
    2. That dinner looks delicious!
    3. It sounds like a wonderful Christmas. Isn’t it nice to be spoiled by sweet husbands?? 🙂

  3. Hi Paula, it all looks just delightful and so festive. Yum! I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

    Following you too!

    Barb ♥

  4. Your Christmas looked fabulous. I do hope you get some relief concerning your back this week. I am looking forward to having a stent taken out on Wednesday at UVA. Kidney stones again! We both deserve better!

  5. Two great dinners! Yum…I love it! Your family looks so sweet and it was so nice of Mr. SP to get you motivated with the workout gear! I noticed in your pile of gifts that you like Sue Grafton also. I’m half finished with that one…it’s good!


  6. Paula, it looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Your home was lovely and your feast looked yummy. Your husband did spoil you. I am praying that you find some answers for your problems and can get back into your active lifestyle very soon! Hope you have a very happy New Year! Carla

  7. What a feasst! What is pineapple casserole? I’ve never heard of it. The cake looks divine!

    Looks like you made a good haul! Such cute workout gear. Love that!

    Love Mr. SP’s drawing in your mom’s present. AND, I love your mom’s curtains!!! That’s one of my favorite fabrics! So pretty!

  8. Love all of your great photos! You are spoiled and I love it! I love that they decorated her Christmas gift in such a cute way. The food looks delicious. I love that you have traditional oysters – I’ve never heard of that. But I ate my share in New Orleans this week. Will you post your pineapple casserole recipe sometime? I’d never heard of it but several family members mentioned pineapple casserole so I’m dying to try it! So glad you had a great Christmas.

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