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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Saturday, December 26, 2015


Christmas came up so fast, it caught me off guard. I did what I could and ignored what I didn't had time to do... Everyone got presents... I got most of my shopping done on the first day. Got gifts for everyone who came to dinner...

We miss our oldest daughter, Nicole who has been vacationing in Cuba and Spain this Christmas season. We missed you Nicole. Merry Christmas...

Christine arriving on the 19th at night  with her family. I'll have pictures of them later...

Christmas day was a hub of activity in the kitchen.  Here Jackie and Bill are working away.
I prepared the  turkey and veggies and my helpers cooked the food. Jackie made the cranberry relish and the dressing,  yum... Christine made the Broken Glass torte with two different base just so I could eat some. Bill was on the gravy, at least he was stirring it. I know he'll correct me if I'm wrong.  I left the chefs to fend for themselves and went to work at the farm.  My stove started to beeb because the sensors over heated and Bill had to trip the breaker switch to quiet  the annoying beeping...

The meal was served buffet style...
The dressing was made by Jackie and was very very tasty and we had two pans of it.

The brimmed free range turkey was huge, moist and delicious.  It was given to us by Reid's  father, Reid is our young  hired hand.

The gravy was very delicious... It was so good, there was non left...

We had carrots, baked squash with cranberries,

Broccoli, and some green peas (not shown).

Mashed garlic potatoes with cream and butter. Christine prepared the potatoes. On the table there were also assorted pickles.

Christine made the Broken Glass Torte with a shortbread base so I could eat it and

she also made the regular Graham wafer base Broken Glass Torte.  So we had lots of desert.

Here Vaughan is filling his plate . We were 16 for our Christmas dinner and had three tables set up.

George was in charge of calling the card numbers for the present game. This game is a hoot and everyone love to participate.

On the sofa, Christine, Jackie and Bill

Nicole, Vaughan and Liam

Joe  got his card called and wants to pick a present.  This is such a fun game...

Jordyn and Sean. Sean got 5 presents in the end because everyone had ran out of cards.

 The boys wanted to watch a DVD instead of playing the present game this year so they all got presents anyway... Cypress came to be with the adults...

A group hug. Christine, Vaughan, Jackie and Small Nicole.

Cypress was the first one to want to leave. He opened the door and said goodbye Mamoo... He wouldn't wait for mom and dad...and was ready to go out in the dark...

This is grandson Simon smiling for a pose

and Mira,  our extra ordinary artist.  She is so creative.

I apologize that I'm using so many photos for this post but it's for the benefit of my family. I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of our Christmas celebration.

On Christmas morning we sang Happy Birthday to baby Jesus and Daniel was so excited. James and Daniel sang loudly and Daniel exclaimed, Yeah... We sang so good....

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with those you love. My heart goes out to those who have lost  or had to say goodbye to love ones this year.  Their Christmas is forever changed. Warm hugs to to all of them. Thanks for visiting and for leaving a comment.



  1. It looks like lots of fun, JB! Your stuffing looks delish!

  2. Merry Christmas Julia....You have a beautiful family and it certainly looks like you had lots of help and so much food. I know all of it was delicious......I love hearing of the antics of the little ones because you never know what they are going to cute....I hope you can rest some now....

  3. It looks a fantastic celebration! Your food looks delicious -I love the idea of broken glass torte- you mentioned it before and I'd be intrigued to try it if you could share the recipe? How lovely to see and spend time with nearly all your family and the present game sounds delightful!!! Hugs to you.Xx

  4. Merry Christmas Julis! Don't apologize for the's nice to see your family! I think I'd like the shortbread broken glass torte...I'd eat it with you !

    1. Ok, it's too early in the morning and I can't spell JULIA! :)

  5. Nice to see a family together for Christmas! Looks like so much fun and everything looks yummy.

  6. Julia, your Christmas posts always make me so happy. What a beautiful family gathering with everyone helping and working together. It's the way a family should be- glad to be together and loving one another.
    Hugs and blessings to all of you!

  7. Julia, it is indeed great to see members of your family in your Christmas post. I can see a very happy family and everyone working together to prepare a wonderful dinner. You are so blessed!

  8. A delightful post and enjoyed seeing the family and friendsd having fun. I haven't had my breakfast yet (drinking coffee right now) and that meal makes me hungry. Turkey baked to perfection!

  9. That looks like a fun gathering and the food...well, I've made up my mind. We're coming to your house next year.

  10. Great food and great family who could ask for more? You are blessed to have such a lovely loving family.

  11. Looks to be a wonderful feast shared with a beautiful family! Merry Christmas! :-)

  12. Julia ~
    It looks like you had the perfect Christmas with your family. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures. Thank you for taking the time to share them with us.
    Hugs :)

  13. What a grand Christmas! Thanks for sharing your day!

  14. Julia, I see a house full of love..James and Daniel have gotten so big as has Cyprus...what wonderful memories you have your feast is unbelievable, everything looks so yummy...I have never heard of a broken glass dessert, is this made with jello? Thank you for sharing your photos, I enjoyed my peek into your world...Sending hugs from Maine, Julie...

  15. Julia, what a wonderful Christmas you had. I love the pictures of family. Boy the food looked yummy!
    It was a wonderful Christmas this year full of love . Hugs cheri

  16. Never apologize, I enjoy all those pictures. Looks like so much fun. We had gatherings with each family separate. I'd rather have them together but this is what works. Hope you get to rest a little this week.

  17. I love all the pics! As you know I'm always putting tons of them on my blog. It's a good way to really get to know folks and their families. Thanks for sharing and it looked so delish and fun! Merry Christmas!

  18. cute family and delicious food! glad you showed the broken glass torte. hadn't heard of it before!

  19. Hi Julia,
    I'm late commenting, but truly enjoyed seeing all your happy family!!! The food looked just wonderful and I think I will also make my reservation for a place at your table next year!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with us!! Wishing you and yours a Healthy and Happy New Year!!
    Warm Hugs~

  20. Thank you so much for your special thoughts. You are such a kind and good woman and I'm so glad we have become blogger friends thispast year. Thanks for all your support. And, you can never have to many pictures, particularly of family.

  21. Happy New Year,
    It looks like a great time. I like the card game for gifts.
    Your meal looks yummy.
    Enjoy the rest of 2015. 2016 will be here before we know it. :-)) Ha!

  22. I always love seeing your lovely family and all of your family get togethers. All of that food looks so great. With all of those good cooks I bet it is quite a feast.
    I enjoy your photos Julia. I hope you have a wonderful New Year

  23. Hi, sweet Julia I can see you had a wonderful Christmas. Your family is beautiful and they all look so happy. That food looks and sounds so delicious. I love broken glass cake and used to make it quite often, but haven't in a few years.

    I am doing okay and had a wonderful Christmas. I spent Christmas day with one of my sons, his wife, one of my granddaughters and my two great grandchildren. The day after Christmas I spent with one of my sons, his wife, one of my daughters, her husband, two my grandsons and a friend. I was pooped when it was all over but enjoyed it very much.

    I am trying to decide what direction I want to go in with my blogs so I can get back to blogging and visiting.

    Have a wonderful and blessed New Year my dear, sweet friend. Love and hugs Maggie

  24. Julia, what a wonderful time you had! Your family looks great! The food looked delish! We had a good Christmas Eve as well. With my children, my grandchildren and two great granddaughters we had 18 at our house. Everyone had a good time. Hubby and I had colds so when everyone decided they needed to get home to get the kids in bed before Santa arrived we were sort of relieved! I hope you have a Happy New Year!


  25. Lovely family pictures Julia. Looks like a perfect Christmas. Best wishes for 2016

  26. Love the pictures and your feast looks delicious!

  27. What a warm & wonderful family. I love your posts, Julia. And you, too! HUGS.

  28. Oh Julia,
    It looks like your family had a glorious and tasty Christmas!!! Thank you so much for sharing all these loving family pictures with us.

    Wishing You and Yours a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

  29. Thank you for your lovely comment Julia. You have a kind and lovely heart! Thank you. I hope to see more blogs from you in 2015, I always love what you share! I will try to have a look at the broken glass torte link when I have some time to try it out, thank you for sharing it! You definitely should win an award for kind and supportive comments constantly! Thank you for that and for your friendship this year!!xxx

  30. Thank you for your lovely comment Julia. You have a kind and lovely heart! Thank you. I hope to see more blogs from you in 2015, I always love what you share! I will try to have a look at the broken glass torte link when I have some time to try it out, thank you for sharing it! You definitely should win an award for kind and supportive comments constantly! Thank you for that and for your friendship this year!!xxx

  31. It is clear from look at the photos and reading what you wrote that you had a very Merry Christmas with your family. Love that you were able to get together with so many people who are near and dear to your heart. :) The food looks tasty too!

    Here is wishing you have a healthy, happy, and peaceful 2016!

  32. It looks like it was a beautiful time for all the things that matter the most.

    Bless you and your beautiful family.

  33. I loved seeing a glimpse of life in your home and part of the world - you eat differently to us and the present game is a great idea. We eat roast potatos and sprouts with our turkey traditionally, have never tried squash or garlic mash! Also broken glass torte is a new one - for us it's a very heavy fruit pudding 'christmas pudding' ... so this was interesting. You have a lovely family and this is the best sort of Christmas with everyone cooking together and having fun. Betty