Merry Christmas 2012

This is our Christmas card for this year.

Indeed, we have so much to be grateful for this holiday season.

We have 3 beautiful children Ty, Nichole and Nichelle and 4  equally beautiful grandchildren.

They are: Jade, age 4, Kaylin, age 5, Alec, age 3 and Emmett 15 months but was 14 months when the picture was taken.

I designed the card by matching the color from the children’s outfits and used a free snowflake brush from Kerri Bradford’s website.

http://www.kerribradford.com/blog/

small calender Taylor card 2012 finished

This is the card I designed for Craig and Nichelle’s Christmas card for this year.

The color was pulled from Kaylin’s Christmas dress and the brushes were some commercial use brushes I got from The Green Bulb Gang link:  http://www.greenbulbgang.com/

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We had a beautiful white Christmas on Christmas eve and Christmas day.

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This was the snow packed canyon that we drove down to get to Bountiful on Christmas morning.

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We went to Dan and Lana’s for Christmas eve for a traditional buffet.

The foods that are included are a shrimp platter from Market Street Grill, honey baked ham, funeral potatoes, hearts of palm green salad, wassail, carrots, peas, cauliflower with Velveeta cheese sauce, homemade rolls, éclairs from Carol’s Cakes and more.

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Here are the funeral potatoes that Lana made.

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Here is the hearts of palm salad that I made.

It has avocadoes, parmesan cheese, tomatoes, marinated mushrooms and artichokes, butter lettuce and baby corn cobs.

I use butter lettuce or romaine lettuce with a balsamic vinaigrette.

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These are homemade cinnamon rolls that I made and Jade helped me shake the red candy sprinkles on the frosting.

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Emmett and Alec loved watching this Christmas ladder with Disney characters.

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I found this recipe at The Krazy Coupon Lady’s website:http://thekrazycouponlady.com/at-home/christmas-cranberry-pudding-cake/ 

It was delicious.  I served it with a little bit of sweetened whipped cream.

Christmas Cranberry Pudding Cake

6 Tbls butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups evaporated milk
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1 package of whole fresh cranberries

Vanilla Sauce

2 cubes butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter, sugar and evaporated milk together.

2. Add flour, baking powder, salt, to the above mixtures. Fold in fresh cranberries.

3. Put in greased bunt pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes until light brown.

4. While cake bakes make sauce. Melt butter, sugar, evaporated milk and vanilla in a pan. Stir and let boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

5. When cake is finished baking let it cool 10 minutes. Carefully turn cake out onto plate. Drizzle warm sauce over cake and serve.

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Here is a picture of Lana relaxing with Ducky on her lap.

The cat is very temperamental and will only let Lana touch her. LOL!

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Emmett is looking at Ducky very intently and really is not sure about that cat.

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Lana got Emmett and Alec this thunderbolt car.  Emmett loved it but Alec was otherwise occupied.

He and Jade were playing hide-in-go-seek and Alec got locked into the bedroom for more than 3 hours.

It took 5 guys and one electric saws-all to get him out.  We got home around 11pm fairly drained from the evening’s drama. LOL!

This is Nichole’s post on Facebook about the evenings’ events.

Nichole Taylor Parrish

Yesterday

How many men does it take to open a door when my 3 year old locks himself in a room with a non-keyed deadbolt on Christmas Eve? It was a looooooong night!

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