Sunday, December 28, 2008

CANDY CANES Are Good For You!

Candy Canes Fight Germs, Settle Stomachs...

Dec. 24, 2008 - New studies on peppermint, the key flavoring in traditional candy canes, reveal the herb may do everything from kill germs to treat digestive troubles. Some researchers now advise consumers to eat a tablespoon or more of fresh peppermint, and other green herbs, daily. Peppermint oil, found in most candy canes, also appears to have health benefits. A recent British Medical Journal study, led by McMaster University researcher Alex Ford, concludes that peppermint oil should be the first line of defense against irritable bowel syndrome, a condition characterized by abdominal pain and irregular bowels that affects between 5 to 20 percent of the population. Peppermint oil, and other potent essential oils, may even one day be wafted in their vapor form over food to prevent the growth of bacteria.

How about that!
Enjoy the Candy Canes Santa brought you! xo

Friday, December 26, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Little Samantha in her new sweater from Santa!
Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with lots of blessings!

Love,
Maryjane xo

Monday, December 15, 2008

Postcard Ornaments & MERRY CHRISTMAS!


I made these sweet ornaments out of vintage postcards I printed out. They measure 5x3 1/2 inches. I used glass glitter from Germany for sparkle! The glitter glass gets a patina as years go by which makes them look vintage. I have 3 trees set up this year and this tree is feminine in honor of my Mother Gloria & Mother-in-law LaVerne. It's my favorite tree each year!
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I will be taking a short break and will be back after Christmas! Still lots to do...me, oh my! I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! It means so much to me that you have come by to visit over the last few months. See you real soon! God Bless!
Love,
Maryjane xo

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The goodies are already starting to arrive! This is a yummy pumpkin bread packed with chocolate chips! Oh, My!
Thanks Debi!
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BEWARE: Scary looking Elves (but very nice)!
These are two sweet Christmas elves I have had for years. Each year they were in a different place of the house watching the kids to see if they were naughty or nice! The kids actually thought they were scary looking! My little dog Samantha doesn't care for them either! LOL!

One of my favorite Christmas plates, a Fitz & Floyd.

Peek-a-Boo, do you see me?! It's kinda hard to stay out of the picture when taking a picture of a "shiny brite" ornament! LOL!

I am enjoying visiting your sweet blogs and peeking into your homes especially during this Christmas season! It is like unwrapping a gift each time I do!


XO Maryjane

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Where the Family Gathers

This is our fireplace mantel in our Family Room where we spend most of our time. This is quite a large room but the fireplace is in the far corner...now off to decorate some Christmas trees! XO

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Candlelight Pictures

This pretty glow is from my "piano mantel". Yes, mantel. In our last home we had 3 fireplaces, so I am used to decorating 3 fireplace mantels. So to make do this year, my 3 mantels are the hutch, piano and 1 real fireplace! I know a piano is an instrument and not a piece of furniture but I just couldn't help myself! LOL! This mantel looks so pretty at night. All pieces are vintage except for the glitter balls. The glittered Christmas tree candles are vintage.
More sweet memories of days gone by. XO

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cozy Dining Room

The dining room is the first room decorated! Finally! I will take pictures as I go...these days it takes me longer to get things done! I have tons of boxes filled with Christmas decor but I am decorating simpler this year. We have had this hutch, table & chairs for years. It has served us well and we have gathered hundreds of times with family and friends around it. Sweet memories and more to make. I am thinking I may paint it all WHITE next year. I have seen so many sweet blogs with painted white "old" dining sets and they look gorgeous!
What do you think?! Merry Christmas!
xo Maryjane