Tuesday, December 27, 2011


It's all done and dusted ... it always seem so incredible to me that we plan and prepare for many weeks, and then, in what feels like the blink of an eye, it's all over.
Hope your Christmas was fantastic - Ours was, infact I'd go as far as saying that it was my favorite Christmas since we've lived in the USA, so far away from our families.

Hubby decided that we'd plan a great suprise for the kids this year - 2011 was an exceptionally hard year for us ..... 14 months of unemployment (thankfully this came to an end in November), takes its toll on any family. We've come out on the other side of it though, stronger and with a new appreciation for what is really important. This was our way of spoiling the kids. We booked into Great Wolf Lodge for Christmas night (after we'd had our traditional Mommy cooked Christmas Lunch at home). It was fantastic, and we had an absolute blast!!!!

I finished all the gifts I had planned to make ..... whew, it was close:-) I'm here to share with you, The 2011 Cookie and Candy Tray!!! This is the tray I give to our neighbors and friends.

I found these appetizer/dessert tiered trays on clearance at Walmart in the summer - $2 each!!! They've lived up in my spare room, with just this purpose in mind. For the bottom layer, I made butter shortbread .... scrumptious!!! For the top layer I made peanut clusters, key lime bark, white chocolate peppermint bark and milk chocolate peppermint bark - I really love what they look like. The bottom picture shows them all wrapped up in their cellophane and red tulle ribbon goodness!!!!

Enjoy this week of calm, as we savor the last that 2011 has for us, and look forward to all that 2012 will be for us.


  1. Looks like you had a fun time. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your family! I think 2012 is going to be a great year!
    Your gifts are gorgeous as always! I so wish I lived closer so you could give me some lessons on making it all look so beautiful! By the way the shortbread is DELICIOUS!

  2. sweet Kerry, I am so glad that your Christmas was wonderful. I love your neighbor gifties...just perfect! I too look forward to 2012 being a better year. I also look forward to you being with us for YOE3!!!!