Sunday, December 23, 2007

Biscotti, Scotties and Merry Christmas Wishes!

Mom, will you please notice me? I am so cute and just got groomed! Put the cookie dough away!
Doogs and Socks are resting after helping in the kitchen...
Time to sit back and enjoy a minute of my day. There are still leaves on our Japanese Maple pretty...the view from my desk.

I love the light that comes in the windows in the morning. So peaceful. This used to be my sewing table, however I moved the machine to another room to clear the clutter out. This is a quiet spot to sit and look through magazines, write a card or just sit and stare out the window.
A new lamp...made of plastic, but it looks just like mercury glass.
A little bird's nest filled with some favorite ornaments.
An old bronze baby shoe hangs on the tree.
Doogs' baby picture and some favorite scotty objects.

A snippet of our front porch..
My favorite old red door that is adorned with a Christmas wreath.
A red flower box filled with pinecones and a vintage like sign.
No snow here...just wishful thinking...

Each year I make biscotti cookies for friends and family. This batch are dipped in chocolate and peppermint.
Finely chopped peppermint pieces for the biscotti.
My favorite zippy-do-wow presto chopper gizmo. It contains the bits, too.
See...?? Percectly chopped and quick, too!

Earlier this year, Lisa sent me a sweet Scotty cookie cutter. I used it to make my little Duhgall sugar cookies. Thanks again Lisa! I love it!
Plain little cookies... waiting for the frosting..
These are the hearts that I used on the cookies...too cute!
I tried to make black frosting, but this is the closest I could get to.
These little cookies look like Jenn and Jacqui's Hamish and Miss Penelope and Melissa's Winston! We love Westie's, too!

Mr. Santa keeps me company in the kitchen. The flour and sugar canisters are pretty low from all of the cookie baking that has gone on in our kitchen.
This framed Scotty picture is from my longtime friend, Barbara. She gave it to me the other day and I just adore it. Made in England and it has the coolest thistle design around the edge!
This adorable metal tray is a gift from my friends Jeannie and Karen, who have a sweet space at Remember When antique store in town. They gave this to me the other day and I just love it! Brenda, at Spare Minute Cottage, sent me the most adorable pair of scotty socks! They are in the wash right now cause I had to wear them right away! I love them and thank you Brenda!!!
And Miss Heidi, thank you so much for the adorable Dutch Christmas card with none other than a little adorable Scotty! I will also put the sweetest Christmas fabric to use, too! Heather, I love the bookmark that you made! My goal is to start reading a few books after Christmas, so this will come in quite handy - oh and for my magazines, too! Thank you everyone for all of your kindess. You really warm my heart!

I know that everyone is so busy trying to get the last minute Holiday things done, but I just want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Each and every one of you is appreciated and I thank you for your friendship and kindness that you have bestowed to me these past few months. We all get so busy, and I am so guilty of not getting back to each of you lately. After the holidays, I will make it around to visit and to catch up on some visiting. This past week has been so busy with physical therapy appointments, grooming appointments (Doogs and myself), cookie baking, gift wrapping and visits to friends. But, you have been on my mind and I pray that everyone is safe, feeling good and enjoying this time with your friends and family.

I pray for everyone in our military, too, and thank you for serving our Country! It is so difficult having our loved ones so far away at such a time when our families should be together to celebrate the season. Just know that you are in our hearts and we appreciate your sacrifices!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!



The Old Painted Cottage said...

Hello beauty,

Just wanted to thank you for this beautiful tour of your home. I love that you have a baby picture of Doog's on your desk, a light up Santa to keep you company in your kitchen, and the fact that you put little red hearts on your scottie dog cookies. You are precious to me beyond words.

Thinking of you and your family this holiday season. I hope your son is able to come home soon.


Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love all your photos, but those cookies are soooo cute. You did a great job on those.

Natasha Burns said...

Love the pics Becky! Those scotty cookies are fabulous and yes the white ones DO look like Hamish and Pene!!!
Have a wonderful warm and safe Christmas xo

Jessi Nagy said...

your home looks magnifique!!!
happy holidays!!
your puppy is cute as ever!!!
yummy on the cookies too!!!
merry christmas!
jessi nagy

Lallee said...

Merry Christmas dear friend! I don't know what is cuter--Doogs and Socks snuggling or your Scottie Christmas cookies--adorable. I love all your Scottie delights.

Every year I say I'm going to try making Biscotti. I've been making Cranberry Almond Bark and Peppermint Bark for Christmas presents. Never did get any baking done.

Have a very blessed day tomorrow, and I'm remembering our troops also.


Barbara Jacksier said...

Thanks so much for the house tour and non-fattening plates of cookies. I enjoyed both. Yum.

Susie said...

Hi Becky,
I enjoyed all the festive images of Christmas at the "Sweet Cottage"
Doogs and Socks are adorable in that basket...
Sending you warm wishes for a Very Merry Christmas!

Jen said...

Merry Christmas, Becky!

I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas! I have enjoyed all of your pictures! I love those cookies :)


closed account said...

Dear Becky, firstly I would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas,hope you all ahve a lovely day together...
The music brought tears to my eyes, it is so powerfull and uplifting,all I have heard today in our town centre car horns tooting and the odd carole singer, and I live in the heart of Scotland, no bagpipes today!!disgraceful..but just wit till Hogmany, whooooppeee, no stopping them then, out in full force.
Duhgall,well what can i say that hasn't already been said, he is adorable,give him a big cuddle from me please, tell him it's from his homeland!!!and my heart.
Can I hae a cookie please? they look scrummy, as does your house, always a pleasure to look at your photos..did I spy a little Beatrix Potter book on Peter Rabbit?
we were nthe pet store today stocking up on ..spoil me mummy!!!thingd for my two Yorkshire Terriers, when i had a glance over at the pen for the rabbits, well ihave never seen anything like it in my life, a GIANT bunny who I may add was the double of Peter in the book..i was just blown away at the size of it, I felt like Alice in Wonderland, well!!not quite but it was BIG...
Well Becky I shall go now and prepare my kitchen for the upcoming orginised chaos that will hit it soon, so all the best, and oche aye the noo, slanjeva, cheers,

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

So wonderful! What a wonderful idea to put the ornaments in a birds nest, I love it. OF course, I love your Scottie dog and kitty too! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Good Holiday!

Cherry Hill Cottage~ said...

Your cottage is one of my favorites! Loved all of you Christmas photos...Merry Christmas Becky~ your so special! I want a cookie!

Cherry Hill Cottage~ said...

Your cottage is one of my favorites! Loved all of you Christmas photos...Merry Christmas Becky~ your so special! I want a cookie!

Anonymous said...

Oh My Gosh!! I am so excited to find you ... I have a scottie too! He is one of the many great joys in my life his name is Little Mac Black. I have collected scottie "stuff" for years and then 6 years ago was blessed with our Mac Black. He is my best buddy and is so funny ! Please check my blog because I have photo's of him on it.
Have a Very Merry Christmas!

Kathleen Grace said...

Doogs is the absolute cutest little pup! Your home is beautiful and I have so enjoyed your Christmas posts! I am wishing you a very Happy Christmas:>)

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Becky!!!!
What a wonderful post - delightful in every way and those cookies are adorable!! Everything is just beautiful!


Anonymous said...

Becky: It was so nice talking to you the other day from Remember When. The picture of Dughall is just making me that much more excited until we can get our very own Scot. I made biscotti's the other day and they don't look anywhere as nice as yours. I must practice! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Sam I Am said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reginas Cottage said...

Dear Becky,
Wonderful scottie dog cookies,loveley
decorated.All your photos from your home are so beautiful.Thank you for
this wonderful tour of your home.
I wish you and your family a
wonderful Christmas and a Happy New
Best wishes from Germany

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Doogs! Mom just showed me your pictures on Becky's blog. I love to see other dogs on the internet and have become friends with a couple of other nice pups via e-mail. Oh excuse my poor manners, I should properly introduce myself. I am Crockett a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and live with a little Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Shelby. Mom doesn't have a blog, but here is a link to our picture........ You and Socks look so cozy comfy curled up together for a nap. We used to have a couple of kittys, but they got real real old and went to kitty heaven. I'm gonna have Mom show me your picture when your Mom posts some new ones. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Socks.......oh yeah, and to your people too.

Cowboys and Custard Mercantile said...

More lovely scrummy photos and your beloved Doog and Socks make a very handsome couple..
I would love the recipe for your biscotti biscuits... a favourite of mine and wonderful dipped in vin Santo.
There are so many favourites in your beautiful home Becky... mercury glass is something I can't resist.
Hope your Christmas day has been joyful and triumphant!

twinkle said...

You inspire me so...
I'm drooling over the beautiful pyracantha framing your window, the sweet Socks and Doogs dreaming visions of sugarplums, the favorite red door and the yummy cookies!
Thanks for the music, too!
Beautiful site and beautiful thoughts...have a blessed Christmas.

Linda said...

Dear Becky~~Merry Christmas to you and yours..have a most joyous day. Linda

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas sweet Becky to you and all your family. May your new year be filled with all you could wish.

Thos Scotty cookies are adorable.


Kate xxx

Michelle said...

Becky, Merry Christmas and I hope the best for you and your family for the New Year! I'm so glad we became blogging friends..


SweetAnnee said...

WONDERFUL , the ornaments, the cookies and OH THE BIscotti
Loving it all.

Vintage to Victorian said...

Everything looks fabulous. I'm sure you will have had a wonderful time yesterday. Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2008.
Sue x

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky!! Just popping by to say how gorgeous your home is, every photo is an absolute treat :) Love the cookies, how cute, and the westies cookies, well we wish we could be with you in person to share some over a hot chocolate! We make westie shortbread lol!! We missed this post before Christmas so we hope you had a wondeful Christmas Day :) Lots of treats for Doogs and Socks we hope! Thinking about your boys and looking forward to a great 2008! Jenn and Jacqui xo

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh, I missed this post! I've been hibernating! Loved all your festive photos and I hope you had the merriest of Christmases!

I am back to being a recluse, but just wanted to pop by for a merry hello!


Rebecca said...

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! I just love the picture of your little sweeties cuddled up together! The picture of baby Doogs is sooo precious!! I love all of your decorations and the Scottie dog cookies are just tooooo cute! Happy New Year to you sweetie.
Smiles and Blessings,

Robin said...

Oh the pictures are soooo sweet! I too have a Mr. Santa in my kitchen window (just like yours!) keeping watch over things in my kitchen! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Best Wishes for 2008!

Heidi said...

Hello dear Becky! It has been so long since I stopped by for a visit it seems. My regular visits on blogs had to fall away with all the bustle of getting ready for Christmas. And then it was over... How sad that is! I had a really down day last Friday when I was suddenly alone and my party was over, all my cards and presents made and sent and Jos had gone to work. I used that feeling to throw myself into a new little quilt which I will share very soon on the blog. Like I needed to start a new one? :)

I love the Scotty dog cookies so please make a pot of tea as I am on my way to enjoy them while having a fun chat with you and Doogs! :) Don't you love biscotti? I have an almond biscotti recipe I make that is actually from Sweden from when we lived there. My but that was a long time ago. These look so good as I love mint and chocolate. Yum!

I love thitles! I always stop and take photos of them. Silly huh? I have one stitched in my bedroom.

I knew the moment I was pulling fabric to send to my stitching friends that I had to send you that piece as it sang out to me "I am going to be one of Becky's beautiful totes!" Seriously, it did! :) I bought the cards last year as I just loved them the moment I saw them. I now think it was just for you who I met in the course of that year. I just bought my cards for next year too. I am back to tradition but you will have to wait until next year to see...

Thank you soooooo much for my surprise in my Christmas card! I just adore it as I adore acorns and will be working on it very soon. It is going to look perfect year round at Cranberry Cottage!

It is so nice to visit blogs after being away for a longer stay at Cranberry Cottage. I put some photos of the cottage on my CTS blog now too so you can come visit me there. I will make you a cup of real Dutch hot cocoa with whipped cream topping.

Hugs ~

P.S. ~ Hi Doogs! You are just too cute for words and I love how you are sweetly sleeping with Socks.

Heidi said...

Me again! I changed my music yesterday and added bagpipes too. We must be on the same wave length.

Hugs ~

Deb said...

Wonderful post - I loved the photo of your sweet Doogs & Socks snuggling together :-} Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Flea Market Queen said...

Your scottie dog cookies are delightful!
Have a Happy New Year...

Anonymous said...

Well everything looks so festive and cheery and in good decor.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Becky, That picture of Doogs and socks is precious!Tose scotty cookies look too good to eat. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas. Susan

Lisa said...

It looks like you were going to have a beautiful Christmas. Hope Santa brought you just what you wanted. Best wishes for the New Year too!

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Rosemary said...

Just catching up.
Everything looks so cute. Love those cookies. You are so talented.
Hope you had a nice Christmas!
Happy New Year!

bj said...

what a fabulous posting....i have my desk in a quite, little alcove in my living room with a nice view, too..It's one of my favorite spots.
Precious cookies....
hugs, bj

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Just checking in after Christmas. Hope yours was wonderful. Your home is lovely!

Rabbit Hill Creations said...

Wishing you & your family a wonderful holiday season! your blog and will most definately come back to visit.

FourSistersInACottage said...

Oh Becky, as usual...I LOVE EVERYTHING!!! Drooling over all of it!!! Doog is just so darn cute I could snuggle him to death!!!
Have a Happy New Year, my dear sweet friend and if you get a chance, stop by my blog for new breast cancer pictures and a FREE VALENTINE GIVEAWAY!!! THE TWINS HAVE ARRIVED!!! LOL
Hugs and Love to you, Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Nan said...

Those cookie cutters are adorable. I sent some of your previous posts to my friend who has a scotty.

farmerjulie said...

cute pics! I want your dog!!

Clare and Mike said...

Thank you for all the truly wonderful photos!

Have a wonderful New Year!

Clare x