Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nutcrackers, Barns and Christmas...Oh My!

I know what you're thinking...
I've finally lost it!
Well maybe...maybe not:)

We have a lot going on at the Shabby Chicks place today...
White Wednesday...
A barn party with the Barn Chicks...
and we're getting ready for Christmas with
All Things Merry & Bright!
So let's get started...

White Wednesday is a cool group who link up with 
Kathleen at Faded Charm
This is where the Nutcrackers come in.
Would you believe I am painting my house tomorrow just to go with the
9 ft. WHITE Christmas tree that is arriving on Friday?
Yes, I am crazy!
My girls say this is my "Martha" side coming out...
everything has to be "perfect".
not perfect, just kind of perfect:)
So I found some beautiful Nutcrackers this week.
The first one is from Joann's and is 20 inches tall,
dressed in cream and white glitter...

The next 2 guys are a silver and champagne color from Michael's.

 (Don't you LOVE the coupons from these stores?)
Anyway, I wasn't sure how to decorate this year until I found these guys and it hit me...
it's my GLAM Christmas with metallics (even pink:) and glitter!!
(I still love Pink for my pink friends...
but it goes better in the rest of the house:)
And speaking of Nutcrackers,
my daughter got a pic of the tutu she will be wearing for the Nutcracker last night.
This is it...
 a real tutu fit for the Snow Queen,
white with silver stitching, cream sequins and crystals.

Okay...moving on to barns!
Karen at Brayton Homestead Interiors is hosting a
Barn Chicks Party!!!
 If you like barns...or anything fall/winter/decorating...check it out!
Okay, so my husband recently met someone who lives on a ranch out east
and even he was impressed by the life this guy has.
He said to me "what do you think, could you be happy living like that"?
Especially if I can live in a BARN!!!
 (He thinks I'm joking...NOT)
 I mean, Christmas is coming and can you imagine coming home to your BARN
decorated like THIS???
 Or how about a winter wedding in a barn...
(flickr weddings)
not too SHABBY:)

Speaking of Christmas,
Robin is hosting the
All Things Merry and Brite blog party
on Wednesdays and we
are allowed to post old OR new posts for the Holidays.
I should have SOMETHING here, wouldn't you think?
 I decided to re-post a recipe for Amish Sugar Cookies.

These are so good, so white and sugary and look pretty wrapped in a
clear cellophane bag and tied with a pretty ribbon.
Oh my gosh, I'm making myself hungry for sugar cookies at 8:30 in the morning!
The full post is here but I've included just the recipe for you below.


Beat Well:
1 C Sugar
1 C Powder Sugar
1 C Butter
! C Corn Oil (We used Canola Oil)

Add and Beat together then add to above mixture:
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cream of Tarter
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
4 1/2 C Flour

Drop a heaping tsp on greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.
Flatten with a glass bottom dipped in sugar.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 min. or till edges are golden.
(Yes, we add a sprinkle of sugar when they come out too...
and do not let them stay on the pan too long or they get too crispy/crumbly)

All I can say is ENJOY!!!!!
And Happy White Wednesday, Barn Chicks Party and
All Things Merry & Brite Day!


  1. what a great post! thank you for joining my Barn Chick Party1 great havng you...


  2. looks so lovely!

    sugar cookies=heaven!

    hope you are well my friend

  3. Love that pic of the barn in the snow! I think it's great that you are so enthusiastic about Christmas. I like your panache!

    Susan and Bentley

  4. You have a wonderful post here! Loved everything about it! And I was tickled when I read you were painting your home just for your Christmas tree! You go girl!

  5. You did a great job combining all the parties- glad you're a barn chick now!

  6. Your daughter's tutu for the Nutcracker is GORGEOUS!!!

    I love your nutcrackers...can you come paint my house for the holidays before I decorate too? LOL

    Can't wait to see all your PINK decorations...


  7. What a fabulous post! ... yes, I could certainly love coming home to that barn!... xoxo Julie Marie

  8. I didn't do the Barn Chicks party this time around :o( but I am so glad that I found your blog there! I love everything about your post. The Glam Christmas decorations are going to be amazing!! And that tutu, oh melt my heart... I'll be following now ♥

  9. What an awesome post. Those cookies look delish!

    following your blog now!

  10. I joined you from the barn chick party and I am now a follower. I loved your picture of the snowy barn and to live in it would be fun. Then to get a yummy cookie recipe was an added bonus. I'm on a little vacation now but will be

  11. Gail @ Victorian at HeartNovember 11, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Oops, for some reason it didn't post all the comment so... I'm on a little vacation now but will be back for a visit soon.

  12. I love the sweet little Nutcrakers, their so cute... and the barn is gorgeous. I could definitely live in a barn like that!!! Oka it's 1.30am and I going to see if I have any cookies to eat, those sugar cookies looks so yummy!!! Blessings~~ Daphne

  13. This post has it ALL! I love the white nutcrackers...oh I really love them!
    And the photos of the barn and the snow...I want to get out warm fuzzy socks and snuggle by the fire...after I bake those cookies!
    Woman you're awesome! You gave me a little gift this morning...tickles of joy!
    Thank you for linking up to All Things Merry & Brite! The linky will be open until Sunday so check back in for new link-ups!
    And please come back next Wednesday for Week 2!
    I hope you have a great Thursday~
    All Things Heart and Home

  14. I am reading this erly in morning. Now I have an urge to go bake cookies1 Maybe tomorow as rain is moving in. Thanks for letting me know about robin's party.

  15. Hi Sweetness, Thanks for transporting me to the place of Magic today. Love ya, Mollye

    The Tutu is to die for. I can't wait to see a pic of her wearing it.

  16. Those cookies look delicious! As soon as I buy some cream of tartar I am making these!

    Best wishes,

  17. Okayyyy....I admit your post is getting me just a *little* excited for Christmas. Just a little lovely :)

  18. Oh Suzanne, I love your post especially about the barns, I am going over and check out the party. I decorate in rustic chic (my husband dubbed it that). Seeing that barn decorated made my heart race.
    Come on by Decorating My Tin Shack for a visit. I am excited to get some inspiration from the Barn party.
    Gail -- Happy PS


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