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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 30 November 2020

No Place Like Home # 2

November comes and November goes,

With the last red berries And the first white snows.
With night coming early, and dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate.
And the fires burn And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest Until next spring. ~ Clyde Watson

Welcome dear friends! It is the last day of November, and it is also week two of No Place Like Home! I was very pleased to have you all participate last week. We had a nice number of links to make it interesting.

I have been busy baking, decorating, and taking care of things around the house with my hubby home. 

I have both my fruit cakes made now. I always feel a great sense of accomplishment when I get them made because they are a lot of work. One is light and the other is dark, both heirloom recipes from my two grandmothers. Neither one has nuts in it. I'm glad the recipe doesn't call for nuts because I cannot eat them any longer and to be honest, I don't nuts in a fruit cake any way. If you would like the recipe for the light cake or Sultana as it is really called, you may click the link and it will take you to a post where I have shared the recipe. Sultana Fruit Cake
Pieces of the cakes will be on their way to the States and out west to my family who live away.

My little tree in the living room is finished and I just have to finish the main tree in the family room. I really do need to categorize everything in the totes after this year. We have so many totes, and some are just filled with stuff I will probably never use again. Time to purge! 

I still have things from when we were first married, like the little turquoise drum below. I will never part with that one because too many memories are attached to it. I'm sure you all have ornaments like that.

My children all play instruments, including the drums. Actually our youngest played all the  percussion instruments so it is nice to have a drum on the little Tree of Memories. This tree is decorated in pink, teal, white and silver, as well as some delicate glass ornaments.

This is the tree at dusk with a little sparkly village nestled beneath the branches.

I am using this wreath I made a few years ago to decorate the patio doors in the dining area.

Christmas is such a busy time but oh, the joy and merriment it brings! How are all your preparations coming along?

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~ Peg Bracken

I am delighted to have you join me today. If you have something to share, simply let me know in a comment and I will add your blog to the list of participants. I will be happy to come and visit you. 

Please share any of the following: Cooking and baking, recipes, antiquing, artwork, ceramics, crafts, crocheting/knitting, quilting/sewing, collections, floral arranging, home decor, homemaking tips, hospitality, refinishing furniture, tea time, tablescapes, thrift shopping etc....Maybe there's a new baby in the family or you have a new fur baby you would like to introduce us to. They are welcome too! Anything and everything which makes your HOME more enjoyable to come HOME to, for your family, your friends, and yourself.

My participants

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. I love lighting a fragrant candle each morning ... it recalibrates and energizes me on so many levels

  2. What a lovely color combo on your tree. It's so nice to have ornaments that bring sweet memories.

    I'd love to join your party. I posted about decorating our tree.

  3. My Christmas is up!
    A Day of Small Things

  4. I love seeing your pretty decorations and your yummy fruitcake, Sandi! Yes, we certainly have so many memories, don’t we? Thank you for including my post. Happy first week of Advent to you, sweet friend.

  5. You look ready for the Christmas season. I'm just getting started. Your Sultana cake looks absolutely delicious. How lovely that you can send pieces off in the mail to share with loved ones. I'd love to share my new post with you today — I think it would fit somewhere in the list you gave us.

    Wishing you a beautiful week ahead, Sandi!
    Brenda xo

  6. Please add me to your list.


  7. I love your decorations, Sandi! The colors are so soft and lovely. What a keepsake is that teal drum!

    Today I am sharing how I spent some quality time reorganizing to prepare for Christmas baking. I hope it will be helpful to others:

  8. Your wreath in tones of pink is beautiful and the plates above them are lovely also. I'm sharing my sister Annie's coffee filter Christmas tree. We are together for Christmas.
    I also mail fruitcake to my son in Vancouver.
    Thanks for the party.

  9. Love your Tree of Memories! The pink, teal, and silver colours look very elegant!

    I labeled all my storage containers so I know which go ornaments go where. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to fit everything in my small closet!

    Thanks for hosting!

  10. I never liked fruitcake until I had a 'light fruitcake'. It was full of pineapple and cherries and nuts and decadent. lol. Your decorations look just lovely. I am all about the brightness of the season this year. We need all the joy we can get-even with the little things. xo Diana

  11. Hi Sandi, I was sharing this Christmas Rose Tablesetting on My Island Bistro Kitchen's Facebook page just now and thought you might be interested in seeing it as part of your "No Place Like Home" as it focuses on the symbolism of the Christmas Rose as well as the significant symbolism each of the other flowers chosen for the centerpiece has in relation to the season. Have a great week! - Barbara

  12. Hello Sandi! I love your turquoise drum and your little tree is so pretty. Yes, we do have some ornaments from when we were married when our kids were little, too. Hats off to you for getting those fruit cakes done! My post this week is all about family and the end of our Thanksgiving weekend together. Thank you for No Place Like Home!

  13. I hope I'm not too late to enter, Sandi. It was fun to visit blogs last week - and find some new friends. I've been busy with the arrival of a new grandbaby over the weekend, but did put up a post about Christmas reading.

  14. Your tree is so lovely and it inspires me to get going with decorating here. Have a wonderful Christmas month ~ FlowerLady

  15. Thank you for adding my post. Now I'm commenting on yours with all your pretty decor. I love the little turquoise drum with so many memories. We have ornaments like that, too. Have a wonderful time this December!

  16. Beautiful Christmas decoration! We put up our Christmas tree yesterday,my sons,hubbie and me,it is our tradition,listening Christmas songs...Such fun!I have been very busy but grateful for it too. Now,my parents are my neighbors and they need my attention. I will try to join next week. Thank you for this great party!

  17. Your pink and teal tree is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your fruitcake recipe! It's looks amazing! I am going to see if I can find the ingredients and make it!


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