12.16.2013

Noel in Our New Home and Entertaining Recipes

The little French girl is dressed up for 
Christmas in our entry.


 In the dining room...

Our mantel is layered with fresh pine garland.


My friend, JoAnn gave us these sweet 
and multi-layered spiced nuts.  A great gift.
Delicious!

Do you need a recipe that can be served as your holiday guests arrive at different hours?  This is it!
Tommy arrived at the airport at 9 pm (from school in Gainesville).   
I wanted something warm and ready for his home-coming.
We used the frozen leftover Honey Baked Ham from Thanksgiving.
I added chopped spinach and kale just before 
the milk/flour roux was stirred in...
making it a one dish meal and a little healthier
and garnished with chopped parsley.

I like the charm of our 1920's apartment.  
Notice the leaded glass window and crystal door knob?

The pink poinsettias are from Lowe's and the 
"doctored up" boxwood wreath is from Trader Joe's.
Thanks for visiting!

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42 comments:

  1. Looking great Mary Ann, your beautiful touches are so elegant!

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  2. im in love with the tiny chair to the right of your fireplace!!! new place looks amazing-tall are fast unpackers!!

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  3. Everything is so pretty, Mary Ann. Enjoy time with your family.

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  4. Mary Ann,
    I love the way you decorate for Christmas! And Chief is adorable! And that soup looks delicious!
    xo
    annie

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  5. Hi Mary Ann,
    Your holiday decor is wonderful! I can see that Chief is ready to celebrate!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Scalamandre Giveaway!

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  6. I am living in SF through you. What a great job you have done on your new place in such a short time.

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  7. So pretty! Your front door is gorgeous too! Thanks for the recipe links...I can use all the help in the kitchen I can get :)

    Blessings,
    Nancy

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  8. I need you at my house - you've gotten organized and decorated for Christmas - it's all GORGEOUS!!

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  9. Everything looks so festive and beautiful. Chief looks like he is ready for Christmas - likes to have his picture taken doesn't he.
    Have a Very Merry Christmas.
    Mary

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  10. Elegant, tasteful, and stylish! A perfect combination. I too like the charming details of your place. My dog photo bombs me too.
    Sharon

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  11. I love all of your beautiful holiday touches. The door and wreath have so much character. It is freezing here today, I want that soup now.

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  12. So so so lovely! And love the little muse on the floor peering up at his mama.

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  13. Such beautiful Christmas decor, Mary Ann! I just received Giada's new book, the nuts look delish!

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  14. Gorgeous! I love your style and I love your wood floors. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Not surprised that everything is beautiful!
    Happy Monday, Mary Ann.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  16. Your home is not only beautiful Mary ann but very welcoming! I can't believe you just moved into that new home?!!! Have to try that spinach soup, looks and sounds yummy!!!!

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  17. Your house looks so welcoming and festive. I also love the color of your wood floors and door!
    Cheers! - Shelley

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  18. Everything looks lovely. Isn't it wonderful to have your son home? I'm sure he will have a great time exploring San Francisco. My two sons split their time between OC and SF. Their dad has a place in San Francisco that he is renovating. Much love and joy to you.

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  19. Hi Mary Ann,

    Your new home is beautiful and looking so festive!! Your mantel is lovely and I'm going to check the links to the recipes:) happy holidays!

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  20. Maryann

    Love the soft color scheme and that Little Chief is quite the poser!!

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  21. I just made a spiced nut recipe that I probably made 10 years ago…WHY did I leave it in my notebook? Terrible and tasteless. So thank you: I will try this one tonight with all the tons of nuts I have left!!
    We are going very simple this Christmas, and it's just the two of us. Had a big party last night and several this week to attend, so that will be enough!

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  22. Oh so pretty and that sweet puppy is the star:) You seem to be settling in quite nicely in your new digs!

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  23. so pretty -- love the mirror above your fireplace - where did you get it simple and so pretty!!! xo

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  24. Everything looks so beautiful! I love the soft colors, everything looks so peaceful! :)

    Feel free to visit my blog as well! You will find topics such as beauty, health, NYC fashion, personal growth and motivation between others! <3

    Diana
    www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com
    New Outfit Post: A Colorful Cold Day

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  25. Beautiful touches everywhere....and THAT DOG!!! :)

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  26. Mary Ann,
    You've made this move/transition look easy. Everything looks so wonderful and inviting. As always, so inspiring.
    Merry Christmas!
    Karen

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  27. Your home looks lovely Mary Ann. Looks like you got a model in the making in your adorable pup. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!
    Kristi

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  28. It's funny to me that Chief tries to get into every shot!!! We went to puppy training and he learned sit and down...it's at process.
    Happy holidays!!!

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  29. Mary Ann...Your home is stunning and all ready for Christmas! Beautiful at every turn. The soup looks so yummy. We are such big soup eaters here and soup at Christmas is perfect!

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  30. Everything looks lovely. I am impressed by how quickly you have settled in. Have a wonderfl Christmas with your family.

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  31. That soup looks so good! I love left overs...Your home looks wonderful...

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  32. Everything looks beautiful Mary Ann. And that soup looks just perfect for a cold night!

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  33. Beautiful mantel! The soup looks awesome too. Everything's a little better with ham!

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  34. So pretty! Your pup is just adorable!! Our first dog ever was a Boston -- what a great dog!

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  35. I'm so happy that Tommy is home for the break. I don't think there's anything better than having our kids back under the same roof, all safe and sound. My oldest still has three finals, gets home this weekend. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas in your new home. Everything looks so beautiful!
    xo
    Leslie

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  36. Beautiful, as always! No matter where you live, you always make it feel like home, instantly! I love all of the holiday touches! :)

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  37. OK Mary Ann…that's it!!!! You HAVE to do a book! Everything you do is perfection, but in a way that looks effortless and comfortable. Your Christmas decor is simply beautiful, understated and chic! And little Chief is getting so big!! Thanks for sharing those delicious looking recipes, we all can use something good, fast and easy to make. I love your boxwood wreath too. I got a regular one and then a few days later saw those…guess they'd just gotten them in. Unfortunately, our front door get sun all day and our wreath is now brown! I need a good looking fake one!!!
    Love and Joy…Gail

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  38. Beautiful, simple and elegant as always! Love your pup and hope your Christmas in the city this year is a magical one! xo Nancy

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  39. Love your place! It's looks festive and that little guy is so adorable! Merry Christmas!

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  40. Your place looks fantastic MaryAnn!!! It is so "you" and nothing less than what I would expect :D
    Chief is sure cooperative - what a cutie!

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