Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Is About Cookies

Last year, just after Christmas, Mr and I bought ourselves an electric fireplace to insert into an old mantle that is original to our Edwardian house.  When our house was built, it was fitted with two lovely mantles, one in the living room and one in the dining room....but....neither of them had a fireplace behind them, they were just there for show.  When we moved in 11 years ago, we were delighted to find that when the previous owner had renovated (removed the mantles), she had placed them in the attic for storage.  We knew we wanted to bring them back out and use them, and since we had just installed several solar panels, it made sense to install an electric fireplace to use some of the power we were generating.  I do love a real wood fire, but using our own electricity made more sense.  So, Mr. built a false chimney breast, installed the fireplace, used left over marble tile from the kitchen to make the surround and then attached the mantle.  I am so happy with it.   (the photo is lop-sided, not the mantle :) )

And now it's decorated for Christmas.  Yesterday was a busy day decorating for the big day....

...our 8 year old granddaughter came over for the afternoon and we watched a movie, decorated the house and flexed some creative muscles decorating a giant cookie.  She's a very talented cookie decorator and there was much laughter and icing...a few candies made there way into our bellies too.

Miss H., your cookie rocks!

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