July 29, 2011

Christmas in July!

Once a year, from July 24th to July 25th, Miss Judy and I tune in to a home shopping network and shop till we drop for the
 Christmas In July Extravaganza!

A Maine House Mosaic

 This has been one of our traditions, for probably the past twenty years. We wait for this with such anticipation...yep...that's how much fun we have for these two days. We both fully admit this is one of our vice's...Christmas shopping! We begin planning and discussing how we are going to decorate the mantle, what table decor we will decide on, are we going to select the traditional red and green, silver and gold or throw caution to the wind and use purple and turquoise? The fun is in the planning mostly. And it is something that we share as sisters. Once we jot down all the order numbers on our wish list, we then review our items, narrow down our "wants" and then...let the ordering begin!!! The best part of this is calling each other to shout, "Hey! What did you purchase?" The funny thing is, every year, we select at least one of the same item! Now that's pretty cool.....it's fun to have a sister...and share our love of Christmas in July! HOHOHO!

This is what I added to The Maine House Christmas Decor for 2011!
Where Are You UPS Man?

SNOW Candle Light

Peppermint Twist Trees

Glitter Reindeer

Be sure to add this to your recipe box for those winter months!
Easy and so delicious!!
Won't this be beautiful in Christmas dinnerware bowls?

Estelle's Easy Winter Brunswick Stew
3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (also known as a Boston Butt)
3 medium-size new potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
1 (9-ounce) package frozen baby Lima beans, thawed
1 (9-ounce) package frozen corn, thawed
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Trim roast and cut into 2-inch pieces. Stir together all ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 10 to 12 hours or until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove pork with a slotted spoon, and shred. Return shredded pork to slow cooker, and stir well. Ladle stew into bowls. Serve with Crusty Homemade Bread or Rolls!

You know you cannot celebrate Christmas in July
 without a delicious Cocounut cake!
Merry Christmas Ya'll!

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