Monday, December 15, 2014


Have you entered my Giveaway yet? If not its a good one and I wish that I could enter it myself.

We had big plans for this weekend but they kinda went by the wayside since all three of us got sick.  We have runny noses, coughs, and I'm sure some aches and pains. I woke up with a migraine on Friday that festered until Saturday evening and then on Sunday afternoon I was tossing Ellie in the air and tweaked my lower back.  Talk about a healthy weekend! ha

Sickness aside though we still made the most of our weekend.

Saturday was my annual Ladies Christmas Tea!  The turn out wasn't as great as in year's past but I think its because I waited so long to send out the invites.  It worked out well though as I was a little under the weather.  Ellie was a great hostess (she fell asleep 30 minutes before the party started, despite my many attempts at an earlier nap) that after the shock of waking up to a bunch of people she didn't know, warmed right up and was a great little entertainer and sharer of her toys.
I quite liked the smaller group this year as I was really able to chat with each of my guests and make the connections that I so enjoy during this holiday season.  I didn't go all out this year and only made a few food items that I served. I loved the ease of using Trader Joes last year that I had to do it again!  I was able to take a few pictures right before everyone arrived - but no pictures with anyone! I am going to make sure to do it next year!

the food table minus the gingerbread
salami chips, cranberry rosemary spread, and german spice cookies
cheese platter (trader joe's for the win!)
butterhorns with pumpkin frosting, and Sue's Turkey Croissants

Sunday, I volunteered in our church nursery (Thomas and Ellie stayed home) and then did some running around.  We have now purchased presents for everyone on our list with the exception on one person! and almost all of the presents are wrapped.  I am working on making the gift tags this week and then we should be good to go.  I think this is the first time in the history of my life that we have been this far ahead of the game with present buying.  I just have to finish up my DIY on Ellie's easel (which is proving to be more difficult than I thought) and then figure out how to wrap it!
After running errands I came home and started playing with Ellie tossing her into the air (I am determined to turn her into a flyer for cheerleading!) and tweaked my back.  I put on a heat pack took some pain killers and tried to take it easy.  We had Sausage Kale and Lentil soup for dinner - YUM!!

So how was your weekend?

♥ Ashley


  1. Your set up looks so cute! And yummy!!!

  2. All the food looks delicious! Yeah to being almost done with Christmas shopping!
    XO Kelly

  3. I'm going to come to your Christmas tea next year, mmmkay? :)

  4. A Christmas Tea!!! What a fun idea!!! The spread looks delicious! Hope ya'll feel better soon!!!

  5. That is so much fun! It looks beautiful and festive and so much fun. So, I'll be road tripping with Courtney :).

  6. How much fun and what a great idea! Oh, you have me missing Trader Joe's!!! Best cheeses and best prices!

  7. You always have the best party spreads! It looks so yummy! Sounds like a great weekend to me!


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