Merry Christmas from My Family!

This week is going to be a relaxed one.  Lauren is home with her hubby, Philip and we’ll all gather at my sister’s house for Christmas Day and her husband’s extended family will be there too.  It will be a nice day of enjoying family, eating (as usual!), and being thankful for another blessed year.

Here are a few shots of what has been going on with my parents over the weekend. I know you love to see them!  With Lauren home, they love to have her around as much as possible so I took some pics while Lauren and Mom made cheese straws, a Southern delicacy.  I’ll have to see if the lady we got the recipe from will let me share it with you and I can do that later.  Cheese straws are at every Southern wedding.

cheese straw dough

They mixed up the cheese dough with the KitchenAid mixer.

old cookie pastry set

Mom had an ancient cookie press that they used to squeeze them out.

Lauren and Mom

After a little trial and error on which tip to use, they finally got it right.

filling the press

Filling the press.

pressing out the cheese straws

This tip worked much better and these looked really pretty and tasted great.  They did have a bit of trouble getting them to get done and had to bake them longer than the recipe called for (that’s why I hesitate to pass it on).

Lauren Mom and Dad

Dad loves to supervise in the kitchen, even though he is definitely NOT a cook.  He will offer his opinion on how things can be improved upon, just ask him.  Or better yet, don’t ask him, he’ll tell you anyway. Smile

Dad and Lauren

He’s so happy his baby granddaughter is home for Christmas, sitting in his lap as she has been doing since she was born 30 years ago.

Merry Christmas to all of you, my readers!  I’m so, so grateful for every one of you who take the time to come by and visit me every week.  I love talking to you all and sharing my life with you and I’m so glad you find this family interesting!

May this season fill your hearts with joy and peace and remember who we celebrate this time of year.  Jesus is truly the reason for the season!  Be blessed!

I’ll be back on Wednesday with a post and Thursday with the Best Projects of 2012 party, so I hope you’ll link up with me.

- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda, your blog brings me JOY. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

    Thank you.

  2. Ditto what Kathy said in the comment above!

  3. So glad that this Christmas finds you in your OWN beautiful home. Enjoy your family and Merry Christmas.

  4. Merry Christmas Miss Rhoda!
    Many blessings to you and yours.

  5. Your first holiday in your new home! Wow, you so desire it! Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

  6. Wishing you and your lovely family, a very Merry Christmas.

  7. Merry Christmas – what an adorable family! I love your blog!

  8. Merry Christmas to you as well Rhoda! AND to Rhonda! Loved this post and got a chuckle from the 30 year old in your Dads lap! AND a chuckle from the comment you don’t have to ask him, he will still tell you. I kinda figured that. lol YES we love your family they’re a hoot especially your Mom and Dad! Tell them to have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us in bloggy land! 😉

  9. Susan in GA says:

    I have enjoyed “getting to know you” on your blog. We have similar taste, so I get lots of great ideas! 🙂 I look forward to seeing you put the finishing touches on your new home in 2013. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Gainesville, GA!

  10. Merry Christmas to you! I know that you are so happy to be in your new home and enjoying family this season.

    I feel as if your blog is part of my “family” too.

  11. Lovely post. Wishing you the merriest!

  12. I have the exact ancient cookie press handed down to me from my grandmother! I made holly wreath cookies with it this year but I’m definitely going to have to give cheese straws a try 🙂

    Merry Christmas! Kelly

  13. Hi Rhoda. Thank you for sharing your family and your life with us. I LOVE your blog, and it is always a ‘go-to’ for me each day, to see if you have left something new! Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family.

  14. Anne Boykin says:

    Hi Rhoda, I do love seeing & hearing about your parents. Happy Holidays to your lovely family & thanks for sharing your home with us.

  15. Linda Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing so much with us and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  16. I love cheese straws!!

    Merry Christmas, Rhoda!

  17. Hope you have a wonderful and safe Christmas.

  18. Merry Christmas, Rhoda! Thank you for sharing your wonderful family pictures with us. Your parents are so warm and loving, no wonder you are such a Sweetie! Best wishes for a memorable holiday and all the very best in the New Year, 2013!

    Margaret, Virginia Beach

  19. Rhoda, Love your blog…I read it every day and never tire of it…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family….

  20. Merry Christmas!

  21. Rhoda- you are so very lucky to have such a great family. It brings back memories of when my Grandma and Poppa were still with us. Merry Christmas Blessings Paula

  22. Sweet memories. Have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow, enjoy all your family (and the food)!

  23. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  24. Hi Sweet Girl! You enjoy a few days off with your folks. You’ve entertained me all year…it was January when I stumbled on your blog. Loved you and it immediately. Thank you!

    Merry Christmas!!

  25. Rhoda -Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family as well as to Rhonda.

    Greetings from Texas 🙂

  26. Cindy Hancock says:

    I wish you and yours a most wonderful Christmas time together! I, too, will be enjoying my family and reflecting on the many blessings we’ve been given this year! Jesus IS the reason for the season! 🙂
    Merrry Christmas!

  27. Merry Christmas Rhoda! I love reading your blog and following your journey in your new home. I pray that God will continue to bless you and use you to bless others! I know you are a special person.

    Thanks for sharing stories of your family. Sweet pic of Lauren and her Granddaddy.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family!

    Marilyn C.

  28. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You and your lovely family.

  29. Your family is great! Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas! 😉

  30. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Rhoda. It is a blessing and a privilege to share your journey; thanks to you and your wonderful parents for bringing us hope, joy, and inspiration.

  31. Merry Christmas! Thank you for your wonderful posts. I love your parents, and, reading about your home and family.

  32. Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful projects around your house. I have really enjoyed your posts. I am always amazed by your parents. Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas and the New Year!!

  33. Merry Christmas, Rhoda! You have a lovely family! I know this will be a special Christmas in your new home! May your holidays be filled with many blessings! Hugs to your sweet parents!

  34. I read here all the time but don’t think I have ever commented before.I love your blog and all your decorating ideas but I have never loved any picture more than the one of your daughter setting in her grandpas lap.My children do not have grandparents on either side of the family.I had the best grandparents ever and I hurt for their loss.I hope you have a blessed New Year.I will be watching whatever your sharing.

  35. I think we all agree that you are a big blessing in our lives. Wishing you all the best!

    Annette H

  36. My husband is a lot like your dad when it comes to “helping” in the kitchen. Merry Christmas!

  37. Merry Christmas!
    May it be a good and restful holiday for you!
    Take care!

  38. Merry Christmas!!! Thank YOU for sharing YOU and yours with us! ~Nancy from Ohio

  39. Merry Christmas, Rhoda! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season in your new home.

  40. Carol Goodwin says:

    Thank you for sharing your life and adventures with us. I truly enjoy seeing what you do….Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

  41. Merry Christmas and I love the pictures. Looks like a fun time.


  42. Love, love, love to hear and see pics of your beautiful family, especially your wonderful Daddy and Mama ! They are amazing, and so sweet and funny – love the comments about your Daddy in the kitchen ! So sweet – enjoy every single second !!

  43. Merry Christmas!

  44. Looks like you are so enjoying each other and making wonderful memories!!! Merry Christmas!

  45. Rhoda,
    Thank you again for featuring my blog this past year. It was one of the highlights of 2012! It brings me great joy to read your blog each day. Enjoy the time with your family and wishing you well in the coming year!

  46. Merry Christmas Rhoda ! Thanks for sharing your life and trials with us this year! A blessed year! Loved all the house renovations! Wishing you the Happiest of New Years in 2013!

  47. Oh my goodness! I have the exact same cookie press that I still use! I received it as a bridal shower gift in 1976, so it is “ancient”!

  48. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will enjoy a Happy New Year!
    Debbie 🙂

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