Thursday, December 16, 2010

Comfort to Celebrate Joy

It’s not that I don’t love you any more. I do. Really. I do. It’s just that life has bumped up a notch around here. Several notches really….but all very happy notches :)


You may remember I told you back at the end of October that our youngest son proposed to his high school sweetie. Well, This past Sunday called for another celebration! I broke my own “no-Sunday-cooking-except-on- the- grill” rule, set the table, arranged flowers, and COOKED for the entire clan.


It gave me a chance to use the cute salad plates I bought from Walmart….the ones that go in the dishwasher :) I even used jingle bell ornaments from Walmart as napkin rings.


No time for a fussy arrangement….one Kroger bouquet split between three Dollar Tree candle holders. I love doing several low arrangements instead of one big one. Odd numbers work well.


A little holly from the yard makes it an instant “Christmas arrangement”.


The meal was simple southern food—favorites requested by the guests of honor.

Waldorf Salad

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

Crowder Peas

Hot Cornbread

Hot Fudge Pie with Peppermint Ice Cream

And what was the occasion for this celebration? Another wedding!!!!

jeff and tricia

Firstborn has proposed and we could not be happier!!! God has truly answered my prayers with these two young women who will soon join our family! So—big news for two of the three children and even more for the third one (more on that soon :). Let’s just say 2011 is going to be a BIG YEAR for this family!

Happy news and good food---truly Comfort and Joy!

Thanks for stopping by and mostly for not forgetting about me! I’ve left links for the cornbread and Waldorf salad recipes:) Stay calm and remember the reason for the season!~~Susan

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  1. Susan that is such fabulous news! Oh two weddings and another BIG event next year!! I agree 2011 is going to be a wonderful year. Love the table and the centerpiece is so cute and easy. Yummy menu and a wonderful way to celebrate!

  2. Congratulations and best wishes to your son and his fiance!! You are going to be one busy lady with all the up coming events and celebrations.
    Your table is so pretty and the menu sounds yummy.
    Enjoy your day.

  3. A beautiful table and what a handsome couple they are. We'll be having fun being right with you as you report all your family festivities for 2011!

  4. Congratulations on your two weddings. Love those plates from Wal-Mart. And I love the low centerpieces -- never have done that. Joni

  5. Yeah for you all - congratulations!!!

  6. What a beautiful, festive table! I have not seen those striped salad plates, but they are fabulous! I also like the small, repeated floral arrangements as you've created here. Many congratulations on TWO new daughters-in-law-to-be! My son is getting married two weeks from today, and we are getting a darling DIL, too!

  7. Here's to a fabulous 2011. Congratulations to all. xx

  8. Buckle's going to be a bumpy ride. My best wishes for all the planning and the weddings. Cute couple! Your table looks so pretty.

  9. What a beautiful young couple...sounds like you have a very exciting and busy year on the way!

  10. Oh your tablescape makes me feel merry and bright!

    Seasons greetings to you and yours.

  11. Congratulations to all your sons. I have two sons who married lovely women and it was such a blessing when they joined the family. I love the meal you planned and the table settings.

  12. Congratulations on your exciting news! Eat your Wheaties in 2011:@)

  13. Congratulations to your boy! I adored your decor and the menu...Wow!! I was left with my tongue hanging!! LOL!

    Deanna :D

  14. Congratulations, a couple 2011 weddings, how exciting! Very pretty table, those salad plates are adorable.

  15. Oh how exciting! What a cute couple! Congrats to you all, Susan. You sure set a pretty table. Merry Christmas to you and your family!....Christine

  16. Congratulations on the upcoming weddings! I often by the ready made bouquet at the grocery store and then deconstruct it to make multiple small arrangements. Great minds think alike. Your tablescape is so pretty...a neat feast for a very special celebration. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

  17. So much excitement, and I bet I can guess what the other news is, and I can also guess that you are very excited about that news! None of your children are going to let the others steal their thunder! You are going to have a very busy, very wonderful 2011! What a way to start the new year. Your table looks so pretty. laurie