Dec 12, 2012

Let the Baking Begin....

Today marked the beginning
of baking season around here...
 

 
when the holidays draw close,
it's nice to have easy to serve
sweets for surprise guests...


today I made my first fruitcake...
 
I have always loved them,
but never made my own...
 
I made one to enjoy fresh,
and one to cure in brandy for Christmas Eve...
 


 
I still haven't finished decorating...
 
this year just feels like a quieter year,
a simpler year,
a year to enjoy loved ones...
 


stacks of ruffled plates...
 

 
 a clutch of silver forks,
simple and yet special...


snowy lace...
 



the twinkle of
cut glass and candlelight...
 


reflecting back on a happy year...
 

 
I hope you have
something sweet on your plate today...
 
today I am joining
Home @ Rose Chintz Cottage
and
 
Thanks for visiting me today...

18 comments:

Cindy said...

Your cake looks so moist and yummy, and everything looks so pretty. Sounds like a nice peaceful Christmas at your house...

Cindy

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

Hello Bella... and thanks for your visit today... happy I made you smile with Jack's Harley decorated for Christmas!... your fruitcake cured in brandy sounds delish!... and I love your soft decorations... even though I put out soo much of my vintage Christmas, I too feel like it is a softer, quieter one this year... maybe just in my thoughts, but nevertheless... simpler seems better... your home is so beautiful... and I'll bet is smells Heavenly as you bake... xoxo Julie Marie

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Everything looks so pretty! I have never tried to make a fruitcake :)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Love your pretty white dishes and lacy napkins! The cake looks yummy! Get that jazz goin'! :o) xx

La Vie Quotidienne said...

YOur posts are always so pretty and this one is not exception. Lovely!

Karen said...

Your fruitcake looks delicious, Bella! I have never made fruit cake, but my Grandmother did every year. I do love your sweet touches for the holidays. So pretty! xx

Rose L said...

Looks like something from a magazine article. so nice.

Janneke said...

That fruitcake looks delicious, the beautiful snowy lace and tablesilver. It all looks perfect! I have no sweets on the table today (haha). Yesterday we had to many with our gardening friends.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Simply stunning. Sometimes it's best to keep things simple so you can enjoy your loved ones and remember the true purpose for the season.

Haworth said...

Such lovely pictures, Bella. I hope you enjoy your fruitcakes!

Sherry said...

Looks lovely Bella! I am ready to get in the kitchen too!
Sherry

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I have my baking done, all but the pies. I make two fruit cakes every year; one dark and one light.
Bella, your photos are so lovely and serene. Love the soft whites and the candlight in the cut glass. Thank you for sharing with us and coming to my HOME.

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

NanaDiana said...

Bella, Whatever you do, you do beautifully....did you bake those pinecones? okay- just kidding! Hope you are having a wonderful week- xo Diana

Marlis said...

cake looks fabulous and your post is just gorgeous. xo marlis

Tanya Payzant said...

I agree, this year does feel like a quieter, simpler one. I have not done near as much decorating, and that is just fine. Your sideboard is beautiful, and your fruit cake looks absolutely delicious! I made fruit cake last year for the first time. :)

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Quiet and simpler seems to be a theme this year. I love it. Your bread looks delicious and I love all your pretty pieces...the plate, ornaments, silver, etc! So pretty!
Karen

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing. My Mother does a wonderful fruitcake every year. I'll have to post the recipe as we will be baking it this week.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Everything looks so serene and beautiful Bella. Love your glittery Welcome! Baking is sure a lot of fun and in the end it is all about family. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday. I have moved my blog - you can find me at http://adelightsomelife.com
Kathy