Monday, November 25, 2013

FABBY: "Memory-Christmas Tree" 2013 in the Den

Hello sweet friends!

I am all decked out since last week, except I thought I'll start posting until my Tksgiving tables are ready for the day of thanks.

I'll start the small tour by showing you the big thing, which for me it's my Memory Tree. I call it this way because I have ornaments collected since our very first tree from our first C'mas as a couple, back in 1975.

Many ornaments are also gifts from my parents, my in laws, aunts, my grandmother, friends; even some were made in our past ceramic company by our daughters when they were children and gifts by my daughters now that they are adults.

There are C'mas balls from Alejandro's own C'mas tree when he was a child. There's also ornaments from different trips we've made to other countries, including the patriotic ones from the USA, as well. Many of the 'gifters' are not with me anymore, so the more I save them with love and thoughts.

I so cherish each ornament in this tree, I could never have a 'theme tree' perse.. of any type, or even a different color that it's not the classic holiday colours because of my 'memory tree'... like red, green, white, silver and gold, as now there are many new colors on style to choose from.

Ok, here it goes, hope you like it!

Here you have it, our den all decked out, with mantel and "Memory C'mas Tree" up!
I explained why I call our tree like this at the beginning of this post.

The mantel is ready too and right next is the tree. The Den is our C'mas room when where we all gather to open up presents and where my g'girls watch TV and eat snacks, lol! The TV center is next to the tree.

The mantel now has the Nativity scene without the village like I used to do before inside the fire place in the past.
NYCity's St. Patrick's Cathedral at your right and it's so pretty when lighted, but it's difficult to see in the photo, as the lights are soo tiny!

St. Patrick's Cathedral at your right, just like the one in my home town NYCity.

I won this Nativity and many other C'mas things several years ago, because I taught in a store how to do a tree and place the lights.

I added the plaid ribbons and gold mesh in the tree myself and learned from an Internet tutorial.
A small ornament figure of a pug to remind us of our beloved pet Ben.

My daughter Sofia when she was two in the small picture frame.

The bottom part of the tree, where there's a small ceramic Santa made by one of our two daughters when they were young children. There's many and different figurines like these by the girls, all around the tree.
My daughter Alexandra in the little tree picture frame.

My little g'girls in the small wreath picture frame. My God Bless America C'mas ball, which was a gift my friend Stephanie gave me right after 9-11.

Many, many years of ornaments. The German glass Santa in the cloche is vintage.

I had fun placing the ribbons and mesh this year for the first time. I always wanted to do this, but finally did it from a tutorial I saw on Internet.

A small tea table with 'Pumpkin and Chocolate Cake,' as my Sils were coming to coordinate the 'Crespo family' yearly C'mas get together party.

The Chocolate Pumpkin Cake set for tea with cute mugs and teapot made at our former Ceramic Factory.

This cake is great. The recipe is at the end of this post, if anyone wants it.

Here is our den all ready for the Christmas holidays 2013.

Pumpkin Chocolate Harvest Cake
2/3 cups softened butter, (not margarine)
2 cups sugar
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
2 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 (15 oz.) can solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon water

Heat oven to 350F.  Grease and flower pan; set aside. In large bowl of K. Aid, or whatever you have..beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and egg whites; mix until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and 1/2 cup water; mix on low speed until blended, scraping bowl often. Increase speed to medium, and beat 2 minutes. 
Remove 3/4 cup of the batter and put in a small bowl. Spoon reserved batter into prepared pan.  
To reserved batter, add cocoa and 1 tablespoon water; stir to combine. Place spoonfuls of chocolate batter  on top of batter in pan. Using a knife, swirl chocolate batter, into pumpkin batter to marble. 

Bake 40 to 47 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan; remove from pan and cool completely.

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