Monday, December 14, 2020

A Christmas Birthday by the Tree

 Hello sweet friends !

I fixed this small table for a friend's birthday, who is one of the caregivers that work for my mother.

Since most of you that follow me know, my mom had a stroke last year, February. I had to move her close to me as she needs a lot of care now and I was so fortunate to find an apartment right at the floor just under us.

Valeria is one of the young woman that takes care of her, specially on weekends and her birthday was the 3rd. of this month. I was also visiting our daughter Sofia three hours away; so it's a few days belated.

So, I baked the Xmas 'Gingerbread House' for her, which is a 'Nordic Ware' bundt pan I bought while Maxima, five, was here and we baked the cute house a couple of times. 

She loved to eat the chimney first, lol...

The recipe for the Gingerbread house that came right in the carton is totally delicious. Now I'm adding, walnuts, dry fruit, etc., for the Holiday and gifting it too.

                 I decided to use my tea cups and tea set of red transferware, which I love come Xmas... and always too.

                 Valeria is the birthday girl. 

She takes care of my mom on the weekends.

                  The Christmas 'Gingerbread House' was very appropriate for this time of year. 

The recipe came in the carton of the bundt pan and let me tell you, it is delicious !  "GINGERBREAD CAKE"

I also added walnuts, cranberry and some dry orange I had and it came out delish and festive. 

You can also incorporate coconut flakes, in the batter, or in the roof as snow, on a white sugar icing so it sticks.  


                  I took advantage that I fixed the Xmas tree by the foyer table, so I thought it would be great to celeb by my new flocked tree as well.

My tree is also a memory tree, as I mentioned once. I have ornaments since we first got married, from way back at 1975.

              My Nutcracker collection is growing and growing each year since, at least 10-12 years ago when I started with two that my mom gave me for my birthday, in Oct.

At least half of them, or more, are gifts.

                 The little Xmas Gingerbread house is such a cutie. I could probably decorate it more next time, with a white sugar glaze. I'll look it up. 

In case anyone is interested is a 'Nordic Ware' pan. 

I'm sure there are other brands with the adorable shape of Gingerbread houses too.

     Thank you so much dear friends for your generous comments, you always make my day !

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  1. I wish I had your energy, this is so inspiring I love all the decorations and that tree is magnificent have a healthy safe Merry Christmas

  2. Love the tree and the nutcrakers. What a special and thoughtful gesture for your mom's caregiver. I am sure she was delighted.

  3. Fabby, it is all so festive and inviting! happy Birthday to your friend!
    Merry, Merry to you and your family!

  4. Love your gingerbread cake. So appropriate for this time of the year. I believe I have the same cups and saucers :-)

  5. Fabulous Christmas decoration!Exquisite!Happy Birthday to your friend!

  6. what a gorgeous Christmas tea party, Fabby. I love all the wonderful Christmas decor and that gingerbread cake is perfect for the occasion. How sweet of you to host such a lovely party for your mom's special caregiver. I'm pinning the recipe, and think I need one of those cake pans. Have a wonderful and healthy Christmas season!

  7. I love your Christmas Home!!! The tree, the nutcrakers, the dishes! Everything!!
    You do things up so elegantly! Prayers for you and your mom.....glad you have her close to you.

  8. Dearest Fabby,
    You created a dream for Valeria and she no doubt did appreciate the special honor for her birthday!
    It is such a blessing for having your dear Mom so close to you and for having found trusted care takers as well.
    Your Christmas decorations ook magazine worthy. Love the nutcracker collection!

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    hello beautiful love your home Christmas decoration your tree is adorable love Bday percent look so good

  10. I love your nutcracker collection. I have one that I started around 20 yrs. ago. I should take it out next year. Your home is beautifully decorated. I love the red transfer ware dishes, especially the teapots.
    A nice way to acknowledge the lady who cares for your Mom.

  11. Your Christmas tree is just fantastic!

  12. Dear Fabby. Valeria is a beautiful name. Happy Birthday to her. Love your red transferware. The table is beautiful. The nutcracker collection is precious. Merry Christmas sweet friend.

  13. Such a beautiful scene! That cake is amazing too. What a celebration! Thanks for sharing Fabby!

  14. That tree is so beautiful! It hops off of the screen! So glad you have your mom close now.

  15. I don’t know how you manage it, Fabby, but everyone in your orbit always have the nicest names! What a lovely thing to do for Valeria! Love that name! The gingerbread house cake turned out so pretty! It sounds delicious. Your red transferware is gorgeous. Are nutcrackers common in Peru? Your collection is marvelous! ¡Feliz Navidad, amiguita!

  16. Fabby,
    Everything is lovely!! The cake is spectacular and i LOVE your red transferware!! So pretty and how nice of you to do this !!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and by letting me know that you did by leaving such a sweet comment!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  17. Wow impressive, everything looks so gorgeous!

  18. Fabby,
    It's so wonderful that you were able to have a birthday celebration. I know it must be a blessing to have your Mom so close and know she is well taken care of. Your red transferware is so lovely. Your home looks gorgeous.
    Have a Merry Christmas my friend.

  19. It all looks so lovely! And what a nice idea to have a special birthday celebration for a friend. The cake looks fabulous:)Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. And have a wonderful holiday! xo Kathleen

  20. Such a beautiful room, Fabby! The tree is stunning and your table, red transferware, and the nutcrackers make it spectacular! I am sure Valeria will feel so special that you have a grand party for her.

  21. So pretty and how sweet to honor such a nice lady. Caring for the elderly is a gift because they are caring for the family as well. Thanks for sharing this! I hope you can come back to the Fabulous party. I was late getting the party stated but it is live now.

  22. What a sweet gesture. I hope you had a wonderful holiday! The #HomeMattersParty is back this week and I look forward to seeing what you have been up to.

  23. Happy New Year, Fabby!
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, too. I do love nutcrackers and my mother had quite a collection. When she passed away, she had already told us to split them up and so as we cried and laughed our way through that whole time (she died December 5th, 2004), we each picked the nutcrackers we loved most off Mom's decorated mantel (my sister-in-love Kim had decorated it).

    For college, I sent our son nutcrackers since he loved them so, and I think I will give him Charles and mine eventually. Right now it isn't his decor, since he and his wife are still newly married, but eventually they will come back out. I hope he will enjoy them in the future...

    I imagine Valeria had a wonderful time coming over to tea! Your table is beautiful and don't you just love red transferware?? Soooo pretty!!! I'll probably pull mine out for Valentine'd Day and do something fun with my pieces... I am happy to have featured your post at this week's Share Your Style #287 (1/6/21). I took a couple of weeks off from it since so many bloggers take this time off to be with family. <3

    Enjoy your lovely home and again, Happy New Year's to you,
    Barb :)


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