I hope this holiday season is joyful and filled with peace for you and your loved ones. We are spending the holidays with dear friends, feasting on some delicious grub (a traditional Christmas Eve dinner of lasagna, breadsticks, and decadent desserts) and wishing we were a bit closer to family.

I couldn’t resist sharing this picture of my little family we had taken this year at my husband’s work Christmas party. It is nearly impossible to get all of us to look in the same direction, but hey, at least no one is screaming, right? And that’s pretty amazing considering the frightening size of Santa’s eyebrows.

Enjoy this special time of year and remember, if you do the cooking and baking for the holidays, make someone else do the dishes for Pete’s sake!

I’ll be back next week (and hope you will be, too) to kick off 2010 with some delicious appetizers and a giveaway or two.

See you next year! (Don’t you just love to say that??)

0 Responses to Merry Christmas!

  1. megan says:

    Merry Christmas Melanie! Your family is beautiful. I will definitely be back for some more wonderful food in the new year :)

  2. rickandangie says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family as well, Mel! Enjoy your week “off” and I can’t wait to see the appetizers you have in store for us. I need some new ones to try!

  3. Janssen says:

    Merry Christmas! I just put your holiday cinnamon/baking powder rolls in the oven. Yum!

  4. Heidi says:

    Merry Christmas! That was a great picture. I agree, Sants needs to pluck!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    You have a beautiful family. Merry Christmas and thank you for all the wonderful recipes. Teresa

  6. Cara says:

    What a great picture of your family! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Lisa says:

    so far I’ve made two recipes of yours and they’ve turned out great. This morning I’m making your Vanilla Pudding Cinnamon Rolls to serve tomorrow morning. Can’t wait to see you they turn out. Merry Christmas!

  8. Nancy says:

    I just wanted to say that I love your blog. Your recipes are awesome, and I appreciate your photos so much too. There are many food blogs out there that probably have great recipes, but the pictures are so unappetizing! I can’t believe you have that much time to cook with so many little boys running around, and you’re totally skinny, how does that work? Anyway thanks for all you do, have a Merry Christmas!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for all you do! My family loves all your recipes that I make! P.S. I never realized how young you were! For some reason I’ve always pictured you much older! HaHa! Enjoy your holiday!

  10. Memória says:

    Merry Christmas to you, too, Melanie. Happy new year!!

  11. Kathy says:

    Melanie, I wish you and your family a peaceful and fun filled Christmas. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes you offer us during the year. I am so happy I discovered your blog. Merry Merry Christmas. Looking forward to your appetizers next week.

  12. Candace@craftysisters-nc says:

    Cute family! Look at all your boys!!

    Merry Christmas!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Merry Christmas Melanie! Your boys are so cute. You have got to be one busy mom. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time you put into this blog. I love checking in to see what new recipe you have posted. I also love that after all of these years we have reconnected through our love and cooking and food. I hope that 2010 is a great year for you and your family. – Liz K.

    P.S. I made your parker house rolls today. So delicious. I think they have taken the top spot as my favorite roll recipe. I think everyone at our dinner would agree with that title too.

  14. Nicole says:

    Oh that’s too funny about the eyebrows! Cute picture!
    You know I’ve never seen my mother do dishes after cooking a meal. My dad always said “the cook doesn’t clean”…. it’s been almost 7 years and I still can’t get Kevin on board with that one!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I thought we were the only family who had an Italian menu on Christmas Eve! My girls are married and dine on ham and turkey at their in-laws on Christmas Day and the day afterward. I started making baked spaghetti last year to give them a break, and now it has become our tradition. Merry Christmas from North Carolina!

  16. April says:

    You have a beautiful family! Have a Merry Christmas!

  17. ARLENE says:

    A beautiful family! Merry Christmas.

  18. Melanie says:

    Thank you, everyone! Your comments are so sweet. I’m so grateful you all enjoy this blog…thanks for sticking by me.

    And Anonymous – trust me, I definitely feel a lot older than I look – my kids really wear me out! The thirties are killing me. :)

  19. Shannon says:

    What a handsome bunch of boys and such a pretty mom! They are lucky to have such a great cook in their house, too and I hope they tell you everyday! Merry Christmas (late) and Happy New Year! We’re addicted to your recipes in my house and I’m spreading the word.

  20. Camille says:

    What an adorable family you have!!! Such cute boys!! Yes, sure hope Santa asked for an eyebrow waxing for Christmas!!!
    Thank you for all of your GREAT recipes!!! Happy New Year!!

  21. Valerie says:

    Great family pic! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and will have a happy New Year. And that you can come back with lots more yummy recipes. :)

  22. Velva says:

    A beautiful family. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  23. Loralee and the gang... says:

    Thanks for all the recipes you share. Merry Christmas!
    :~D

  24. Leisel says:

    What a darling little family! You guys look so young! I was thinking that someone with your cooking expirence might be a little bit older. Guess not! Have a great new year!

  25. Ashlie says:

    So too cute. I love it! We couldn’t get P to take a picture with Santa for anything this year. There’s always next year right..?

  26. grace says:

    what an awesome christmas picture–your family is just lovely. happy holidays, melanie. i can’t believe i won’t be writing you again until next year. :)

  27. Jenny says:

    Merry Christmas week to you!
    I’ve become a fast fan of your blog, and now I think your family is dang precious, too.
    Thanks for your dedication to the art of eating well, and making it look so good and easy!!
    Love from Boston~
    xo

  28. camille says:

    Darling picture! We miss you guys! Can’t wait for all the recipes in 2010!!!

  29. Marie says:

    You have such a beautiful family! Thanks for the blog; I always look forward to seeing new recipes on your site!

  30. teresa says:

    eeeeeh, your little family is too cute for words! i hope you had a great christmas and new year!

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