Saturday, January 1, 2022

This and That #5

A new year and new adventures await us. 
For New Year's eve, I chose a Sea Bass recipe from a great cook I have gotten to know over the last few years. Chilean sea bass and shrimp in easy Newburg sauce, served over jasmine rice with peas and garnished with lemon and chopped parsley. We were glad to be home celebrating. 
On New Year's Day, I organized all my Christmas decorations, put numbers on each box, and made a spreadsheet listing the contents. I asked Joe if  I was getting older or wiser. He said wiser. Good answer Joe. 
We have no snow! But I just  watched the forecast for the mountains and they will be getting  snow on January 2. So we are heading to our camp to play!
My Christmas table that I never showed you. We did a nutcracker theme this year, and I had to learn to talk like a nutcracker to our three year old grandson Quinn. He called me every night on FaceTime, and I had to use the handle to move the nutcracker's mouth, and talk to Quinn. 
Our grand daughter Claire. My sisterinlaw bought her the "checked" dress. I know you all thought it came from me. 
Limoncello cake...we ate very well during the holiday season. 
I leave my village houses up until the end of January. They are displayed on an oak secretary in our sun room and I enjoy the much needed light in the evening. 

Wishing you a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Happy New Year, Debbie. You're proof that life is good!

  2. Is she cute or what?A doll..Is your tablecloth a nutcracker? Loos it so pretty..a Newburg sauce sounds delish.WE leave our tree up mid Jan needed the lights:)Plus it's just beautiful at night.I've not set up my village in at least 5 yrs..I should..The spreadsheet:):): Bonne Année!!

  3. Happy New Year Deb! Claire looks so cute in her "Courtly Check" dress! The nutcracker chats with your grandson are so sweet...Cheers to 2022!

  4. That Quinn sounds like a real corker! You have the cutest grands! I hope you have a lovely and FUN 2022!
    Happy New Year!
    Ricki Jill

  5. LOL, little Quinn sounds like he's keeping you on your p's and q's! Adorable little Claire is darling in her checked dress. If mom hadn't bought it I'm sure you would have :) Your fun continues and I would love if you someday post the Limoncello cake recipe. Here's to a very Happy New Year!

  6. I definitely thought you bought Claire's dress - LOL! She is adorable and I love that you talked "Nutcracker" with Quinn. What a delicious NYE dinner you had. We stayed home also. Had been invited to a party with too many people and we weren't comfortable. We had grilled lobster tails :) The cake looks amazing! I love lemon desserts.

  7. I love that you learned to talk through a nutcracker, Debbie. What we do for our grands!! Yes, I did think you bought that dress for adorable Claire. You did eat well! Happy New Year to you and Joe 🥳🎊🎉

  8. Deb, it's fun to see your Christmas things. Talk like a Nutcracker??? You must demonstrate! Love the black and white theme for your table, and I know the lighted houses are delightful in the evenings. I miss the twinkle lights of the tree! Thinking that lemon cake looks fabulous!!!

  9. What a beautiful holiday season you had! I just love what grandchildren can get us to do. I will have to try the nutcracker talk! Your little one in the checked dress is so adorable. You two will have to get your picture together. And that Limoncello cake - wow - I can just taste it!

  10. It all looks amazing. Love the photos. Little Claire is adorable. Funny story about little Quinn. Your dinner looks so delicious. Love the nutcracker theme. That cake,looks so devilish and delicious.


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