08 December 2016

Christmas in the Kitchen





















Just small touches here and there: a wreath, an ornament, the madonna, and fresh flowers and produce from the garden.  











In the dining room or area, I hung a tree on the drying rack.










We have six trees producing citrus this year! The first time all six have.  Meyer lemons, mandarins, grapefruit, tangelos, and two types of oranges... 






These are sunflower seeds that I harvested from our autumn sunflowers. I need to roast them.








Tomatoes, lemons, rosemary, basil, lavender, and roses....


















It's the best time of year around here. It's cooler, finally, and the garden does it second best growing season.


I will be back with more Christmas and the holidays soon, but I am at Instagram posting regularly.
I love taking photos, so it's a medium that suits my abilities.

Happy December!








36 comments:

  1. You have such elegant style! I love seeing some of your decorations...I've missed you! Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Merry Christmas to you too. It has just been one thing after the other. Our favorite kitty died, and we had out of town visitors a couple of times, added another puppy, and with my garden, everything was put on hold. xoxo Su

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  2. I can't believe you're able to harvest that much! Wish I could garden year round. Your kitchen looks lovely. I'm doing a rather minimalist approach these days.
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. I still love it. It is warm enough here to have two growing seasons a year. Just cross off summer... It's too hot to grow anything. September through December... start in January... to sometime in June...

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  3. So glad to see a post from you. Everything looks so festive.

    WOW so much in your garden, your lucky to have so many different types of fruit.

    Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

    Mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I love it... Have a wonderful holiday. In May, we have peaches. Mainly citrus grows here. It's hard to grow others, because we get few chill hours. I might add a pecan. That might make it here.

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  4. Welcome back! Your Christmas touches are very elegant. Wonderful picks
    Hugs Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Merry Christmas, and thank you for stopping by after my long absense. xoox

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  5. I love the wreath and the flowers in your garden!
    I have plenty of lemons in my tree too.

    Have a lovely day!
    Susanna

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    1. Thank you, Susanna. So interesting. We must have similar temperatures in the fall. Olive trees can grow here as well. Though summers are horrible here and we have be fortunate enough to get away these past several years during the worst of it. Thank you for stopping by after this long absense. xoxo Su

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  6. Welcome back! Glad to see a new post and a Christmas related one! I love how you decorate for Christmas! It's a unique experience being in your house for the holidays!

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    1. Thank you, Maya. That's true. I love decorating for Christmas. A blessed advent. xoxo Su

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  7. You know how much I love your kitchen!!! and you've decorated it so beautifully for Christmas.

    Sigh...

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I still love it, and I am happy with our work. As is your experience, it is wonderful to have done the work. I saw your cottage on a small house website or cottage website the other day. I can't remember, though it was on Facebook. Congratulations! Su

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  8. As always, your kitchen is charming. Love all your gentle touches. There's such an air of peace about your home. Have a beautiful Christmas, Su. xo

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. That is so observant of you. People that visit my home tell me that too. I'm not sure why that is, but it was true of my last home as well, and that one was a large Spanish/Mediterranean; quite different, but people had a similar response. I love the way your garden is filling in. xoxo Su

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  9. So pretty...I love watching your photos go by on Instagram. I know it's you from a mile away. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. It is nice to know I have my own look. My teen tells me that's good. (You get that; I know... ) I love your living room. It is so classic cottage. Oh my gosh... that photo of the fireplace with the apples in front of it was amazing. xoxo Su

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  10. I also enjoy seeing your Instagram photos. Looking forward to seeing more touches of Christmas...oh to have all those citrus fruits growing in a garden...sounds lovely to me!

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    1. Thank you, Vee. I hope your weekend is wonderful. xoxo Su

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  11. Swooning over your elegance and grace in all your decor. Just beautiful.
    Happy Holidays.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thank you so much, Kris. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  12. Su,
    I really enjoyed your photos. Your garden is beautiful and your bouquet of flowers so pretty. It will be lovely to have so much delicious citrus. And freshly roasted sunflower seeds! Have a wonderful week.

    Tamara xo

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    1. Thank you, Tamara, for you sweet visit. And a wonderful week to you too. xoxo Su

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  13. Hello Su,

    Such sweet photos of your kitchen. Serene and elegant at the same time.

    Those Meyer lemons look incredible. What a blessing to have them in your home. You have an amazing garden.

    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

    Janet rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Janet. What a lovely message. Merry Christmas to you and your family too. xoox Su

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  14. Love the understated, natural feel of your decorations, so refreshing.
    Amalia
    xo

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  15. I am not on Instagram so I am pleased to see an updated blog post. ( I'd about given up, lol :)

    I love gardening so while I enjoyed seeing the inside, the trees producing so well for you was wonderful to read about.

    Here, in regards to sunflower seeds, though..the squirrels and goldfinches eat the all right off of the plants...which is fine / there's none left end at the season

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    1. Thank you, Deb, and Merry Christmas. On Instagram my photos are probably 70 percent my garden, because I have two seasons every year, and really how much home decor can one do sinceI finished renovating this old home!? ;) Thanks for stopping by, Deb. I appreciate it. The fall was busy, our favorite cat died, and all that stuff that life throws at you that everyone else is experiencing as well. xoxo Su

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  16. Merry Christmas, Su!!! I wanted to let you know that it looks like our oldest daughter will be starting her PhD program at ASU in the fall!

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    1. Oh wow! Congratulations to her, RJ. That's great news! Wish her all the best. You must all be so proud of her. What will her focus be if you don't mind me asking? Merry Christmas! xoxo Su

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  17. Your garden is lovely at Christmas and I love all the little touches around the house.

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol. I love yours as well. Merry Christmas. xoox Su

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  18. Oh su, What beauty you share here this nearing Christmas days ahead. I love your kitchen apron sink, to see your trees filled with lemons and such this time of year is amazing. I love decorating a holiday kitchen with lemons and oranges its so festive. This year I am going to grow a pumpkin patch and sun flowers.

    A beautiful Christmas to you my dear
    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you so much, Dore. Oh you will have so much fun with the pumpkins and sun flowers. The sunflowers are so easy to grow, and they don't take a lot of water. Merry Christmas, Dore and to you and your family. xoxo Su

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su