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a peek through my 'kitchen window'...

...but first a bit of comedy to get the day going before I share photos, below, of our kitchen--

Speaking of kitchens...I love to cook. But if you're a lousy cook, you'll know it when: Your son goes outside to make mud pies, the rest of the family grabs forks and follows him.

Top Rejected Cookbook Title: 101 Ways to Wok Your Dog

Top Fast Food Restaurant New Slogan goes to: Taco Bell -- Working around the clock to invent new ways to combine the same 5 ingredients.

Top Reason You Know You're Eating Genetically Modified Food: You use the leftover chicken as a nightlight for your kid's room.

A Recipe From Anni's Kitchen:
    Holiday Fruit Cake

    You will need the following:
    A cup of water,
    a cup of sugar,
    four large brown eggs,
    two cups of dried fruit,
    a teaspoon of salt,
    a cup of brown sugar,
    lemon juice,
    and a bottle of whiskey.

    Sample the whiskey and check for quality.

    Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again.

    Make sure the whiskey is still okay. Cry another tup. Turn off the mixer. Beat two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Mix on the tuner. If the fired druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver.

    Sample the whiskey and check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares? Check the whiskey. Now sift the lemon uice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar of something. Whatever you find.

    Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out of the window. Check the whiskey again and go to bed.

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Last week, trees....
This week the Picstory challenge is showing the kitchen.
I'm glad you chose this subject this time of year, Tina. My kitchen is half way clean 'cause I scrubbed it all just before I put out holiday decorations. LOL

First I shall explain that our kitchen is 'open walls' from the dining room. Well, at least HALF open. The layout for the kitchen/dining room is angled and the bottom half is closed in with cupboards/drywall - then, carved wooden pieces go from the frame up to the ceiling...the first photo shows you the kitchen view from the dining room, and it was taken early; before sunrise so the skylight is not illuminating much [Bud was still sleeping, I didn't want to have any bright lights on and wake him up] -it's kinda hard to explain. Sorry., here is some of the kitchen in our home -

Open woodwork wall separating the kitchen from the dining room.

Santas on Countertop - Santa Nutcracker on top of refrigerator

open countertop...looking from dining room into kitchen Santa Train front view

Santa Train back view

Christmas Cardinal hand towel and small night lamp
[which I covered the lamp shade with
Santa wrapping paper for the season]


  1. Thanks for the laughs, love your kitchen.

  2. We are both howling with laughter at this point!!! And I LOVE your very special fruitcake recipe!!! You have some really adorable decorations, I love the sparkly Santa and reindeer! We both showed kitchen pictures today!

  3. I think I will follow that fruitcake recipe. LOL!
    Hey, nice decor, looks very festive already :)

  4. eine wundervolle Deko hast Du..:D
    einen LG vom katerchen

  5. Anonymous12/13/2011

    Liebe Anny,

    das sieht ja ganz wundervoll in deiner Küche aus, so weihnachtlich.
    Hast du klasse gemacht.
    Danke für's Zeigen und einen schönen Tag wünsche ich dir.

    Herzlichst ♥ Marianne

  6. Hi Annie, I guess it's hard to imagine it, but you're happy and that's right ... greetings to you from Geli

  7. LOVE the Santa train. He can carry more toys in a train than he ever could in a sleigh.

  8. The little gingerbread train is absolutely darling!


    Something cherry, something blue,
    Something scarlet just for you;
    Something blazing as the sun,
    Something red when day is done.

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Desert reds here and here

  9. Nice Holiday Kitchen Anni ~ Loved the photos and the funnies...

  10. So cute! I like the Santa train the best.

  11. What fun decorations. Lovely. It looks as if you are ready!

  12. The cooking that includes the liquid libations of whiskey or wine does require that you use a liquid you'd be proud to drink. Really, it you don't think it is good enough to use requires a lot of samples to verify its goodness.

    BTW, how did the fruitcake actually turn out?

  13. Festive, my Dear... We love to get a peek into the homes of our Dear Blog Friends. Well, I do for sure!!! :-)

    "Heap on more wood!~~The wind is chill;
    But let it whistle as it will,
    We'll keep our Christmas merry still."

    ~~Sir Walter Scott

  14. How nice that you have room for decorations in your kitchen! I barely have room to fix my meals - dumb dumb kitchen!

  15. Have a lovely weekend!

    XOXO Lola:)

  16. Happy holidays., good luck with the fruitcake!

  17. Love the Gulf Coast! Very funny post! That whiskey fruit cake sounds scrumpdillyicious! Thanks for stopping by by blog. Hope you can find those lingonberries! ~ Diane

  18. Such pretty decorations, you look all set for the holiday :).

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  19. Annie I have one question about the recipe....
    should we check the whiskey before we use it?
    You crack me up
    Hugs C

  20. It looks great! Love the recipe too!

  21. thanks for your picstory :)

  22. Very nice post and lovely shots!
    He he he! Love the recipe!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    Hope you are having a great week****

  23. Great decorations. Thanks for visiting!

  24. Now that's a fruit cake recipe I'll have to try! LOL Too funny!! I just love the ornaments you have decorating your kitchen, your Santas are all so delightful! I'm also loving your Santa Train, it's just darling. xoxo

  25. I LOVE IT!! You are funny! The recipe is pretty good too. Nice Christmas decorations... I found your blog on Stumble Tumble Tuesday, and I am glad I did! You are very interesting and seem to have a great since of humor. I gave you a stumble, and joined you Google Friends. Take a look at my post, 7 Plugins I Love Using and if you find my site a little interesting, please do the same for me. Thank you for the laugh!

  26. Those are lovely decor Anni~!

  27. Don't you love this time of year? Meee, too.
    Your kitchen decos look great, Anni....
    Merriest Christmas...
    xo bj

  28. Your place must look so festive and pretty. Love the Santa train. genie