Sunday, December 2, 2012

Here we go!!!!!


Sweet Lori asked me to join her and some of her friends for the second annual Visions of Sugarplums event.  Well of course I answered yes with a big smile on my face.  Now this is fun!!

As I reflect back on my life, I see how many traditions have changed especially now that all the kids are grown and have moved to far away places.  But one tradition that still remains the same, is hanging a Christmas wreath on the front door.  The wreath represents the unending circle of life and love and is a sign of welcome, inviting all to enter.

One of my favorite treats to offer guests are  roasted pecans.  Melt one stick of butter and blend in one teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce , one teaspoon soy sauce and a fourth of a teaspoon of garlic powder.  Mix well and then combine with four to six cups of pecan halves.  Put in a shallow pan and bake at 225 degrees for 45 minutes or until toasty brown.  Shake pan every fifteen minutes.  Marvelous with drinks!



My Christmas wreath card invites you to enter the following blogs.
Lori 
Lisa
Ira 
Lauren H.
Maria
Regina

So Santa tells me that if you leave a comment on each and everyone of our blogs today - you are eligible to win a prize.  And then - Lori will announce Monday's winner  Tuesday on her blog.  I can't wait to visit all the blogs.  You never can tell what tip or trick you have been waiting for all your life!!  Enjoy this fun week.  I know I will!!

Thanks for all your comments!!  Sandy Claus

47 comments:

Shelby said...

Thanks for the recipe...sounds absolutely delicious!! Based on that recipe...sounds like you may be originally from Texas:)!
Gorgeous card as well and love all of the gingerbread men and the buttons are wonderful.

Shelby

Susan Flynn said...

What a beautiful wreath on your card Sandy, its perfefct with its buttons, gingerbread men and candy canes, not over embellished - love it! Your recipe sounds scrummy. Hugs Susan x

Imke said...

Sandy your card is gorgeous. The wreath looks very pretty. AND your recipe.....mhhhhh i can smell the pecans !

Shannon White said...

Oh My Goodness this is Truly a Yummy Sweet Christmas Wreath Sandy!! Love it! Your little gingerbread men are too Cute!! And Wowsa, I am definitely going to have to give your roasted pecan recipe a whirl for sure! Sounds scrumptious! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Netty said...

wow Sandy Claus my friend your Christmas card is totally awesome. Loving the fab backing papers, the gorgeous wreath with all its gingerbread men and buttons and that fabulous ribbon. Brilliant.... enjoyed the recipe as well, not heard of that one before. Have a terrific week, hugs Annette xx

May said...

Gorgeous card Sandy, Your wreath is Beautiful.. Candy canes, gingerbread men & buttons a delight!! Love the papers & great colours.. Thank you so much for the recipe it sounds yummy... Not done this before so will have a go for friends visiting... off on the blog hop!! Hugs May x x x

Peggie said...

What a great card. Love the little gingerbread men and all the buttons.

butlersabroad said...

I love roasted nuts and often make then in my slow cooker, salty almonds with thyme being a personal favourite. I love wreaths too and this is a stunner, the the little gingerbread people. I did a rustic grapevine one this year, complete with a hanging barn star. Most years I've been making a swag with evergreen trimmings but that's really scratched the door up!! New paint next year I think!

Hugs
Brenda

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

What a delightful wreath card you have here Sandy.

Just gorgeous and I love the traditional colours.

Hugs
Sarn xxx

Marilyn said...


This is a fabulous and very creative card. Love how you've made the wreath with the MS punch... very, very clever.

Sherry said...

Hey Sandy!! I absolutely luv this. The gingerbread men just make it more special.

Hugs

Kelly Neis said...

Hi Sandy Claus, how fitting is this name for you! Now this is a gorgeous wreath, one that I would love to hang on my door!! I love how wispy the branches are and the addition of candy canes, gingerbread and buttons, which are perfectly placed. I love the vibrant and traditional colors with a touch of plaid. Oh I just found a tag by the bow, how cute. I really love this card Sandy Claus!! Pondering the meaning of the wreath, I would say that it fits you perfectly, unending love and inviting others in my friend!!
Well I am grabbing some pecans and heading off to see the others, thanks for sharing such a fabulous card with us dear!!!
Hugs

butterfly said...

What a delightful wreath, and those pecans sound amazing!
Alison x

Jean said...

Hi Sandy, Love the recipe, have tried something like this one before.. great one!!
Your card is so adorable, simple yet so very elegant at the same time. Love the story you tell to go with it. Sure is inviting.
Hugs, Jean

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Lisa S. said...

Love your card Sandy and that beautiful wreath is the perfect focal image! Can't wait to see the inspiration tomorrow. :) Hugs

Lau W said...

Hello my dear Sandy !
I love love love your card ! The wreath is beautiful and all details are so perfect, candy cane, gingerbread men, oh it's a beauty ! A magical card !
Have a nice day !
ps :
I have brown eyes lol
oh I would like to be as pretty as some of my stamps :-))
Bisous my super friend !
xxx

cathylynn said...

Sandy your card is fabulous! What a beautiful wreath with marvelous embellishments! You definitely did a fantastic job here! I wish I could sample your roasted pecans. Yummy!!
Hugs, Cathy

Ira Huberts said...

What a lovely name you've taken on Sandy ;-) Those roasted pecans sound delish! Must try them! Your gingerbread men card is so pretty, too, really lovely!
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Stamps and Paper said...

Wow Sandy this is one fabulous card and just love your wreath with all its gorgeous colours...oh those pecans sound so yummy..

Anne

Sharla said...

Love your wreath tradition and the meaning behind it! Those pecans sound yummy!

Christina C. said...

I love that tradition, Sandy!
I also love your stunning wreath...such beautiful embellishments adorn this lovely wreath...definitely festive and welcoming! Outstanding job, my friend!

Candy said...

Hi Sandy Claus,
Your card is wonderful. I love how wispy it is and all the sweet things you have added.
Merry Christmas to you my friend ❤
Big hugs, Candy

Linda Palmer said...

Wow! Sandy, this is gorgeous and I love the plaid paper backing this image. Beautiful layout and love the little tag with the bell. This is a great idea for a wreath, probably will case this cause I know you won't mind, that is if I have time. I am so far behind on card for the family..too many kids. I really love this card Sandy Claus.

Regina Easter said...

this is sooooooooooooooo beautiful, i love it....hugs

Myrna I said...

Too cute Sandy! Love all your extra special things on your wreath. I've never eaten a gingerbread cookie but they are sure adorable on your wreath.

Lori said...

Your wreath card is darling - love the little gingerbread men! Happy Visions of Sugarplums!

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

What a darling wreath card, Sandy Claus....lol. :) Very pretty! Bet the one on your front door is lovely as well.
Thanks for the recipe!!!
Have a wonderful day!
Huggies & Smiles ~
Sharron♥

Tracy said...

How cute! All those fun buttons make perfect wreath decorations. Thanks for the beautiful welcome! :-)

Mitra Pratt said...

Your card is lovely! And that recipe sounds delish!

Hugs from NY

Lindsey said...

Fabulous card!!! I adore the wreath.

*Vicki* said...

Oh my what a beautiful wreath!! LOVE the gingerbreads on it!! Such a fun treat for my eyes Sandy!! HUGS :)

Patricia St Martin said...

Sandy, Thanks for the recipe, I will have to try it. Thanks for the all the wonderful comments. I love your wreath it is so awesome. Love all the embellishments you added it is so wonderful as the wreath looks like it is framed.
Her is my email address icyurastamper@hotmail.com send me your email address and I will send you a video on how to make that white stuff I have one my card.
Hugs,
Patricia

shelly said...

thanks for that recipe sandy :) your card is so super adorable!

Cat's sCrap said...

Magnificent card. Nice chararter. Elegant and classy. Bravo !

Hugs from France.
Catherine.

Redanne said...

Loving your wreath card Sandy, it is just gorgeous with those little buttons and gingerbread men. Great recipe too, must give that one a go! Hugs, Anne xx

Inkyfingers said...

Thanks so much for the recipe - def one to try. Love the pretty wreath card and you are so right about wreath hanging being a great tradition. I have those cute little buttons too and you have reminded me to get them out.

Sandra said...

ohh Sandy this card is so pretty! Love the gingerbread men and the candy canes! I didn't know where the wreath represented. And what a great recipe! Thanks for sharing! hugs, Sandra

Pat (mspfd) said...

Oh my gosh, I love your wreath! It looks amazing. What a beautiful design!

Alice Wertz said...

love all the details on the wreath. such a pretty card, Sandy!

Maria Matter said...

gorgeous wreath card Sandy!
And I'm writing down your roasted pecan recipe now...

Lisa M said...

Would you look at all the amazing little details on that wreath!! I'm beyond impressed. This is Christmas wonderment at its best. I love it placed on the easel too. Adorable work and I'll be right over for some nuts! LOL...
OHHHH...you meant for me to make them myself.....well dadgum. ;)
hugs friend,
Lisa xx

Danielle said...

Your wreath card is amazing Sandy. I love it! I so wish I could taste your peacans, but I cant... snif. they have soya sauce, can't that be replaced any anything else? Hugs.

~Tammy~ said...

Beautiful wreath Sandy! Yummy recipe!

ahlers5 said...

What a beautiful card...it almost looks embroidered.

scrappymo! said...

This is pretty. I love that image...the little gingerbread people are so adorable!
Tartan bavking paper! That is so hard to find!!

Daen'Ys said...

A gorgeous wreath with all the cute little gingerbread men and candy canes.
This card is just too cute Sandy! Love these traditional colors...

Rosi x