Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Merry Christmas in July!

After two years with a virus that left me unable to walk ( I'm all better now, thank God), and a move 1600 miles away to a new house in the country, I was looking forward to dusting off my Christmas blog for Christmas in July....only to discover that  Pinterest appears to be the more popular venue for Christmas things these days!

But Christmas in July is when I start seriously thinking about Christmas, and it seems like a great day to get back in to Christmas blogging, so I have updated my Bloglist with some new bloggers I discovered and I'll post the link to the Pinterest boards I share with some dear online friends I have at the end of this post.

As much as I love Christmas in July, I never really celebrate it. I observe it in some way, usually by going over my notes from the previous year, doing my first major brainstorming of the season, and if I remember to do so, I'll put QVC  on in the background for fun and atmosphere, but I have  never cooked or had a party.

My mother is now my neighbor to the east, and she surprised me last week by mentioning completely out of the blue that she loved the movie "Prancer". So I bought her the DVD and I'm going over this afternoon to watch it with her and finally play with the Tim Holtz Vagabond she bought me for my birthday last Fall that we haven't even opened yet. (It's taking me forever to get my house in order, because my husband hasn't moved yet and half our stuff is still in California) I bought some Christmas dies to go with it, so we should have fun trying it out.

I'll be making this soup, which looks good AND easy:

Ingredients: 1 bag of frozen tortellini 
1 small bag of fresh spinach
2 cans of italian style diced tomatoes 
1 box or 4 cups or vegetable broth 
1 block of cream cheese
put all ingredients in crockpot, chunking up the cream cheese. Cook on low for 5-6 hrs.

(Doesn't it look like there's sausage in the soup to you?)

We may make these for dessert, as a kind of trial run for Christmas Morning:

You'll find the recipe here

Do any of y'all celebrate Christmas in July in a major way? Whether you have a full-on celebration or just observe the festivities from afar, here are a few sites to help you along:

Our Pinterest boards

The Christmas in July section of Merry Holiday Homes

(Don't forget to check out the entire site)

One of my Birthday Triplets has a Christmas blog

And several more blogs I haven't added to my Bloglist yet!

That about wraps it  up for  now..... only 152 days to go; let's get this party started!


  1. Can I just say how much I love you?? You are an amazing woman and I am glad to call you my friend! I love that your mom is a closet Christmas lover. Not mine. It makes her nervous and irritable. That's ok, she knows that I love Christmas at her house and that I wouldn't change a thing. She blames me for having to stick to the same menu, decorations and music. And that is ok by me!

  2. Mm-mmm, that soup looks fabulous! And yes, it does look like there is sausage in it, but I think it would be yummy with or without sausage. Wonder if they make wheat-free tortellini?

  3. The soup looks good! (Maybe the sausage came out of the tortellini?) Mike and I were at the grocery store the other day and heard a wife say to her husband, "Should we get some 'turtlelooni'?" It was so hard not to crack up laughing! Now I laugh whenever I see the word!

    We've never done anything for Christmas in July before, but decided to do a little this year. I stayed up late last night making cinnamon rolls & frosting. We had them for breakfast today (that is usually something I save for Christmas morning). We listened to Christmas music all morning and Taylor and I made a bunch of goodies. I'm stuffed!

    How did your day turn out?

  4. I'm so glad you've recovered from your virus. Sounds like you're making up for lost time! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I'll be following you...


Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me!