Some December Highlights....

December was a busy month for us, and in the midst of all the hooplah, I forgot to share two highlights with you....

Some Crazy- Good Artistic Culinary Skills

We celebrated our 9th Anniversary by going to see the gingerbread competition at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Here are some of the amazing entries that were on display. Check out the details!

This was the Best in Show winning entry - the detail was amazing...

My personal favorite, this was the winner of the teen category - A Muppets' Christmas. Amazing!

It's hard to believe these things were made of FOOD!

This was the winner of the children's division: how cute is this scene from Winnie the Pooh?

This was called "Not a Creature Was Stirring," I think, and it was a collection of tiny mice asleep after pigging out on candy. The "glass" Mason jars fascinated me - I think they were made from sugar! Such detail....

Whoville! So cute and cheery....

Again, the details on these things were amazing - look at those bricks!

This was a fun one - the Twelve Days of Christmas - each of the gifts is included....

Some of these houses were huge - like 2-3' tall!

I love Charles Dickens, so this was another favorite....

'Twas the Night Before Christmas - I loved the candy "glass" panes in the windows....

Puss in Boots

Anyway, we had a nice, relaxing day at the Inn, then came home for some dinner and a movie.


Another milestone was Josh's graduation from PA school! We celebrated with family and friends in Knoxville, and it was the first time Josh had appeared in his Navy uniform!

Doesn't he look good in it?

And of course, we've also spent a lot of time with both of our families, which has been nice. Since we probably won't be in Tennessee next Christmas, we've been trying to soak it all in....

I hope you and your family had a nice Christmas, and have a happy 2013!


  1. First off... congrats to your husband! That is an awesome accomplishment!

    I can not believe those creations are gingerbread. Amazing. That had to be such a fun event to see close up. LOVE the sugar mason jars!!

    1. Thank you! We're really excited that he's done! :o)

      I know, right? I was totally impressed - even the children's entries were amazing! It was definitely worth the drive to Asheville to see.... I'd love to try it sometime.


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