Wednesday, December 14, 2011

~Christmas Tablescape & A Recipe~

The weather was so nice today it certainly didn't feel like a winters day in mid December. Darling Dear and I celebrated our 12th yr anniversary on the 11th. We had a most enjoyable weekend with dinner out, shopping and then we spent the evening playing games with Small Prince. The Lord has been so good to us and we are certainly blessed.

My parents recently came for an overnight visit so I set the table in red, turquoise and white, added some snowmen and made some taco soup with mexican cornbread and some tortilla chips, salsa and sour cream to accompany them. Ah, it was so good and might I add that we had red velvet cake for dessert!

Taco Soup: 
1 lb ground beef
1 16 oz can kidney beans
1 11 oz can niblet corn
1 small pkg taco seasoning
1 28 oz can tomatoes (I used diced tomatoes)
1 sm can chopped chile peppers
1 16 oz can pinto beans
1 sm pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

Brown the ground beef and drain. Add all other ingredients and stir (do not drain cans before adding). Simmer in crock pot on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with taco chips or mexican cornbread.

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday.  

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*the little stockings were supposed to hold the soup spoons but they didn't make it into the picture, can you say blooper?* lol....


  1. Very adorable table! Love the colors! The recipe sounds good and easy enough to do! Happy Holidays!!

  2. Aleda, your blue and red table is so wonderful. I love the little stockings! The snowmen napkin holders are darling! Merry Christmas. May you and yours be blessed! xo marlis

  3. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors. Your red adds a wonderful zing to the Christmas table. Happy Anniversary! The snowmen napkin holders are very cute and I love cute at Christmas! Merry Christmas to your Family and Happy Tablescaping! Pam

  4. The colors are so unexpected for the holiday but so perfect! LOVE the bows on the chairs!

  5. Aledia!!!!!! GREAT chair ties!!! Beautiful color combination!!! I love those placemats. They would work well all year round! Now on this soup....are the pinto beans just regular pinto beans or are they the Mexican-style beans like you use in chili? The soup sounds good, and I'm always looking for something a little different. Also, do you think it would make a huge difference if I was to use ground turkey instead of ground beef? We're old and need to watch our red meat intake! :-)

  6. Congratulations to you and Darling Dear!

    Your table is so pretty. I was just buying some turquoise chargers today and I put them together with red and went - wow! They look great together on your table too.

  7. Happy Anniversary!! Thanks for your sweet comment. Love all your snowmen and the ties around your chairs are so pretty. Merry Christmas!!

  8. What a cute table, love the snowmen, and the turquosie with the red is such a great colour combination!
    Merry Christmas!
    Dannyelle @

  9. Happy Anniversary! I love non-traditional Christmas tables...yours is gorgeous!
    Thanks for the taco soup recipe, too...

  10. First time to your blog! I'm following you now. Will definitely try your recipe, so thanks for sharing it. Your table is so cheerful and I love the little stockings. Thanks for your visit to my blog! Your name is so pretty.

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  11. Belated Happy Anniversary! I know your folks enjoyed their meal at your darling table.
    hugs ~lynne~

  12. I am making this Taco Soup. It sounds amazing, and just perfect for the cold, damp days ahead.

  13. Love the colors to your Christmas table - they just pop! Love this fantastic, easy recipe - I think I'll share it with my children! Hope you have a blessed day,

  14. Taco soup delicious on a cold night. thanks for the recipe. Did you find the Santa chair covers yet at the Dollar store? Your table just pops with Turquoise and red. Did you see my Peacock table with Turguoise and Red?
    Love the litle stockings. sometimes we make blunders....doesn't matter. Happy holidays

  15. This looks delightful with your unexpected colors. Happy Anniversary....we just celebrated 36 years last month.


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