Happy Holidays from a Motley Crew

ALL OF US — Lily the Beagle, cats Tiger and Camille, 160 houseplants, Gerta the Snake, and an assortment of turtles, frogs, toads, birds, and, of course, me — would like to wish you all the happiest of holidays. You are the best friends that any cooking-gardening-lifestyle writer could have. Let’s toast each other with a cup of spiked eggnog, okay? Clink!

Oh. Here’s the eggnog. You’ll find extra nog (bourbon) in the decanter.

And while you’re sipping, why don’t you tell me what you’re planning for the holidays?

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  1. Did someone say eggnog? Happy Holidays to one of my favorite bloggers extraordinaire!

  2. Happy holidays to you, too, Kevin!

  3. Tracy Soule says:

    Happy Holidays!

  4. I raise a glass to you this holiday season, Kevin! Thank you for sharing so much beauty with us!

    Go raibh tú daibhir i mí-áidh
    Agus saibhir i mbeannachtaí
    Go mall ag déanamh namhaid, go luath a déanamh carad,
    Ach saibhir nó daibhir, go mall nó go luath,
    Nach raibh ach áthas agat
    Ón lá seo amach.

    (May you be poor in misfortune,
    Rich in blessings,
    Slow to make enemies,
    quick to make friends,
    But rich or poor, quick or slow,
    May you know nothing but happiness
    From this day forward.)

  5. Kevin I was very lucky! I found the apple corer peeler slicer that you showed us before in a garage sale! And I recognized it inmediatelly ! Thank you for teaching me that this lovely invention existed! It works wonderful and it was new….
    Happy holidays to everyone in your family.

  6. Sharon Curley says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours and a big thank you for sharing your home and family. I love everything you put on here and to see what you do with everything. Cheers to you. Can’t wait to see what you have in mind for next year.

  7. Merry Christmas Kevin!

    I stumbled upon your blog about two months ago and I just love it!!! Thanks so much for all of the gardening, household, and cooking tips and recipes you give all of your faithful readers! I am very excited to start winter sowing soon!

    For Christmas, we will be having about 15 guests over, plus my family of five, two dogs, and three cats all in our smaller-sized house, so having a few drinks will be absolutely mandatory for my sanity!

    Again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

  8. Suzanne Bennett says:

    Merry Christmas Kevin and the rest of the crew that inhabits that beautiful old house. I can’t say I am snake friendly but if you love her, have at it. You and Lily brighten my day with your recipies and redecorating. It is as if you are right here talking me thru a cooking lesson. Hope your Christmas is happy and warm, filled with friends and food. We will host our family of 12,two of whom are great-grandsons. Bedlam is a great word for our celebrations but it is wrapped in love and giggles. Merry Christmas and lets all wish for a peaceful New Year.

  9. Cheers Kevin; You say it best, do it best, live it best and LOVE ALL OF US best..it shows in all you share.Thank you my friend. Very Happy Christmas from my heart to your heart and home <3

  10. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year!
    Here’s to many more recipes and garden info, thanks for a great blog!

  11. Merry Christmas to you & your family.
    And a very Happy New Year, can’t wait to see what you bring to us in the upcoming year !
    God Bless you

  12. Merry Christmas from Spain Kevin! 🙂

    We, at home, plan to install a vertigarden this holidays. Thanks for your blog and your wonderful ideas!

  13. A very happy holidays to you and yours Kevin 🙂

  14. Cheers!…..and thank you for making my Sundays a little brighter… to a magical New Year!

  15. Lovely posting, today, Kevin! Your Xmas dinner sounds scrumptious and the entry hall is smashing! A very Merry Christmas to you, Will, Lily and all the creatures from me and Bubba. xoxo Kate

  16. Merry Christmas, Kevin!

    Today, is my family Christmas mayhem – I mean gathering. My sister, thank goodness, is hosting this year. Most of the immediate family will attend. That means my mother, six of her eight children, all but six of her 20 grandchildren and probably a dozen of her 24 great-grandchildren will flow in and out of my sister’s small home for hours and hours. Her husband is smoking a turkey and a pork roast and everyone else is bringing a side dish. My job is to provide a macaroni and cheese casserole and southern sweet iced tea.

    Christmas Day will be a much smaller celebration at our home with my husband, my mother, one of my two sons and any family strays we can find. Next weekend, my youngest brother “comes home” to visit with a wife and three of his six young adult children. I plan to barbecue ribs for that crowd!

    So, you see, our Christmas celebration lasts us about a week.

    May yours be as splendid as you are!

  17. Merry Christmas dear Kevin to you and yours. You bring so much pleasure to so many and I do wish you every happiness. Clinking with you in spirit. Enjoy!!!

  18. Merry Christmas Kevin, you have given me such a gift over the past years
    having had the joy of visiting your website & your garden. thank you
    Dennis R

  19. Linda P. Strangio says:

    Many Blessings to you and yours! I do so enjoy all your posts. May you have the Happiest New Year ever! Happy Holidaze, Happy trails, and Peace, Linda

  20. Happy Holidays, and Ronneybrook Eggnog is magnificent is you don’t have time to do homemade!

  21. Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us at Cricket Hollow. May your holidays be merry and bright and may 2013 bring all you desire and more!

  22. Merry Christmas! Thanks for your wonderful & inspiring blog.

  23. Donna LeBlanc says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

    Thanks you for a wonderful web site. I am learning soo much here and thoroughly enjoy visiting, reading and am preparing for a raised bed this summer with some fresh summer veggies. hoping to do some canning also..

    As for my holiday… Pot luck with the family… Cooking a Ham, some crock pot meatballs, good ol potato salad.. A simple gathering.. with Yankee swap gifts…


  24. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Give Lily a pat on head for me 🙂

  25. Happy Holidays to all of you!

  26. A toast to you Kevin and to your loved ones (humans, fauna and flora).
    You have inspired me to be a better gardener, a better cook and a better steward of nature.
    You wow us again with the most festive and elegant arrangement .

    Here’s from a 110 year old book of my collection of many (The Christmas Kalends of Provence by Thomas H. Janvier):

    Dièu nous alègre!
    Calèndo vèn!Tout bèn vèn!
    Dièu nous fague la gráci de vèire l’an que vèn,
    E se noun sian pas mai, que noun fuguen pas mens!

    Catch fire!
    Joy! Joy!
    God gives us joy!
    Christmas Comes! All good comes!
    May God give us grace to see the coming year,
    And if we are not more, may we not be less!

    We will have a simple celebration here in Arizona but will also spend many happy hours calling my husband’s family and our children in New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York and my sisters in Burgundy, Provence and Spain.

    Wishing all good health and much happiness in your gardens.

  27. Christine Baird says:

    Merry Christmas, Kevin, to you and all that are dear to you! For Christmas I’ll be celebrating by myself here in Northern Ohio, as the entire family, sons, wives, ex-wives, GF, and kids all be arriving on Saturday. That way we can have a good long festivity and they don’t have to leave so early for the long drive home, at least not before eating all the many goodies.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!!

  28. A heartfelt Happy Holidays to a kindred spirit!

  29. Happy Holidays to you, Kevin, and to your family. Thanks for all the tips, recipes, and thoughts you so kindly and generously shared with us. Looking forward to more of those in the coming year.

  30. Denise in Colorado says:

    May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
    The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
    The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
    ~Author Unknown

  31. Peggy Delson- Rini says:

    Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! I thoroughly enjoy reading A Garden For The House and trying out all your recipes. Thank you for sharing and caring.

  32. Happy Holidays!
    To you and your motley crew~ 😀

    ~ from my family and my pups!
    [because they get any scraps or batter that falls to the ground when I sample your delicious recipes! Hee hee!]

  33. badger gardener says:

    In addition to enjoying your awesome posts throughout the year , I love reading everyone’s comments as they also have made me smile, laugh out loud, or taught me something new.

    Merry Christmas to one and all.

  34. Merry Christmas to you and your Crew! Your website is a constant inspiration to me and I try to incorporate some of the elegance you showcase in my own home. Thank you.

  35. Merry Christmas to you and all your family. Thank you for all that you share!

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