Revisiting a Perfect Moment from 2010

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Before I even start, I want to take a moment to thank all of the amazing Veterans out there! There are no words strong enough to tell you how much I appreciate you all for everything you have done for all of us!

Thank you!

This post is from late November 2010.

Don't you think those just small quiet moments during the holidays are the best? I do. We found a small tabletop Christmas tree at a thrift store for $1.50. We thought it would be fun to put a tree on the princess's dresser. I had a set of lights and I took her to the dollar store and told her she could pick out her own ornaments. Of course, I was having visions of pretty girly pinks and purples to match her room but, that wasn't what she was looking at. LOL She picked out some candy cane garland, green felt bell garland, bright little drums and a Santa, bear, snowman and reindeer ornament set. Okay then!

The two of us put it together at the dining room table this morning. I'll tell you what, the awe and excitement in her eyes was one of my most favorite moments so far! She just stared and stared at it and then said, "Mama, my tree is so beautiful! Thank You!" Okay, life is perfect now! LOL

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I picked up this little 3 piece Christmas tree dish set for .50 cents at a thrift store. I thought the set was the perfect dishes to use for this monumental Christmas tree moment!

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We decided to just sit at the table and gaze at her tree for awhile and enjoy some treats and hot chocolate. A truly wonderful moment!

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And of course, every morning includes opening up a goodie in the advent calendar. Lots of pink, the princess always comments on how pretty it is. As you will see, I don't follow the days correctly. I like them to go in order. LOL (a little OCD maybe?). We have another fun advent calendar that I got last year and you can redo it each year. I will show that Monday.

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So, that was our fun little morning. Just another little special moment that makes life so amazing!

Recipe for Cranberry Layer Bars


1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 egg
1cup chopped cranberries (I used dried)
1 cup white vanilla baking chips (6 oz)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels (2 oz)
1) Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Break up cookie dough into pan. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until puffed and edges are golden brown.

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3) Bake 25 to 30 minutes longer or until center is set. Cool 1 1/2 hours. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chocolate is set.
Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
Frozen cranberries can be substituted for the fresh, but be sure to thaw them first.

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  1. Christmas is all about the children, isn't it?

  2. I remember this sweet tree and these yummy sounding treats. I may have to make them this year! hugs, Linda

  3. Thanks so much for remembering our Veterans!

    I remember this post...and it's just totally precious. One of the many incredible memories you will have to treasure her early years. Thanks also for the reminder about these bars.

    I'm so far behind in reading blogs and responding...hate when that happens. Hope all is well in your world!


  4. HAPPY VETERANS DAY to all who served. LOVE the tree and all your goodies. Such a special time for you and her. Sharing and caring makes the season bright. Those photos are making me think I need a cup of hot chocolate. Recipe looks great too for the cranberry bars. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

  5. Well my gosh, Diann, everything looked FABULOUS on your post today. Oh, the little tree was such a great idea for your Princess. How sweet. Just seeing the holidays through her innocent eyes will be special. Thanks for sharing. The recipe sounds good, too. Susan

  6. Wonderful sentiments all around :)

    Your post certainly has got me in the Christmas spirit...that hot chocolate and marshmallows is calling to me, lol.

  7. I'm glad you revisited your post, so sweet. And such sweet treats, too, looks delicious!

  8. God bless our heroes. I love this past post of yours, it's beautiful! The yummy bars look TDF! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Have a blessed Sunday. FABBY

  9. I loved revisiting your lovely Christmas finds

  10. Thanks for the recipe.. there is nothing that I don't like in this.. must try it this holiday season. xo marlis

  11. Hi Diann...

    Awwww...what a sweet post to revisit, dear friend! I can just imagine the sparkly look in your little Princess' eyes as she got to choose her very own ornaments...for her very own Christmas tree! You're right...this is truly the stuff that precious memories are made of! Thank you for sharing it with us for the Sunday Favorites party today! It just made my heart smile!

    Well dear friend, I hope that you, Troy, and Princess are having a super sweet Sunday! You and this sweet post sure made my day brighter!

    Love ya,


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