Merry Morning

December 25, 2011

Late last night I was snuggling into bed when Matt came in and said he had to give me my present then. So I got out of bed and tip-toed into the living room to find…


A  homemade Ball jar table lamp!!


A bit hard to see in the dark… but it’s gorgeous and so me!


He made it himself out of metal pipes (just like he did my clothing rack from our rental house)


I’ll post some more photos today!


We slept in this morning and then enjoyed Great Harvest pancakes and presents!



3 flavors: pecan, banana and chia, topped with Cookie Butter and Cocoa-Nut



Chestnut – Christmas appropriate!


Dancer + Prancer



During breakfast we opened gifts that our family sent – got lots of fun stuff including socks + Nuttzo and an Organic Butcher gift certificate from Karen (who is in Alabama with Andrew and her family), some nice body wash + lotions, and quite a few checks that made us very happy!


This is my first Christmas ever without my family and we miss them, but luckily we were able to get some live action via Skype last night!


I was worried it wouldn’t feel like Christmas without my parents’ big old house, but I think we’ve done a good job creating our own fun. And tonight we’re having friends over for a fancy dinner!

There won’t be too much relaxing today because we have a LOT of packing to do! We leave on our vacation tomorrow!

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1 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Yay for being able to connect w family on Skype!
Love the ball jar lamp. Very chic!

Have an awesome day! Where is vaca to?


2 bitt December 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Merry Christmas! Enjoy that vacation.

If you have a chance at some point I’d really love a tutorial for the lamp making because I’d love to make one too! I love DIY.


3 Khushboo December 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Merry Xmas to both you and Matt :)! What a thoughtful gift :)


4 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Woah! How crafty!!! He should patent that and sell em on open sky!


5 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Merry Christmas! Have a fun filled vacation!


6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Merry Christmas to you both!

That lamp is amazing; I love it! :)
I started my morning with pancakes as well but I did gingerbread – delicious. And since I’m away from my family this Christmas too, the Skype call will be later this afternoon.


7 Kiran @ December 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

A very thoughtful gift :)

Merry Christmas to you, Matt and the family!!!


8 Jodi @ Jodeexi Writes December 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Ah Skype is the best! Glad you got to see your family. And what a cool gift! Maybe a DIY post from Matt?? :)


9 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Wow that is SO cool! Nice job Matt!! I love Skype as well and use it regularly to keep in touch with my friends and family overseas. I hope you enjoy the rest of your Christmas day and good luck with that packing!


10 Karen December 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

What at an incredibly thoughtful one-of-a-kind gift. Matt always impresses with his artistic talents.

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, and safe travels to your mystery destination.


11 Mom December 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Love the lamp! Skyping was fun….My first!


12 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio December 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Beautiful lamp! Merry Christmas!


13 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm

The lamp is great and as you said, so YOU! The best gifts are the ones that really fit the recipient and that the recipient will use…and the lamp succeeded on both fronts.

Glad you and the fam had some Skype time, too :)


14 Jennifer December 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Wow….that lamp is so unique and beautiful! What a nice thing for Matt to do for you. :) Very sweet.

Hope the rest of your day is wonderful.


15 Julie December 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Where are you going??


16 KathEats December 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

It’s a surprise!


17 Amanda December 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

What an AWESOME lamp! Such a thoughtful and creative gift.

Good luck with the packing! I always have so much trouble deciding what I should and shouldn’t bring.


18 Lorin December 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Have fun on your vacay!! That ball jar lamp is awesome. What did you end up getting for Matt?


19 KathEats December 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

a pizza peel! And books, and a beer cap wreath and ornament and his favorite peanut butter buckeye from Feast


20 Lorin December 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm

That all sounds awesome. I love buckeyes.


21 Jen December 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm

What a unique and thoughtful gift – although you may need a bigger table now with the lamp on it lol!! I never thought you and your sister looked much alike before but now I can definitely see the resemblance!


22 Kathy W. December 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

That lamp would look amazing on your new porch, too!

Merry Christmas to you & Matt!!


23 KathEats December 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

We hope to move it out there in the summer!


24 Roxanne December 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

So creative of Matt. He sure “knows” you….


25 Roxanne December 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

oh, and homemade is the BEST!


26 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Cute present! Merry CHristmas 😀


27 Dani December 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Yay! Comment 26 😉 Merry Christmas to you and Matt. Has sure been fun watching your businesses grow this past year. Have a wonderful vacation!


28 Cait's Plate December 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Good luck getting ready for the vacation – and ENJOY IT! I’m so excited for you – you absolutely deserve it :) Merry, merry Christmas!


29 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Very, very, very cool lamp!! Matt is very talented in the arts. 😀

Merry Christmas! Enjoy your day.


30 Becky @ Taste of Healthy Goodness December 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Gorgeous lamp! Such a talented couple :)


31 Kristi @ Hiding in Honduras December 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

This is our first Christmas away from family, too! But I always enjoy reading your blog b/c I’m a fellow NC girl and your posts remind me of home :)

Hope you have a great vacation and can’t wait to see where you’re headed!


32 robin December 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Vacation, what vacation? Youre still gonna post i hope:)


33 Army Amy* December 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm

That Skype picture of everybody is so cute!*


34 J @ ... semplicemente ... j December 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm

We too are away from my family … Skype actually really helps … incredible all the things that have changed our world.

It was a beautiful Christmas … family was missed … but it was truly beautiful.

Have a great vacation.


35 Natalie Monson December 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I love the lamp!! What a sweet and creative gift to give!! Hope you guys have a merry Christmas with your family! Lots of love form our house to yours 😀


36 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm

It’s my first Christmas without my family, too, but it’s nice to still be able to talk to them. 😉 Merry Christmas!


37 Amykinz @ Foodie 4 Healing December 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I LOVE that lamp! And the fact that Matt made it himself makes it even better. :) And I can’t believe how much your family looks like you!


38 Jenn December 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm

yum…what ans where is cookie butter? sounds fun.

enjoy your vacation. jamie and me are thinking about an impromptu vacation to our wedding site this week. disappointed i missed the bread email notification. we have been with lots of family the last few days. i just realized my phone is still in the car. oops. guess, i’m not taking calls either ;P

pinch…yep, human.


39 KathEats December 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

It’s Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s! AKA Biscoff.

Hope to see you soon!


40 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 26, 2011 at 1:01 am

Very cool lamp & pancakes! =)


41 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 26, 2011 at 7:08 am

What an awesome lamp! That was so thoughtful of Matt!

I’m sorry you didn’t get to spend Christmas with your family – thank goodness for Skype though. 😀 We used it to “spend” Thanksgiving with my sister since she couldn’t make it home then. I love how it’s almost like being with the other person!


42 Lisa December 26, 2011 at 7:37 am

I follow, but don’t comment very often…
Three words: best husband ever!


43 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 26, 2011 at 7:43 am

The lamp is adorable! What a clever idea!


44 Lindsay December 26, 2011 at 8:14 am

Great job for making it a special Christmas with you two:) we thought it’d be weird in Korea too, but we really loved our day~ and the new holiday tradition of kimchi on Christmas Eve:)


45 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine December 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Lovelovelove the lamp. Matt is quite the Santa Claus 😉


46 Jenn December 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Love that a Trader’s Joes is coming to town soon. I will make a mental note of this.


47 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings December 27, 2011 at 8:48 am

LOVE the lamp :)


48 Katie December 27, 2011 at 9:06 am

What a perfect lamp for you! Can you change the jars for another color if you want? My husband made me a beautiful cedar chest and I gave him a home beer brewing kit. We got it going yesterday so we’ll have to see how it turns out.


49 Angel7 December 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

Oh Kath… That table lamp that Matt made you is awesome!!! Please tell him he did a great job!

He should make you a chandelier like that for over your dining room table — kind of the same concept as the one I liked on the Web site of all the lamps you told us about :) It would be so your taste, and his handiwork combined. What do you think of that ideat? Plus, it would not cost you that much :)

It would be hard for me not to be with my family on Christmas as well!


50 Allison December 30, 2011 at 10:19 am

WOW, the lamp is so creative and stunning!!! Presents that are homemade always are super special… P.S. Your pancakes and set-up are fabulous- great looking food and a festive setting!


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