December updates and a thank you to all my followers.

  “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

   Almost forgot to do a monthly update. These are always fun posts for me to do, just what we have been up to each month. Been doing this for years now. I include some of my favorite post of yours too but I have been so busy for December that I forgot to keep track of the ones I have been reading. I remember some of them though but first a little December recap of our life here at Our Little Red House.

  Well, we got our Christmas up for December and I posted about this in my blogmas posts this month. Participating in another year of Blogmas was not easy but it was a nice distraction and goal to keep up with. Our live tree as you all know became a crunchy tree just like this here crunchy mom, as I have been accused of before from my family. Working outside creating and in the garden sometimes comes with leaves in my hair. Our beautiful Christmas tree did not look so great by the time Christmas day happened and yes…I watered it. Poor thing, here is a photo of it a week before Christmas. A nice dry and crunchy tree.

If you read my last post you know we had to take our tree down early to get that fire hazard out of our home. I still have my tiny potted tree out and my nativity out as well.

 On Christmas eve I worked on our traditional yearly gingerbread house.

This is our house for 2020.

I used cinnamon toast crunch for a roof this year. Every year we use some sort of cereal roof.

I made a little Santa gnome and hedgehog out of extra gingerbread I had after cutting out all the pieces I needed for the house. I even had some left over for some little trees I made from a vintage cookie cutter I picked up at an antique shop. I believe the cookie cutter is from the 80’s ….the 1980’s that is. Did they even have cookie cutters in 1880?. I am terrible at history.

I used an edible writing pen for the detail in the hedgehog. I found it in the baking section at a craft store.

 My daughter almost bought an Oreo gingerbread house kit in November but she put it back on the shelf when she was shopping. The closer we got to Christmas the more she regretted doing that. When my husband went out shopping two days before Christmas he came home telling me that he looked everywhere for that kit and everyone said the same thing “We sold out of that and fast.” guess the Oreo house kit was a hit this year.

 Think you all know where this is going. That’s right, good old mom here said what moms all over the world are famous for saying…

“ I can make you a better Oreo house then that.” and that is exactly what I did on Christmas eve.

Didn’t have dark cocoa though. I did what I could with what I had and this is what came out. My daughter still needs to decorate it. She said she wants to make it a black and white house.

I had some dough left and made them into cookies. My daughter said they are like Moo Moo cookies, or puff cow cookies…oh darn it, what are they called…daughter’s not here at the moment to ask. But hey, at least I tried and they still came out yummy.

My husband bought us all soap from restless roots ( ) and we got it just in time for Christmas. It smells so good. They are so pretty too. I don’t want to use them. For now I am keeping mine in my art cabinet so everything smells wonderful when I open it up.

Look at the detail on the little tags, so creative. I love them, they are really nice. Sadly Manuela isn’t selling soaps through her website anymore but you still may be able to get some from her other account through Facebook.

Also another friend of ours gave us a gift card for one of the stores we shop at. We bought some of our favorite items from this store starting with bags of oranges. A whole variety of them. By the time you read this half will be gone. We love our oranges here in Arizona.

Steel cut oats…several bags. We have to remove them from their plastic bags. Best not to keep edibles in anything plastic once you bring them home. Save glass jars for storage.

A little live pine tree. It came with it’s own string of lights. I will be transplanting it to a larger pot later. I hope this one last so we can use it next year as a mini Christmas tree.

Dr. Bronner’s soap. I know the writing on the packaging it comes in is a little weird but I don’t buy it for that. Been using this stuff since I was a teenager and all you need is a cap full that you dilute with water and it goes a long way. Can be used for laundry, hair, and body.

Sandalwood and rose soaps, another soap I have bought for decades. Gift cards are always fun to get. Thank you Kim and Ken, that was very thoughtful.

And a big thank you to everyone who sent us cards this year. Here I was thinking that not a lot of people celebrated this year and then cards started coming in after Christmas, may still be getting some. Mail was a little slow this year I noticed.

Okay, that’s about it for this month. We did do a lot more but this post is already getting too long. Here are my favorites for the month and remember if there are any out there that any of you would like to share please leave in comments below with a link. Thank you everyone who follows me, visits this site, for your likes and especially your comments. You guys are all so kind.

  Shelly writes straight from her heart, I love reading her stories and I really like her style of writing. I love anything non fiction, and have always been drawn to stories about others lives. She had several good ones this month of December. Read my grandma changed the world with cookies, another sweet one ( I also love the message these stories end with, reminds me of the Waltons as a little girl…some of my older followers from America may remember that show from the 70’s. I miss shows that had great messages at the end.

about a lie from an innocent child’s dreams.

Christmas shopping in an outside market- Derrick Knight

Seeds for Autism- Christmas traditions

Yummyhood- Fast food you can make at home

The Manitoba mom blog- A Donkey’s tale (this poem is an award winner)

American felt&craft blog- Felted houses

 Again, many thanks go out to all you followers of mine, not only for following me but for creating fun posts for me to read as well. Thank you for your prayers too. I know a lot of you out there have sent prayers out for my family this year of 2020 and also others as well, Nothing kinder then sending prayers and well wishes to strangers out there…so thank you for that. Like a whole bunch of pen pals from around the world and that is pretty cool if you think about it.

My prayers this month go out to the whole world. That we all come to a place of peace, that the sick get better, that the true healers are allowed to heal the sick, that we all can get back to the way it used to be, no more lock downs, small businesses thrive, people connect with one another and as always that more and more lies are exposed because truths set everyone free. Have a very Happy New Year and God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.


 For I know the plans I have for you Declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a Future.

                               Jeremiah 29:11

10 Comments Add yours

  1. saramincy says:

    I love your window with the snowflakes and house garland!! ♥️❤️💖

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    1. Thank you, we made paper snowflakes this year using printer paper. The garland was in the dollar section at Target a couple years back and unpacking my Christmas decor this year I was happy to see it because I forgot about it. I bought it after Christmas when it was 75% off. They are little wooden houses on a red and white string.

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  2. Johanna says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your blogmas posts! Thanks for all the hard work that goes into it.

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    1. Thank you, that makes me happy.

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  3. Gersom Clark says:

    Thank you too, Cheri! May we have the peace in 2021 that only JESUS can give! Happy New Year to you and your family! Blessings!

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    1. You’re very welcome. Yes, that is the peace we need the most that Jesus can give us all.

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  4. Just read your response to my comment and yes….this post has somehow slipped my attention!!
    Thanks so much for mentioning me and my soaps 🙂 !!

    But even more what a shame if I’d missed out on this lovely blog and the beautiful photos!! Love your gingerbread houses and both trees !!

    I’m glad you guys made the best out of the situation and had a peaceful Christmas !!
    Blessings to you for the upcoming year !!

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    1. Thank you Manella, and keep making beautiful things to share with others, we all need more of that.


  5. Wonderful monthly recap! Love the snow flakes! We put up a lot more decorations than usual this year for our own enjoyment. Even though we are sitting in an open field-like yard, we also live on a flat-top hill, so no one can see our house or Christmas decorations unless they actually come up our driveway.

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    1. Thank you, and good for you guys. Christmas decorations always bring so much happiness, I am glad I did it too, I do know some people who sadly did not put them up this year because it was just a sad year for them, just didn’t have it in them and I understand that too. Sometimes we have to push ourselves out of those funks.

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