Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Poppy's Paparazzi and Doreen the Biscotti Queen

Hello, my friends!
The holidays are here!
 Warm greetings on cards and
sweet gifts wrapped in tins
travel across the globe
  to bring us good cheer!

After seeing this cozy (but blurry) window display of Santa being pampered by his adoring Mrs., his festive table (from what I gather), topped with richly iced cakes and other delectable treats, can you blame me for craving such seasonal sweets, especially when, 
this year, I don't have time to bake them myself?

Fortunately, an early delivery by St. Nick did the trick!
My sassy gal pal, Doreen, who blogs over at House Honeys,
 sent me a batch of her famous chocolate walnut biscotti
and a few other varieties. My pic does not do them
 justice - they are a sight for hungry eyes and the perfect
  sugar fix for one's taste buds, anytime of the day. 
Thank you my multi talented mon ami!

Now, because Santa's such a sweetheart to have thought of  me, crazy busy as he is, in the midst of his millionth delivery, I wanted to show my appreciation with a Christmas creation, a memento of that potentially pretty store window, he just might enjoy. So, thanks to some photo shop flair, gone was the glare and the intrusive sheen of those two paparazzi, (a certain mother and daughter team!;)). And lastly, by simply pressing a key, the setting was also free of that not so attractive bumper to bumper traffic, amid the cold and congested concrete jungle that so spoiled the scene...whew! 
Know what I mean?

Thanks for visiting!
Wishing you all 
Happy Holidays,


  1. Sweet Poppy, what a joy to pop in for a little visit :) How are you, dear one? I hope you and yours have a most beautiful Christmas! Love and hugs!

  2. Merry Christmas. Love those photos. xoxo Su

  3. Merry Christmas Poppy! Lovely to hear from you my friend.

  4. Good to hear from you! Merry Christmas to you and yours.


  5. Poppy,
    Ahhh so you are half of the paparazzi team to bring the nostalgic window feeling to me today. It's like a precious gift. 35+ years ago stores in Philadelphia, John Wanamakers and Lits had store windows and in store displays with animated Christmas scenes. Each scene telling a story as they fascinated both young and old. There was even a train that kids could ride around the store in, magical memories you have sparked today for me.
    Doreen the Biscotti Queen sure baked some yummy looking cookies. I'd love one right now to dunk one into my coffee I'm drinking.
    Poppy it has been an honor getting to know you better and I look forward to enjoying the beauty you inspire in the New Year.
    Sending love and Christmas hugs,

  6. Hello Poppy, your Biscotti looks delicious. Lucky you, a wonderful gift. I love the store window, so cute!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  7. Mmmmmmm - those biscotti! Merry Christmas, my friend! And a healthy and happy 2016 ahead, Poppy.
    Warm greetings,

  8. Merry Christmas to you and yours dear Poppy!

    Mersad Donko Photography

  9. Love your sweet photos Poppy! Isn't Christmas the most wonderful time of the year with all of those great colors and goodies! Merry Christmas and wishing you the best in 2016!!

  10. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you dear Poppy!
    Warm winterhug,

  11. Happy holidays Poppy!AriadnefromGreece!

  12. How lovely to see a post from you, Poppy. The biscotti look like delicious treats to nibble during the holiday festivities. You are very creative with your photo editing!
    Have a Merry Christmas, dear Poppy, and a very happy 2016.

  13. Awe so happy to see you post, my friend! This festive time would have not been complete without visiting you and wishing you a Very Merry Christmas season and an Abundantly Blessed New Year. I love this clever delivery that you created and I look forward to your next shares. In the meantime, be good, not naughty, for he does know, you know ;) XXXOOO

  14. Merry Christmas Poppy! Thank you for the many-many lovely posts throughout the year. You have blessed us with your beautiful photos.

  15. Merry Christmas Poppy. I love that the paparazzi were caught in the photo. Hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you

    Helen xx

  16. Merry Christmas, Poppy! I hope you and your family have a wonderful day.

  17.'re so welcome my friend!

    I had just emailed you and was about to log off for the night when I saw this in my inbox, and of course couldn't resist reading it ;). While I don't disagree with you often, I do have to say your picture most definitely does the cookies justice, which of course is no surprise to anyone who frequents your blog. Very impressive photoshopping of Santa and his peeps :).

    Have a most Merry and festive Christmas!


  18. So happy to see you pop up in my email with a post. I wish you a wonderful and very Merry Christmas. May the new year bring lots of beautiful inspiration and fun in your life.

  19. A fun post, dear Poppy. And cookies! A very happy holiday to you.

  20. Merry Christmas Poppy! You did a fantastic job with the photoshopping, I also had the same problem when taking pics of window displays, but they are so pretty how can you not photograph them? You are lucky to have such a wonderful friend as Doreen who send you those yummy cookies. She is truly a special lady and one whose blog I also frquent. I wqish you all the best for the holidays and have a great time with your family. Do you have snow up there?

  21. Wow that biscotti looks so good! Love how you re-created that picture. So glad you and your daughter are able to share some fun together! Wishing you a beautiful and blessed Christmas!

  22. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Poppy! I've been away from blogs too long and must catch up with yours after Christmas.

  23. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Canadian Christmas! (minus the snow from what I hear)

  24. Such a funny, sweet photo Poppy. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  25. Merry Christmas Poppy! Enjoy your yummy biscotti from sweet Doreen.
    Blessings to all of your family.

  26. Merry Christmas to you and your family dearest Poppy!
    Love, Olympia

  27. Happy holidays Poppy, I think Santa will be chuffed with your editing, very flash! Happy Biscotti munching to you and yours!
    Wren x

  28. i didn't mind the poppy and daughter reflection one bit!
    i bet santa got a kick out of it too!
    i have to subscribe now with my new email address... so i won't miss anymore new posts!

    have to admit.
    for some reason... when i saw the little picture of you alone...
    at first i thought... she's posted a song again!!! YES!!!
    i kept looking for the title and a place to click. LOLOLOL.

    since you're NEVER busy...
    sometime maybe you would link to my favorite poppy singing over there on the sidebar? which would take me straight to your songs? HEAVEN!
    of course... when you're not busy! LOL. as if!

    love you my poppy.

  29. i just came back from listening to you poppy.
    i remembered i could link to the interview of poets.
    'don't know why'... i cried the first time i heard it. cried even now!
    it's sheer BEAUTY. you put norah jones to shame. she hasn't nearly got your feeling and ethereal beauty in her voice singing that song as you do. it's my very favorite. thought LOVE it when the birds and the bees do it! LOLOL!
    you belong in little theatre productions... if there are those where you are! you've the heart and soul of an artist. it should be shared.
    thank you for sharing much of it here with us. you brighten the winter sky! XOXOXO♥

  30. Merry Christmas, dear Poppy! I only wish I could see your and Liberty's reflection even more clearly. I wish I could reach out and give you a big Christmas hug! I know your Christmas Day with your dear family must have been wonderful. We're holding onto our Christmas time with family until tomorrow morning when they leave for home--with our youngest and his family coming in to spend the new year with us.

    It was such a gift to find your beautiful blog post here and see your darling new banner.

    Love to you,
    P.S. Yummy looking treats, Doreen!

  31. Oh Poppy, so happy to see a post from you. I know this is a day late, but never the less I wish you a very Happy Christmas an a wonderful New Year. Hope that you are doing well. All is fine with me.
    So glad that you posted.
    Hugs to you dear friend.

  32. I thought I'd stop by to see if you've posted, and was so happy to find that you did! I am among the very fortunate who have had Doreen's amazing biscotti, and can vouch for the fact that they are delicious! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Poppy! Wishing you all good things in the new year!

  33. Merry Christmas Poppy, I love biscotti, never tasted chocolate ones, must have a peek at your pal Doreen's blog, and give them a go!
    What a wonderful Christmas card the shop window display became.
    Have a very healthy and happy 2016.

  34. Merry Christmas to you Poppy! I don't know how I managed to miss this one before Christmas but it is a treat to read it anytime! Happiest of new year's wishes to you ~ Love, Jackie

  35. Happy New Year, Poppy! Let Santa rest for a year now!

  36. Happy new year Poppy. Wishing you and your beautiful family a new year full of love and happiness.


  37. Best wishes for a very happy new year, dear Poppy!!
    May it be full of joy, love and good health for you and your beloved ones!
    Many hugs!

  38. Happy New Year Poppy and best wishes for good health and happiness for 2016


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