Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Governors Mansion Tour Part III...

As promised here are the final photos of the Governors mansion holiday tour.

Teddy Bears and Trains set a magical tone for the holiday.

Timeless elegance!

Fresh Fruit and greenery set the tone for the day in the breakfast room.

The bakers were busy baking variates of delicious cookies for each guest.
Recipe can be found at the end of this post.

Gold ornaments and magnificent silver candelabras with attention to detail proudly displayed.

Americana artwork to celebrate the season as you exited the tour.

Butterscotch Meltaways

1 cup butter
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coconut
1 1/4 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
Red & green candied cherries

Preheat convection oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter & confectioners sugar, add yolk, vanilla and coconut. Sift dry ingredients and add to mixture, just incorporating. Stir in butterscotch chips. Scoop mixture onto sheet pan. Dip the bottom of a drinking glass in sugar, then press cookie down. Put half of a candied cherry on each. Bake 10 - 12 minutes until edges just begin to turn golden.

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  1. Joyce--Just read your comment over at Kathleen's and thought I'd better pop over and check on you:) I cracked up over your ER post--yes, these doctors are getting younger. I have a "thing" about having an OBGYN I could have given birth to :) Hope all is well now. That mantel at the mansion is just absolutely gorgeous! I have loved this tour! Now get to cooking and forget the PBJ`!

  2. I enjoyed these pictures so much Joyce. I love the addition of fruit to the decorations. Hope you are having a nice afternoon.

  3. Enjoyed all three of your Governor's Mansion posts. My favorite is the "drippy" breakfast room mantel that was filled with glitzy stuff spilling over the edges and sides. Did you get to taste those cookies??

  4. They sure know how to polish up that little house for Christmas, don't they?!!!!!
    Of course, I am kidding. It looks like they pulled out all of the stops! Beautiful!

  5. Beautiful. I'm thinkin' I need a little help from the Governor's staff! I'm enjoying the tour.

    Have a great day! God bless :o)

  6. Lovely! So elegant. Thank you for uploading these.

  7. p.s. I've been looking for a great recipe for butterscotch chips! I picked up a bag at the store last week because I love them, but couldn't decide just what to do with them. Thanks so much!

  8. Great tour, Joyce! Love the candelabra and the Nativity is so pretty!....Christine

  9. Thanks for stoping by my site today. The Pioneer Woman signing was so fun. Come back Friday for the autographed cookbook contest. So nice to meet another local blogger. Love the Governors mansion tour, Sis and I are thinking of taking the kids. PS I saw the Quilting square on your blog, I just took my first hand quilting lesson for my grandma on Tuesday.

  10. Though I have seen some pretty creative and modern decorating schemes I always prefer the traditional styles.
    It seems much more grounding to me. Something you can count on being there next year.

  11. Ah Joyce, what a magnificent home you have! Good job decorating. Even though you excused me from visiting, I'm glad I came and witnessed this post. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  12. Joyce~~~

    I have so enjoyed this tour. Everything is so festive. The nativity is gorgeous and how nice that they had sweets for all of you. I love this mansion!

    Happy holidays!! :-)


  13. Wow...gorgeous place! Thanks for sharing it!
    Check your link now...I put your permalink in, which is the direct link to this post. When I look on Mr. Linky's site, it showed the regular, general blog address for your blog, not your permalink. It's best to use the permalink. :-)
    I hope your blog hasn't been hijacked by some site. That happened to another blogger once. The link looked fine in Mr. Linky. If that happens to you again, you might have a virus. I remember when that happened to the other blogger, it turned out to be a bug or virus or whatever you call it, that was in one of her widgets on her blog. Can't remember now if it which of her widgets had the bug in it, but once she removed it, everything was fine and when you clicked on her link, it went to her blog like it was supposed to, instead of the other site.

  14. Hi Joyce !
    Yes, I got a different site for you too...then I went back in and got you, Yeah !
    I will be happy to give you the know how on the bigger are right after everything settles down (holiday wise...)
    Loved seeing your pictures - such a pretty setting ! Those teddys melt me heart !

  15. This is my favorite batch of photos. I LOVE the teddies. Where did Bandwith's go? I must look for them. The cookies look and sound like keepers.

  16. What a gorgeous Christmas scape... everywhere in the house! My favorite is the first photo with the Bear Family looking at the tree ~
    Merry Christmas~ Maria

  17. Hi Joyce...I like creamy peanut butter and Smucker Strawberry, just so you know!
    Loved the tour..what beautiful deocorations..Loved the Nativity..

  18. Beautiful, just beautiful...thanks for posting these lovely pictures!

  19. Joyce,
    I am not sure if my first post went through. This computer is giving me fits today.

    Anyway, I love the pictures of The Governors Mansion. Very, very pretty.

    About the Hedgeapples. I did a search and here is an article. I am going to collect all these balls I can find next year. Hopefully they work.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!! Terry

  20. I love the pictures you took at the government mansion, the decorations are stunning and very inspiring. And the cookies? What can I say? By the time the holidays are over I'll have put on so much weight just by looking over all the recipes of the sugary goodies!!

  21. WOW! do you live in the White House?
    Gorgeous home and decorating. Love it all!
    If you have room, can I move in too! LOL!

    Merry Christmas

  22. Thank you for such a beautiful tour! Everything is so pretty!... Dee dee

  23. Joyce this is so beautiful! I love looking at the pictures peering into the mansion.


  24. How pretty this all is -- It was fun to have a peek into the mansion. Thanks for taking us on the tour!

  25. Thanks for visiting today! What a beautiful Mansion! Every photo it beautiful! Wendy

  26. Hi Joyce,
    Wonderful post and very festive too! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

    Christmas blessings,

  27. I bet they have a large staff and start quite early to get that all up. It is beautiful though.

  28. Joyce, I just loved all three tours of the Governor's Mansion. This is definitely going to be on my "to see list" the next time I'm in Atlanta for Christmas.

    I would like to "borrow" your Shalom-Peace photo to use for Hanukkah cards for my Jewish friends next year with your permission. Not only is it beautiful, but the fact it is from the Governor's Mansion of my hometown makes it even more special.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours from Shellbelle and Stella!

  29. Wow, what beautiful decorations!

  30. Love all three of your mansion posts but especially this one. Sweet Teddies :) Enjoy your posts and your humor :)

    The cookies sound delicious!

  31. Man, all these photos of the G. Mansion have been incredible. Thank you for sharing them with us.
    I hope you're feeling much better now since the ER ordeal. 'Tis the season!!!
    Stay warm,

  32. These places are just so lovely. Thanks for taking the time to post the photos.

    I loved the story you shared in my comments...I would like to share it in a post soon. Hopefully you wouldn't mind...

    Becky K.


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