Monday, December 14, 2015

Winter in my Home [Through my Lens Nr. 20]

I love the winter season. It gives me plenty of opportunities to do "cozy things" in my home. From baking to cooking, all the way to decorating and warming up. I'm a fan of snow and the cold (if it's not too harsh), but no matter how much I like them on the outside, the inside of my home has to feel comforting and inviting. That's why I decided to share what lights up the house these days, including the seasonal festive decorations, that shine on deep into the dark of night.


There are two versions of the house right now. One at day and the other by night. I try to keep the place cozy at day, so that it's inviting when I come back home from work. I like to sit under the decorated tree, watch TV and have lunch there. I got some Poinsettias and they are keeping well so far. If you have them too here is a great site that has lots of information on keeping the flowers and how to handle them.





The home is filled with scents of cooking, roasted chicken that is. I have a fool-proof recipe that makes the vegetables and chicken all in one pan. Very delicious. I think I will make a separate post with the recipe. I also made a very easy, sugar-free pink lemonade, that is just so refreshing. Recipe for that will follow soon as well. Here are some images from the kitchen.




When the night come around, the lights get turned on. Beni is trying to keep warm as well, but most of his days are still spent playing outside, since we are having some great weather. At night I light the candles and turn on the decorative lights. I think they really transform the living room.







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66 comments:

  1. Your home looks so festive and bright.
    Thanks for sharing your holiday decor!

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    1. Thanks for linking in Laura!

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  2. Ich mag es auch gerne kalt, aber wenn dann so richtig kalt mit Schnee und blauem Himmel ;-). Nicht so ein trübes Mistwetter wie ich es teilweise noch aus D. kenne, vor allem im Winter der in meiner Region fast immer ohne Schnee gewesen ist. Echt klasse wenn man sich dann nach der Kälte im Warmen aufheizen kann, vor allem wenn es dann noch so gemütlich wie bei dir aussieht. Echt schön habt ihr es.

    Liebe Grüsse

    N☼va

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  3. Cozy home, delicious foods and cute dog - perfect for happinez :-)
    Enjoy your Christmas time

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  4. Wonderful Christmas feeling here!

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  5. Love the holiday ambiance throughout your home...the fragrance of the chocolates/roasting chicken would surely be delightful and homey!!!

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    1. Yesterday it really was. And now I have chicken leftovers for other dishes as well :)

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  6. Your decorations look so festive. I am looking forward to getting back to the USA later this week, even with all its political correctness, it will still feel 10x better than what we've got in SA. We don't even have a Cmas tree up bc it has been delayed in our shipment. :( Happy, happy holidays!

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  7. I love winter time, snow and cold too! <3

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  8. Christmas magic Mersad!!!

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  9. it looks like it is cosy and inviting at your house. Poinsettias! wow! I didn't imagine you would be able to have them in the cold. Such a Christmassy plant which is obviously international. Have a lovely week and thank for you for link up.

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    1. I keep them inside. They don't like the cold, but hot weather doesn't suit them either. Luckily here in South Europe the weather is pretty nice.

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  10. Lovely shots, Mersad. It is Summer in the Southern Hemisphere, of course, so we take the opportunity to go outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.

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    1. You do that Nick. Winter will roll around before you know it anyway.

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  11. You know Beni is my favorite ALWAYS no matter what he is doing with his cute self... my favorite today is you living room in candlelight. but your home is just as festive in daytime and that is hard to do..for me anyway. your ornament photos are gorgeous..

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    1. Thanks Sandra, Beni is enjoying his days very much. Hope to show you more from his world on the blog soon.

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  12. Fantastične fotografije, sviđa mi se novogodišnja atmosfera u kući. :)

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  13. your house looks beautiful mersad...and i love those tin stars...and that beni is just too cute!

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    1. The tin starts are really awesome. I got them really cheep at a local supermarket.

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  14. You look like you live in a magazine spread. Very nice indeed.

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  15. Your place is cozy and inviting and the pooch is too cute! Thanks for hosting and have an amazing week!

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    1. You too, thanks for visiting!

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  16. Wonderful Christmas dekorations you have! Your dog is so cute :)

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  17. A very well organised and cheerful looking house.

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  18. Your home is looking very festive!!

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  19. Your home does indeed look very comfortable, inviting and festive. AND, I am impressed with your cooking talent. The chicken looks like it was cooked to perfection.

    Have you come up yet with a CDP theme for next year? I sent another email recently but have not yet heard from you.

    Jack

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    1. I haven't gotten that second mail, but with all the recent travels and work I haven't gotten around to sending the CDP theme, even though I have thought of it. Will catch up with you soon.

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  20. Ah, the perfect holiday home -- comfortable and festive it is indeed!! I always love to see the pics of Beni!! Thank you, as always, for sharing the holiday beauty of your home! Hope you have a great new week!!

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  21. Lovely decorations and such tasty-looking food! Cute little Beni keeping warm! Wonderful post, Mersad!

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  22. Lovely home!
    http://travelingbugwiththreeboys-kelleyn.blogspot.com/2015/12/tomato-tart-recipe-for-all-occasions.html

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  23. Just the right size for a tree--- wonderful decorations. The chicken looks great, and Benji looks cute. A fun post, Mersad. I do hope your Christmas season is wonderful.

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  24. Your home looks so inviting, and Benny seems to really appreciate the coziness of it all!
    Wishing you a beautiful winter season,
    Merisi

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  25. What a lovely home you have. After spending a ton of time with friends, we are flying across the Pacific to be with family for Christmas.

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  26. Beni is certainly very cozy! Everything looks so inviting and festive. Have a great week. :)

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  27. I like how you've decorated your home, Mersad. It looks very festive and cozy as well.

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  28. Loved these pictures. I love looking at Photography and would love to have this gift. You have a great eye. I am your neighbor at Inspire Me Mondays.

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  29. You've definitely achieved your goal of warm and cozy, as well as festive. And the food looks good, too.

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  30. Great Christmas tree photos! And I just love your pic of Beni peeking out from under the blanket. Adorable!

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  31. You have a very inviting festive home. Beautiful decorations, aroma's of cooking and a cute furry friend. What every home should have.
    I've got poinsettia's too so will head back now to see if I'm looking after them correctly.
    Thanks for sharing ;D

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  32. A wonderful festive feeling.

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  33. Thank you for hosting! I love your cozy Christmas photos :)

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  34. I'm late in entering my post today, Mersad. Very busy these days! Your decorations look very pretty and so does your roast chicken....mmmmmm!

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  35. Beautiful, heartwarming and soothing! Merry Christmas to you, dear Mersad. :)

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  36. Beautiful, heartwarming and soothing! Merry Christmas to you, dear Mersad. :)

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  37. Lovely images! I look forward to that chicken recipe.

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  38. It is always fun to learn more about the lives of our fellow bloggers and see how we live when not out traveling. Your home is most inviting, thanks for inviting us all in today!

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  39. Dear Mersad,
    i like your home . . . so beautifully decorated for Christmas.
    Particularly delightful is the sweet little dog,
    I would like to hug him time ;-)
    Greetings from Germany

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  40. Looks warm, festive and inviting Mersad, elegant also! Beni looks like he has the right idea snuggling there :)

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  41. Looks warm, festive and inviting Mersad, elegant also! Beni looks like he has the right idea snuggling there :)

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  42. Beni does the same thing as my Jack Russel pup. Snuggling under the covers is her favorite way to spend some time.

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  43. I really like your Christmas decorations and that little corner with the tree looks so inviting. I just found your blog and your photo meme - looks good!

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  44. Looks like Beni is waiting for that chicken to roast! Lovely holiday photos, Mersad.

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  45. Beautiful and festive photos! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  46. Great tips on the poinsettias, Mersad! Your home certainly looks merry and bright - nicely done!

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  47. Your house is beautifully decorated for Christmas.

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  48. The living room looks so dreamy. I love the vividness of the colors in these photos. They make the pictures look so alive it feels like I'm in your house.

    I agree with you. Though we don't have winter here, I love the cold season as well for it gives me the opportunity to enjoy getting cozy. Perfect temperature for curling up, reading a good book and drinking hot choco or tea. :)

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  49. So pretty... and I bet your little dog was happy to have you home

    mollyxxx

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  50. Festive aspects, cosy and joyfully atmosphere, too!

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  51. Wonderful photo's Mersad... i wish you lots of indoor fun and very happy time this winter.

    Have a nice abc-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫

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  52. Do you accept house guests? :)

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  53. Your home looks very warm and inviting! Funny how your dog likes to be under the blanket... our chihuahua does exactly the same thing!

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  54. looks like those bulbs should be in a Christmas catalog.

    ROG, ABCW

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  55. Have been enjoying your travel photos but it's nice to see a bit of the "homebody" you. Love the tree and your chair looks so inviting. My darling little (English yellow Lab) Tegan sends a Christmas "woof" to your Beni and I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  56. Your dog is such a cutie! Love his shot. All the others are beautiful too.

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