Southern Holiday

What a fun week this has been. Seeing how everyone is celebrating Christmas! Something short and sweet (and spicy) tonight. Here is what is going on outside!

Santa on the red door.
Santa on the red door.
My neighbor has red ribbons on the pretty green wreaths
My neighbor has red ribbons on the pretty green wreaths.
This is my sister, Tammy's house north of Denver, CO a few years back. If you look closely, you can see the garland on the front porch railing.
This is my sister, Tammy's house north of Denver, CO a few years back. If you look closely, you can see the garland on the front porch railing.
After dark, the reinder appear!
After dark, the reindeer appear!

I have more shots to share but, I’m trying to space them out this month. I’ll probably end up at the end of the month with dozens I didn’t get posted, ha, ha!

A little outdoor red for Outdoor Wednesday with A Southern Daydreamer and Rednesday! with It’s a Very Cherry and today’s lagniappe is a great idea for Crockpot Wedneday with Dining with Debbie.

Today’s Lagniappe: Slow Cooker Jambalaya
A little Cajun lagniappe tonight. For visitors who may wonder what a lagniappe is, it is “a little something extra.”

1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
2 medium celery stalks, chopped (1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups chopped fully cooked smoked sausage
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper sauce
3/4 pound uncooked peeled deveined medium shrimp, thawed if frozen
4 cups hot cooked rice

Mix all ingredients except shrimp and rice in 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low heat setting 7 to 8 hours (or high heat setting 3 to 4 hours) or until vegetables are tender.

Stir in shrimp. Cover and cook on low heat setting about 1 hour or until shrimp are pink and firm. Serve jambalaya with rice. Note: This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.

Serve with Tabasco for those who need a little more fire.






19 responses to “Southern Holiday”

  1. Mama Bear Avatar

    Pretty pictures. I copied the jambalaya recipe. I think that would be something good to make for New Years Eve.
    Mama Bear

  2. Chris Avatar

    That jambalaya recipe looks great–I always make it with spicy Cajun sausage since it’s so easy to find down here in southern Mississippi. Plus if you don’t have spicy jambalaya you just ain’t GOT jambalaya! Happy Rednesday!

  3. Myrna Avatar

    Beautiful decoration Pics ! I love your Santa wreath!
    Merry christmas !

  4. Cass at That Old House Avatar

    LOVE the Christmas house bling!

  5. Mary Avatar

    I love the Christmas photos you pick to share with us today. They are quite festive. Have a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday and have a great time during the holidays.

  6. Jane F Avatar

    Christi, so nice to hear of your NY connections and thanks for stopping by. Your sister’s house has great lights. The ones around the top of the porch look terrific. — Jane F

  7. LaVoice Avatar

    Loved your outdoor features today. My son used to live in Littleton, CO and your sister’s house reminds me of it. Thanks for a great post.

  8. JLS Hall (Joysweb) Avatar

    Your sister’s house is lovely, and I love those reindeer! The Jambalaya recipe sounds wonderful, and much easier than some I’ve tried – I might have to dig out my slow cooker and try this one, too. My hubby would definitely need to add more Tabasco, though!

  9. Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut Avatar

    I love seeing everyone’s decorations and the feeling of Christmas all around in blogland today. Lovely photos and that jambalaya looks nice and easy! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Sheila Avatar

    Christi… I enjoyed your outdoor tour, and I know I will enjoy trying that lagniappe! Thanks for the jambalaya. I’d rush right over if you have a pot! I haven’t eaten today, and it’s afternoon! Argh! 🙂

    Happy Outdoor Wedneseday…


    Sheila 🙂

  11. Kim Avatar

    Oh I love looking at houses with all their Christmas decoration specially at night. They make me smile! Thanks for sharing!

    My Rednesday

  12. RobinW Avatar

    Pretty reds! Love all the pics. I’ve always wanted reindeer…someday!!!
    Have a great day!

  13. Sandi Avatar

    Lovely reds, Christi. Your sister’s house is wonderful at night! Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  14. Claudie Avatar

    You don’t have any snow? Of course I didn’t look to see where you live… we have a nice dusting of snow all around. It looks so pretty.
    Love your outdoor reds.
    Happy Rednesday
    Love Claudie

  15. SueLovesCherries Avatar

    Your front door looks so cheerful and inviting! I love wreaths and garlands on houses, too!

  16. Sherri@lavenderfields Avatar

    Your sister has a beuatiful house and at night it looks so Christmasy! Love the garland on the railing! Hope you are having a great week! Sherri : )

  17. Claudia@DipityRoad Avatar

    Darlin– your link you posted on Susans’ Out door Wednesday goes to your blog.

    I was persistant and tracked you here… lovely post I might add.

    But wanted to let you know.

    Have a wonderful week.

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

  18. Sandy Avatar

    I love the house photos too…..I love all of the trees behind your neighbors house, I bet that is awesome in the summer!

  19. Carol @ Old Glory Cottage Avatar

    I love that picture of your sister’s house at night! About an hour ago my husband agreed to try and take a picture of our house at night, but not tonight because it’s sleeting right now! That jambalaya sounds yummy, except for the red pepper sauce. Can’t handle anything spicy!
    Happy REDnesday!

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