Category: holidays

yes, i bought another one

ok.  ok. 

so, i have a slight problem with resisting those cute mugs at starbucks. 

i know. 

i know! 

my cupboard is already overflowing…mugs and glasses pressed against the cupboard door…

hoping not to fall out once someone opens the door. 

i know already!! 

but i did it. 

i couldn’t resist. 

it had been a mug that i had seen before the holidays.  loved it.  wanted it. 

so cute with names of the special holiday drinks printed on it. 

nice and bright and cheery with it’s red inside. 

today, my hubby & son took me out-of-town shopping and there i saw it. 

sitting in the basket on the floor. 

shouting “here i am!  over here!  i’m even on sale!!!!!” 

well, that’s all it took. 

i reached in. 

scooped it up. 

held it in my cold little hands while i waited in line,

so proud to place it on the counter. 

as if it had been waiting for me. 

(it could have been my caffeine-induced stupor….2 venti (that means large for those anti-starbuck people)  non-fat caramel macchiatos BOTH with an extra shot of espresso….but that’s beside the point….) 

(extra fun shopping day!  Christmas money to spend at Archivers & Target!!!! soooo dangerous!!!!) 

hope your saturday was as fun and caffiene-filled as mine was!!!! 


not as much

took down the tree tonight.  mainly by myself. 

of course. 

taking down the tree, 

as opposed to putting up the tree, 

is not as much fun 

or exciting… 

enjoy your weekend!!!


resolutions to consider

Today’s Christian Woman had a great article today, suggesting 5 Resolutions to Keep. 

  1. to reach someone who doesn’t know Christ
  2. to become a grateful person
  3. to spend more quality time with my spouse
  4. to say “no” to something!
  5. to pursue Christ with fresh vigor

i hope that your 2008 has been full of God’s love & grace and that next year will bring much of the same!

best biscotti e.v.e.r.

oh my. 

this is the best biscotti i have e.v.e.r. tasted. 

my new sister-in-law gave it to me as part of my gift, in our secret santa exchange. 

she knows how i love coffee….  

boy, these are amazing!!!!!  

it’s like a big brownie with chocolate chips in it. 

reallllllly good!!!!!  

i am planning on begging her for the recipe.  soon. 

hope your Christmas was filled with family and friends and the blessings of Christmas.

…twas the night before Christmas…

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

baby, it’s cold outside

it is COLD outside!  whew!!!  after church, we picked up subway & starbucks and came home to our warm home!!! 

my sunday scrappin’:

this is my layout for today’s december daily.  (you can see more scrappy things on my flickr)  

…this week i’ve made gift tags, layouts for my december daily and a gift….

i made these crackers today.  

flaxseed and onion crackers, by martha stewart

they were easy and are quite tasty!

that’s about it!! 

Christmas is almost here!  can’t believe how fast december has gone! 

lots to do tomorrow. 

better head to bed. 

braven’ the crowds

whew!  they are out in droves today! 

spent most of the day Christmas shopping… 

i really don’t mind the crowds.  i’ve always loved this time of year….the crowds don’t bother me. 

20 years ago, i used to work retail at toys-r-us and i looooved this time of year!  it was sooo busy! 

the hustle & bustle of the crowds.  the Christmas music playing in the stores. 

i love it. 

also made some handmade gift tags. 

here’s a glance (below). 

still working on my december daily.  you can see it here.


oh whatta great day!  

my hubby took the day off so we could spend the day together. 

it was the best!! 

Christmas shopping. 


wrap’n presents. 

driving around looking at Christmas lights (tonight with son & dog). 

it was a truly enjoyable day…..i am really blessed to have him as my hubby!