Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas, y'all!

Unless you don't celebrate it... in that case, have a great week and weekend and stay away from the crazy last-minute shoppers! Since I do celebrate it, I say it with the best of intentions to readers, visitors, strangers, family, friends and the nations of the world.

DH, the pups and I are heading out, this afternoon, to spend the holiday and weekend with my in-laws. Although I'll have internet access, I plan to focus on enjoying time with the fam!

This is also my 50th post on this little blog and I'm glad to have had the outlet this past year. I'll have time next week to ruminate on the events of 2009 and my goals and hopes for 2010. Until then, Happy Holidays and safe travels!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


The cat is finally out of the bag... my good friend, Allison, has officially* announced her pregnancy. Since we work together and spend almost as much time together as we each do with our husbands, respectively, I figured it out a little early. I kept it a complete secret for her until she told a few key peeps, in person, and now it is common knowledge. We took an exploratory trip to our favorite Good Will store yesterday in search of tops to re-fashion into mommy-style goodness... I think she scored 5 or 6 actual maternity tops, instead. Good thrifty tip, there, especially for clothes that are wearable for just a few months... get 'em cheap and in good condition!

I'm happy and excited for her (& hubby) and want to say "Best Wishes" once again!

*meaning she posted it on Facebook

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Holiday Survey

I saw this holiday survey over on Lullabye Fashion and thought it would be fun to do, myself.

Favorite Holiday Cookie: sugar cookies, just a dusting of sugar does it for me

Favorite Winter Meal: Potato Soup (I'll share the recipe soon)

Favorite Winter Breakfast:
a southern classic, biscuits and gravy!

Favorite Seasonal Hot Beverage: spicy hot cocoa with marshmallows

Favorite Seasonal Winter Fruit:
Apples are the only fruit available/locally grown in NC in December (I checked to make sure)... but I'd have to say oranges are my favorite, because they are a traditional part of our family's holiday. It goes back to my grandparents' Depression Era childhoods and how big a deal an orange for Christmas was to them!

Favorite Seasonal Winter Veggie: I'm a huge fan of sweet potatoes

Favorite Seasonal Dessert: DH's grandma makes awesome pinwheel and buckeye candies; they win out because Christmas is the ONLY time she makes them.

Favorite Holiday Memory: We always spent Christmas Day at my dad's parents' house with my aunt, uncle and cousins. There was plenty of my Nana's cooking and lots of visiting relatives. They've both passed on, but we try to keep some of the traditions alive... the fruit, the food, the family & friends and a little bit of 'mountain dew.' We don't know where it comes from.

Looking Forward to this Holiday: My neighbor is from Germany and decorates her tree with burning candles, like the ones in this awesome photo from 1910.

Your Goal this Season:
To make most of the gifts we give to friends and family. This includes sewing tote bags to fill with local wine, homemade cookies and chocolate bark. :)

Favorite Holiday Song:
The Little Drummer Boy, because I still remember brother K singing it in the pageant in the 3rd grade!

Favorite Holiday Movie (I added this one): A Christmas Story, of course!