December 31, 2011

{T'was the week after Christmas...} Just Relax a Little

One of the Cricut-assisted creations I made to decorate my home this Holiday Season!

T’was the week after Christmas
and all through the dwelling
All the creatures were doing
something they found compelling
Dad drove F1 cars
Mom surfed and repinned
While the animals lounged happily
and if they could have, they’d have grinned
It’s nice to relax
Sit and enjoy one another
Too soon we’re headed back to work
And vacation memories fade darker
So enjoy the here and now
embrace the piles and the clutter
Housework can wait a bit
there’s something to eat smothered in butter...
The New Year is coming
all shiny and fresh
And we're crossing our fingers
that it is bringing us the best!

Hope you've been enjoying spending time with those you love, and sometimes barely tolerate :)
Have a safe and happy New Years Eve!!


December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve is Here Again

The shopping has been finished and wrapped and under the tree for almost a week. I am taking lots of time to sit and enjoy evenings with HOTGI and the animals. Today is Christmas Eve, and it feels damn good to be finished everthing.

He-of-the-Good-Ideas went out earlier "for a drive". Uh huh. A drive. When he got home though, I disappeared upstairs so I didn't see what he was bringing in (I hate spoiling a surprise!) and I have since been banished upstairs so he can go all elf-tastic with the wrapping paper.

Tomorrow morning we'll get up, open the stockings that Santa left and drive to HOTGI's hometown for Christmas Day with his family at his sister's house. I am really looking forward to witnessing Christmas morning for our niece and nephew this year!

Monday, we are hosting my mom, grandma, dad and stepmum for Christmas at our house. We have a Butterball for the oven and a cupboard full of Christmas Cheer and I am super excited. I can't wait to set the table and set out the place cards I made!

I am so glad I am relaxed enough to enjoy everything about the Christmas Season this year.

Let me share you with something that warms my heart:

Happy Christmas to all of you. For those of you that follow my blog, thank you. I appreciate your comments and love to hear feedback for what I am posting. This first year of having a blog has been great for me. I've loved sharing with my readers some things I have cooked and crafted, and I find now when I create something I feel as though I should have a camera at the ready!

There will be another turkey soup made soon and I plan on updating my turkey soup recipe with pictures! Look for some other turkey leftover ideas too!


December 15, 2011

Holidaze Time

Today marks the middle of December. HOW is it December 15th already?

Momma and I went to see The Nutcracker this afternoon, and loved the performance! The grace of the ballet paired with the sensational orchestra telling such a beloved Christmas tale was an awesome part of Holidays 2011.

I thought I was all done with shopping, stores and the amount of people that populate every retail store at this time of year but there always seems to some unexpected thing to go out for. I am pleased with the gifts I've chosen for people and hope they enjoy them as much as I expect they will! I've given one gift so far (a necklace I made for a friend, and forgot to take a picture of before I gave it to her!) and have many left to wrap.

I don't hate wrapping, but I don't really like it all that much. But I love the look and feel and presentation of a wrapped gift, so this season I am a tape and ribbon maestro!

So there's wrapping to do, and gorcery shopping cus' we still gotta eat, a house to clean, a dinner menu to finalize, parties to attend and still try and make sure you get the opportunity to sit back and relax with loved ones and enjoy each other's company.

It's all well and good to get caught up in the frenzy of the holiday season but maybe let it be less about rushing to get to the mall to spend and shop and be more about hurrying to the welcoming home of a friend for a visit.

I'm getting ranty...

I think I need a egg nog Noel Nog (lactose free and tastes WICKED!), or a toasted almond (made with lactose free milk, the idea of drinking cream skeeves me out), or a nice warm buttered rum. Mmmmm

How are you making out this Holiday season? Ready? Nowhere even close?


December 3, 2011

Festive Favourites - Little Drummer Boy

I love holiday music. I love the classics, the standards sung by the likes of Bing Crosby and Dean Martin. To me, Santa Baby is best by Eartha Kitt, not Madonna.

Tonight I watched a video of Winnipeg, Manitoba teen Sean Quigley performing his version of Little Drummer Boy. I am so happy I happened to watch this video tonight. I love the song, I love how he made it modern and energy filled but kept it pure and familiar. Thank heavens for Youtube; I hope he records more!


Awesome right?