Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Under the Weather

My brother's girlfriend gave me her cold for Christmas.  I'll probably survive thanks to my new electric blanket.
Serta Ultra Plush Electric Heated Micro-Fleece Blanket
I really don't know how I survived so long without one.  And yes, I'm 100 years old.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Years Treats

Champagne Cupcakes
Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Friday, December 23, 2011

We'll Be Home For Christmas

Tonight we're leaving the big city for the perfect Christmas at home with our family and friends. We'll be arriving in style.


Or maybe more like this.

Nope, this will definitely be us.  Minus the cute car.

I'm wishing you all a very merry Christmas!  I hope you eat lots of cookies, enjoy the lights and festivities, and find something unexpected in your stocking!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Today is the first day of winter.  I hate the winter.  Except for maybe, this one week of the year.  Snow is only good if Santa is around.  I'm not going to complain about today's 60 degree temps, but I would love a little of this for Christmas day...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sugar Pie's Christmas Wish List

Sugar Pie asked Santa for lots of pie and beer this Christmas.  Her two favorites.  I've expanded on her list, just a bit.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011


This is what my weekend looks like.  Cute outfit not included.

I'll be making these, in order of importance (to me).

Russian teacakes are the reason for the season, in case anyone is wondering.  I make mine with crushed walnuts and roll them in not 2, but 5 coats of powdered sugar.  They are deadly if the sugar is inhaled, but totally worth the risk.  If they're not your favorite, stay away.  No other cookie can really compare to the teacakes, but the lemon bars and peanut butter blossoms accent them nicely.  Next up, the standard chocolate chip cookies.  This is a new recipe for me.  I'm always disappointed by homemade chocolate chip cookies, but I have high hopes for these.  I've never made the chocolate crack cookies, but I don't see how they could possibly be bad.  Definitely worth a try.  Thumbprints are a Christmas staple, like sand tarts.  Unfortunately, I won't be making sand tarts, or anything else that requires rolling.  Ever.  Back to my thumbprints.  I'll be using homemade strawberry and peach jams.  Now these last two, the stump of my Christmas, cookie, tree pyramid.  The oatmeal raisin are my parent's favorite.  I think they taste like forest floor with raisins.  And those weird globs?  Those are butterscotch haystacks.  They were a request by my brother's girlfriend.  I hold no hope for them.  I'm planning to bake double batches of each, maybe a triple batch of the oatmeal raisin.  Oh deary me (and Mom's kitchen).

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Santa's Workshop: Last Minute Christmas Crafts

I love making homemade gifts, especially for kids.  Here are some of the many gifts I've made in the past.  Click on the links for easy tutorials!

DIY monogram mug