Tuesday, December 31, 2019

10 Great Champagne Cocktail Recipes to Make on New Years Eve!

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Good morning! Happy New Years Eve! Will you be heading out this evening to a party, or having your own party? Or will you be staying at home and ringing in 2020? I am staying at home but I will still be ringing in the new year, maybe not at midnight though, we shall see. 

Cranberry Cordial Cocktail

I love champagne cocktails and I put together 10 great cocktails just in case you want to make one to celebrate this evening. 

French 75 From Spruce Eats


































I hope that you have a happy and safe new years eve and a very happy, healthy new year! Happy 2020!



Monday, December 30, 2019

Life Lately




Good morning! I hope that you had a great weekend and Christmas as well. Over the last few weeks I have made 20 gallons of caramel corn, 5 pounds of chocolate almond dragees, 5 gallons of cranberry liqueur, 3 pounds of Christmas granola, hundreds of cookies,  marshmallows, candy and more. We've been to Colonial Williamsburg and Pinehurst, NC to enjoy the decorations, the lights and just to relax. We've celebrated Christmas, opened countless presents, consumed delicious meals and treats. And we have been blessed to spend time with family and friends. It has been a little hectic at times but I have loved every minute of "the most wonderful time of the year" and I am sad to see it end. I am however looking forward to getting back to my routine and am looking forward to all the adventures the new year has in store. 

What have you been up to? Did you enjoy the holidays? Did you travel? Visit family and friends? Or did you relax and enjoy time at home? 

I know that the holidays are a challenge for many and I am sorry of my post(s) were bothersome to you. 

I hope the new year brings you good health, happiness, adventures and whatever else you dream. 

Have a great day!


Sunday, December 29, 2019

Silent Sunday 12-29-2019



Have a great day!




Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Twas the Night Before Christmas




Twas The Night Before Christmas or A Visit from St. Nicholas
Clement C. Moore

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 mama 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!"


Legend has it that if you sit under a pine tree on Christmas Eve you can hear the angels sing. I will be sitting under my tree this evening hoping to hear the angels sing. What will you be doing? 

Merry Christmas!


NORAD Santa Tracker


Good morning and happy Christmas Eve! I cannot believe that tomorrow is Christmas. One of the things that I love at Christmas is the NORAD Santa TrackerAre you familiar with the Santa Tracker?




 It began in 1955 when a local department store misprinted a telephone number to speak to Santa and track his progress on Christmas Eve. Instead the children were calling CONAD, the predecessor to NORAD( the North American Aerospace Defense Command).
Luckily Colonel Harry Shoup was in command because he ordered that each child who called be told the exact coordinates of Santa, and to this day the tradition continues. Just in case you are wondering, this is paid for by corporate sponsors and all the phones are manned by volunteers. 




If you visit the NORAD Santa Tracker web site with your children or grandchildren you can see the countdown to Santa's visit, videos, games and much more. It really is a cute webpage and I think your little ones would like it. I know that my niece and nephew love it!


The holidays are an incredibly difficult time for many people, including the Armed Forces and their families, please think of them over the coming days. I know many bloggers that have children, or family serving and I am sure they would love to know that people are thinking of them and are grateful for their service and sacrifices.  

If you would like to read more about this history of NORAD, click here.
Happy Christmas Eve to you!



Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas Wishes


"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."
~Peg Bracken


Good morning! Christmas is in two days, are you ready?  I am finished with everything; the gifts, the baking, the shipping, the parties, the shopping, and many other little details. Now it is time to sit back and enjoy time with family and friends. 

I wanted to take a minute to thank you for visiting here all year and for your always kinds and thoughtful comments and emails. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and I hope you find yoursself surrounded by the love of family and friends. 

Be safe and happy. 






Saturday, December 21, 2019

Friday Favorites from Rachael Ray, the Food Charlatan, Half Baked Harvest and More

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Good morning! Christmas is in 5 days, can you believe it? I know that I said it before but I cannot believe how fast time is flying bye. I LOVE the holidays, I love the spirt, the happiness, and well, everything about "the most wonderful time of the year," so I am trying my best to savor every moment. 




How are your Christmas preparations? Are you enjoying the season or are you ready for it all to be over? 

I hope you enjoy my favorite finds from this week. 

Food




Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls from Half Baked Harvest would be a scrumptious treat for Christmas breakfast. 




We are having Buttery Almond Braid, and







On Christmas Eve we are making Christmas Pasta, we have made this several times on Christmas eve and we love it. 

Image Comfort of Cooking

Christmas day we are making, Cranberry, Apple Walnut Pork Tenderloin. and one of these desserts.


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Typically we have mulled wine but one of these cocktails from The Ultimate List of Christmas Cocktail Recipes might be good too. 


Articles






Books 



I shared the The Christmas Mouse a few days ago but just in case you missed it I wanted to share it again. You can read it free with Kindle Unlimited. 



A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree Free with Kindle Unlimited.

This charming tale of an overgrown pine always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is sure to become a Christmas classic. With delightful illustrations by wildlife artist Michael Monroe and enchanting text from Colleen Monroe, the birds, deer and squirrel of this story help make their special friend's wish come true.


The Baker's Dozen($2.99 Kindle)


Van Amsterdam the baker was well known for his honesty as well as for his fine Saint Nicholas cookies. He always gave his customers exactly what they paid for -- not more and not less. So, he was not about to give in when a mysterious old woman comes to him on Saint Nicholas Day and insists that a dozen is thirteen!

The woman's curse puts an end to the baker's business, and he believes it would take Saint Nicholas to help him. But if he receives that help, will it be exactly what he imagined?

Find out in this inspiring legend from Dutch colonial New York about the birth of an honored American custom.


Jesus Calling ($1.99 Kindle)

Christ was chosen before the world was made.
—1 Peter 1:20
The Christmas story began long, long ago. Before the angel Gabriel told Mary she would have God's Son. Before the shepherds saw the angels and before the wise men saw the star.
Even before the sun and the moon shone for the first time, before the first cows ever moooed and the first monkeys ever climbed! Before Adam and Even took their first walk in the Garden of Eden, God had a plan for Christmas.
From the beginning of time, God had a plan to save his children. That plan was Jesus!

Curl up with your little ones around the Christmas tree with Jesus Calling®: The Story of Christmas.





"A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas" is more commonly known as A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens in 1843.
This edition is based on the original, unabridged, 1843 edition with the original illustrations by John Leech. 
A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.


Finds



I am in love with this Toile Bedding from Pottery Barn, unfortunately I have no where to use it, maybe you do?


I  think this penguin from H&M is cute. 



And Mia the mouse too! Mia is on sale for $12.95 at Anthropologie.



My favorite plaid shoes from J.Crew are on sale for 50% off, $89.00, just in case you want to wear them for Christmas or New Years. 

That is it for this week. I hope that you have a wonderful, and safe weekend if you are traveling. 


Pottery Barn Finds on Sale!!!

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Good evening! I am sure that you are bombarded with as many emails as I am but I still thought I would share that almost everything is on sale at Pottery Barn. Furniture, Betting, Decor and More is on sale for up to 50% off. 

Here are a few of my favorites. 


Pearson Patchwork Quilt, a great piece for winter. 



I love this Red Toile Duvet!


Tabletop








Decorations









There are so many beautiful things on sale, I hope that you find something you like. 

Have a great night. 


Thursday, December 19, 2019

10 Fabulous Christmas Desserts

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Good morning! How is your week? Mine has been fabulous, lots of Christmas movies, music, Christmas lights and more. I am savoring every minute of the last week of Christmas. 

As you know I have been baking up a storm, but that was all for family and friends. This week I am looking for desserts and treats to make for our Christmas celebration. Even though it is only going to be my husband and I and the pups we will still cook a traditional Christmas feast on both Christmas eve and Christmas day. In my world that ALWAYS includes dessert. 


Cranberry Almond Cake, perfect for Christmas morning and brunch. 

Here are 10 fabulous Christmas desserts that are on my list, I am going to pick two but I have not decided which two yet. 



1. Buche de Noel has been on my list for years but I have never made one. Perhaps this is the year. 



2. Cranberry Jam White Chocolate Cheesecake, is at the top of my list because I have been craving a cheesecake and i cannot eat enough cranberries this year. 


3. This Gingerbread Amaretto Chocolate Tart from Lazy Cat Kitchen is gorgeous! 



4. Red Velvet Cake from Saving Room for Desserts, you can never go wrong with a cake. 



5. Pumpkin Spice Cupcake with Eggnog Frosting from Mama Loves Food, some for me and some to share with the neighbors. 



6. My husband loved eggnog, so this Eggnog Custard Pie from Life Currants is at the top of his list. 



7. Gingerbread brownies with Eggnog Frosting, covers all the holiday bases, chocolate, brownies, eggnog, and gingerbread!






9. Pumpkin Cream Eclairs from Valentina's Corner are an interesting twist on traditional flavors. 



10. Frangipane Mincemeat tarts another twist on traditional treats, mince tarts that look and sound delicious!

What will you be making for Christmas dessert? Do you have a favorite recipe that you always make or are you looking for something new? 

I hope that you have a great day!