Christmas Activities

I love all the activities associated with winter and Christmas time. Unfortunately, I often run out of time and don’t quite accomplish everything I intended. This year I made a solution- a more moderate to-do list. I called it an activity list because that sounds far more enjoyable than “to do list”.

Therefore, I intend to spend my December-Christmasy days being filled with holiday cheer. I will spend way too much money on lattes. I will spend way too many hours and too many yards of ribbon wrapping presents. I will deal with the hassle of pine needles on my living room floor. I will drag my husband into the freezing cold in far too few layers in order to get a pretty picture. I vow to spend my holiday as I wish and sprinkle glitter on top of all of it!

What are your Christmas ambitions?


Give Thanks

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I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday!

I hope your holidays are filled with joy, fabulous food, and good company.

Pack My Suitcase

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Not very often do I get bit by the travel bug, but lately, all I want to do is sit at a cafe in Paris eating a baguette and drinking coffee. There is just something about that city that makes me want to jump on a plane and just go.

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I just picture Paris as this magical place where people are happy and wander all over the place just because the city is beautiful; that they ride cruiser bikes everywhere and that there are outdoor markets on nearly every street; that they just sit and eat pastries and drink coffee all day long. That just sounds wonderful to me.

Breathe Glitter

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Over the last few months I have become glitter obsessed. Glittery items should probably have their own board on my Pinterest account. However, since I don’t, they get mingled in with everything else- therefore, every area of my “dream” life is covered in GLITTER.

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How do you incorporate glitter into your life? I have tried to be somewhat conservative with the glitter since I live with one heck of a hunk, but I haven’t completely been banished from using glitter yet. So far glitter has invaded two pairs of shoes and a set of cardboard letters in our living room. I would say I am still practicing at least a little bit of self control.

Spicy Potato Hash

I didn’t know a thing about cooking when I got married a year and a half ago. I loved the Food Network and eating, but I couldn’t do a thing in the kitchen. But I was determined to feed my husband incredible food.

The summer we got married I learned a lot about life, and a lot about cooking. One of the first breakfast dishes I learned was Pioneer Woman’s Fried Potatoes. I loved the crunch of the slightly burnt potatoes and the sweet taste of the  burnt onion mixed within.

Since that summer I have played with her recipe a bit to make my own version– Spicy Potato Hash.

Spicy Potato Hash

3 russet potatoes, chopped
1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
1/4 tsp onion salt
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, chopped

– preheat oven to 400 degrees. spray cookie sheet or foil with cooking spray, or olive oil.
– bake potatoes, onion, and onion salt for 20 min. stir once after 10 min.
– heat skillet to medium high, saute garlic until golden.
– add potatoes and onion, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, red pepper. fry for 10 minutes.
– stir every 3 minutes. let potatoes rest in one spot so they get crispy
– serve with toast


Survival Guide

I’m a wimp. A real weany. I’m also a bit of a cry baby.

When hubby asks for a a night away with the guys I’m more likely to offer steak for dinner for a week than say yes. I don’t like to sleep without him. (interpret like as I will cry for hours and hours and not eat and live off lattes if I have to go a night without him.)

Well… Thursday I told him he could go have a little man’s retreat for a night this weekend. Tough choice. I’m working on the whole self-less thing. I decided it was time to grow up. Put my big girl panties on and let him go. He left this morning.

I knew in order to survive his night away I would need a plan. A really good plan. One that would keep my mind and body occupied for 36 hours.

The plan was to go to Target, Barnes & Noble, and JoAnn’s to shop and browse to my hearts content, all the while holding a steaming vanilla latte in my hand.

What actually happened? Well… I did a little homework. Then tried to put myself together to go to the store, tried to bribe my mom with Cheesecake Factory leftovers to come see me, text my man, try to drown myself in Pinterest. All around fail.

Plan two. I think this one will do the trick.

Survival Guide Staples:

Thin Mints. The little Girl Scout dropped them off earlier today. They may or may not make it through the weekend.

Leftovers from the Cheesecake Factory. Cheesecake, pasta, and fried mac & cheese balls. All are necessary.

Starbucks. Lots and lots of Starbucks. The festive cup helps too.

Magazines. Helpful for aiding your mind in wandering away from the lack of husband at home. I just pretend I can decorate my home how ever I want and lose myself in that.

Favorite chick-flicks. Highly necessary. Even if they only serve as background noise to some crying.

The last staple- my mom. I guess my bribing worked. My wonderful mommy is coming to stay with me for the night because a night alone just sounds unbearable. Mom’s know how to fix things. I think she also gets out of working too… that may or may not have been part of her plan.

With my staples in hand, I think I can make it through the night. Wish me luck.

Just Can’t Get Enough

I love brownies. They’re rich and gooey and just plain fabulous. Amen?



Happy Tuesday.