Goodbye December…

December is one of my most favorite months of the whole year, and I am usually quite sad when it’s over. I’d say January/February is my least favorite time of the year, not that I hate those months…it’s just the excitement of December is over. The things I love most about January is the feeling of a fresh start and feeling relived to put down the Christmas cookies and have a nice salad detox. My mother-in-law also gives us way too much fudge every year, I am so thankfully there is no fudge in January!!
I love all the million of things going on in December, and the excitement. We went to The Maryland Theater to see The Nutcracker this year, it was really beautiful. We went to a new-to-us tree farm to cut down our tree this year, and had a great sunny day for it. We failed a little with our advent calendar, but that some times happens. When Christmas started getting real close and the kids were out of school, we all just sort of forgot about it..whoops!
This month’s crafternoon was a fun holiday themed extravaganza, and I had fun all month long thrift shopping with my sister. I’m really gonna miss finding vintage Christmas goods as most of the thrift shops around us do not put out holiday items year round. One shop even told me they were glad I was buying the vintage glass ornaments because they throw them after after Christmas (kind of killed me a bit).
I got some really lovely thoughtful gifts from my sweet friends and family. Thomas found that huge Annalee Mr. & Mrs. Claus for me and since we had to take his car to my sister’s on Christmas Eve he snuck them into my car to keep them hidden for the night. Sean made that cute little print next to the couple (he really needs an etsy shop I think)
I had really good intentions of taking photos of the handmade stuff I made for gifts, but I never got a chance. Just scarves, hats, blankets, a quilt, pj pants (the great old standby!!), some baby blankets, a few little plush items, a camera bag, and a bunch of Blythe clothing. Every year I tell my self I’ll start earlier on the handmade gifts…but it just never works out that way. Still, next year will be different right?

Christmas Morning

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I hope everyone had a lovely holiday, no matter how you may celebrate. Thomas had off for four days in a row, starting with Christmas Eve and that was the best! It started snowing Christmas Eve day and we headed to my sister’s in the mountains and it was scary, but we made it and the snow stopped before we started the drive back home. We woke up to a white Christmas, and it was the first real snow we have gotten this winter.
The animals got some new gifts but all Miss Biscuit wanted to do was get into empty boxes, and Sirius was obsessed with the cat’s catnip mice over his own toys. Then in the afternoon we went to Tom’s parent’s house for a third Christmas with too much food, presents, and watched some family slideshows. I’ve been spending the snow days sewing clothes for my Blythe dolls. I gave my sister her very first Blythe for Christmas and her enthusiasm has me digging out all my doll stuff. It’s just much more fun when you have someone else involved. There has also been a total end of December-clean-out going on over here. Yesterday we decided to start to pack all the Christmas stuff up (early for us). Then we went through all our books and cleaned out more for donation. This week we are getting rid of one big Ikea shelf, and our old dining room table. We are hoping to have some one come and check out our house in January to see about getting a woodstove installed. Our hope is they can somehow utilize the old chimney, but we will have to see what the experts say.
I’ll be back soon with some photos of all the fun gifts I got this year. We’ve got another snow day today! Huge snowflakes have been falling for the past couple of hours and Kurtis left for his senior trip to the Bahamas on a cruise from Baltimore. He was pretty excited about New Year’s Eve on a cruise ship.

Baking Day

Tomorrow is our big baking day, we have some friends coming over to help (and help taste test of course!) We do a Christmas Eve get together with my sister’s family and instead of a meal we just do desserts. Then on Christmas we bring treats to Tom’s parent’s house. Then of course there are the treats that need to be sent to work with Tom to both tattoo shops, so quite a lot of sweets in all.
1. Tracy Shutterbean’s Coconut Lime Bars: I love that they are bars because that helps with time management, but I also love the flavor combination on these.
2. Sprinkle Bake’s Oreo Stuffed Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies: I just actually saw this post this morning and had to add it to our list because it combines some of the kid’s favorite cookies oreos & crinkle cookies.
3. Sweetapolita’s Misty Mint Peppermint Patties: I’ve had these pinned for quite some time, we are going to do them in pinks & green.
4. Divinity: but we are using an old recipe cut from a newspaper and it’s called sea foam candy.
5. Martha Stewart’s Cranberry Coins: because they look good and I like that they are not chocolate.
6. Sugar Mice: B picked a recipe like this from our Harry Potter Cookbook but I’m going to compare recipes to see which one will be easiest for the kid’s to make.
We are making a few other recipes that are old ones clipped from newspapers or handwritten on index cards including:
Frazer’s cheaters
cherry winks
chocolate thumbprint cookies
soft gingersnaps
Now I’ve just got to make sure we didn’t forget any of our supplies! I’d love to hear what you are baking.