Sunday, December 30, 2012

Mizzou Tree places Second!!

I entered my Mizzou Christmas tree into a tree contest and we received second place!!  You can see the other winners here.  Thank you to Jonquil at A Whimsical Christmas for hosting this neat event!

Second place wins an adorable box filled with Christmas jewelry handmade by Jonquil herself!  Thank you so much!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

As I sit here at the computer, reflecting on this Christmas season, I can truly say that I believe we celebrated Christmas.  In our new home, the decorations were different, the traditions slightly different, but what made Christmas Christmas was my family.  Having them home, enjoying one another's company, made the holiday special.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Eve

Our Christmas Eve has many traditions, such as Midnight Mass, the Santa Sack and getting our Christmas pajamas.  This Christmas Eve, we are branching out and doing something a bit different, we are doing a dinner and a movie, with all the food based on the movie scenes.  The movie?

The first course comes in the shape of breakfast.  Scrambled eggs on top of rosemary olive oil toast with a side of cinnamon bacon and of course, a tiny mimosa!  These dishes are tapas sized, "small plates" and will allow us to have many dishes throughout the movie.

The next course features meatloaf with mashed potatoes with a glass of "milk" (white Russians for us!).

During the snowball scene we will have vanilla cakepops dipped in white chocolate.

When Ralphie and his brother visit Santa, we will serve mini chocolate chip cookies and grown up chocolate milk (Godiva with a bit of cream to thin it out!)

The last course is Peking Duck on sticky rice served in Chinese take out containers.  Served with slightly warmed sake, this is to celebrate the family eating Chinese when the neighbor dogs ruin their turkey.

We don't know if this will become a tradition, or just a fun way we spent our 2012 Christmas Eve.  Whatever the case, I know we will all enjoy being together.  Merry Christmas Eve!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

If and/or when...

Your child asks, "Is Santa real?" and you know it is time to answer...

Santa is checking his list...twice....

Here's a little help for explaining it to your little one:

This isn't the original, but you can find it here at

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Oh What Fun!

My husband and I did so many fun Christmasy things today.  We toured an art museum, then went to see holiday florals on my college campus and ate lunch at a so cute diner...but the most fun was grocery shopping and seeing all this cute things at our grocery store!!

The moral of this story is to be sure and check your local grocery store for fun Christmas goodies!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cookie Exchange

Today I hosted a cookie swap in my new neighborhood.  I didn't know a soul to invite, but found a page on Facebook where the neighbors come together to talk, sell, etc with each other so I took a deep breath and asked if anyone wanted to participate in the swap and I got a few takers!!

Using Facebook made the whole process easier.  First I asked for interested people, then once I knew there was an interest, I created an invite and uploaded it on Facebook.  I created a board on Pinterest for those who said they wanted to participate but didn't have any ideas.  I checked in on the group from time to time.

A couple of days before the swap I cleaned up the house and then I made spritz cookies the night before.  Packaged them up and made a few snacks (I focused on nonsweets) Each swapper brought some to share, so those went on our snack table.

We introduced ourselves and chatted about living in New Town, then tried all the goodies!

We separated the piles and everyone took home a great assortment of cookies!  I know that I want to do it again next year!!

My lovely guests!