We’ve had quite a bit of snow this weekend; it snowed all day Saturday and it has been snowing all morning today as well. Also, I couldn’t resist putting Melody in this red sweater and reindeer ears – we didn’t leave them on long as she looked so miserable in them, just long enough to get some ridiculous photos. Perhaps the fact that she’ll have some treats in her stocking by the fireplace will make up for this brief moment of humiliation? I like to think so. Melody wishes you a most delicious Christmas and a tasty New Year!
Last night, I enjoyed a most adorable advent play performance in which our friends’ daughter, Averie, played a lamb. The kids were so cute playing the part of angels, lambs, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, etc. I can remember doing the same, when I was a little girl; I even got the lead role of Mary one year, which was a really big deal for me and included a solo performance. Not only was it fun to watch the kids sing and act out the story, but it was also so much fun for me to sing along to such familiar Christmas carols – what a nice way to add some Christmas cheer to my holiday season!
We had some snowfall here yesterday and this is what we woke up to this morning… Beautiful, white, fresh-fallen snow – not much, but just enough to make everything gleam. So today, I put on my warm, green, turtleneck sweater and sipped my peppermint mocha latte while enjoying the view out the window. Hello winter.
We had a fun, busy, Christmasy weekend. We kicked off our weekend with some Midnight Madness fun in downtown Ann Arbor to finish up our Christmas shopping and we stopped into the Old German for a drink and to share their delicious, baked soft pretzels with spicy mustard and cheddar fondue. Downtown Home and Garden had a petting zoo for the weekend, complete with alpaca, goats, sheep, a donkey, and a zebu. The zebu had the best eyelashes! I wanted to get a good picture of the zebu, but it didn’t want to pose for me – oh well, you know how zebus can be. We hosted a holiday brunch at our home on Sunday and really enjoyed having everyone over and sharing such delicious food with friends; Ezra (who shares my love for strawberries – in fact, I’m pretty sure he loves them even more than I do) even showed me the proper way to patty-cake – thanks, Ezra! During our brunch, the snow started to fall outside (it really was perfect timing) and 3 different groups of friends at the brunch were heading directly from our place to pick out their Christmas trees.
I like to have “adventures”, which – for me – can be anything from driving to Ikea to brave the insanity that Ikea can be, to trying a new restaurant, or even taking a hike in the wooded area near our house…and that’s just what we did today. We had an adventure in our own backyard, so to speak. Frozen ponds, evergreens, various plant life, and Melody is an excellent tree stump model – she was really working it!
Happy Halloween! We had a great time carving pumpkins with friends last night. Our neighborhood is a bit of a maze, we live in a cul-de-sac, and it’s supposed to rain all day today – but I’m hopeful that none of this will deter trick-or-treaters from our house. We bought lots of candy and carved 8 pumpkins, most of which are directional arrows to encourage trick-or-treaters to stop by our place tonight. I’m crossing my fingers.
I also made seasoned, toasted pumpkin seeds for the first time and I think they turned out pretty good; I don’t know why I’ve never done that before as it wasn’t too hard (just takes time to separate seeds from the pumpkin guts) – I just rinsed the seeds, patted them dry, placed them on a baking sheet, tossed them in olive oil, sprinkled Miracle Blend seasoning on top, and let them toast up in the oven (oven set to 300) until they looked/tasted done.
Have you seen today’s Halloween-themed Google doodle?
With Halloween (my second favorite holiday, by the way) less than a week away now, here are some fun things for your viewing/listening pleasure:
- I’m looking forward to carving pumpkins just as awesome as those we did last year!
- I enjoy good tunes on a daily basis and Halloween is no exception. You can find lots of Halloween-themed playlists through free streaming radio sources like Songza (my personal favorite) or check out these blog posts on Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge on the subject.
- Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are just way too good… I can’t stop eating these!
- One of my October/Halloween traditions is watching this and this.
- Ornamental Hermit – I find this odd and a little creepy.
- I don’t think I’ve ever seen this video until now…yep, I wasn’t missing much – but I still like the song for Halloween.
What are your Halloween plans, costume(s), treats?
We enjoyed a beautiful hike in the Pinckney Wilderness Area on Friday afternoon. It was a perfect, fall day and the light was pretty amazing as we wove in between the trees within the wooded hiking trails. At one point on the trail, when we crossed over a bridge, we came across some kayakers who were also taking advantage of the gorgeous weather with their adorable dog at the helm.
It’s glorious fall weather here this week and even with the rainy, cloudy day last Sunday I appreciated that it really felt like fall. We met a friend for brunch on Sunday and enjoyed catching up - sometimes you have to remind yourself to stop and smell the roses with your peeps…even when everyone is busy.
I also enjoyed dining at The Lunch Room for the first time (since they moved into a permanent space in Kerrytown), followed by an extra delicious latte at Mighty Good Coffee. I thought it was fun how, instead of using a number for your table, The Lunch Room uses images (like a bird, a stand mixer, etc.) so they can bring out your delicious plate of goodness to the right table when it’s ready.
This is what our walks with Melody in our neighborhood look like this week…I know…crazy gorgeous, right?!?