Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah

by Valerie | 12.18.14 | Holidaze | No Comments »

weekend haps

Drawing Rally

We started our weekend with the MOCAD Monster Drawing Rally on Friday night, which Ryan participated in. And Sunday was a flurry of Christmas shopping and Christmas present wrapping for us; Ryan kept saying, “How did it get to be [insert time here]?!?” We still haven’t made that peppermint bark we bought everything to make weekend before last. But we did get our gifts all wrapped and boxed up to ship out, which was a task in itself. Our trip to the office supply store for shipping materials devolved into me laughing uncontrollably in the middle of the aisle as I mispronounced packing peanuts in Spanish (“cacahuete”) while an employee asked us if we needed any help; do I need any help…yes, I think I was way past the point of helping at that moment! By the end of the weekend, I think we all felt like Melody in the photo below…with my sock placed on top of her head (not that she seems to notice or mind). I’m looking forward to settling down for a long winter’s nap myself soon!

Wrappin

Put a sock on it!

by Valerie | 12.15.14 | Around town, For Funsies, Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

poinsettia

Poinsettia

Did you know the Aztecs used the sap of these plants to control fevers (during the 14th-16th century)? While we will not be using our poinsettia to control any fever, we will be enjoying the color and cheer it brings to our home this Christmas! I was not surprised to learn that there are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias available today; and I really enjoyed browsing several of them and picking this one out because it looked so interesting with the speckled bracts.

A few holiday-related things that had me laughing this week…

by Valerie | 12.11.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

weekend haps

Strawberry Pancakes

A few things that always make me happy are…Christmas, flowers, our dog Melody, lattes, and pancakes (not necessarily in that order, but you get the idea)! I’ve been feeling icky and Ryan was very nice and made me strawberry pancakes for breakfast this morning. Lucky me – because while eating my pancakes, I could also enjoy the fresh, Christmasy flowers I put together and our sweet dog, Melody, sitting near the Christmas tree. I just love these porcelain photo ornaments with personal, family photos on them – the one below is of Ryan as a little boy with his Dad…so sweet!

Ornament

Hydrangea & Hypericum

Melody

by Valerie | 12.07.14 | Around our home, Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

giving thanks, part II

Thanksgiving 2014

I know this is a bit belated (I caught a bug and was feeling under the weather last week and I’m finally feeling myself again), but we enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Low, warm dinner lighting doesn’t make for the best photos of food, but it was all so delicious! I am so thankful to have such an amazing husband, who is not only the best partner I could possibly dream up but also an amazing cook. It was so nice to have our dear friends Michael and Jennifer join us for Thanksgiving dinner (and bring along that delicious apple crisp to share – yum!) with Ryan’s Mom at our house. I hope you had a wonderful, delicious Thanksgiving filled with good memories as well as good eats!

Brussels Sprouts

by Valerie | 12.07.14 | Around our home, Holidaze | No Comments »

weekend haps

Frankenmuth, MI

We’ve had a jam-packed week/weekend of fun activities with Mom and have enjoyed her visit over the Thanksgiving holiday! We did some serious shopping on Tuesday, went to a Pistons game on Wednesday, cooked and enjoyed Thanksgiving on Thursday, a little shopping in town on Friday and decorated the house for Christmas, Frankenmuth (and Bronner’s) on Saturday, and brunch followed by the DIA on Sunday. I think after all the excitement, I could sleep for a solid 24 hours!

Frankenmuth, MI

deck the halls

by Valerie | 12.01.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

giving thanks, part I

Thanksgiving Flowers

I have so much to be thankful for! I picked up these lovely flowers (alstroemeria, tulips, and rosehips) and enjoyed putting them together in this birch bark container on our dining room table, in preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow. And I had enough leftover for this sweet little arrangement of rosehips below too. We are so lucky to be able to spend our Thanksgiving this year with family and friends in our home. I am counting my blessings and giving thanks for loved ones near and far.

Rosehips

by Valerie | 11.26.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Spatchcock?

Thanksgiving 2012

Above is a photo of our Thanksgiving table from two years ago; one of the things I love about owning our own home is that I can now easily access, use, and enjoy my mother’s china for special occasions like Thanksgiving. I love setting a pretty table – with candles, flowers, and special linens, silverware, and china! I am looking forward to this while we have my mother-in-law visiting for Thanksgiving this year too. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Below is our Thanksgiving menu:

Turkey (breast and dark meat, prepared with a dry rub and grilled)
Buttery Basil and Black Pepper Mashed Potatoes (a.k.a. “Mama Talbott’s Mashed Potatoes”)
Gravy
Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Shallots
Cornbread Stuffing with Onion and Celery
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Deviled Eggs
Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream
Rolls

And in preparing for Thanksgiving, now just three days away, here are some fun things you might enjoy browsing:

by Valerie | 11.24.14 | Holidaze | No Comments »

#winterainteasy

our view here this morning...

The photo above was taken looking out our guest room window this morning… And, on that note, I’ve come up with a plan to help us make it through another Michigan winter, more for my own amusement than anything; I’ll post things that happen (or silly things that Ryan says/does – this happens more often than not!) in relation to the winter and the cold weather with “#winterainteasy” so that I can keep track of them throughout the season. Things like this…

  • I just witnessed Ryan unlock his cell phone by entering the passcode with his nose.
  • Ryan just mowed the lawn (in his shorts) in the snow…

In other, non #winterainteasy news, we saw some pretty spectacular skies last week, picked up some lovely holiday greens from the farmer’s market (I love my boxwood wreath!), and were able to tackle a good house cleaning in preparation for Mom to arrive this Friday.

Sunset 11/10/14

Holiday greens

Holiday greens

by Valerie | 11.17.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | 1 Comment »

weekend haps

Leaves as big as yo face!

“Leaves as big as yo face!”, some lovely flowers from Pot & Box (see photo below), daylight savings time, Target is partnering with Faribault Woolen Mill, and it really did snow here on Halloween…

I’m already planning for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays; doing my best to get a head start on Christmas gift shopping and thinking about what we might do to entertain family visiting over Thanksgiving. I have quite a few Halloween and Christmas movies, but not so many Thanksgiving holiday movies as they seem harder to come by. Any suggestions on some good Thanksgiving films?

P&B

by Valerie | 11.03.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | 2 Comments »

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