Friday, December 25, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
If only it would snow! We were out and about today without coats. Most of the people we ran into were in shorts and short sleeved tees! We opted to cancel our dinner reservation for tonight and instead have a Seven Fishes dinner at home. So we bought halibut, shrimp, scallops, calimari and cockles! I don't even know what cockles are but at least they are tiny. If you are counting that's only 5 fishes but I have to make a tuna aoli that goes on the toasts and I am counting the entire dish as the 7th fish...my bad! What I am making is really easy...everything goes into the same pan at varying times with a red sauce broth. We will have tuna toasts for dipping!
Here it is!
Dessert is mini fruit tarts from Wegman's! Not this many...we just bought two! And for tomorrow we bought four iced sugar cookies! Mittens and trees! Yum!
I haven't read a word today but I will read later...we went to lunch, I got my nails done, we delivered gifts, we wrapped presents and now we are done...totally done!
Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Seriously? It rained all day long but it still feels and looks and smells very Christmassy...everywhere! My Pier One room spray plus the live tree do the trick!
I found this ribbon at Pottery Barn yesterday...it's thick and wide and plaid and bendable. It was on sale so I grabbed one bundle...I wanted to thread it through the already decorated tree...but...it's in strips! I love it! It can be tucked anywhere because it is so manageable. I used it all over and now I need and want more!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
It is raining and pouring so hard here but it's still hot! It's supposed to be in the high 70's on Christmas morning. The only cool weather thing today was that while we were driving in the rain you could fool yourself into thinking that it was about to snow...it was all misty and foggy!
Every store here is on overload! We drove to KOP to attack Nordstrom's for a few things...it was fun for a bit and then people were starting to get sort of crazed and whiny. I needed to pick up something for our mail lady and my niece and I wanted a new red MAC lipstick and we always go to Pottery Barn and buy ornaments on sale. But we really couldn't wait to get out of there. We wanted to stop at Trader Joe's on the way home but it was so crowded we could not get into the parking lot! So...then...we thought we'd grab a Panera's turkey sandwich...yet another bad idea! It was packed! So we tried a new noodle shop next door but the windows were so steamy from soup sippers and standing room only that we walked out and headed back to Panera's. The roads are a throbbing mess!
We are home now and exhausted! Showered...jammied...wiped out. Plus the one thing I needed at Trader Joe's...yep...that one thing...I forgot to buy! Well...maybe three things!
Just started this book...kind of good!
Monday, December 21, 2015
It is seriously fun to just enjoy this lovely week before Christmas...today we relaxed and read in bed...yes in bed...for a while...with coffee and later Cheerios and berries!
We went kitty shopping and I needed to pop into TJ Maxx for more Jammie bottoms. I scored 4 pair at $9.99 a pair! This is my one and only bargain...sigh!
I bought some festive red hand towels and dish towels, too...and literally spent pennies!
Then off we went to The Whip! Lunch! We had grass fed hamburgers and salads with Stilton Dressing...
We have a friend who works there who made us take home a Sticky Toffee Pudding. Den is heating it up now!
The Whip's tree...we love The Whip at any time!
This weekend I read these books...
This one? OMG...it reminded me and others of an old Alfred Hitchcock thriller...it was amazing.
Reading this now...I will be done momentarily. I love this YA magical mystical character driven book. I read another book by this author and I loved it, too! Her words...her thoughts...just capture me and I want to read and read and not let go. Wink...the magical girl...Midnight...the lost boy...and Poppy...cruel, selfish mean spirited evil Poppy! This book is so good!
Have a beautiful Monday!
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Tree and house are done! Every last bough and bow and Santa and Snowman and Tree is placed and settled only to be moved by Roxie and Lucy weaving in and out of things...everything is inspected by these two except for the big live tree! Lucy sits and cries when she sees a tiny fake bit of greenery! We have to take it down and allow her to "inspect" it...we have been doing this for years!
Just a few of my holiday settings! You can see how much fun it is to weave in and out and knock everything over!
Tonight we are watching football/reading/jigsaw puzzling and having Amish Oven Fried Chicken for dinner...Den is making smashed potatoes...yum! If you have never tried Amish Oven Fried Chicken...you really should! No egg...a little flour or Panko and seasonings...pop everything in a bag to coat and bake in a mixture of olive oil and melted butter...but not too much!