Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Favorite Reading Time Of The Year!

I love the days after Christmas...for's the perfect time to read!

Finished's the second book I have read in this series. It continues an event that happened in the first book and I love that! Love Detective Tony McLean! Love his cat!

I am just about to start this...after we finish binge watching The Christley's...and after we watch The Maze Runner! It's a coming of age novel!

Just fell in love with these...Cuddl Duds? Does everyone in the world know about these except for me? They are warm and cozy...the fleece ones...but not too warm!

This one is just a stretchy one...but still warm and can wear them over anything...even pajamas. I love they are all 30% off with a code WINTER 30!

Off to read and watch movies!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, December 26, 2014

T'was The Day After Christmas...

We are all mellow...presents are stacked in boxes...out of the way...for some reason I always do this...I love leaving them in their cozy boxes for days!

My new Santa is settling in quite nicely!

I love the back of him, too! A local artist makes these and Santa brings me one every year.

Finished this...soooooo good! I read the first was really good, too. The essential character is Brigid Quinn PI and she is amazingly dysfunctional and quirky. Her new husband is an ex priest and she has two much loved but unnamed Pugs. The books are clever, smart and witty. I love them!

The that the plural form?... I made were delicious but I failed to comprehend how big they were and how many they would make. I had two of these baking dishes filled...they were so huge that only four of them fit in the dishes! There were three steps but they were not difficult...I had to make the sauce, make the filling and make the shells...which were really crepes. I probably won't make these again for!

Reading this now...another mystery...

Den is out raking leaves...amazing to us at this time of year!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Cookie Situation Just Got Better!

Ok...Den took care of the absence of cookies by buying almost homemade ones from a great little artisanal food store near us! Plus I bought salted caramels from Whole Foods...dark for Den and milk for me...and we are set...pizzelles and apricot, raspberry and nut melt in your mouth cookies...there is a name for them...Kiffles? I put the butter away for the very last time!

I just saw blurb about cookies on our local news channel...apparently there is a shop in Philadelphia that sells only cookies...people were in line at midnight to get them! That's what I am doing next year...or even better I will send!

I am calling on my Italian roots and my mom and my grandmother and making homemade manicotti tomorrow...the kind that you have to make crepes recipe is sort of from my sister and sort of from Epicurious.

Our holiday card this year!

We fought the crowds at Whole Foods and we are set for the next few days...

Happy Wednesday/Christmas Eve!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Still No Cookies...Unless...

Unless you count a box of Trader Joe's fashionably impeccably dressed and PC Ginger People? I even put them in a tin...actually I guess they aren't dressed...sigh!

But putting them in a tin before we give them to the birds should count as a festive gesture? Shouldn't it? I wonder how many times I can soften and unsoften butter...

Finally finished this book...this was a book filled with the most irritating characters...making horrible an annoying way...this book just might have made me outgrow least for a while...I hate hate hate not liking a book...but this one? Reviews on goodreads were either a one star or a five star...seriously. Sad...very sad...

Reading this...really good...but I think it's YA ish, too!

The girls and I came downstairs very early this morning while Den slept the sleep of a boy whose Broncos football team let him down last night...we turned on Tree Number 1 and watched The new fave show!

Coffee, kitties, a cozy blankie and 1 1/2 ginger way to start the day!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Short & Sweet

Still reading both of these...really good but too intense for this time of reading brain wanders as I read...thinking of a million other things...

These just came from publishers, NetGalley and Edelweiss...

I have everything ready to make cookies and I keep looking for the best recipe but I think I am just going to make the one on the bag...hopefully...

Dinner is from Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert...and it's called Roast Chicken And Mustardy looks good and is really easy!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Shopping Really Early!!!

We were at Nordstrom's in King Of Prussia at 8:30 this morning...Christmas shopping! I can't see straight right now! But...we were home and in comfies and done by 12:30.. For's almost better this day of torture...and then we are done!

Pottery Barn has some beautiful ornaments...always on sale at this time of's one of our holiday year we bought...
Santa Dressed In White!

Bird With Green Vest!

Squirrel With Green Sweater!

And Red Sparkly House With

And three new festive plaid pillows! I am snuggled with one now under my furry throw.

Panorama of the trees...

On our way home from King Of Prussia...the bread ladies were baking we stopped for the best French bread ever...made with a slightly salted was still warm...and they gave me a free brownie for fixing their money...these ladies are amazing...the brownies are from an old family recipe and so good...they bag them and sell them for a $1.00 each...we try to keep a small supply in the freezer at all times! When the flag is out...there is fresh hot bread! Everybody runs in and gets bread on the honor system!

Happy Sunday!