Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What I Googled

With each passing year, I wonder more and more...what did we do before Google? My pre-Google life is fading from memory. Here's a sample of today's Googlings:

how to machine wash a plastic shower curtain
pheasant breast recipes
how to remove candle wax from fabric
Colorado snow storm
Aripo's Oak Park

The Christmas Card Reveal!

Tree Of Hope American Lung Association Holiday 5x7 folded card
Create modern holiday cards at Shutterfly
View the entire collection of cards.

It took me a couple weeks, but I finally carved out some time to sit down and design our 2010 Christmas card, compliments of Shutterfly. By the time our friends and family receive them, Christmas (and possibly even New Year's) will have come and gone, but you can't put an expiration date on good tidings of great cheer, right?

Many thanks to Shutterfly for making this year's photo card possible. I can't wait to get them in the mail, send them out with lots of love, and then see them on the refrigerators of family & friends! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Reality

What happens when you marry this man? 

Adorning the buck becomes an accepted (anticipated, even!) part of decorating the house for Christmas.

eat. pray. love.

eat: a hot bowl of oatmeal (prepared using my homemade instant oatmeal mix), fortified with a tablespoon of flax seed meal and a handful of plump raisins.

pray: for colleagues and the situation in Ivory Coast.

love: making trifles. our last small group meeting for the year (tomorrow night) is a potluck. i'm on dessert duty, and couldn't be happier. can't wait to assemble my gingerbread-vanilla-pear beauty!

UPDATE: Here's a pic of the trifle before it's precarious trip to small group (one hand on the wheel, one hand on the trifle) and the subsequent devouring by my appreciative friends.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

First Flakes of the Season

In honor of the first flakes of the season, seen here in Chicagoland yesterday, here's a sweet little reminder of good times from my childhood...Mom coming into my room on snowy mornings and singing, "Here comes Suzy Snowflake, look at her tumbling down..."