Tag: holidays

Hinterland, Week Nine: Have a Mary Christmas

Hinterland, Week Nine: Have a Mary Christmas

Remember back in October when I said I wanted to chill the heck out and enjoy November? It took most of the month, but it really did happen last week. Not surprisingly, it happened on its own terms after I had mostly forgotten about it, and long after I tried to make it happen myself.

(Isn’t that true about all of the things, all of the time?)

There were several factors that made last week so enjoyable, but one of the nicest parts was that it didn’t feel rushed. It usually feels like December arrives before the apple pie … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Eight: So The Hulk walks into Old Navy…

Hinterland, Week Eight: So The Hulk walks into Old Navy…

If you are a person who grew up in a place, and you left that place, and you come back to that place for things like holidays, you might have noticed that you are capable of becoming the actual Hulk.

This is true by definition:

Caught in the blast of gamma radiation, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner is cursed to transform in times of stress into the living engine of destruction known as The Incredible Hulk.

Times of stress? Living engine of destruction? Home for the holidays.

No matter when you return, home can be an alternate reality of sorts, … Continue reading

Links to peruse while you’re waiting for fireworks

No surprisingly, they are all food-based. But really, it’s a holiday weekend.

Or really… it’s a weekend. Or any day in my life.

1. Fire Roasted Catering

How much do you want these guys to cater your 4th of July gathering this weekend? Just look at that pig! Oh my word!

2. S’mores on Repeat

I know this went live last year…but I’m still in love with these s’more recipes. Should you need more variety, here’s a list of 26 s’more recipes from Brit & Co.

3. Trader Joe’s Cold Pressed Juices

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Non-News Flash : A Christmas Bucket List Update

Non-News Flash : A Christmas Bucket List Update

Things that have happened:

1. I (re)made fudge!


The first time was a fail. Too thick, and terrible impulse decision making (don’t put whole caramels in fudge). The second time was better, but I overcompensated. The fudge wasn’t quite thick enough to set all the way and the caramel sauce I made was a little too thin. But really, we’re talking about a mixture of sugar and chocolate and sugar. There is no bad in that.

2. I took real pictures!

Christmas Collage 2

3. I sent Christmas cards!

I have to tell you that Red Stamp saved me from sending out … Continue reading

A Mini Christmas Bucket List

A Mini Christmas Bucket List

Christmas 2013 Collage

I love Christmas like no other. And this Christmas is rushing past like no other. So I’m preventing January from arriving unannounced and sans yuletide cheer with a little Christmas to-do list!

1. Send Christmas Cards

I love sending Christmas cards and gifts. Like, loooooove it. But this year, I’m going to looooooove getting anything out in the mail. At all. Because this Christmas is less wrapped-with-love-and-twine and more Lightning-Round-GO!  So if you do not receive any sort of Christmas greeting from me this year…you’ll know that I failed on this initiative. And know that I wish you a Merry … Continue reading

And That’s When the Cops Pulled Into Our Driveway

And That’s When the Cops Pulled Into Our Driveway

Originally posted here on December 25, 2011

Last year’s Christmas story featured some classic Mom antics. Trust me, she had her moments this Christmas as well. (At church: Me – “Who’s that?” Mom – “Yes, I’m excited about the rolls, too!”) But this year, it was all about the police and marijuana.Don’t worry, the two are not related. This story doesn’t end in prison.First, we’ll start with how we all awoke this morning. It was kind of like a poem. But kind of not.

We set our alarms for 7am. I was up at 5am because I’m ridiculous and still

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