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Just dropping in

To say Merry Christmas.  It has been an exciting few days with the family.  Enjoy time with your loved ones!



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Friday Five: Christmas Favorites

There are a few movies that mean that Christmas is here.  I am a purist when it comes to holiday movies and music.  Not a single note of music is played or a minute of a movie watched until the turkey leftovers are safely nestled away in the fridge.  But as soon as that happens, you bet I am playing the Mariah Carey Christmas CD and setting my DVR to record the 25 Days of Christmas.  Here are a few movies that help me get inspired to wear red and green!

Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

This is my all time favorite!  Who doesn’t love new toys, the Great Ack, and a young Santa? ABC Family does a Rankin Bass day for their 25 Days of Christmas and I already have my DVR set for this one.

Charlie Brown Christmas.

This was a tradition growing up.  i have it on DVD and it is on the list of things to do this weekend.

Holiday Inn

While this movie isn’t just about Christmas, there is plenty of snow and snuggling and a fresh round of ‘White Christmas’ sung by Mr. Bing Crosby.

White Christmas

This one speaks for itself.  Who doesn’t love a big production to save an old hotel?

The Year without Santa Claus

Another Rankin Bass classic.  While the story itself isn’t my favorite, the song is pretty catchy.  Only listen if you are ready to have a song stuck in your head the rest of the day!

And the husband’s favorite… National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This one is torture for me but I have watched it every year on Thanksgiving night to usher in the new season.

How do you celebrate the Holidays?  Is there a certain tradition that means it’s time to party for you?


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So I’ve seen your Holiday Essentials Guide

And I am completely confused…

Usually at this point in the year, the holiday shopping is done and the cards are ready to be put in the mail.  But we have had a really tough two weeks and I think we are just starting to catch our breath.  And now that we are getting caught up, I have realized that I only have 2.5 weeks to get my list complete.  At least I have my cards nearly ready to hit the mailbox.

Before things got hectic, we sat down and made our holiday budget and that was it.  We grabbed a gift for my sister because she is pretty easy to shop for our first weekend and said we would finish it the next trip out.  So now I am looking for help! If anyone has Santa’s direct number, pass along his number.

What do you get your family for Christmas?  Everyone in our house has a piece of Left Hand gear and I am not making a coupon book of DIY junk…  I want to get them tangible gifts that mean something.  We are looking at some fun gift baskets for those we don’t see all year like this one but the games included are so lame (who plays checkers?) and some night out packages for those who need a date night.  And after hearing this heated debate on NPR, the gift card without some thought is out as well. 

And I haven’t even started on the Husband’s gift.  Definitely want to spoil him this year as he has had some rough weeks but I might just keep my fingers crossed and buy a big red bow for a new car!

With two weeks left, what should we get?

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Peppermint Mocha Brownie Bites with Coffee Frosting

First let me say, Thanks to Xagave for providing the inspiration!  Could really use a vote here!

What I love about the holidays are the flavors. If you put a Gingerbread Latte in front of me, I’ll take it! Peppermint bark, I’m there! So what about putting some of you favorite flavors together. With the help of Chobani and Xagave, I was able to make delicious Peppermint Mocha Brownie Bites with chocolate chunks and agave sweetener. All Organic products here and some healthy swap outs!



Peppermint Mocha Brownie Bites with Coffee Frosting

1/4 Cup Melted Butter

1/4 Cup Chobani Vanilla Chocolate Chunk

3 large eggs

Pinch of Salt

1/2 Cup Flour

1 Cup Cocoa

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

2/3 Xagave Brand Agave Syrup

2 oz Crushed Peppermint

Combine Eggs, Melted Butter, and Chobani in mixer until smooth. Then add Salt, Cocoa, Brown Sugar, and Xagave. Once evenly mixed, add flour slowly. Finally mix in peppermint. Scoop into mini muffin tin with cookie scoop. Fill each section 2/3 of the way full. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Be sure to check at 20 minutes to make sure you are on track!


For the Coffee Frosting

1 lb Powdered Sugar

1 Stick Butter

1 Tsp Vanilla


3 Tbs Cocoa

Let Butter soften at room temperature. Then beat until smooth in mixer. Then add Vanilla, Cocoa, and a splash of coffee. Once evenly mixed, slowly add powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. Pipe onto brownies. Top with a little more crushed peppermint.



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Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Spirit


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Are you ready for the Holidays?

Can you believe that we are less than a month away from Christmas?  As we pulled away from my in-laws house on Sunday, I told them not to be sad because we would be back in less than a month.  I couldn’t believe it.  Almost 2000 miles and 26 hours spent in the car and we are voluntarily doing it twice in a five week span.  I must have lost my mind!

Although we managed to find our rhythm with the drive, it doesn’t make it any shorter, just a little more bearable.  And some of us were able to nap the entire way, both ways.  Lucky dog! The upside to this second pilgrimage is that I get to spend another holiday with my family (both sides this year).

As we are driving and able to pack a little heavier for the holidays, I feel like I can actually put together some fun gifts this year.  We usually stick to small, nearly unbreakable, store bought items.  This year, things can be a bit more breakable and they can also survive a car trip pre – wrapped.  This means it is time to start planning.

While I don’t want to divulge too much in case of prying (read: family) eyes, I will say that I am definitely looking to go more personal this year.  I will be sitting down over the next few days to put some pen to paper on what will finally come out.  I am hoping to be browsing the internet and some magazines to find some great new ideas for the family.  If you have any thoughts, leave it in the comments so I can add it to the ideas list.

Decorating our house should also happen this week.  Since we have moved to Colorado, we have had the family in town on Thanksgiving to help us put the tree together.  This year was a little different and I don’t have anything up yet.  I cleaned up yesterday so that we are all ready to haul out the holly today.  Hopefully when we get home, we can at least get the tree up and tomorrow we can get the few strings of lights outside.  Most of my decorations are pretty non-specific so once they are up, they can stay until the snow melts.

How are you getting ready for the holidays?  Which holidays do you celebrate?


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Happy Holidays!

So after uneventful flights both ways, too many sweets to count, time with family, and a great holiday, the Husband and I have returned home and I am half way through my first day back to work.  It was so nice to be in a place for the last couple of days with no cell phones and little internet connectivity.


We had a blast being with the family.  Two nights were spent with bottles of wine and Scattagories. 

For the most part, we all stay in the same house.  There were a million trips made to the grocery store (no cell phone service) and lots of dog walking (and dog napping).  It’s nice to spend time with family without distractions.

The Husband indulged me and stopped by the Indian Mound and the old state penn for photos.  I have been going to West Virginia for 5 years and I have no photos of either of these places.

I will back in normal mode tomorrow I am sure but today it’s time for catching up and rest.


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