:: Time to trim the tree ::

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The past year certainly had it's challenges to be sure, but on the whole, there was so much to be grateful for: family, our friends near and far, an exciting career path, great co-workers, good food, a beautiful home, yoga, books, Starbucks Holiday lattes, my health, creating, and everything else that is good in this world. 

After over-indulging in some yummy food, watching a Christmas movie and enjoying some real quality family time, it was time to go home and get busy bringing out all the boxes of ornaments and lights and decorations of all kinds with which to decorate the home and trim the tree. 

It's a tradition to put up the tree the weekend of Thanksgiving. To be honest with you...there have been times I have even put it up earlier. We enjoy lots of new appetizers, {everybody brings at least one} we try a couple of new drink concoctions, and invite the kids and grandkids over to participate. 

We play lovely Christmas music... it's a lot of fun and one of the many traditions that I really look forward to each year. Plus, don't you just love the subtle glow the lit up tree adds to your room? 

 Have you begun decorating for Christmas yet? Do you put your tree up right after Thanksgiving 
(like I do) or do you wait till later in the month?


:: Weekend Recipe...Peppermint bark ::

{Super Easy and a real holiday treat!}


  • 12 oz. of high-quality white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
  • 5 regular sized candy canes, crushed up
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract


1 Break up peppermint candy into little pieces. Melt the chocolate according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once melted, add the peppermint extract and stir.
2 Pour the melted chocolate out onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and spread out with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle the peppermint candy chunks on to the chocolate and gently press them in with yours hands.
3 Place in the freezer for 5 minutes or until hardened. Break into pieces and serve or store in the fridge in an airtight container.


:: Thanksgiving Thankfuls ::

So much to do, so little time. I am forever checking off things on my to-do list {s} – 
and moving on to the new issues at hand. While this approach helps me to efficiently accomplish my goals, 
an unanticipated consequence is that it can leave me forever staring at,
 and thinking about, all the things I have yet to do. It is like a never ending problem in a way... 
So, I think it’s an important practice to  build into my day a way to reflect on the 
many successes and joys in my life. Fortunately, I think Thanksgiving serves as a wonderful reminder to do this.

The great thing about Thanksgiving is that it’s all about family getting together and sharing the love. 
It’s isn’t about presents and more about presence. With as fast paced as life can be,
it’s nice to spend this special holiday together around the table talking about life and catching up with one another. 


I’ll admit it. I have a soft spot for Thanksgiving.
First, because it’s an excuse for me to bake for three days.
And second, because it reminds me to quit grumbling and start
noticing all of the amazing stuff I’ve got in my life.

This Thanksgiving I am grateful for many things, but to list a few;

1} I am thankful for my parents...they raised me with simple values, consistency and love.
2}  I am thankful for my beautiful healthy children and grandchildren.
3} I am thankful to be alive. And to make each day count for something.
4} I am thankful for the beautiful home I live in, in a safe neighborhood and a cute town.  
5} And lastly, my wonderful new addition to the family "Buddy" our Yorkie dog!

I think at Thanksgiving time, it is quite normal for our thanks and our gratitude to
center around our family, friends, and all our loved ones to be sure. In life, their are
thousands of things to be grateful for, but on Thanksgiving, it is all about family. 
AND food! Don't forget all the food!



:: Pineapple~cherry dump cake ::


1 can (16 oz.) crushed pineapple
1 can (20 oz.) cherry pie filling
1 pkg. butter cake mix
1/2 to 2/3 c. chopped nuts {optional}
1/2 c. butter

Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Dump in the pineapple and juice, spreading evenly.
 Pour cherry pie filling over the pineapple, spreading evenly.
Add dry cake mix evenly over the fruit. Add nuts, then slice butter
and lay all over the top. Do not mix. Bake in a 350 degree oven 1 hour.
My favorite way to eat this is directly out of the oven with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream on top! 


What to wear? watch out!

The fashion police

Let's never pack clothes, I tell you it's just not worth the trouble is it? 
Trying to decide on a new outfit every morning is just way too stressful for 
vacation days. Instead, here's an idea....choose a "look" before you leave. 
And just go with that look during your whole vacation. What to wear? 

Well, that depends on A) your feelings, B) your mood, C) your attitude...
doesn't it? Of course, you can go just as you are right now-no problem at all...
but, it would be much more fun wouldn't it to go as you are not? 

When you wear the kinds of clothes you would never, ever wear at home, 
you will feel quite free to be whatever you desire to be. {You are what you wear}
What does that mean to you? Well, if you are a jeans girl, perhaps a little 
black dress paired with pumps and pearls would be a good choice. 
If you are a preppy little girl-go punk! If you are always perfectly put together, 
be a slob. If you are a complete slave to fashion-perhaps try a beautiful vintage look.

 Of course, on the road, comfort is king, but style is queen-is it not?

What if you didn't pack anything at all? Just shop the sales racks, or better yet-
try a thrift store and go crazy! Be creative! What more can I say-this sounds 
totally fun to me-maybe this weekend I will put this to the test. 
How about you? Wanting to try this? Say yes!


Odds - n - ends....

Some things I enjoyed this weekend besides lots of good hot coffee as it turned sooooo cold outside; 
First; this site; Do nothing for 2 minutes - head here for a 120 second seaside vacation. Your screen 
will fill with a beach scene and you'll hear crashing waves...but, if you move your mouse, the timer 
will start all over again - forcing you to get back to relaxing!

Did I mention what kind of candy I handed out for Halloween? I found the coolest candy at this site;
Japan candyland they sell wasabi Kit Kat bars and othe fun Asian spin-offs of classic snacks and 
candy bars. I ordered maple Kit Kats which were a fall special, but they also have Kit Kats in 
blueberry, aloe vero and yogurt, roasted corn, custard pudding-even soy sauce! 
Also, try the Oreos that come in bar form in flovors like green tea and strawberry milk. Or, another 
favorite I passed out Bubblicious in a flavor called "white soda'-it tastes like minty lemon!

Urbio Vertical Garden

I have been setting up my kitchen wall with this;Urbio I have tons of herbs {which is a lot of work-
they have to be trimmed often} it is really neat, and I would recommend this in any form for anyone. 
Having a living wall is just something I have a great interest in. I'm going to try to grow 
vegetables indoors next.

Next up, look at this interesting jewelry-I find it simply fascinating....what do you think?

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I found it HERE have a look for yourself.




So begins a lazy weekend.....


You heard me right. A lazy weekend. One in which I don't do much of anything at all. 
In fact, I have not made any plans at all whatsoever. I am trying to ask myself; what is
it that I am at this very moment craving the most? That's it. Cravings.  Do you get
them to where you just wish that you could take some much deserved time and do a 
little something that you've been meaning to do? So, what is it that your craving? For me
I think if I really thought about it;

1. Quiet and Relaxation; as in time to simply meditate for a while
2. Tap in to my creativity, get some visual inspiration from something, somewhere.
3. Time for journaling would be extra nice.

4. Time for exercising and also some yoga...underwater? might be fun!

5. Pumpkin pancakes and sausage and orange juice for breakfast today
I think, yes, it perfectly fits the day.

6. Soft music. Time to make a play list of some Autumn and then some winter songs too 

 Well, I certainly think I have enough now to fill today.And not in a bad way either. First, I think breakfast,
then off to work out at the gym. Next, some qualitytime with little Buddy, followed by a luxurious bath
After that, perhaps a yogurt parfait followed by some yoga and meditation. Back at my computer, I will create some new playlists, and while listening to my new creation I will do some creating. Find and work on an art project.Also, time for journaling a little bit, and last I believe for dinner I will whip up a few delicious Quiches. Make a large salad, and a home made soup too. This will go perfect with the bread I may by hand yesterday.

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Perfect. I do believe I have now planned out my perfect day, thanks for helping!
I'll let you know how it all turned out!