Archive for the ‘holidays’ Category

For the past several weeks my excitement had been building about our Fourth of July vacation. Some people jet off to exotic places for a summer trip, but I couldn’t wait to spend several days in Valley Mills — population 1,203 — where we attended the annual Barnett family reunion, went fossil hunting, worked on our croquet games, and generally didn’t worry about what time it was. I baked a cake and specifically left my computer and makeup at home. It was exactly what I needed.

And of course, I carted my camera around with me. Such fun.

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More pictures of food? OK!

I forgot to include these in my Christmas post. Chocolate-covered pretzels, plus my gift basket for Noble’s fam:

Homemade hot cocoa mix, biscotti mix and chocolate-covered pretzels, plus a couple of Christmas candles. (:

And a couple of goodies from last week:
PW’s tequila-lime chicken. The flavor was actually a little much for me on its own, but in tacos with rice/beans/pico it was fantastic. Super easy, too!

I made these peanut butter/chocolate crispy bars as a New Year’s Eve treat for work. For the love of all that’s good in the world, stop what you’re doing now and make some. Chocolate + peanut butter = best. combo. ever.

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It’s 2011!

When I started posting pictures to briefly recap Christmas activities, I realized that the majority are of food, primarily the apple pie I baked for our Christmas dinner. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1. I play Santa on Christmas, so I was too busy handing out the presents to take pictures of everyone opening them; 2. I was so darn proud of my first pie from scratch, I just kept photographing it. I went the non-lattice route so as not to be too ambitious on my first try … maybe next time. (:

So here’s the food, plus a couple of misc. shots (the boys decorating ornaments, our Christmas table). Happy New Year, friends!

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I’ve brought some Christmas cheer to my desk at work.


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It’s been a crazy busy couple of weeks. Here’s our lovely Thanksgiving, which my sweet familia celebrated mid-afternoon because I had to work that day.


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Well … we just couldn’t wait. Decided to start decorating this weekend so we could enjoy them longer. 🙂

Happy holidays! 🙂

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Friday = first peppermint mocha of the season.

I don’t go to Starbucks much these days, but I just love it when they break out the red cups. Peppermint mocha in a red cup = holiday season, and I LOVE THE HOLIDAY SEASON! I’m dangerously close to putting out Christmas decorations, but I’m going to wait a couple of weeks. If I can hold out that long.

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