Friday, December 02, 2016

what I'm liking, Friday

candy cane kiss cookies

Merry Christmas! This is my absolute very favorite time of year, the lights, the love, the family, all the feelings in the air. It's everything! I especially love that Hazel is so into it all too. She loves the lights, the Christmas tree, and Santa! I'm already enjoying all these fun things we've been doing with her, I love seeing the light in her eyes. 

Here are some recipes I want to make this December, all Christmas-y of course:

The cutest Santa strawberry, seems like it might take a while to make, but sooo cute. 

All these cookies because it's not a real Christmas without them.

They call it Polar Express Hot Chocolate so I really have to try it. 

You could also do this with brownie batter since I've already listed so many cookies.

Growing up these have always been called bon-bons and I can't call them anything else, but they are so much a tradition that it's something that has to be made!

What are you planning to make for Christmas? Any traditional Christmas treats?


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

the best Christmas movies to watch this season

The best Christmas movies to watch this Christmas season.
Tis the season to watch all the Christmas movies. But seriously, am I the only one who is making all kinds of new traditions this year? With Hazel starting to understand what is going on I've been trying really hard to get in the spirit of each Holiday and find ways to explain everything to her.  The true meaning and all that kind of good stuff. 

So, if it's a new tradition you're looking to start, or if you're just looking for some good Christmas movies to watch I've got your list: 

01. It's a Wonderful Life
02. A Charlie Brown Christmas
03. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (fet. Jim Carrey)
04. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
05. A Christmas Carol (2009)
06. The Santa Clause
07. Home Alone (1, and 2)
08. Miracle on 34th Street
09. Original Christmas Classics
10. Holiday Inn
11. Elf
12. A Christmas Story (1983)
13. White Christmas (1954)
14. The Polar Express
15. Frosty The Snowman
16. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
17. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
18. The Night Before Christmas (1993)
19. Arthur Christmas (2011)
20. One Magic Christmas (1985)
21. Jingle All the Way (1996)
22. Mickey's Christmas Carol
23. Deck The Halls
24. Christmas with the Kranks
25.The Nativity Story 



Sunday, November 27, 2016

a condensed version of my weekend

Sometimes I like to take to the Internet and dump/share/brag about my weekend and my life. This time around is far overdue. 

Just over a week ago Brand returned home from a service trip to Tonga-dental service that is. He had a ton fun and hasn't stopped talking about it since, and I don't blame him. That week Hazel a I kept ourselves as busy as we could, we played, ran errands, visited the children's museum, and spent a lot of time outside, because if there is one thing that will make Hazel happy it's being outside.  Brand's homecoming was nothing short of sweet. Watching Hazel run up to him, as he walked out of the terminal exit, squealing on her way over, was probably one of the sweetest things I had seen all week. 

Last week Brand had off-Thanksgiving break. And so we hung out with him most of the time. Again, we spent our time trying to keep our days filled because we have an oh-so-very-active Hazel-or so we've been told. We played at the park, went on our weekly Target trip to look at the toys, I'm not the only one who does that am I? We made treats for cousins, watched movies, and spent some time at a few parks. Hazel loves to people watch as you can see below, she's very sneakily watching the little boy go down the slide. 


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