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Christmas Time is Here

8 Dec

What? You knew it was coming. Actually, I’m a little behind (we haven’t even put the tree up!).

I tried this new thing in the fall, where I made a list of the fun, autumnal things that I wanted to be sure and do during the season. It wasn’t a long list, but just writing them out helped me to be more intentional in how I used my spare time. This season, to step it up a little, I’m going to share my list (a la Ashley of Our Little Apartment). I’ll also revisit them at the end of the season to see how I did (and hopefully share some of the experiences). I really want to enjoy special St. Augustine (and family) traditions this year, since next Christmas it’s very likely we’ll be in a different country.

So, 2011 Christmas Goals…go!

1. Make Homemade Marshmallows (anyone have recipe suggestions?)

2. Enjoy a treat at Gaufries & Goods

3. Watch White Christmas (Yup, I’m a cheeseball.)

4. Make our Christmas Cards

5. Decorate our house

6. Make some simple homemade ornaments

7. Craft as many handmade gifts as possible

8. Bake Tres Leches Cake (for New Year’s Eve)

That’s all I’m going to aim for–since December is already partway through. Here’s to some cozy nights of holly jolliness!

Have a Chill Holiday

20 Dec

our wooden Christmas tree

Our little wooden Christmas tree that Mr. Jones made last year

I can’t believe Christmas is on Saturday! I still have quite a few things to check off my list before we head up north for the holidays. We’re driving to Pennsylvania to spend Christmas with my family and I’m really excited. I haven’t been up to PA to see my mom’s side of the family in two years, so this trip is long overdue.

I’ve been listening to tons of Christmas music this year, thanks to various mixes and the discovery of some great albums (like A Very Rosie Christmas by Rosie Thomas and Oh, Blue Christmas by A Fine Frenzy). So, in the spirit of Christmas giving, I wanted to share the holiday mix I made when a friend and I decided to do a Christmas mix swap a couple of weeks ago. Enjoy it while you finish up those last presents, pack up for holiday travel, or just chill out by the fireplace.

Have a Chill Holiday

Track Listing:

1 :: Winter Weather, Peggy Lee & Art Lund
2 :: Cool Yule, Louis Armstrong
3 :: Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frank Sinatra
4 :: Winter Wonderland, Bing Crosby
5 :: Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, Frank Sinatra
6 :: Joy to the World, Sufjan Stevens
7 :: Baby, it’s Cold Outside (Arp Remix), Dean Martin
8 :: Oh Christmas Tree, Charlie Brown Christmas
9 :: Christmas is Coming Soon, Blitzen Trapper
10 :: Last Christmas Ohbijou
11 :: 12.23.95, Jimmy Eat World
12 :: River, Rosie Thomas
13 :: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!, Sufjan Stevens
14 :: Winter Song, Sara Bareilles
15 :: Christmas Don’t Be late, Rosie Thomas
16 :: Blue Christmas, Bright Eyes
17 :: I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Yesking Remix), Billie Holiday
18 :: What Are You Doing New Years Eve? (Mangini vs Pallin Mix), Ella Fitzgerald
19 :: Let’s Start the New Year Right, Frank Sinatra
20 :: Next Year, Baby, Jamie Cullum

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Real Food Thanksgiving Round-Up!

24 Nov

Taking a little break from the Simple Real Food Goal series, this week I wanted to spotlight some of the incredible Thanksgiving recipes that have been floating around the web. Hopefully this will help those of you who are still trying to figure out what you’re going to serve (or bring) for tomorrow’s big meal. Just looking at all these recipes is making me really hungry (and excited to cook tomorrow)!

Happy Thanksgiving!

cinnamon applesCinnamon Apple Chips from Real Food Tulsa

Spaghetti SquashSpaghetti Squash with Maple Syrup and Shallots from Pioneer Woman

Cranberry SauceEasy Cranberry Sauce from Frugal Granola

Green Beans With Bacon Vinaigrette
Green Bean and BaconĀ VinaigretteĀ from Real Simple

Wild Rice PIlafWild Rice Cranberry Pilaf from Naturally Knocked Up

dry-brined-roast-turkeyDry-Brined Roast Turkey from Use Real Butter

molasses custardMolassas Custard from Nourished Kitchen

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