Category Archives: Blogmas

Blogmas Day 14: Favorite Holiday Recipes

I’m super late getting this post up tonight! Thought I’d get it in this morning but misjudged my time.

And then, after work, helping G with a few things, and relaxing, I decided to bake. Whenever, I bake there is a 100% probability I’ll be making a trip to the store. No different tonight.

While I have lots of favorite holiday foods and recipes, just a quick one tonight. For rolls. Or rather buns. These were a staple at any holiday meal at my parents’ house. We often sat while the rest of the meal became slightly cold as we were waiting on the rolls.

After my mom passed away, no one could quite get them right. Still trying but I think I did okay trying to make them last year.

Full disclosure: These rolls are the favorite of my siblings but I’m not as enthralled with them.

 (The recipe comes from my late Aunt Betty, one of my namesakes, her middle name was Jean)

The card above is my mom’s hand written recipe card (I think it’s probably a re-write of her original card). She would sit in the kitchen stirring these by hand in a big mixing bowl. Thinking she would have loved a Kitchen Aid! They go a lot faster when made in one using the dough hook.


Joining in with Tamy over at Chasing My Life for Blogmas along with Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth and Home. And hoping to get all caught up on my blog comments this weekend!




Blogmas Day 13: Wrapping Ideas

Beautifully wrapped presents under the tree are nice. However, since I was getting the “Oh, did your kids help you wrap the presents?” long before I even had kids, probably not going to find too many of those under our tree.

Thank goodness for gift bags! And we do save and recycle our most of our gift bags each year.

Of course, I actually prefer to use wrapping paper and wrap the presents mostly. Amateur looking or not, I do think there is just something special about unwrapping a present.

And I just buy the wrapping paper, whatever appeals to me. For a while, I did try to coordinate it all to sort of match underneath the tree.

One fun “Santa” wrapping idea I borrowed a few years ago….have Santa leave the paper he uses to wrap his gifts with them to be used the following year.  No more worries about having to hide Santa’s special paper.

We also usually hide a couple of unwrapped (small) presents in the tree. I guess sort of like using the Christmas tree as a big green wrap.

Sometimes I try to make up for my sub-par wrapping abilities by attaching ornaments or other small theme-related gifts as the bows.  Or I just add a peel & stick bow and call it good.


Short Blogmas post from me tonight. Be sure to go visit Tamy over at Chasing My Life (where I’m linking my post) for great ideas!  And also, Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth And Home.




Blogmas Day 12: Tag Questions

Thirteen days until the big one! I’m spending this post answering some questions about winter and the holidays Tamy over at Chasing My Life posted on her site.    

Top 2 Winter Beauty Essentials:  

Honestly I’m a bit more beast than beauty in the winter.  I’d definitely be lost, however, without my Zum kiss lip balm and a good lotion.  The type of lotion varies. Today I used Bath & Body Works stress relief lotion for my dry hands. I’ve also been using a Hemp Seed hand and body lotion, a gift from my hairdresser, that I really like as well.

Top 2 Winter Fashion Essentials: 

Did I ever mention how I love summer because shorts and Capri pants are fashionable?  That said, I love a fun sweater.  And fun, warm socks to wear with pants.

Favorite Winter Accessory:

Finger-less gloves with a mitten flap! Best invention ever.

Favorite Winter Nail Polish:

I don’t wear nail polish. Once back when I used to get my nails “done” with the acrylic stuff, she put little Christmas trees on them. That was my favorite.

Hot Cocoa or Apple Cider:

For Winter, Hot Cocoa.

Favorite Winter Candle:

My current one from Aldi, smells just like hot cocoa and cream. I also have a new obsession with Woodwick candles.

Does It Snow Where You Live:

Yes but usually more in January and February than December.

Have You Ever Made A Snowman:

Of course! Also, a snow cat. And many snow forts as a child.

Favorite Holiday Movie:

The Polar Express! 

Favorite Holiday Drink:

Peppermint Mocha.

Candy Canes or Gingerbread Men?

Why not Gingerbread Men using Candy Canes as skis? I love them both!

Favorite Christmas Song:

Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

What Is Most Important To You About The Holidays:

Spending time as a family and with family, traditions, kindness, thinking of others and honoring God by remembering the true meaning of Christmas.




Blogmas Day 9: Winter Wonderland Pictures

Just a quick post today! I think I say that every time? Maybe. Really will be a quick one today/tonight.

No winter wonderland today as the sun shone and it was a pretty mild day after a cold start.

However, a picture popped up on my Facebook memories of my boys helping to clean off the car when they were quite a bit younger.  Not sharing it since I noticed my license plate is visible in the photo!

Decembers around here tend to be on average “green and bright” though not usually tropical warm! I had to go back to 2013 to find snowy December pictures.

However, we had a Christmas blizzard in 2009!

This was the view driving to my husband’s parents on Christmas morning (Incorrect date stamp on photo, I know this is Christmas morning):  Sledding:
We didn’t get any note-worthy December snow again until 2013. My Winter Wonderland photo of “Gingerbread house demolition” prep work.  And it’s gone: 


After 2013, we’ve had a run of extremely green and dry Decembers. Sometimes (like last year) we’ve had bitter cold but no significant snow.

I can’t remember the last time we’ve had so much snow starting after Thanksgiving so perhaps this will be a Winter Wonderland kind of Christmas again.


Linking this post up with the Blogmas posts by Tamy over at Chasing My Life. Be sure to follow along with her! And, don’t forget to go check out Rebecca’s Hearth and Home. She’s doing Blogmas as well.

Blogmas Day 8: Christmas Stories

This topic makes me think of the line in the song, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year:

“They’ll scary ghost stories and tales of glories of Christmases long, long ago”

My favorite Christmas story is the simple, sweet short story by O. Henry entitled The Gift Of The Magi. 

I thought I wrote a post about our favorite Christmas books but I can’t find it. It’s almost time to get out our vast collection of Christmas books again.  And re-read all the stories.  Shared a few of the books with

Plus, add two more books to the collection once Christmas Eve arrives.

Linking up with Tamy over at Chasing My Life for Blogmas. Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth and Home is also writing for Blogmas. Come join the fun!







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