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Silver Bells

21 Dec


The Carol of the Bells is one of my favorites (yeah, really, they’re ALL one of my favorites!) and when I woke up today with it ringing in my head – haha! Get it? Ringing…bells…-anyway, I went searching for a version. And there are SO many great ones!

It really was tough for me to choose – but I think one is the best reflection of what I hear in my head when I hear this song

And, today is the first day of Winter so everyone who has hated it getting dark so early, the turnaround has arrived!!


Ching a Di Ching

20 Dec

So, thanks to someone on the Twitters, I will now have this song in my head All. Day. Seriously, it does NOT go away.

Unless you share it 🙂

My Friday gift to you!

Happy Happy Friday before Christmas!! Hope you’re all set for your celebrations – however you celebrate!!

baby friday

Let’s Step Into Christmas, Mkay?!!

19 Dec

Absolutely one of my top five  favorite (secular) Christmas songs!!


Busy work day … time to relax in the kitchen!



It’s The Holiday Season!!

16 Dec

Christmas Wreaths

In addition to starting the Working From Home part of my job – for real this time! – today was also a big Christmas prep day. And that means MUSIC! Today’s song is one that I love to listen to, no matter who is singing it!

The version I’m sharing today is by the fabulous Harry Belafonte and gets to the real point of the Christmas season.

I managed to make some meringue cookies today – one batch had cherries and pecans and another was a chocolate meringue . I had to test them and I approve! 🙂  Also mixed up some sugar cookies for decorating and will probably bake those this weekend.

I’m on the hunt for my mom’s peppermint cookie recipe …it’s in here somewhere!! Its’s a very crumbly cookie with chopped pecans and a filling of crushed up peppermints! 

And, oh yeah, that running thing? I think I’m almost ready to get back on the road and I cannot WAIT!!

Holiday Singalong – Day 2!!

15 Dec

Maybe about 5-6 inches?

So last night we got a big ol’ snow storm (well, a medium ol’ snow storm anyway!). And I also got the tree up and after a VERY much delayed start to my holiday celebrating/baking/decorating I am FINALLY jumping right on it.

After shoveling out today (or, maybe I had someone do it for me…) I ran a couple of errands and now it’s time to settle in and let the smell of chocolate and butter and sugar and nuts and all kinds of other goodies take over the house for the next week.

And when I do my Christmas baking, I like to crank some really random music. Today’s selection includes:

On the “menu” for today is some quick and easy fudge, some not so quick and easy divinity (that I have been wanting to make for the last year at least!) and mixing up some cranberry noel cookies – I first made these a few years ago and they have become a favorite of mine for sure! They are most excellent with coffee any time of day!!

Today’s apron is a favorite from my college roommate –


As you can see, I am not terribly consistent with my apron ironing…

So what do you have left to do to get ready for Christmas??!

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