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Christmas in Cali

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Its our last day in Pacific Beach with the fam.  Its been a great week of laughing, eating, sunset watching, bike riding, walks on the beach . . . with an excursion here and there.  Here are a few pictures.  Unfortunately, I only have iPhone pictures because our camera is currently in pieces on the highway (that’s a story for a different day :)).  Hope you had a nice week in PA!

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December 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

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See You Next Year New York!

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I’m SUCH a bad New Yorker.  The only Christmas-y landmark I got to see this year was the tree at Rockefeller Center, last night.  The girl who took this picture must have been really cold . . .  and couldn’t keep her darn hand still for ONE second to take our picture – oh well!  🙂

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Thankfully, Candy the pug did a tour of the city and shared it in the video below.  Enjoy! 

See you next year New York!

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December 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

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No, I didn’t forget how to blog…

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Sorry to have been a bit absent from the blog lately.   I’ve been traveling a bit lately, which has been nice because I’ve spent a bit of time with you, Mike and Chet.  I’ve been quilting a Dear Jane that is taking longer than I thought it would (or should!)  I’m trying to finish piecing two quilts that seem like they will never be complete.  I guess I’m trying to say that I didn’t have anything blog worthy to report.  I’m really trying to finish a few quilts because I’m so ready to start a few new projects.

Perhaps one of my next projects should feature the color for next year…let’s just say I had grown fond of tangerine tango.emeraldI had no idea that the color of the year comes with its own adjectives.

This quilt would look at home in your home, although it might need a pop of tangerine tango:dara grayI had to wear a sweat suit this morning…should I expect snow next week?

Thank you for keeping the blog going, Sweetie.

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December 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

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Things That Are Making Me Smile This Morning

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Lots to smile about this morning . . . the fact that I have ONE meeting on my calendar today . . . that I’m leaving for San Diego in three days . . . that its finally sunny and not raining . . . and these videos.

First off, my little niece in her princess dress that Mike and I sent her for Christmas. 

Seriously, that kiss at the end just melts my heart.

Secondly, I’m embarrassed to say this, but I love Kelly Clarkson.  She just belts out her music, it always has some sort of catchy beat . . . which makes her music PERFECT for the gym (the only time I really listen to music anyway).  She was on The Voice last night.  (Full disclosure, I have not seen a single episode of The Voice, but I saw this video this morning from the finale last night and it just immediately put me in a good mood.)

The girl who was singing with Kelly is Cassadee Pope, who ended up winning.  She sure does deserve it, especially after this performance. 

The song she’s singing was written by Blake Sheldon and Miranda Lambert about Blake’s brother that passed away (don’t worry, I’m not a country fan now . . . just wanted to add that color so you know why he’s crying at the end :))

See you in two days!

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December 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

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Tis the Season to be Sparkly

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I somehow got onto Calypso St. Barth’s website last night and was shocked to see what fun sparkly dresses and shirts they had in their sale section!  I guess I just imagine them having flowy, earthy, muted-color clothing.  Well, they certainly stepped it up for the holidays! 

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Love them all, especially the capped sleeve long dress.  I hate attracting attention, though, so I’ll probably continue the tradition of wearing my wedding shoes (sparkly but not “in your face sparkly”!) to our New Years Eve/Anniversary dinner at Mister Parkers.


Along with J. Crew’s Wool Crepe V-neck Dress.


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December 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

Reindeer Feed

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Stacey made this for her housewarming/holiday party last Saturday.  Mike and I were immediately addicted to it so had to make it for the Barron’s party this Saturday.  I’m having withdrawal already so I might have to make it this upcoming Saturday! SOOO good and easy to make.


Reindeer Feed

  • 6 cups Rice Chex® or Corn Chex® cereal
  • 1 bag (12 oz) white vanilla baking chips (2 cups)
  •  1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes (14 miniature, unwrapped)
  1. Line cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper. Place cereal in large bowl.
  2. In microwavable bowl, microwave white vanilla baking chips uncovered on High about 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips can be stirred smooth. Stir in half the crushed peppermint candy.
  3. Pour over cereal; toss to evenly coat. Spread mixture in single layer on cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining candy. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes. Gently break up coated cereal. Store in airtight container.

Maybe this little baking assistant can help me make them this weekend!

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December 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Posted in Dara, Food

Yankee Swap Goodies

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We are heading to Jamestown this weekend for the Annual Barron Christmas Party and Yankee Swap.  Last year we brought silly gifts, which no one wanted, so this year I am determined to do the opposite and bring awesome gifts that everyone will want. I walked around Grand Central’s Holiday Market the other day to get inspired and came upon a Made in Brooklyn store where I picked up some Mike’s Hot Honey (Of course I have to go to Manhattan to find Mike’s Hot Honey!  This will NOT be given away.  I’m obsessed and bet that the bottle won’t make it to 2013.) and a Holiday Sweet Box from the Good Batch.

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Inside that yummy box of goodness are Oat Chocolate Chunk Cookies (oat cookies with milk and Belgian chocolate chunks topped with sea salt), Brown Butter Salty cookies ( brown butter and raw sugar shortbread cookies), King Ginger cookies (chewy molasses and fresh ginger cookie), Mint Chocolate Magic (mint chocolate cookie with mini chocolate chips), Spicy Sweet Nuts (highly addictive blend of salty and spicy roasted nuts rolled in crunchy sugar) and Peppered Peanut Brittle. 

The other little white cloth bag you see there came from another stand at the market called Apotheke, which is a Brooklyn company that makes organic soaps and soy candles.  You can purchase their stuff on etsy.  The candle I ended up choosing was “Woods”.  The only word I can use to describe the scent is coziness.  It smells like you’re drinking hot apple cider, next to a freshly cut Christmas tree, in front of a roaring fireplace.

Maybe I should just stick to silly gifts and leave these two at home?

Happy Friday!

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December 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

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