Sunday, November 23, 2014


I'm lucky that my daughters chose colleges with an adorable mascot. I make them little cards throughout the year and have a fun time playing with the Terrier image. It gives me shivers to think that Allie almost went somewhere with a beaver for a mascot and Ash came close to having a hawk as her mascot.

I found a gorgeous ceramic pie plate at West Elm. Allie makes a fantastic Sweet Potato Pie every Thanksgiving and I thought this pie pan would be perfect for her dish. The pottery is simple, with embossed maple bar finish on the outside and a deep 2.5 inches on the inside. I can almost taste the dish now!
Farmhouse Pottery Dish from West Elm
This little cutie-pie needed a Thanksgiving family recipe for her class and she chose our Cranberry Ambrosia. She called and asked permission to include it in her book and I was beyond thrilled.
Did you know that when planning a "Secret Santa" or surprise Christmas gift swap, you can use a free website called Elfster that will do the organizing and draw for you? My siblings and I used it to set up our gift exchange and it was a time-saver! One person takes on the roll of administrator and enters each participants email address. From there, each participant adds a wish list and then it makes a draw. Easy as can be.
'Tis the season of panettone. It's the Italian Christmas bread that originate in Milan and is domed shaped. The bread is sweet, but not cinnamon bread sweet- and has raisins and candied citron in it. It's a taste that I grew up with and one that I've become very fond of in the past ten years. I am lucky enough to be able to purchase it at department stores, drug stores, and grocery stores here in the USA. I bought a loaf and cut the first slice for my Jon's mom who enjoys it as much as I do.

Netflix picked up Longmire for a fourth season after it was cancelled by the network it was on. It's one of our favorite shows and I was thrilled with the news.

I planned our Thanksgiving menu and scheduled out all the work that needs to be done sequentially. I had a huge list of groceries, as well as things to do. Jon offered to do some pre-emptive shopping with me this week and it was a great idea. It was such a relief to get some things done ahead of time. He's good to me.

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