Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

3...2...1... 
We had the best NYE celebration... complete with noisemakers, beads and party hats and a fabulous accordion player and polka band.  So what if our countdown started at 4 o'clock in the afternoon!  We were rocking the roof off the nursing home - standing room only.  Staff was saying it was the best party ever!

Later, at the house, I made these really good baked pears with brie and pistachios and a delicious filet...

The pup got her own plate.

How cute is this little bud?  XO

We always hold a piece of bread and money when the countdown is happening at midnight and she ate most of her bread before the ball dropped so I only gave her a little taste of the NYE Pretzel. She can't be trusted with baked goods. ;-)

Happy 2015.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

X MARKS THE SPOT
I am a big fan of warm chestnuts... I hate cutting the X in them, though.  I remember being a little kid and watching my dad cut them... fearful he would cut himself. And now, I was thinking what is going to happen when The Dad isn't around? I had this fabulous idea for a contraption that cuts it for you.  I did a little research and found that it already exists.  How on earth did I not know this before now?!? Anyway, I ordered the CHESTNUTTER for the dad (ok - really for me) and it has already been put to good use... starting christmas night when we all took turns using it around the table. 

Probably not the most necessary gadget in the kitchen but, seriously, how awesome is this???

Monday, December 29, 2014

SNOW CUTE
Seriously - cutest Smiley Cookie ever.

I wonder if I can special order not so happy snowmen?  Reminiscent of these guys...

Friday, December 26, 2014

I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS... JUST LIKE THE ONES I USED TO KNOW
I brought Aunt Gloria to the house for Christmas Dinner last night.  I wasn't sure it was a good idea or not. I think it probably added to her confusion.  I ended up getting a call saying she fell in her room later in the evening - she was really shaky on her feet after sitting here for awhile.  She did ok - actually ate!  She lost 26 lbs in the last few months and has been refusing to eat there.  She seemed like she was ok and even said a few funny things but she reminded me of a little kid at the grown up table - not quite knowing what was going on or who she was even with.

When I got to the nursing home to pick her up she had no idea why I brought gifts or, really, what Christmas was...

I told her we were going over Daddy's for dinner and she asked why.  She didn't even make it to dessert before she said she better go back.

It took three of us to get her down the steps. Debbie and I drove her back and Debbie got out of the car and ran in the lobby to grab a wheelchair.  I helped Glo out of the car, put her into the wheelchair and she looked up at Debbie and said - Hi, I'm Gloria - like she hadn't even spent the last few hours with her at the house let alone being in the same car.

What a sad, lonely disease this is.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

CHRISTMAS ACCORDING TO LILY
Christmas morning hot chocolate...

Look mama these are from me...

I'm hungry - I'll start eating this one...

Ok now I'm bored... Can we just play with my old sushi toy?

When can I open MY presents?!?

This present opening business is exhausting!

I'm going to take a nap until Uncle Jimmy gets here!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ELF (NOT) ON A SHELF
This has been a very strange year.  I usually wrap as I go along but I didn't this year - I haven't felt well and I've been working a lot so I just pushed everything aside.  I buy things through the year so it took me awhile to actually find everything downstairs. I'm still not sure everything is accounted for.  I had about 400 Amazon boxes to open that have just been accumulating in the game room, too.

We got home from Debbie's and Lily and I got to work wrapping.  Lily is a good helper but she does get distracted...

By the time I carried everything upstairs and organized it and wrapped - we finally finished at 4 am.  I was cleaning up and walked in the other room and heard a strange noise.  I looked around and couldn't figure out what it was until I glanced over at the gingerbread house where my elf resides.  I saw this...

Turns out that Elfonso, knowing there was still cleaning and cooking to do for tomorrow, was so distraught that he found it necessary to try to leap to his death. He jumped right out of his hat into a sea of dog toys.

Lily, more than likely thinking he was a new toy, gave him pug-to-elf resuscitation and revived him.