>A little sap for the holidays

>Hubby and I went to see P.S. I love you last night. I know, I know… I drag him to chick flicks all the time, but this one started at 7 and that was really the time we wanted to go and Juno isn’t on here yet. While it’s a little predictable at times, it really was a sweet and charming movie. I may be a little emotional right now, but I did find myself tearing up from time to time.

I have also found a new guy to add to my list! Hubby told me that since I was now married, the list had to be closed for new additions, but anyway. Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Apparently, he’s been on Grey’s, but I’ve missed him. I don’t use this term much, but he’s hot.

So, if you’re looking for a good cry or a good chick flick, go see it.

>Ready for Spring

>My little purchase at Williams-Sonoma has me ready for Spring! Well, crap. The ones I bought aren’t available on their website. Any way, picture these pot holders, but in a bright yellow, green, and white stripe. I have old ones that have seen better days & I believe caught on fire once or twice. Also, if they are sampling their lemon poppy seed cake with lemon curd, try it. So yummy.

The holidays were busy – my parents leave tomorrow after a week long visit, we traveled to visit Hubby’s family for Christmas, and have been enjoying some time off from work and much needed R&R. We had dinner at one of our favorite Italian places tonight – good bread with olive oil of course, and I enjoyed the smoked chicken ravioli with tomato cream sauce. Yum again.

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>Merry Christmas!

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The packages are wrapped, stockings are hung,and my family is here. We’re off tomorrow for more family & holiday fun.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a New Year full of joy and happiness!

Love,
Susan, Hubby, Zeus & Zoe

>Blogger hates me

>I have a nice little holiday post to share, but I haven’t been able to upload pictures. Hmmmmm.

So, I did remember milk for my cereal today.
I am on the major countdown of 3 days until vacation and I’m hoping that we leave early on Friday.
My parents arrive on Friday as well – first time to see the new house and then we will all travel together to my inlaws (first time we’ve all been together since the wedding).
Cards are mailed.
Some presents bought, but if I can ever post a picture of my tree, you will see that nothing is wrapped & underneath!
It’s finally cold like it should be in December, but of course now it’s fa-reezing and rainy outside.

Hopefully, a holiday post later today.

>White Elephant

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Do you guys play White Elephant? Today is our holiday work luncheon and we have all been asked to bring a wrapped, untagged present. The gift should be something that we already own – nothing that you have to go out and buy. It’s really fun – everyone chooses a number and that is the order in which you choose your gift. From there, you can steal a gift, pick a new present, etc. It makes for loads of entertainment and a few good laughs.

I decided that the wrapping should really look good, so people would really want to choose my present.

The actual gift is a regift… sorry Aunt M., if you’re reading… It’s a Santa shaped cookie jar. We didn’t personally love it, but hopefully one of my co-workers will!

>Menu ideas?

>I’m throwing a little birthday party for Hubby this Saturday. Big 37! Whoo! I’m keeping it simple – heavy h’or dourves, wine, beer, etc. I feel like I need one more substantial dish & another vegetarian/light dish. (Clearly not for Hubby – he’s anti-vegetarian, but for our friends).

Here’s what I have so far…
Paula Deen’s sausage cups – phyllo dough cups filled with a mixture of sausage, ranch dressing, cheese, olives, etc… baked in the oven. Yummy.
Paula Deen’s cheesy shrimp on grit cakes – small grit cakes topped with shrimp, cheese & probably butter. Have never made them, but sound wonderful.
Meatballs – the not so secret, secret family recipe – the sauce is chili paste and grape jelly. Delish.
Crudites – or as my mama used to say, a relish tray
Red Velvet Cake from our favorite bakery
Crack rock aka Cookie candy, a favorite sweet with chocolate, toffee, butter, and sugar

Any ideas? I’m looking for relatively easy and yummy. Please post any of your ideas in the comments and I will happily share all recipes in one collective post. Thanks for your help!

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>This "winterlike" weather…

>Isn’t it wrong that my car thermometer read 80 degrees today? Hello!?! It’s December 11 – it should be cold and crisp and I should be singing Christmas carols. Nope, I was driving around with my windows down hearing Sheryl Crow’s “All I wanna do is have some fun.”I realize it’s North Carolina, but still. So, so wrong!

>I’m becoming one of "those" moms…

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Our Christmas card photo this year is just of the dogs. My mom told me that no one really wanted to see just a picture of just them, but I really don’t think that anyone wants to see a picture of Hubby and I after he’s had the marathon day of raking leaves and yard work, and I have had the marathon day of dropping off a rack full of clothes to the Bargain Box, shopping at Lowe’s, the local nursery/garden store, a trip to two different Target’s, and a visit to Michael’s. Oh, and both of us sans shower!

I thought they both looked particularly handsome and posed very well, until our neighbors guests to a baby shower started leaving, but that’s another story.

Zeus & Zoe wish everyone a Merry Christmas, in advance!

>Channeling my inner Martha

>I have this little craft project that I wanted to do last year, but never got around to it. So, this year, I’ve started collecting….

Can you guess what it will be? Obviously, I need to visit Starbucks more frequently if I want to finish. I feel a grande non-fat sugar free vanilla latte in my future!