November 23, 2012

Cool Stuff I Like

Are you still eating?? What did you eat? Pie? What kind of pie? I would very much like to know about what kind of foodings you all ate. Do tell! Do share! Guess what happens this weekend? My orange Halloween lights come down and my awesome Ikea multi colored star light strand goes up. I would link it but it appears to not exist on the website, however if you're in a store, in the lighting section, and you see a strand of star-shaped lights called 'Kilometer' ~ that's what I got and I LOVE them and I'm kicking myself that I didn't get two.


COOL STUFF I found this week, while eating pie:

This blew my mind! Never heard about this way of hanging lights on a Christmas tree.

Spice Infused Simple Syrup.

I linked to this Fairytale Cottage Advent calendar last year and I'm doing it again b/c it's FLIPPING AMAZING!

2013 Caravan of Dreams Calendar.

Elsa Beskow 2013 Calendar!!

If you aren't holiday shopping at Cost Plus World Market, you are missing THE BEST holiday everything-awesome source.

This cake. Oh my. And the photography! Took my breath away.

More advent calendar coolness. I think we'll just do our standard candy-in-the-window calendar, but this DIY advent calendar is simply amazing, as are Kate's ideas on what to use as gifts and treats.

Aaaaaand, this advent calendar garland. SO CUTE!

Darling Holiday paper chains from eeBoo.

Hearty Potato Leek Soup.


Cool Book of the Week: Books. Lately I've been covering series of books, haven't I? I didn't think I would be writing about the 'Mrs. Piggle Wiggle' books by Betty MacDonald (and so charmingly illustrated by the greats Hilary Knight and Maurice Sendak!) for at least another year. But Julia discovered them on the shelf and wanted me to read them to her and I did, and she LOVES THEM. Well duh. Because they're amazing! And she's been trying to read a few chapters herself!

If there is anyone unfamiliar with these treasures, I'll give a very quick rundown: basically the nicest lady in the whole world who is also magical, gives advice to parents on how to deal with their kids who have Tattle-itis, who are Never-Want-to-go-to-Bedders, who are Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Takers, who are Interrupters or Whisperers or Headless Breakers...you get the gist. These books were some of the DEFINING BOOKS OF MY CHILDHOOD. You simply must have them. A set of the entire series would be the best gift! 

Have a lovely weekend! Who's doing any Christmas decorating this weekend? Anyone? Just me? I'm just doing a little bit.

~Melissa

17 comments:

  1. My daughter's teacher is reading them Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle at school - I'm torn between feeling sad that I didn't get to read it to her first, and happy that her teacher has good taste in books. :)

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    1. I felt the same exact way when J's teacher read them James and the Giant Peach this fall....:)

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  2. PIE. I made a homely but amazingly yummy pumpkin pie this year. I used the Martha Stewart crust recipe, which tasted delicious, but I'll admit, my crusts are UGLY. My grandmother made chocolate pecan and apple pies. We were in pie heaven.

    I tried vertical stringing once. We, um, got them more tangled than ever.

    I love the Elsa Beskow calendars. I hate not having my employee discount this year, so I can get first crack at the calendars. Pouty face.

    Just when I think my Advent calendar is cute and pretty, I see some like the ones you posted. So lovely!

    I hope to decorate today! I want to go to an art show this evening, so I'm hoping we can fit it all in. The hubby's job keeps him on call, and since he had to work after dinner yesterday, we're hoping he has all of today off. :o)

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    1. I only have one from Ikea and sorry Ikea but it's NOT CUTE ENOUGH -- I need another one. Or four. :)

      choc pecan......i want. homely pies are the best pies. taste wins over prettiness!!!

      xoxoxoxo

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    2. oh yipes. perhaps I WON'T try that way of hanging lights!! :0

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  3. Oh yes, I ate way too much yesterday. I am still full!!! We had pecan pie and a yummy carrot cake (it was also my step-dad's birthday and that is his favorite). I am totally decorating for Christmas today. My tree is up, the mantle is decorated, fairy lights have been hung around my kitchen window, and next we will decorate the front door with garland and more lights!! I cannot wait to see your Ikea lights! Happy decorating!

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    1. WOW, wow wow! you are speedy on the ball!!! It sounds amazing, all of it!!!!

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  4. I am stuck at home since the birth of my little girl but hubby went to the traditional family potluck and brought home yummy pumpkin pie, turkey and all the trimmings :)

    Love your posts as usual! You always show cool stuff I never would have find otherwise!

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    1. you had your baby???!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! To the new cherie!!!!!!!

      Tried to leave a comment on your blog but the internets are not working for me right now :(

      SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! xoxoxo

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  5. I loved those Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books when I was a girl. I'm betting Miss C. would love them too. As to pies, my brother and his wife brought marionberry pie. YUMMY!

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    1. MARIONBERRY -- one of my very favoritest pies!

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  6. Am I eating? Let me tell you...I am very talented at eating! I cook to eat ;) We went to my husband's family for the holiday, but I sweet talked my daddy into smoking a turkey breast for me on his smoker! So we've been eating that and I'm putting away the pecan pie at a record pace! Love that stuff!
    And yes....I've been decorating. I just put up an obscene amount of garland. But it was on SALE....

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  7. Hey there! Just now catching up with the world of blog- I've been feeling off all week and got totally plowed over by life in general + holiday extravaganza. Have I ever told you how amazing it is that you post every weekday? It's incredible. I just read each post from this week- loved julia's turkey costume and that store ... when I go to Hawaii someday I must go there! some day.

    AND I have NOT seen the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. SO, I will just have to get that set right away! :)

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    1. Incredible you say?? Mr. Andrew calls it C-R-A-Z-Y! :)

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  8. In a rare moment of magic, I just checked and my library has all of these piggle wiggle books! I'm so excited I can't stand it! thank you!

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    1. oh YAY!!! we've been reading them for the past couple of weeks and Julia just can't get enough!!!

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