December 14, 2012

Cool Stuff I Like

I guess technically, I have three trees this year. Does this little guy up on the mantel count? I added more snowflakes on him. I guess this tree is now a 'him'. I'm going into cooking mode. I've been trying to wrap as presents materialize, so that I'm not left with it to do right at the end ~ although that's kind of fun, to wrap them all in one fell swoop, while watching something holidayish. Or even non-holidayish. A couple of years ago at this time is when I got sucked into watching 'The Vampire Diaries', because there was a marathon of the first season going on, and I got hooked. Switching gears: I have a problem. NO idea what to get for my mother. Or my father. They are IMPOSSIBLE to shop for. Neither one of them drinks tea. So my go-to gifts are out. Which is why I usually just give them pictures of Julia. My step-dad is easy, he likes any kind of treat. What do you guys get for your folks??

COOL STUFF, lots of treats!

Meyer Lemon Snowball Cookies.

Love this Winter Stamp Set.

Washi Tape Ornaments. (I can't believe how easy and cute these are!)

Christmas Candies & Cookies.

Just found a vintage recipes blog!!

'Ruby Red'. 'Sapphire Blue'. My new YA fun reads. I bought the sequel, that's how much I liked these books, after reading the first one from the library. But now I have to wait for the last book in the series! grrrr.


Glitter candles.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

Powerful Princesses for Boys.

DIY Christmas lights.

This ham and cheese tart is fantastic, I've made it several times! (and prolly linked it in a Cool Stuff post already and forgot)

Cool Book of the Week:  My friend Katy (she's the clever lady behind these dolls, and you can also see her writing here) just told me about 'Finding Christmas' by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson. She said it was BEAUTIFUL and made her tear up in the store where she saw it! I hopped over to my best friend Amazon to take a peek and it does indeed look lovely, several pages of it are available for preview viewing. A little girl is searching, searching for the perfect gift for her baby brother, without success, until some assistance from Santa comes her way....

Have a LOVELY weekend! We'll be gingerbread-house-making! Andrew's family has a massive house making session. You can see last year's party here. And gingerbread cake making. And eating. Seems silly to make and not eat.


(Image credit of 'Finding Christmas':



    I think that one merits a great deal of internet shouting, don't you? I want to make that cake right now.

    And the ham and cheese tart... goodness! :)

    1. I do, I do want to shout about it!!! I kid you not -- my heat started beating faster when I saw it. I'm bummed, I should have put it on Pink Sparkle Fun, my poor neglected pink blog. :)

      Oh that tart! -- Michelle, I've made it twice and it is fantastic, I'm making it for Christmas Eve!

  2. We're getting my mother-in-law a digital picture frame and my mom we're getting one of those cases to put on your ipad to protect it a bit more from the kids when they are playing with it so it doesn't get destroyed!

    1. LEANNE. You are BRILLLIANT. I love that idea! And guess what, we have one that we're not using! I'm going to load it all up with pictures of Julia and give it to my mom! Such a great idea!! I'm stoked. Thank you for the suggestion!

  3. Frist off, thank you so much for linking to my blog. It's so nice to meet you. Secondly, I love your background image--it's fantastic. I feel like we're going to be great blog friends. :-)

    Thankfully, my parents are easy. I buy my mom cute vintage-y things and I just buy my dad stuff I would buy for myself (well, within reason!). Don't tell him, but I found him an antique black-and-white transferware porridge cup that has an image of a cockfight on it. It's insane and wonderful and I could totally keep it for myself. My grandparents are another story all together. They're not collectors like my parents and they're the kind of people who, if they want something, they'll just go out and get it. I'm still working on my grandpa's Christmas present.

    1. The pleasure is ALL mine Lauren!! So excited to have found your bloggy! Your grandparents sound like my parents -- the other day my mom was talking about some cookbook and how she bought it for herself, and I'm like grr, this is why you're not getting any presents!!

      I've now decided I need porridge cups in my life. :)

  4. I have no idea what to get my parents--but I did buy my dad some chocolate covered star cookies from trader joes...this is as far as I have gotten so far.....which is not good. I think photos of cute darling grandchildren are always a good thing. :)

  5. That book looks lovely. My mother is easy, and done, my dad is not. Still waiting for inspiration to strike. The washi tape ornaments look like they'd be fun to make.

    Much to love you and yours!

  6. Love! Heading over to Amazon myself to pick it up for a friend who just had a new baby boy (who has a big sister). If I can't muster up the courage to read it to my own kids, I might as well give it to a postpartum mama, right? ;)