Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Well, Christmas was so so fun! Too bad it's over. It takes forever to get here and then it's gone in the blink of an eye! Here are some pictures of what went on over the Christmas season:

This is from Andrew's company party. They had the party at the Capri Condominiums, which they own a few units in. Not sure what Derek is doing here in the picture. See below for what he brought for Dirty Santa:

A mouse

Yes, Derek brought a mouse as his dirty santa gift. It's the small white thing in the picture. He's so crazy.

This is at the Fenwick's house for the annual Christmas Eve brunch that they host every year. Here are all of the girls. The food was so yummy (I stuffed myself!) and it was great to see everyone.

We also went to dinner at the Stoney River. Here is the fam, posing in front of the warm fireplace. I was so cold! I had the swordfish that night- so good!

Here is Gracie at Stoney River trying to work the camera. So cute.

On Christmas Day, we opened presents at the Patterson's. Beth gave me three of my Waterford stemware glasses!! I was so thrilled. I never got all of them when we got married, so I figured now is a good time to ask for some. Slowly but surely, right?!

And the Sadie lady got her a Christmas gift too: a new jacket from her Aunt Amy! Here she is...still kinda wondering what is on her back. Ha!

Here is another goodie (no pun intended) of Sadie's Christmas presents. Her Aunt Amy also got her some canine treats. Sadie loves them. Anytime she hears the sound of plastic opening, she comes running. So sweet.

Andrew and I decided to get Mrs. Beth something "homemade" and "memorable" from us, since she has everything. Soooo....one weekend Andrew and I visited Painted By U, the local paint your own pottery store. Here is a picture of the bowl that I painted.

And here's Andrew's vase for his mom. E for effort?!

I tried to make him do some dots or stripes or something, but he said that was "gay." So, he added a "P". Ha!

And this picture is of Mrs. Beth's new, fabulous, totally beautiful and wonderful kitchen! They remodeled their kitchen this year and it is wonderful.

I could get lost in here, people!

Here we are at Opryland's ICE exhibit of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It was really cool (literally, ha!) to walk thru and see all these ice sculptures of the Grinch, Whoville and Cindy Loohoo. It was so cute, but it was 5 degrees I think. My fingers were numb and blue when we left : )

Here we are at Opryland :)

And here is Uncle A with Gracie, cheesin'.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Weekend Goodie

I tried a fun new recipe this weekend that I must share: Peppermint Hot Chocolate. It is rich and delicious, and deserves to be shared!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
4 servings

1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream, divided
1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups whole milk
4 ounces bittersweet (preferably 60% cocoa) chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 candy canes (for garnish)

Beat 1/2 cup cream and 1 teaspoon sugar in bowl until soft peaks form. Cover; chill.

Whisk 1/2 cup cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, and milk in medium saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; whisk until smooth. Whisk in extract. Divide chocolate among mugs. Top with cream and garnish with candy canes.

(Bon Appetit, December 2008)

Thursday, December 4, 2008


What child is this, who,
laid to rest
On Mary's lap, is sleeping?...
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

~Traditional English Carol

Monday, December 1, 2008

Bells Will Be Ringing

Since Thanksgiving has come and gone, I have officially ended my ban on Christmas music. I'm in full-on Christmas mode. How could anyone not be?

For me, it began when I woke up at 5AM on Black Friday to go shopping at the Galleria with thousands of other fellow Birminghamians. Since then, we have completed my side of the family's Christmas shopping (yay!), put up a live Christmas tree in the living room, decorated the house for Christmas and baked Holiday M&M Fudge Bars.
*Please note that we listened to Christmas music during 3 out of 4 of the above mentioned activities.

Another indicator of the start of the holiday season is the amount of holiday parties that we will be attending this week. Between the two of us we'll be attending five different parties
. 'Tis the season, right?!