Monthly Archives: December 2011

The closing of the year.

In the last few days of 2011, I wanted to take a look back on the year, and provide some commentary on the major events of my life. First of all, I wanted to take a look at the progress I made on my New Year’s Resolutions of 2011: Complete a half-marathon. This, indeed, happened read more »

Ginger snaps, wassail, ham, squash & apple casserole, baked sweet potatoes, and cheesy cornbread.

I know I’m a few days late posting this, but I was rather proud of my culinary achievements for Christmas, and I really wanted to share. :-) First of all, I have to say that I was a little disappointed in how the fudge turned out last Friday. It was good, but it was a read more »

Six Things for Christmas.

Here are six things I received as Christmas presents this year (Thank you so much to everyone who gave me stuff! You really didn’t have to do that!): What did you get for Christmas this year? Tweet This Post

Papaw’s peanut butter fudge.

One of my favorite memories of my late grandfather is the peanut-butter fudge he used to make each year at Christmas. It was a delicious, rich, solid type of fudge, one that he made with old-fashioned peanut butter he got from a silver container with the oil separated on top. True to family form, he read more »

Simple solstice ritual for the hectic holiday season.

Sometimes, I refer to myself as a “lapsed pagan.” This is a play on the term “lapsed catholic,” which refers to a person who was raised catholic but doesn’t really practice anymore, and often only attends Mass on special occasions like Christmas and Easter. In much the same way, I was raised by my mother read more »

Six things for Monday.

Here are six things that made me happy this week: What things have made you happy this week? Tweet This Post

I need some sleep.

Sleep is an area I have historically struggled with. From a very young age, I seemed to “need” less sleep than my peers. I wasn’t really interested in napping, I liked to stay up late, and I liked to wake up early. In high school, I’d get to bed around midnight, and I’d wake up read more »

Sometimes, I cheat at meditation.

I confess — I am not the best at meditation. Really, I can only meditate for five or ten minutes at a time, and generally those five or ten minutes are not nearly as mindful as I would like them to be. Nine times out of ten, I fall prey to my wild “monkey mind” read more »

Six things for Monday.

Six things to make you smile on a Monday morning: Sleeping puppies on the living room rug. Wrapping up a family in Christmas lights as a fun holiday photo session. Discovering old ornaments while decorating the Christmas tree. This awesome poster with my favorite Steve Jobs’ quote. Arctic White hot chocolate with Buttershots & marshmallows. read more »

Tortellini, risotto, & veggies.

What’s on the menu for tonight: Buitoni’s whole wheat three cheese tortellini with Buitoni’s Alfredo sauce Lundberg’s butternut squash risotto Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers – Healthy Colors Paired with: 2009 Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay I did a much better job with the risotto this time. Practice makes perfect! Tweet This Post