Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
As I prepare for the upcoming Christmas festivities I can't help but to let my love of simple things take over my gift giving. If I could have it my way, gift giving would once again become meaningful. I'm really big on that-- meaningful gift giving.
I'm so deeply saddened by the pre-made gift baskets at department stores and the on-line ordering of goodies such as cookies and muffins. In my opinion, that just turns gift giving into a chore, something we quickly click on and order between phone calls and dinner preparations and car-pool drop-offs.
In some ways, I wish gift giving would return to the days of old-- back when people wished and hoped and waited for something special.
So, here at 403, we're going back to basics.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
My crafty mama made them for my 4th grade Social Studies project. Yep, she did such a great job that I received an A+ and had "my work" displayed in a drugstore window.
I thoroughly enjoy recycling such nostalgic treasures and seeing these cute figurines perched among the branches. All these years later, I still remember her working away on their intricate outfits, while Dad watched Sunday football and I painted the cardboard background.
Ironically, she and my dad came over the other night while I was decorating and unwrapping these pieces of my past. I really enjoy when they stop over, especially when they bring me coffee and soup.
I'm thankful for landing such great parents.
I have it good, and I'm beyond blessed.
Thanks, Life. I'll continue working hard to keep up my end of the bargain.
Until that day comes, I'll continue stalking some of my favorite cooking web-sites and putting a CK twist on the goodies that catch my eye.
For the past few weeks I've been dying to try this recipe. I have a love affair with gingersnaps, and a slightly disturbing infatuation with autumn. Therefore, as one can probably imagine, this delightful concoction had my heart racing--soaring--skipping beats.
I gave in. I could no longer resist.
Did I mention I'm also on a bit of a health kick?
Well, I am.
Farewell cup of vegetable oil and white all-purpose flour.
Hello applesauce and whole grain flour and cage-free eggs.
mmm...warm, savory, autumn goodness...