Saturday, January 14, 2017

Peppermint Patties

One of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate mint- York...Junior Mints...Girl Scout Thin Mints...any brand really.

So why I only make homemade peppermint patties during the holidays is beyond me! They should be a treat all year long but perhaps it's that chocolate/mint is everywhere during the holidays.

I've tried a few different recipes over the years and have made some tweaks each time. Here is the process I used this year that worked so fantastic!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snow Day (Part II)

Holy smokes Portland!! Enough with the snow days already! Haha.

Mostly because
1) I don't want to shovel anymore snow
2) I'd like to walk down the road and not worry about falling
3) I haven't had a full 5-day work week since just after Thanksgiving

I work for a college and we've now had 7.5 "closed for inclement weather" days in the last month. This past weekend we had an ice storm come through closing campus on Monday. The Tuesday night over 7 inches of snow fell and the whole city has been close since. The mayor has declared a state of emergency as Portland borrows snow plows from Seattle.

It has been beautiful. Sitting in the family room looking out the back windows, watching the snow fall, listening to the stillness. We've all gone out and played in the snow, my sister and her BF made an adorable snow fairy.

It is lovely to play in now and then....but I'm done. I'm ready for weather I'm accustomed too, that I can function in with out having anxiety attacks (I fall every winter but haven't yet....trying to keep this luck).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Snow Days

I was born and raised in Southern California where winters just meant rain. When I lived in San Diego, winters included throwing on a hoodie but still wearing sandals. So when I moved to the PNW snow wasn't necessarily something I had too much experience with - minus a few small snow days and day trips to the mountains.

My first winter here there were a few days of 19 degree weather and I, jokingly, asked my family if they had brought me here to die. Haha. As the years go by, this is my seventh winter, I'm still not completely accustomed to the cold. Despite layers upon layers - socks, pants, sweaters, jackets, earmuffs - I still much prefer to be inside on snow days.

This winter the snow days are more than ever before. In the last month we've had three "storms" and my school has closed five/six days. Luckily today is Saturday and the snow isn't as heavy.

Still a perfect day for snuggling on the couch, watching NCIS and recovering from this head cold.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Seasonal Gifts

My family actual celebrates two holidays during the winter season. We were raised with celebrating Christmas (Santa and my Episcopal Grandmother) and Yule (as we were raised by a Wiccan Mother) and have continued to celebrate both as we got older.

Generally we get together on (or close to) Yule, as a large family, eat amazing food, read stories of the solstice and exchange presents. Christmas is reserved for stockings, Christmas PJs and Santa presents with the little ones. We have had years where the gifts (from everyone) have been handmade only, other years we do secret-Santa exchanges, but always stressing it's not about "things" but rather being together and sharing love.

This  year my family knew me way too well - Harry Potter, kitchen gadgets....

...socks that swear and a childhood favorite book.

Okay so the couch was a present to myself (and the house). The day after Christmas we went to the local thrift store to drop off a number of donations and went inside to browse (everything was 30-75% off how could I not) and I ended up coming out with this gorgeous Ethan Allen turquoise blue couch. LOVE IT!

How was your holiday season? Did you treat yourself to anything special? What was your favorite gift?

Friday, December 30, 2016

Welcome Back to Me

It's been a few months since I've been here. Life has been a bit on the "hectic" side of the things. But with the new year, I'm striving for more positivity in my life, more me-time. So here I am for another round.

Whether it's recipes (cooking is my therapy), travel photos (I plan to travel more and finally get my passport this year) or DIY projects - they're being posted here. Short or long posts.

I've had a number of fun adventures these last few months so keep an eye out for some new posts coming soon.