Dec 272012
 

The sugary treats I’ve been eating this month…

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1. Mini Peppermint Candy Canes – classic, and extra adorable. [mini is always adorable, right?] Perfect for a post lunch treat, a stir in a mug of hot chocolate, or crushed up atop some ice cream.

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2. Brachs Christmas Peppermint Nougats – these have been a favorite since I was young.  I ALWAYS buy an extra bag after the holidays to enjoy well into the new year. [I’m a pro at rationing treats.] 

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3. Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane – A delicate mint candy with stripes and tiny little candy bits throughout.  

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4. Mint Chocolate M&M’s – if you couldn’t tell by now, I have a thing for mint ;)  These little beauties are especially nice for holiday baking; Liz has a great recipe for Chocolate Mint M&M Cookies.

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5. Queen Anne Cordial Blueberries – only about one hundred times better than cherries.  Bought these this year on a whim and we’ve been loving them over at THS HQ.

What are your favorite seasonal candies?

Top 5: Gift Guides

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Ramblings
Dec 132012
 

Everyone has their own gift guide.

I have my own guide to gift guides. All the best I’ve found in the past few weeks:

  1. Gift Guide 2012: Something to Read – The Amber Show – this list is so much more than just best sellers and e-readers.  I love her recommendations and think several of them would fit for that “gift for anyone” everyone ends up needing to choose at least once each year. [grab bag, newish co-worker, a gift for that person you didn’t expect to exchange with and then they show up at your door with a gift for you…]

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  2. Holiday Gifts for Runners to Fit Any Budget – rUnladylike This list covers prices as low as $6, and celebrates runners of all levels and experiences.  Whether the runner on your list is strictly running for hobby, or someone who loves to crush competitors in road races each weekend, there’s a good bet that you’ll find some great suggestions on this list.

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  3. Pug Lovers Gift Guide – Brownies & Zucchini Of course, Kelly’s list is perfect if you have someone to buy for who happens to love pugs – but I found her list helpful for other friends, too.  Kelly’s suggestions for ways to celebrate a certain characteristic of a loved one are creative and spot on.

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  4. Give the Gift of Cookbooks – Shuttterbean Great suggestions for cookbooks, her reasoning behind choosing each as a gift this year covers a variety of “perfect for”s. I think a cookbook makes a terrific gift because you are giving the opportunity to experience life through those recipes forever, possibly passed down through generations. [I know there are recipes I rely on often from my Mother’s cookbooks.]

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  5. Gifts for Coffee Lovers – the Kitchn – A great collection covering a wide range of price ranges.  I am personally drooling over a few of the items on this list myself.  I’m keeping this list on hand in my “gifts for impossible people” favorites folder; I think it could dig me out of some gift giving anxiety situations in the future.
      
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Whose gift guides have you enjoyed this holiday season?  Any I should check out?

Nov 302012
 

Another weekend is upon us, and I certainly feel like this past week has gone by in a flash!
Things at the office are incredibly busy, which is making each day fly by.  I’ve said “Wait! How is it 4:00, already?!” the past four days, and it hasn’t gotten old yet. 

I have some PTO which needs to be used up before the end of the end of the year [yes! it’s true – tomorrow it will be December].  I’ve scheduled some afternoons off from the office, and today happens to be one of those afternoons.  Left work at 1:00 PM and have been singing “get the weekend started” to the tune of “Get the Party Started" all day long. 

Due to my busy work schedule, I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts and off my game in some of the non-work areas of my life.  I’m determined to put a stop to these feelings ASAP, which brings us to Weekend Cravings, the get your act together edition!  [If you don’t know Katy, the lovely lady behind the Weekend Cravings craze, check out her blog!]

 

This weekend I’m craving…

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planning, plotting, organizing, and dreaming for the next 13 months.  I’ve got a stack of tools ready to go: 2013 wall calendar and date book, brand new notebooks and list making pads, and a whole grouping of my favorite pens and pencils. Let the list-fest begin!

correspondence.  Birthday greetings to share [ahem.], holiday wishes to send, two ideas to pitch, a phone call with my parents (We’re in a pretty epic game of phone tag at the moment.  Mostly due to my inability to keep my phone charged and off of silent.) and a trip to the post office to send love across the country; getting it done and connecting with people I love to know and admire and enjoy working with!

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writing time in a quiet room.  I’ve been completing internet to-do list items each evening after work for the past couple of weeks, but I haven’t been spending much time writing down words that I’ve been meaning to write.  I have dozens of drafts started – for THS posts, of course, but also a TON of HLB things I need to work on, complete and polish. I need to remove myself from all noise and distraction and see what I can let spill out my fingertips, for sure.

crafting time while watching television.  Instead of being productive internet-wise while emptying my Hulu queue [a habit I am no doubt addicted to], I plan to work on a few homemade holiday gifts I’ve decided on for a few friends and family members. I hope to finish some knitting and paper projects I’ve got going on and get a start on a little something new, too.

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a warm adult beverage. We picked up some Baileys from the local liquor store recently and I’m dreaming up a tasty ingredient combo to give a spin this weekend. We’ve sipped on small glasses of the Baileys on it’s own [and I must say, YUM!], but haven’t mixed it with anything yet. I see a Hazelnut Baileys Latte in my future!

What are you craving this weekend??