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And now….Happy President’s Day

And thank you Mr. Presidents, for without you, I’d be sitting in my cubicle working right about now. Finishing up the last sip of my morning coffee, wishing I had eaten breakfast.

Instead, I’ll be hanging out with an old friend and hopefully, fingers crossed, doing absolutely nothing else. Okay, so I may make cupcakes today, but don’t worry, they won’t be homemade.


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2009 comes to a close

It’s hard to believe that another year has ended.

I’m older, but not necessarily wiser. Maybe with a few more gray hairs and a lot more wrinkles, but overall, relatively unscathed.

And although 2009 proved to be an incredibly difficult year across this beautiful country, I think we’ve all come through it stronger, happier, and better for it even if we don’t realize it quite yet.

And you…you five people out there who stop by regularly, thank you. Your comments, well wishes, and simply your words entertain me daily. I thank you for that.

I hope you all have an incredibly happy and prosperous new year.
Here’s to 2010!

{song is “living in twilight” by the weepies}


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Peanut Brittle…the real thing

Alright, I realize the holidays are over…
however…I kind of lost this recipe and only just found it this morning. {eek}


Better late than never, right?
So grab your wooden spatula and let’s get to it.

This recipe comes courtesy of my mom who, hands down, makes the best peanut brittle I have ever eaten.
{That’s saying a lot because I never really liked peanut brittle. At least not until I tried my mom’s.}

I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.

1 1/2 c. raw shelled peanuts, skins on
1 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup (Karo’s)
1/8 t. salt
1 t. butter or margarine
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda

Stir together peanuts, sugar, syrup and salt in a 1 1/2 quart glass casserole or microwave safe container.
Cook 4 minutes on high. Stop. Stir well.
Return to oven and microwave on high 4 more minutes. Stop. Stir in butter.
Microwave 2 minutes longer on high.
Stir in vanilla. Add baking soda (have these ready when you take the brittle out of the microwave). Quickly stir until light and foamy. Immediately pour out onto a lightly greased surface (baking sheet, marble slab, glass casserole dish); spread to about 1/4 in. thickness.
When cool, break into pieces.
Store in an airtight container. Makes 1 pound. (Use a wooden spoon!!!!!)

Note: sometimes newer microwaves tend to overcook the brittle so cut the time by 5-7 seconds on the last cooking cycle.
And this is very important- remember to use a good hot pad because it is extremely hot when pouring.















You may want to have a treadmill on hand afterwards, just in case.


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merry christmas to me!

When the husband and I hit the road last Monday, we left knowing that upon our return, we’d be greeted by refinished hardwood floors.

Our old floors looked like this…boring, bland, blonde, blah.

(just disregard the cabinet doors)

But now our floors look like this…

And this…

And suddenly, I feel as though I’m in a brand new home. Too bad every little bit of renovation is done for the sole purpose of selling our home.
Until that time, I will be more than happy to enjoy every second of of these floors.

So, merry Christmas to me.


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the night sky

Today ended our Christmas visit up to Charlottesville, Virginia. I’m sad. Visiting family, (in this case for me, my in-laws), and then leaving, is always sad. Maybe it’s the fact that this week was such a relaxing and wonderful week. Or maybe it’s the sheer fact that I was on vacation….not working.

Either way, I’m blue that it’s over.

To my astonishment, Georgia, the state that is, apparently missed us because she welcomed us back with the most amazing gift….the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen.







Alright Georgia, maybe, just maybe, I missed you a little too…
(just don’t tell anyone.)

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the greenbrier…pt 2

greenbriar ballroom

I know I know…Christmas is officially over, but guess what? The memories remain.
Just like that indigestion you got from eating.
And eating.
And eating some more.

And even though the festivities have ended, I still have more pictures to share.
Sit back and pretend you care.
For me.

The other day I posted the sweet treats the Greenbrier in West Virginia had to offer. Not to worry though, I did more than stare at the dessert tray. I actually toured the place. And fell in love in the process.
And took photos. Lots and lots of photos.

rhoob and nancy @ the greenbrier
Meet my mother in law (left) and her adorable sister (right).

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Now meet the carpet.
Yes, I do realize this is only carpet, but I’m seriously fascinated by it. Have you ever seen carpet this bold? Now just picture this carpet in a grand ballroom. Yeap, intense.

Meet my sister-in-law. She LOVED the chandeliers. And so did everyone else. By the way, that’s one hanging in the background. {Too bad I didn’t take more pictures of them. I could have bored you with a whole montage of those photos too.}
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leigh & katie at the gingerbread house
As for the silliness, my sister-in-law and I were just having too much fun with the giant gingerbread house considering neither of us has ever SEEN a gingerbread house this big. It vaguely reminded me of the infamous Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House. (And no, I promise I’m not being offensive. This is a real thing.)

Guess that’s better than trying to eat it..
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I think it’s safe to say we all had a great time.
Now if I could just get my hands on those desserts….


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Merry Christmas to all….

Over the past few days I’ve gone nuts taking photos of anything and everything having to do with Christmas. And seeing as today is in fact Christmas Day (Oh my god!!), I have limited time to post the remaining pictures.

So, if you will bear with me a little longer, I’ll have this out of my system in no time.

Just after I post another 50 Christmas photos.
By the way…

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to run downstairs and see what Santa brought!


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