Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Holiday Aftermath

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with family and food and joyous times, I know I did!  The aftermath of our Christmas?

All of this:

Is now in our stomachs with a bunch of hearty cookies, tons of feast-y foods, plenty of beverage and a few more candies.  We're looking very much like the Claus himself over here.

More roundup to come, promise!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Musical Monday #8

Welcome back for another Musical Monday!  These were originally inspired by theurchiness over on Brie by Night :)

This week I am sharing with you a song that my good friend introduced me to a few weeks ago when I was having a hard time.  I Was Made For Sunny Days by The Weepies.

What have you been listening to lately?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Yesterday was a fun day spent with family, seeing my brother and his family (including my little nephew!) followed by visiting the Santa Fe Plaza to see some trains

and share some beers with my Dad at the Marble Brewery Tap Room

and ending with massive amounts of baking resulting in cookies and beer for dinner :)

Not to mention, cookies and tea for breakfast!  Thank goodness its only The Holidays once-ish a year, I could develop diabetes overnight at this rate haha.

I hope your Holidays are filled with much joy and love and fun, I'll see you next week!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Chocolate Maven

I got to spend the day with my momma yesterday :)

We took a girls' day in Santa Fe using the perfectly legitimate excuse of having to get her car serviced.  We did some window shopping, plenty of talking and had lunch at one of the best restaurants in town: The Chocolate Maven.

If you are ever in Santa Fe for any reason at all, you really should check this place out. Its part of a standard warehouse looking building, a diamond in the rough if you will.  We got to sit next to the big window that lets you look in on the baking part of the kitchen :D

The food is phenomenal (we got veggie quesadillas - they were the special for the day) and picked up some cookies before we left.

Let me tell you guys, the desserts at this restaurant are To. Die. For.  They are so delicious, my favorites are the Lemon Picadilly Snaps.  They melt in my mouth!  I'm sure they'd melt in other people's mouths too, but I don't want to share to find out.  They're all mine.

I hope your holidays are going well!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hot Chocolate

I love warm beverages, tea, coffee concoctions, and hot chocolate.  As the weather gets cold and the skies cloud up, the warmth and comfort of a good hot cocoa can't be beat.

Here's how I make mine:

Gather your mug(s)

Put 1 - 2 table spoons of cocoa powder in each

Put 2 - 3 tablespoons of sugar in each

Add other spices as desired (I add cinnamon and chili powder)

Heat up just a bit of water, only about 1/4 cup per mug and add to the dry mixture, stir into oblivion

 Fill mug with milk to the brim

Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds

Gather friends

Enjoy :)

How do you make your hot chocolates?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Musical Monday #7

Welcome back for another Musical Monday!  I may have skipped a week or two...but the semester is over and I can get back to life!  In case you missed it, these are originally inspired by theurchiness over on Brie By Night :)

Today's song is Bruises by Chairlift

What have you been listening to lately?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Just Walkin' Along, Mindin' My Own Business

and WHAM!

This seemingly innocent, protective little buckle on my trunk in my living (that acts as a coffee table) isn't what it seems.

Really its an evil, knee-demolisher who jumps out of nowhere and takes chunks of unsuspecting victim's legs.

Be aware, readers, you may have one of these terrorists in your neighborhood.  We should start one of those neighborhood-watch-group-things...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Finally Listed! and a walk down by the river

The scarf that I mentioned back here is finally up in my Etsy shop!  It took me longer than anticipated, but its there now and available to be drooled over ;)

In other news, I took a walk the other day with a friend down by the river (there is some water in New Mexico, but not too much, so "river" is loosely defined, some months its there, others its just a giant mud pit). 

Here are some of the views from that trip.

And looky what we found!  A catfish skeleton!  No idea how it got where it was...but its been there a while.

Have you gone on any adventures recently?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Lately, I haven't been blogging so much.  And for that I apologize. 

Lately, the winter season and all of those things that come with it have been more evident.

Lately, I have been made into an Aunt at the birth of my first nephew, who is 3 weeks old today.

Lately, I have been putting myself, my life and my new home back together because some things have changed (I had full intentions of telling you what, but clearly I'm still not ready to talk about it, my fingers won't type the words).

What have you been up to lately?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Coming Soon

I knit a very similar scarf recently and couldn't bring myself to part with it, and I knew that since I loved it so much, perhaps my wonderful customers would love it too so I made another!

Isn't it perfect?  The colors go perfectly together, and the yarns are all so soft!

I used a few different fibers, wools, merinos, *cashmeres*, all very soft, all very luxurious and all very warm.

What's not to love?  This scarf will be in my shop just as soon as I get model shots with it, which will hopefully happen today...so keep your eyes peeled!

**And to the individual who left a comment on my Happy Thanksgiving post asking about the Mohawk Beanie I made last year, if you could email me, that'd be great! :D **
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