Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays

This month has been absolutely insane.  I did want to check in with my readers though to let you know, I"m still here and the blog isn't going away any time soon.  It's been festive around here, connecting with amazing new friends I've made in Colorado these last few months.  I feel blessed to be surrounded by so much love.

In our house, we celebrate Yule as well as Christmas.  Yule is an old tradition of celebrating the birth of the sun, as it marks the beginning of the lengthening of days.  I hope to share the pictures of our merry-making once I return from my trip back east to visit family.

There is also going to be a giveaway, as well as quite a few new product reviews.  All green of course. I will continue on with my 101 project, as long as I can keep out of hibernation mode. :)

My goals for the rest of this year are simple.  To slow down, take in the love and support I feel from my friends and family, and to recharge the best I can.  This push through winter is always a hard one, and the post-holiday blues has been known to set in.  I'm looking forward to seeing my loved ones in the next couple of weeks.

What ever you celebrate, I wish you the most blessed and happiest of times.  See you in the new year!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

We're slowly getting unpacked here, and I'm getting used to the nuances of my new kitchen. The space is small, but there's lots of storage. It's definitely not a one butt kitchen like the apartment was. So, anyway, here's the plan for the week. :)

Monday: Bratwurst and rice
Tuesday: Breakfast!
Wednesday: Mac and Cheese Casserole that I'm bringing to our church fellowship dinner.
Thursday: Mushroom Alfredo
Friday: Barbeque chicken and home sliced potato fries.
Saturday: Out!!
Sunday: Still probably out ;)

Enjoy the week everyone!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Small changes for your Christmas

Having had to get rid of most of my Christmas stuff when I moved across the country earlier this year, I'm looking to make greener choices in my decorating and gift giving this year. I've already decided to get a real tree, and now I need lights and other stuff. So here's a few tips I've found online that I thought I'd share with my readers about greening up Christmas this year.

So, this year here are just a few things that are on my shopping list to help me deck the halls.

1. LED Christmas lights. Of course I'm going to use any that I might have, but since I'm buying a real tree this year and only had my artificial pre-lit tree before I need new lights.

2. Present wrapping will likely be done with news paper, or paper grocery bags. I will use whatever wrapping paper I have leftover, but I can hardly think a cute little brown gift with a red bow on it won't be any less enjoyed as one with fancy paper.

3. Gifts. Last year all of my gifts were hand made. I did that for a few reasons. One, I was completely broke. Hubs had no job last year, so our budget was incredibly tight. Secondly, I think a handmade gift is better cherished then some random thing bought at the store. This year will be a blend of special things purchased and things made.

4. Don't buy what you don't need.  I'm going to do a full inventory before I begin purchase stuff to deck my halls.  Don't fall into the consumer trap and buy a whole bunch of stuff you already have.  If you have lights and don't need more, don't run out and buy LED lights.  Use what you have.


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