The Day the Magic Died: December 26, 2016

Last year’s Christmas was the same as the years before. On Christmas Eve, Sophie left cookies, milk and carrots out for Santa and his reindeer and went to sleep with visions of sugarplums dancing in her head. She woke early the next morning (aka woke us early the next morning) and rushed downstairs to open […]

Monday Musings ~ December 7

Ready to muse? Here are a few thoughts for today. 1. How many of you know it’s Pearl Harbor Day? It’s important to remember these important dates in history, especially in light of everything going on in the world today. 2. Last night was the first night of Hanukkah. We had potato latkes and lit […]

10 on 10: December 2013

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month to show the beauty in a regular day. December 10, 2013 Walking to school on a chilly San Diego morning. We pass this tree every day on our walk to and from school. I love the ornaments hanging from the tree — very SoCal. I dressed […]

What Happened to My Holiday Cheer?

It’s December and the holiday season is in full force. This is a time of year I typically love — decking my halls for Hanukkah and Christmas, sending greeting cards, and preparing my holiday baking list. But this year, the holiday spirit seems to be lost on me. When I say I’m not in the spirit, it’s not […]

Baking, Blog-o-versary and a Mocktail to Celebrate!

The last few weeks have been full of sending holiday cards, baking, and trying to finish up work before I take (somewhat of) a vacation next week. As I do every year, I like to bake a variety of cookies for the holidays. This year, I went with some tried-and-true recipes, as well as some […]

Will Santa Claus Be Coming to Town?

The other night, Sophie asked me the question. … The question I managed to avoid for the past five years. “Mommy, is Santa Claus coming to our house this year? He didn’t come last year and I really want him to come. Will he come to our house?” As many of you know, Bryan and […]

The House That Sugar Built

I finally saw Moneyball this week and it lived up to everything I hoped it would. This Aaron Sorkin-scribed baseball movie was amazing! However despite today’s title referencing baseball history, this post is not about sports in the slightest. Today’s post is all about the gingerbread house that Bryan, Sophie and I decorated. Gingerbread, icing […]

Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes

Be warned … I am on a baking spree and it will continue during my two-week vacation (starting now). I whipped up peppermint swirl cupcakes for my office potluck this past week. I wanted to make something festive and unique, and of course, holiday-ish. So I got a box of white cake mix, my red […]

The Joy of Pine Cones

It was one of those beautiful San Diego fall/winter days, where the sun was shining brightly and the air was crisp, cool, and the wind blowing overhead. Sophie and I decided to enjoy the day by going on a hunt for pine cones. There are several towering pine trees lining our streets that lead to […]