Magical Christmas!
Dec31

Magical Christmas!

I love Christmas! I enjoy everything about the season. The lights, the music, the smells, the preparation all leading up to Christmas Eve where the vibration in the house is so alive you can feel the energy. I just got back from visiting New York and spending time with my family. Going to my childhood home for Christmas is nothing short of a magical winter wonderland. My parents throughout my entire life have spared nothing in their...

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Cinquecento
Dec22

Cinquecento

This year Mario, Paula and I decided that in lieu of exchanging gifts we would instead go out for a really nice dinner and celebrate Christmas together eating and drinking the night away. I mean do I really need Mario to get me another bottle of cologne or does Paula need us to get her another purple shirt that may or may not need to be returned? The gift of our time and enjoying a new dining experience was so much better and will now...

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Kolache.. a.k.a. Koláče for you purists!
Dec15

Kolache.. a.k.a. Koláče for you purists!

Each time we go to Texas to visit Mario’s family there are a few stops you can bet we will make. On the top of the list of course is Whataburger! I must have my Whataburger fix but that’s for another day’s post. At some point during our visit we will inevitably stop at Shipley’s to get our kolaches. These little pockets of tasty bliss are more or less an oversized pig in the blanket. Kolaches are a Czech/Slovak...

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Noel
Dec07

Noel

My Aunt Rosie was a formidable woman. She did it all, cooking, baking, sewing, cake decorating, floral arranging, etc. She was one of those amazing people who could do anything she set her mind to and she didn’t let anyone or anything stop her. I admired her strength through her breast cancer battle. She not only won and went on to live many many more years after her diagnosis but she did so in style never giving up, never...

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Advent
Dec03

Advent

Growing up each year during the Christmas season my parents would get each of us an advent calendar. My mom would bring out a stack of colorful glittery paper cut outs depicting Santa hard at work in his workshop, austere manger scenes, or vibrant winter wonderlands and we would sort through to choose which one we wanted. My mother all the while crossing her fingers that a fight would not ensue because more than one of us wanted the...

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