The German Christmas Pickle -- Oh, Perfidy, Thy Name is Pickle!

My dear friend Mark handed me a small, elegantly wrapped box. "I know Christmas traditions are important to you," he said. "That is why I am giving you a German Christmas Pickle." "A what?" I asked, trying not to seem surprised. Surely I had misheard. Mark is from Kansas, and his family was originally from Germany. A German Christmas ......what? Nickle, maybe? Nutpick? ...more

We have the pickle too!  I am not the best about following through with having the ...more

We Want to See Your Holiday Hot Mess

Ding, dong! Company's here! Have you hidden your dirty socks in the oven yet? We know the economy's in the tanker and nobody has money for a pre-holiday cleaning service or even an extra stainless-steel garbage can to house all that discarded wrapping paper. You know what? We love you, anyway. So throw another catalog on the fire and gather close, because it's time now to have some fun. Over the next three weeks, we invite you to photograph your house at its worst. And we mean WORST. ...more

So fun when it's someone ELSE'S hot mess. Just like a potato chip, Bossy can't pick just one ...more

Christmas Tree Contest Spectacular

Christmas Tree Spectacular Think your Xmas tree's the best there is? This is your chance to show it off - and win $100 to spend at The Pink Pig!Visit my blog at  for a chance to win. ...more

Black & White Macro Photographs

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Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

Christmas Calenders 3 more designs out the nativity hand painted so pretty....more

Easy fragrant ornaments or gift-toppers

Christmas: I'm Just Not That Into You

A new holiday song: The 12 Days: Eff Christmas. Christmas, I think I want to start seeing other holidays... read more at Pajamas and Coffee....more

Have a holly jolly..

Ho, Ho, HA! ...more

The kitchen in the center of this old house

I’m still unpacking in this new-to-me-hundred-year-old house in the redwoods.  Every now and then I climb onto a stool in the very large kitchen, stir some cream into my coffee, and count my blessings.  I’ve had galley kitchens, Pullman kitchens and whatever other glorified descriptions we use for “too small.”  One of my favorite memories is of my  first kitchen as a family lady.  It was a big, square room in a very small house.    ...more