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Catching up

The holidays have been fantastic.  I really have enjoyed every minute, and I hate to say that I’m sad to see them go.  They’ve also been a whirlwind of presents, paper, food, traveling, family, and friends.  So as we head into the new year (can’t believe it’s going to be 2011) I’m going to try to do a little catching up.

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There’s a Monster on our porch…

It’s black, it’s shiny, it’s BIG, and it creates amazing delicious food.  Meet our new grill.  With a lot of help from a few elves, Mrs. Claus was able to surprise Speed Racer with this beautiful monstrosity…he didn’t even see it coming.

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Winter Wonderland

I woke up this morning to freezing rain, super icy conditions, and almost busted my bum when I decided to “test” the road.  It’s still pretty gross out there and since I live on a back road, it’s taking a little while to clear up.  So while I enjoy my hot coco and snuggle with my kitties, I thought you might enjoy the beautiful sunrise that I experienced yesterday morning.

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While Visions of Sugar Plums…

Last week my good ol’ pal Stephanie and I did some Christmas baking.  It was such a great time!  We baked, we mixed…we washed lots of dishes.

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I have had the song titled “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros stuck in my  head now for weeks.  There is just something about this song that absolutely moves me.  The connection between singer Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos is very June and Johnny Cash-esque.  I am also in love with Jade’s voice.  If you haven’t listened to it, you should check it out.

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Christmas Tree, oh, Christmas Tree

I woke up this morning to snow.  I’m sure many of you did.  Snow in Knoxville, Tennessee though is a big deal.  People freak out a little bit about it, and not just like, “OOO snow!” more like, “We may get stuck in our houses forever.”  There was not even an inch this morning, and by this afternoon it had all melted.  There were still hundreds of cars in the grocery store parking lot…no joke.  However, it was very pretty this morning and put me in a great holiday mood.

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Dish-o-the-Week: Awesome Chicken Tortilla Soup

I don’t know where you are today, but where I am, it’s snowing.  And it’s COLD.  I don’t like the cold, in fact I really don’t like winter all that much.  I’m more of a beach and sun kinda gal.  But all complaining aside, I do love a day where I can curl up with a good bowl of soup.  And this soup my friends, is awesome.

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