an end. a beginning.

welcome to the holidays…officially. everyone decorates the weekend after thanksgiving. am i wrong for wanting to wait until the first weekend in december? well, then i’m wrong. i just need a little build up. i want to finish out my 30 days of thanks at my desk, although i fell completely apart on the facebook endeavor. i will have to make up for it.

i DID, however, go buy my decorations for my desk at work, but i won’t put them up yet. target, oh target. you will be the death of my bank account. i heart so much about your decor.

i got this one in white to go beside my berry tree!

we’re going with a classy christmas this year. atleast at work. at home, i enjoy a little tacky. i have decorations that i have used for years, and that my mother before that used for years. i love doing that. it makes me feel like home.

in the mean time, don’t mind me, i’ll just be preparing for christmas, dreaming of a home that looks like this for the season…

i hope you all had an amazing thanksgiving full of the ones you love.

a winter bite.

…is what we are experiencing in the air this week! the weekend was full of moderate weather, but monday it rained and it. got. cold. so, in honor of father winter, i would like to begin the celebration of winter coats, scarves, hats, gloves, breath in the air, snow (oh please! oh please!), and warm, festive beverages. when it gets cold, most tend to retreat into the warm cocoon of their home, but not adam and i…this is our FAVORITE time to take walks. i don’t know why, we just love it. and with that, we love to stop off and get a yummy liquid treat….hot chocolate! well, sometimes you have to take a walk far away from a coffee shop, so how about we let martha sweeten up our lives with some homemade hot chocolate to take along the trail…

my friend lee anne with Discovery Toys helped me out with this recipe! i am so excited to make some hot chocolate at home. it is a fun activity, and, in my opinion, special because it is homemade.

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups cocoa
1 tablespoon table salt
Whole milk for serving

Directions
1.In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
2.For individual servings, pour 1 cup whole milk into a microwave-safe mug, and microwave on high just until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix, and stir to dissolve. For a larger batch of cocoa, warm the milk in a saucepan set over medium-low heat, taking care not to let the milk boil; as it warms, stir in 2 tablespoons of mix for each cup of milk.

sooooo easy….hooray! happy wednesday!

wish list…

my sister is currently changing the color of all her walls in her house. she is going from tans, deep reds, and warm yellows to grays and off whites. i am excited for her, but it also got me in the crisp, airy feeling of colors…with that said…i wish i had this quilt. it makes me feel like the last of winter before spring, wrapped up looking out the window with a new sense of hope for the upcoming season.