2012 Highlights

In no particular order, here are our 2012 highlights:

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Two new nephews and lots of fun play dates with our niece.

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A trip to Cancun

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Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and several trips to the family beach house

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Our 1st anniversary, weekend in NYC and baseball games

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Our first “garden”, hikes, shooting range and white water tubing in VAphoto-25

Lots of fun date nights!

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Football season, fun times with friends, multiple house/craft projects and another great Christmas!

Happy New Year!

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Easy Meals – TJ’s Carnitas

Trader Joe’s has become a huge life saver during busy weeks. I typically shop there twice a month and grab a few things for my freezer to pull out on nights that I have little time to prep. Our new favorite – The Traditional Carnitas. It easily pulls apart (I do this before heating it up in a pan) and cook a pot of rice. Chop up some green onions, mix up some fresh salsa (I use a recipe similar to this), some shredded Mexican cheese and a bag of chips. TJ’s has great salsa and chips too, but we love Nature’s Promise (Giant Foods) corn chips. They’re low in sodium and have a great taste. After the pork is heated through and the rice is done, I put everything in a bowl – simple, delicious and cheap!

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A Special Christmas Gift

One of the many things I love about my husband is his attention to detail and picking out very thoughtful gifts. Knowing how much I loved my cobalt blue wedding shoes, he searched high and low to find me a special ornament for our tree. How cute are these? Thanks love!

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Merry Christmas!

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For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6 ESV)

Christmas Eve

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Enjoyed playing around with some fun wrapping.

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Finishing touches on our stocking stuffer candy sleighs

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Flourless chocolate cake for our Christmas Eve family gathering. Yum!

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Some fun, light reading thanks to a friend. Can’t wait to start decorating the house again.

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Our neighborhood was covered in a light dusting of snow this afternoon. Maybe we’ll have a white Christmas afterall!

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Christmas Eve!

Christmas in our home

Christmas decorating, baking and crafting started several weeks ago and I finally compiled pictures from my phone to create a post.

Last weekend, the entire family came over to bake a few favorites…

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Peanut Butter Blossom cookies

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My Dad was hard at work making delicious pizzelle cookies.

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Christmas wouldn’t be complete without some spritz cookies.

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This was a new recipe for us – red velvet cookies. Everyone loved them! You can find the recipe here.

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Our mantle this year….

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I love Michael’s seasonal paper

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Even the stove has it’s own Christmas touch

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I enjoyed perusing the Christmas train collection at Michael’s. Their trees and miniature decorations seem to fit well on the mantle.

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“Joy”, following the theme of our Christmas card.

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A little homemade artwork

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Our wonderful friends and family. Love getting these in the mail. Puts a smile on my face.

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Our $.99 advent calendar from Trader Joe’s (we’re still kids at heart).

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Trader Joe’s has the most beautiful, fresh wreaths AND they’re less then 6 bucks.

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My favorite Christmas decoration – a REAL tree this year. It smells absolutely amazing and just the perfect tree for our house. Thank you Home Depot.

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We’ve also been busy making some great gifts and stocking stuffers for family. I will post that shortly.

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I had to post this picture of my sweet nephew. He’s just the cutest….

Hope everyone is having a relaxing couple of days leading up to Christmas!

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