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Monday, December 31, 2012

Shiny New Year on the Horizon

Greetings from Florida! I am here with my extended family enjoying a gorgeous lake house with an incredible view of the sunset. Tomorrow we will be on our way to Orlando. I hope everyone has a shiny New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tis the season

I hope everyone had a Cool Yule! I spent the holiday weekend in Cleveland with family and friends, it was absolutely wonderful with snow and plenty of cheer.  Sadly, I had to drive back on Christmas day and despite my sadness of leaving, I'm feeling in a much better mood this afternoon.  Some highlights:

The Champagne Bar at Hilarities in downtown Cleveland

Mistletoe cocktail: From what I remember, it involved tequila, champagne, pomegranate juice, and candy canes.  Phew!
The Popcorn Shop in Chagrin Falls... a childhood memory
Vintage ornaments turned into wine glass charms.... what a cute idea!! My mother-in-law crafted them :)

The charms in action, aren't they fun... how perfect for parties!

GASP!  Jadeite mixing bowls and teacups with saucers... I want to cuddle with them at night but I will try to contain myself.  Aren't they beautiful?  I have quite a soft spot for these treasures.

Close up of the teacup and saucer, so detailed.  The photo doesn't even do the color justice.

A bit of 1950's kitsch for the Tiki Bar!!

A set of AMAZING bamboo cups and ice box, can't wait to use them

Hubby outdid himself this year... a gold ring with opals and 4 little pearls.  I. LOVE. IT.  Keep a look out for photos of one of his xmas presents.... his grandfather's incredibly handsome cuff links and tie clips!
Well it's snowy and very cold here in Cincinnati... I spent the day curled up by the space heater with the pups.  Only a few more days before the big trip to Florida to see my family, I cannot wait! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Good Tidings of Comfort and Cheer

Oh my how this month has flown by, it's nearly Christmas! Here is a recap of some of my holiday festivities thus far.
Mimosas in the afternoon during Thanksgiving dinner preparation

Our feast: Mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, Hawaiian sweet rolls, cranberry sauce, Tofurkey with veggies, sweet corn, and of course, wine!

Hubby diggin' in

Sweet Potato Pie
Later on in the week we drove down to the Cincinnati Zoo's Festival of lights, it was so darling!! This is my (gulp) FIFTH Christmas in Cinci and I had never made it to the zoo lights before. 
Hubby was excited

Here is one of the mountain lions... Here Kitty, Kitty!

Friendly little fellow, isn't he?!

I really do have a way with animals, don't I :)  For those of you that haven't realized it yet, there is a glass panel separating the large cat from my grabby little hands.

The park really was wonderful in the dark.  It did the trick to put me in the Christmas spirit.  We sipped on hot cocoa (with a dash of Kahlua and Peppermint Schnapps) as we walked around.

A bit of holiday kitsch... flamingoes!

This section of the park was all decorated in purple and pink lights, it was delightfully girlish.
After the zoo we came home to add some holiday decor (or as I like to call it, Holi-decor) to our own apartment.
Clearly I did most of the work

White Christmas was playing in the background

Here's the final product.  Even the Tiki bar got some lights this year :)

What are you doing to enjoy the holiday season?  Baking cookies, sipping eggnog, night time light walks??