Mr. Right and I have this obsession with garlic. We just can’t seem to get enough.

I opened a brand new garlic press as one of my Christmas gifts. It feels good just to hold it. It fits. It is heavy duty and sleek and just begging for a clove to be pressed through. Pressed so intensely that the juice of the clove drips out as well as the “meat”.

One of my favoritest (yes, that is a word) people in the whole world gave it to me. That would be my dear sister in law. On the way to church Christmas eve, Mr. Right and I were listing the names of people in our lives that were really nice & sweet & kind people. Her name was in the top three category. She is the real deal. She is full of a kind gracious spirit. One of those people you wish you could hang out with all the time. Her humor is a delight and she is really sincerely a nice person. One time years ago, we wrote a cook book together. The title was “Chance made us sisters, Hearts made us friends”. I am not a super tear up person, however even typing that makes me smile and get a little blurry eyed. Oh yeah, I was writing about garlic.

Back to garlic, we purchase 4-6 heads a month. We purchase a 1/2 pound container of peeled garlic a month. I use it in everything from a clove daily in our freshly made juice to the broth we give our dog daily. We roast it and smear it on bread. We make soup and use it in sauces and of course Risotto. I caramelize it with mushrooms and onions. I use it generously on our bbq “chicken” garlic pizza, with garlic white sauce, oh yum. I use it in almost all of our appetizer recipes. Okay, what would hummus be without lots and lots of garlic…just plain, just bland, just blah…… Oh my, we
use garlic powder and even garlic salt. We have purchased dehydrated garlic and used that. We (as in the ones who almost never buy gift certificates as gifts) bought a certificate and gave to son number two and sweetie to have dinner in LA at a place called “The Stinking Rose”. Everything garlic! From the alcoholic drinks to the end of the meal in the ice cream.

I guess you could really sum up by saying we are indeed a garlic family. Heck, you know for sure we are having some form or another for our dinner tonight. That pizza is sounding mighty good.

So next year when you are scratching your head as to what to buy someone, just think about my marvelous new Pampered Chef heavy duty garlic press. Think just how much joy you will be spreading?

You gotta know that every time I use that press, I will of course think just how lucky I am to have it and to have the best sister in law in the whole wide world.

I feel bathed in grace because of how fortunate I am to have her in my life.
I am indeed a lucky girl.


That is the sum total of the amount of coupons that I clipped, printed and redeemed in the year 2010. I do not count the amount that the store says I saved at the bottom of my receipt.

Plain and simple, $1,794.67

To me, I think it is totally worth my approximately 20 minutes a week effort.

YIPPY! I crushed my 2009 record!

I’ve come to realize

I’ve come to realize that (hold on to something) that I don’t care for whipped creme in
my coffee beverages. It sort of makes me gag a little.

However, I love buying and tasting the little 4 ounce shaker containers that you
sprinkle on top of said whipped creme. (The actual wording on the little jar reads,
“shakable topping”. I don’t care for the “word” shakeable.) I buy mine at Cash n Carry
for about $3.00.

light bulb moment: This morning while preparing my daily morning oatmeal,
I grabbed the Toasted Coconut “shakeable” topping and sprinkled away.

Oh yeah! Love this idea.

I am a happy girl this morning.

ps. When I hit spell check the “word” shakeable came up
underlined in bright red. Another thing that made me smile!

I resolve

I have a few days to decide……..

I just love New Year’s Resolutions. I love making them, keeping them, thinking about them.

I love the self imposed “clean slate”.

I am swirling around ideas for 2011

re-do the entire master bedroom (paint to furniture to linens to frames etc)

Practice and continue the practice in making the best ever home made English muffins. This one is a for sure.

For sure I am going to make my new celebration a big sucess….”Socktober”. We are giving all kinds of socks to our kids, grandgirlie, college care packages, military care packages. We are going to donate lots and lots of socks to the poor. I love the idea of setting sock goals and surpassing them.!!!!

My mind is whirling with ideas galore. 🙂

wishes apparently come true

Just now, Christmas eve day at 12:40 pm……

Amongst the baking and roasting and cleaning and wrapping….

Mr. Right and I just stopped and took a break.

Apparently in our neighborhood, wishes do come true. Just now,
a HUGE fire truck drove onto our street. Then the lights started, then
three firemen jumped out.

One little boy in the neighborhood was brought out of his home and started
jumping for joy. Oh my, never saw so many grandparents magically produce
and start using cameras! 🙂

He got to sit in the drivers seat. All smiles, for everyone I mean, neighbors,
grandparents, parents, firemen and yes the lucky boy.

God Bless the Pierce County Fire Department. May all your stops be this
simple and happy this holiday season.

Well done, boys, well done.

Merry Christmas to all of us.


Not all of our children will be home for this Christmas.

All of our “children” are healthy and doing well.

We have much to be thankful for.

I am wrapping the last of my gifts and making some
cookie dough to use later.

We have a very blessed and good life.

I have on a crazy fluffy lime green scarf.
It makes me happy.

I am glad that I have Mr. Right to help get through
this time of year. This year is particularly tough.

It is raining here in Washington. I love the rain.

We drove to see lights last night. With hot cocoa and
a warm latte. Life is good right now.

I am thankful.

Church tomorrow night will be calm.

not a huge Christmas fan

Who knew? Who knew that by sticking my nose in and jumping in with both feet, not only could I/we help someone……we could start to heal ourselves?

Not being a huge fan of the Christmas season, this caught me off guard.

Oh sure, there are things I love, love, love about the season….

I love that moment of rustle and energy and sound put forth when I along with
a concert hall full of people move to stand for Handel’s Hallelujah chorus.

I love that first smell of evergreens in a spotlessly clean church once the
hanging of the greens is completed.

I love the look of a dark evergreen fresh tree hung only with white Chrismons.

I love the silly requests to Santa, ” I want pants.” funny, just funny

I love to catch a glimpse of a car load of family headed home with a fresh cut
Christmas tree tied on backwards on top of their car.

I will admit to LOVING rug lug Jewish cookies this time of year.

I love using woven loom red, white and green pot holders, handmade just for me this season. It makes me feel special and thought of.

After this weekend of giving…………it sort of caught us off guard.
Things looked prettier, more sparkly, if you will. This season seemed a bit brighter.

Hey Virginia, the Christmas spirit is alive and well. I just needed to be beaned on the head with a club to remember.

I must say if feels pretty nice.