Monday, January 2, 2012

January Ramblings

I took the Christmas decorations down last night. I actually wasn't ready to put them up but knew that if I didn't take Christmas down I couldn't put up that was my motivation. The house looks bare. I don't like it. Usually I'm ready to rid the clutter and gain the space back but this time it's made the house feel empty and not cozy. There's just something about the warm glow of those lights that make me feel right at home. Am I the only one that feels this way?

I've already cleaned my closet and Bubby's dresser has been organized and de-cluttered of clothes that he's outgrown. One clutter zone at a time. It makes me happy to open my closet and see everything in it's place. It won't stay like this for long so I will enjoy it while I can. It seems like all it takes is one rushed morning of getting dressed to get things out of order and then it just snowballs from there.

I planned to run today and it didn't happen. I even skipped my morning shower in hopes that it would motivate me to head to the park and justify the stink. When I opened the door to let Nellie go potty and felt the chill of the wind I decided not to. So I just stayed in my pjs all day and prayed that I didn't get an unexpected knock at the door. That always seems to happen on those days, am I right?

My friend Brooke brought me some of  this Creme Brulee and it has taken everything I have in me not to make more. It was the absolute best I have ever had! I have a carton of heavy cream just begging to be used for this very purpose. Only thing is I don't have a torch. Do you think I could use the broiler to caramelize the sugar?

I test drove minivans this past weekend and I am actually getting really excited about the switch from SUV to minivan. I don't think we will have any regrets. It's the perfect family car and has so many bells and whistles that are very appealing to a young family. It seems like the only argument or reasons against not going with a minivan was that it wasn't cool. I'm glad that I'm not going for cool and that I don't really care how a car makes me feel or look. I want my car to be safe for my family, gas efficient, spacious and comfortable. Minivan = check, check, check and check. Besides, my husband is the only person I care to impress and he was the one that requested we get a minivan to begin with.  All I can say is don't knock em until you've driven or ridden in one. We're leaning more towards the Honda Odyssey over the Toyota Sienna, if you have any input on this I would love to hear it.

This week I plan on posting a step by step on the making of the Kitchen set as well as other fun stuff.


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Honda Odyssey and I only have one lid. :-) It is so easy and spacious. My husband loves it too. We also looked at the Toyota Sienna. My mom has driven a sienna for years, but it was the stow and go back seat that sold me on the Odyssey. (the newer Siennas may have that feature too, I'm not sure.) I didn't want to have to take the seats out and put them somewhere. I love it!

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  2. I'm a first-time reader of your blog and already love it! I definitely feel like the Christmas lights make my home feel cozy and inviting...I don't like putting away my Christmas decorations and in fact, I leave up 2 trees my boys' bedrooms! Their trees match their room decor so it's easiest just to leave the trees up! HA! I LOOVVEEDDD my Honda minivan! I went from an SUV to a minivan years ago and LOVED it. We had the Odyssey and I can't say enough WONDERFUL things about it!!!! YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!!

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  3. I too spent the day taking my Christmas decorations down. I 100% agree that the house feels empty with out them! I left the outside ones up, thinking I would take them down today, but it's bitter cold out so that will have to wait. We don't have a lot of Valentine's decorations, nor do I care to at this point in our lives, so I just put the regular, everyday ones back out, which makes it feel like all holidays are over, and it tricks me into thinking that spring and summer are just around the corner- which is so false!

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  4. Hey girl! You can use the broiler. I did that for years before the torch.

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  5. I've never posted on anyone's blog that i don't personally know...however, i wanted to share my opinion of the minivan dilemma as we were in the same boat not 2 years ago. We bought a '08 toyota sienna over the odyssey for 1 main reason: comfortable long trips...yes, this may sound like an oxymoron...but the toyota rides better and it makes for a comfy longer trip. It's just gentle on your body and not so bumpy. And it's not as loud as the odyssey on the highway. Anyway, we love our Sienna (or Swagger-wagon as some call it) and hope you can find a good one for your family! Happy shopping!

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  6. I completely understood all of your ramblings :)-except the mini van :)-we have a Honda Odyssey & although I would recommend it {we have 2 soon to be 3 littles} I really miss my Tahoe! But you can not beat the effiency if the mini!
    Happy New Year!

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  7. I make Creme Brulee several times a year, and never use a torch. Just broil in the oven. Just be sure to watch it because it caramelizes super quick.

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