Winter Checklist

It’s time for a new checklist. The winter checklist is full of winter-y but mostly Christmas-y things that we will hopefully be able to accomplish in the next coming weeks. Most of these things are ones that we have traditionally done each year. I hope that each of these things are things that our girls want to do for many more years to come.

Our list of winter must-dos:

When we do the summer checklist, we generally have about three months to get everything done and are able to do much of the list during the week since the girls and I are all home for the summer. For the winter checklist, however, we have to get it all done in just a few weekends (for the most part).

A couple of the to-do list items have already been accomplished. The Mag Mile Lights Festival was last weekend. It’s always one of our favorite events of the holiday season. It’s a great combination of two of our favorite things, Christmas and Disney.

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Mickey Mouse celebrating his birthday on the Mag Mile

We’ve also already accomplished taking a picture with Santa – a couple times already! At the tree lighting at Yorktown, the girls had a picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. And then, once again, at a tree lighting – this time at the Shops at 900 North Michigan, the girls got to see Santa again and this time sit on his lap and let him know what their Christmas list consisted of.

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The tree at the Shops at 900 North Michigan is truly stunning!

So, all in all, I’m feeling pretty good about our list. Hopefully, there will be even more Christmas-y things that we are able to do, even if they aren’t on the initial list.

Our list thus far:

What are your Christmas must-dos?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

A few years ago, I made cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving for the first time. It was delicious. And after that one day, a tradition was born. Now, every Thanksgiving eve, I bring out my favorite cookbook and make a big pot of cranberry sauce to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. I also bring a couple cans of the canned stuff…..because I like both. And really, you can’t have too much cranberry sauce, right?

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I also usually run out to Target the day before to pick up some new festive disposable containers to put the finished cranberry sauce in. This year’s containers are super cute. Check out that polar bear!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your table is full of delicious eats and wonderful conversation with loved ones.

Bring on Christmas

I took down the Halloween decorations this morning. (Although, we still have to figure out what we are going to do with our pumpkins…..any ideas?)

We had giant eyeballs in the pine tree nearest to the house. Our scarecrow that we made at Scarecrow Fest and our jack-o-lanterns were positioned right by the front porch.

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It was all very festive and fun and spoooooooky.

But….

Now, my mind is turning toward Christmas. I know that we will do lights on the tree nearest the house like we do each year. We’ll do lights on the porch railings. But, I think that I want to do something more this year. Lights along the gutters? Something in the yard?

What are your decorating plans for Christmas?

Simple Weeknight Dinners

We are busy. Ridiculously busy. Between events, dance classes, running errands, etc. it’s hard to just have a night of quiet. OK. Not hard. Nearly impossible it seems. So, I am on the lookout for easy weeknight dinners that don’t require a lot of prep work and can be done in little time….And that the girls will want to eat.

One of our go-to meals is mini pizzas made on English muffins. Spread some pasta sauce on the English muffins. Add some cheese. Throw it in the oven and you’ve got pizzas. I’ve been trying to use it as an easy way to get the girls to eat more veggies but they keep picking them off. Thankfully, they’ll both eat a handful of carrot sticks or cherry tomatoes if they won’t veggies on their pizza.

What are your favorite recipes for easy weeknight dinners?