And stay out!

Good riddance!

It was certainly not the worst year I have had,
but it had it's own share of crazy.

Time for you to go sir,
here is your coat.
Please get out...
lurve you, xoxo v.


Christmas Eve...

lurve you, xoxo v.

Are you ready?...

lurve you, xoxo v.

Christmas crafts...

 This is one of my favorite crafts to make for the holidays!

Years ago, when I owned a candle company,
these were one of my best-selling items.

And, I love to make them for gifts.

So, that's what I did this year!
Paul helped too, because he is really 
excited about learning how to make candles.

All you have to do is melt the candle wax in a double boiler on the stove
(or whatever method you choose...you can Google), add the scent, and the coloring.

Then you pour the scented wax onto a foil-lined cookie sheet.

Let set up until the wax is beginning to firm up,
but so that you can still get a cookie cutter neatly through it.

Cut out the shapes that you like with a normal cookie cutter.
For Christmas, I used gingerbread men and stars.

While the wax is still hot,
I pushed in cloves for the mouth and buttons on the boys.
I also used a skewer to make holes at the top of each ornament
so that I could string a piece of twine through them for a hanger.

The best part is how GOOD they smell!

You can hang them on your tree, or on a peg rack.

The gingerbread scent is so yummy!

They last and last too!

I had a previous set for YEARS.
No kidding.


lurve you, xoxo v.



lurve you, xoxo v.

Christmas treats!

 I've been a baking fool around here!

As Paul put it, I have a "rather aggressive baking schedule this season."

There is so much I want to make!
So, here is what I've done so far.

Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies...
I found this on Pinterest, but you can view the recipe here.

These were not my favorite that I've made,
but everyone else around here seemed to think they were.
One of the kids even went in and made a second batch when I didn't want to!

Eggnog Cookies...

These were UH-MAZING!!!
I can't put too many exclamation points there.
Really, so so good.

You can find the recipe here.

Cocoa-Coffee Crinkles...

First of all, DON'T get turned off by how they look when you first form them!
They actually turn into a pretty yummy cookie.

You can find the recipe here.

No-bake cookies...

We have always made these in our family,
and they are so good!

I was too lazy to go look up the recipe for you,
so I managed to find it on Pinterest.

You can find it here.

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies...

These turned out really, really good.
Of course, they don't look as cute as the ones on Pinterest,
but what matters is how they taste, right?
And they taste amaze-balls!

You can find the recipe here.

Peppermint Poke Cake...

 Poke cakes are SO easy!
I make them all the time.

You just bake a cake (with a normal cake mix of your choice),
and when it comes out of the oven,
use the handle of a wooden spoon to
poke holes all over the top of the cake.

Then, you mix a packet of your choice of jello per the box directions,
and then pour the Jello liquid all over the top of the cake,
filling the holes.

Place the cake in the refrigerator for a few hours,
then cover with a bin of Cool Whip.


For this holiday version,
I made the cake (and added some peppermint flavoring to the mix),
and poked the holes.
Then, I used vanilla pudding mix (instead of Jello).
I added some peppermint flavoring and food coloring
to the pudding and poured it over the top of the cake.


After a few hours, I covered it with the
Cool Whip like before and then sprinkled
 crushed candy cane over the top.


These go FAST around here!
Even several batches don't stand a chance in this house.

They are definitely a favorite.

You can search Pinterest (or the internet) for your favorite Snowball recipe.


I wished these looked as good as they tasted!
Serious props to every person who makes perfect-looking Buckeyes!

I think I know what I did wrong and will have to test it again next year.

So...just to show you that not everything ends up perfect.

Of course, these were scarfed down anyways.
They still loved them.

lurve you, xoxo v.



  I love history, things with history, family history...you get the idea. Some of the ornaments on our tree have a lot of history. Like the tiny little bells that were my Grandma's from probably the 30's or 40's I'm guessing. The others are Paul's. He isn't sure about the Santa, but the gingerbread man was something his parents had from the 40's or 50's.

lurve you, xoxo v.


Office holiday breakfast...

We had our annual holiday breakfast at Cracker Barrel.

This is my friend Donna...her smile looks so pretty!
Paul said I look "unhappy".  Ha.
I just didn't want to smile big because I didn't want to show my
wonky tooth before it gets fixed!
lurve you, xoxo v.


So, on the 25 days of Christmas challenge,
today's theme is "carols".

Sorry, we don't carol.
I've got nothing for ya.

lurve you, xoxo v.
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