Makeshift Monday

Those of you who know me, know I am a HUGE fan of Baileys. YUM. I love it even more during the holiday season. It`s perfect on ice, in coffee, in hot chocolate, in a cocktail – the possibilities are endless!

Baileys

Here is a delicious Baileys cocktail recipe, perfect for a holiday party, courtesy of the LCBO.

Baileys Original Chocolatini

1 1⁄2 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream

1⁄4 oz Smirnoff Vodka

1⁄4 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur

Fresh raspberries

Pour Baileys Original Irish Cream,  Smirnoff Vodka, and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur into a chilled shaker glass filled with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

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December

Happy December!

It’s my favourite time of the year (minus the cold weather), and it always seems to go by in the blink of an eye.

I would like to start off my celebrating the end of Movember! A couple of weeks ago I showed you Steve’s stache progress, and I am VERY HAPPY to say it’s gone! Woohoo! I am proud that he participated but more than thrilled to say good-bye to the moustache.

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I am going to attempt to get some serious Christmas shopping done this weekend. I have to take advantage of Steve being home to watch Maxton. I am dreading the mall but it will be easier with crowds than with a cranky toddler (who can blame him).

We are also going to attempt to take him to see Santa tomorrow. Visiting Santa last year was so easy, he didn’t know what was happening, and didn’t care. This year it may be a bit more of a challenge. I have visions of quivering lips and tears…

We have one location we like to go to, the Santa is “authentic” looking. None of that fake beard that hangs under his nose, accompanied by the faint trace of booze on his breath. No, that doesn’t only happen in movies. There is a Santa not too far from us, who can be compared to the Santa in the movie “Elf”. Classy.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Mission Completed

30 Days. 30 Posts. I did it!

When I first decided to participate in NaBloPoMo, I wasn’t sure I would have the time/creative energy to pull off a-post-a-day for an entire month, but I did! I will definitely make an effort to blog more often, maybe not every day, but I always try to aim for at least three posts per week.

I’m not sure where the month of November went, it’s hard to believe tomorrow is the 1st of December. I have so much Christmas shopping left to do, with little time left. It’s not the easiest to drag a 15-month-old from store to store, to browse and shop – I don’t blame him. I can barely drag myself to do it…

I have a lot of items to check off my to-do list, this coming month: Decorating, Christmas cards, Christmas baking, Christmas shopping, wrapping, cleaning,…So much to do!

Prepare for an overload of Christmas related posts over the next few weeks. The countdown is on!

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Two weeks ago we started decorating our home for our favourite holiday. I LOVE decorating the house for Christmas. I can’t wait for Maxton to be as excited about the holiday season as his Mommy and Daddy are.

One of my favourite things thus far is our dining room table.

It feels so inviting and ready for a group of people to eat, and be merry around. No, I am absolutely not hosting Christmas dinner at my house, but I am sure there will be a few dinners around it with family and friends before the season is over. (Tip: Don’t feel you need to have a formal sit-down dinner for holiday parties. You can have a cocktail party and set the dining room chairs up throughout your home, and have the guests help themselves to a buffet-style dinner set up on your dining table. This way you can show off your beautiful centerpieces without cramming everyone uncomfortably around the table).

This past Sunday we put up the best decoration of all: the Christmas tree!!!

Maxton LOVES to try to pull off the bulbs. We didn’t hang very many at the bottom, and hung all the glass ornaments towards the top, out of his reach.

Only 26 more days until Christmas!!!

Makeshift Monday: Christmas List

I have to start off by saying, my Mom told me to write this post. “Helen, why don’t you write a post about how many times I have asked you for a Christmas list, and how I still don’t have it.” Those were her exact words. So here you go, Mom.

Every year, my mom asks me to come up with a Christmas List well in advance. Every year, around this time, she starts making scary threats like “All you will get is money in boxes to open on Christmas. How fun is that?!”. Umm, cha-ching! Very fun. All kidding aside, I always have a hard time coming up with a list. I’m sure there are a lot of things I would “like”, I just can’t come up with anything…

On Saturday while preparing salad at my Mom’s for dinner, I noticed her super-cool-spaceship-like salad spinner, and decided I would like one exactly like it. One item – check.

Stella & Dot also had a great Black Friday sale this past weekend, so I picked out a ring I liked, and ordered it (for my Mom to give me). Two items – check!

I’m sure come December 26, I will think of ten things I want for Christmas. That’s how my mind works. Perhaps I can attribute it to years of procrastination. Although as a child, I had no problem coming up with a Christmas list of 20 items or more. Barbie’s, a Baby Alive, Polly Pocket’s, My Little Pony’s…Ahhh, when Christmas was simple…

Don’t worry Mom, I am currently working on item number three…