Monday, December 17, 2018

All Things Christmas In Photos



One of the best things about having to ship Christmas presents is that it forces you to get all your shopping and wrapping done early. So, I was free this past weekend to really relax and soak in all things Christmas. There was a little baking, a lot of Christmas music played, some pool time, but most of all, Christmas lights in various ways. I hope you all can finish your lists, wind down all the hustle and bustle and find the joy in the season too.




Christmas lights Florida style. This is the University Town Center area in Sarasota and this is just a small sample of the hundreds of palm trees lit for the season.


1st Annual Christmas Glow Ride in my neighborhood. I don't bike, but there is a riding group that is quite adventurous (they usually ride 30+ miles) and they had a lot of fun spreading Christmas cheer.


Some Cranberry Apple and Ginger Chutney has been in my fridge since Thanksgiving and I found this great muffin recipe to use it up. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins are both genius and delicious.


Beautiful pool day on December 16th. I was pretty happy in my chair, reading Gone with the Wind for maybe the 6th or 7th time and enjoying the sunshine sparkling on the water and the palm trees swaying in the breeze.



Downtown Venice - Florida style Christmas lights, round 2. This was my view after mass Sunday night.

Happy Monday!


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Road Trip




Any Florida Gator alumni or fans reading today? On Saturday, we took a road trip to Gainsville for the MSU versus University of Florida basketball game. When we were living in Michigan, though we didn't have season tickets for basketball, we still made it to quite a few games. There is nothing like being at the Breslin Center, with the crazy Izzone, but experiencing a different basketball arena and its loud student section was a lot of fun too.





It was a noon game and a three hour drive, so we left early, got coffee for the road and made it in plenty of time to park and walk a bit around campus. I do love seeing a college campus for the first time and there is always great energy as you walk around. I was proudly wearing my green and white and found a lot of fellow Spartans also enjoying the campus before the game. And, all good Spartans know to say "Go Green" as you pass another Spartan.



The game was exciting and MSU won in the last few seconds after letting Florida catch up in the final stretch. It was a long drive back with a lot of traffic leaving Gainsville and on I75 south, but seeing the game live and helping cheer the Spartans to victory was so worth it to this MSU alum.

Happy Tuesday!


Friday, December 7, 2018

December So Far



It's a busy month, but I'm very thankful for that extra week on the calendar this year, after Thanksgiving and before December 1st. It gave us all a chance to recover and move forward, with a bit of a pause. My shopping is almost done, except for some small items and I'm just waiting patiently (or maybe impatiently) for all my packages to arrive, so I can wrap and ship them to Michigan. I am a big on line shopper and do not miss the days of marathon trips to the mall, carrying heavy shopping bags and overheating in my winter coat. With free shipping and cyber Monday discounts, it's a no brainer for me.



On Monday, I hosted a luncheon for my yoga group. There are a core group of us that are there every week, since the beginning and I wanted to get us out of the clubhouse for a change. I had everything ready before I left, so it would be easy and stress free when I returned after yoga. I kept things simple with soup, two salads and rolls. I also served two kinds of sangria - a red and a white. The red sangria was Pinot Noir, with apples, oranges, grapes limes, simple syrup, club soda and a cinnamon stick. The white sangria was Sauvignon Blanc, apples, cranberries, simple syrup, club soda and a sprig of rosemary. The recipes can be found on my Fun Drinks Pinterest board.



The Creamy Tomato Basil Soup I served, was so good. It's my second time making this recipe and I'm sure it won't be the last. It's perfect for company, because you can make it ahead of time in the crock pot and serve when you are ready. The original pin can be found here.


Wednesday night was the monthly girls night out at our clubhouse. We tried something different this month and ordered some food in, rather than all bring something to share. It was a great idea in this busy season. These girl's nights have been a great addition to the neighborhood calendar and such a good way to casually meet neighbors. We have new people moving in all the time and snowbirds that come and go, so it's important to keep connections open.


My book group met last night and I led the discussion of Little Fires Everywhere. It is a great book for an interesting and lively discussion, with several different themes throughout; including motherhood, adoption, cultural differences and life in suburbia. This book came to my attention from Reese Witherspoon, who picks a book each month, similar to what Oprah used to do. It's interesting that her picks seem to be gaining some cachet and are noted on Amazon as such.

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope to do a post with my Christmas decor next week.


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