the week in photos.

as I was editing the photos for today, I realized they collectively scream “I’m an adult” hence why I don’t have two weeks off for christmas anymore.

now after that stellar introduction ..

week in photos, dec 20 //

it is the ‘best’ feeling when you have a spice-heavy recipe to make and you have ALL the needed spices in your spice rack. I almost always have to purchase something. but folks, I am now an adult.

week in photos, dec 20 //

winter in iowa triggers chili cravings.

week in photos, dec 20 //

I participated in an ornament exchange hosted by a slice of mudpie. for the exchange, I received mandy of mandy’s money blog. after a little “research,” I discovered she loves to bake. so when I found this little guy, I knew it was perfect for her.

week in photos, dec 20 //

she sent me a handful of pretty ornaments.

week in photos, dec 20 //

week in photos, dec 20 //

plus this gem to commemorate [J] & I’s engagement.


christmas is in five short days.

[J] & I are headed to my hometown tomorrow to celebrate with some of my family. we’re doing a white elephant style gift exchange at my aunt & uncle’s, and I cannot wait to steal the sweetest gift from someone. that’s me full of holiday cheer. and tonight, I may ask make [J] bake cookies with me.

what’s in store for your weekend?

happy friday all.


welcome santa. & all your cheer.

the holiday season is without a doubt upon us.

we are after all, three days into the month of december.

there’s nothing like twinkly lights + an overdose of red & green to get you in the spirit.

[J]’s mom is a christmas decorating master. & his dad is a pro at exterior illumination.

let me give you a small glimpse of the beauty around here ..


xmas tree page[yes, after 5 years in this happy relationship ..I made it on [J]’s family tree].

dining room page

SONY DSC[even the wine bottles got festive].

we had a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony. it was the sweetest thing. there was a champagne toast. I was in heaven ..

SONY DSCSONY DSC[out the front door].

SONY DSC[down the brightly lit street].

SONY DSCwhat better place/way to write this post ..than at a christmas-inspired table, drinking a christmas ale.

I hope this filled you with holiday cheer. on this fine monday.

we’re working for the weekend holiday, now!!


[J] & I had our first “us” christmas last year, in new york. making this is our second christmas living together. traditions are important to me. so I’m brainstorming! [if you have any ideas, let me have ‘em!]

happy monday!

[only twenty-two days to go].