Monday, November 27, 2017

Countdown to Christmas, Week 5

Week 5 has officially begun. You can see Week 4’s Countdown here.
To-Do this week:
1) Christmas parties are coming up. What will you wear? Do clothes need dry-cleaned, pressed, repaired. Or will you be buying something new? What accessories will you wear? Shoes?  Think about it.  This is the perfect time to buy YOU a new gift.  I am quite taken with this simple BCB Generation Cocktail Dressit would be perfect for the Christmas office party.
2)  Schedule time for a hair appointment and/or manicure.  Salons get very busy at this time of year, so get your appointment booked.
3) Mail Christmas cards.
4) It’s time to finish up with on-line and catalog shopping so that the ordered items arrive in plenty of time to be wrapped and put under the tree.
5) Plan the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus. Order fresh turkeys, hams or goose now.
6) Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water. RELAX and ENJOY!

Merrily, Trish

Thursday, November 23, 2017


While I may still have tons to do, i.e., peel potatoes, stuff the turkey, and some light cleaning before the guests arrive, I find myself reminding myself of all that I have to be thankful for.

I am thankful for our table filled with glorious food, for the people joining us in this feast, for family and friends and the occasional stranger who touches our lives in a positive way.  I am thankful for this big old house that keeps us dry and warm.  I am grateful for the children, they bring such wonder and love to our everyday.  I am thankful for the four days I have off due to this holiday. I am thankful! Glory be to God!

I am thankful for the four day weekend I have thanks to this Holiday!!! My plans are to begin holiday baking, craft making, invitation writing and general prep and finalization of our upcoming ornament exchange, and our family Christmas Eve luncheon.  During quiet time (what’s that?!), I would like to settle down with the little ones to watch Thanksgiving themed film.  I posted a few favorites in a prior post.  You can see them here.  I am looking forward to drinking egg nog, reading holiday themed books with the children, playing Thomas Trains with Elliot and Fisher Price Little People with Amelia.

What are you thankful for?

Merrily, Trish

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

8 of My Favorite Thanksgiving Themed Films

 Looking for a Thanksgiving Themed Movie? Below are 8 of my favorite films which center around Thanksgiving.  

Thanksgiving Themed Films

1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles - John Candy, Steve Martin – What Thanksgiving is all about.    

2. Jack and Jill – Adam Sandler. Fun!

3. Home for the Holidays - Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Holly Hunter, Robert Downey, Jr.  This file is one of my absolute   favorites.  Going home for the Holidays has never been more fun.

4. Pieces of April – Katie Holmes. This film is different, and I like it.

5. What’s Cooking?– Mercedes Ruehl.  Love this film! 

6. The Big Chill – Star studded cast including, Glenn Close, JoBeth Williams, Tom Berenger.  I can't even count the times I have watched this film. What a soundtrack!

7. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – The Peanuts Gang – it’s not a holiday without them.

8. Holiday Treasure – Jason Robards. I watched this as a young'un and it has always stuck with me.  I really like it.

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving film that you watch EVERY year?? Do share.

Merrily, Trish

Monday, November 20, 2017

Countdown to Christmas, Week 4

I've been staying up with my Countdown. Here's my Countdown for the Fourth Week of November:
1. Be thankful for all you have, and all that you've accomplished to this point.
2. Enjoy you Thanksgiving! You deserve it.
3. Send out invitations for the Christmas Ornament Exchange.
4. Pick up those Advent candles.  Advent begins Sunday.  If you are lighting the candles this year, I’ve included a cheat sheet for which candle to light when and the meaning of each.
5. Begin addressing Christmas cards. 

Advent Candles "Cheat Sheet"

Merrily, Trish

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

...and the Most Important Meal of the Day is...

Monday morning getting ready for Preschool:

Me: What would you like for breakfast?
Elliot: Nothing.
Me:  What do I always tell you is the most important meal of the day?

(That's McDonalds). 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Countdown to Christmas, Week 3

Week 3 has officially begun.  
To-Do this week:
1)   Continue shopping for gifts;
2)   Update Christmas card list;
3)   Purchase or order Christmas cards.  I have so many boxed sets that I do not need to buy any for a few years.  However, there are so many adorable cards that when I see a set that appeals to me, I just have to buy them; 
4)   Make and freeze a batch of baked goods (unfrosted cookies, bars, quick breads);
5)   Start collecting boxes and gift bags to use for gift wrapping, or do what K and I like to do – buy a roll of brown mailing paper from the dollar store.  Gather paints, stickers, ribbon, trim and create your own gift wrap.  One year, using an envelope template from Mirkwood Designs, K finger-painted on the brown paper and we cut out envelopes for money and gift card gifts;
6)   Start wrapping gifts as they are bought.  I must do this because I really do not like to wrap; and
7)   Finalize Thanksgiving dinner menu and entertainment plans.

Merrily, Trish

Monday, November 6, 2017

Countdown to Christmas, Week 2

Week 2 has officially begun.  You can see Week 1’s Holiday To-Do List here
To-Do this week:

1)   Continue shopping for gifts;

2)   Begin buying nonperishable items for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

3)   Decide what table settings and linens you will be using for each holiday dinner.  Will you be using the good china or the everyday?  What about chargers?  And let’s not forget the centerpiece!  Do you need to purchase something new? Sometimes I’ll indulge in a new tablecloth (Burlington’s has great prices on tablecloths!)  What about napkins? Napkin rings?  Get the kiddies involved. Check out Pinterest for easy to make napkin holders and placemats.

4)   Stock up on Holiday themed paper products, i.e., plates, cups, eating utensils, place mats.  While I set a pretty table using china and linens for the main dinners, I like to use Holiday themed paper products for potluck and impromptu get togethers.

5)   Decorate for Thanksgiving.

6)   Last week, we worked on the guest list for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Now it’s time to send out the invites.

Merrily, Trish

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Being Thankful: Part One

  • I am so thankful for the little ones in my life.  Elliot and Amelia.  They make coming home after work each night something to look forward to.  

  • I am thankful for the house I live in – true it needs A LOT of work, but it’s warm, and it’s large enough share with family, and to host parties.
  • I am thankful for the little things I take for granted.
  • I am thankful for my niece, Melissa, who is always so good to me.
  • I am thankful for health and strength.
  • I am thankful for my friends and co-workers.
  • I am grateful to my MOM for so much!
  • For my granddaughter Kayla for being here.
  • For Mister for his patience.
  • For gingerbread, my favorite authors, white chocolate mochas, snow for Christmas, the pitter patter of rain outside our window, warm blankets, candles, for Survivor, Project Runway and holiday themed movies.
  • I am thank for for every single day.  

What's on your thankful list?

Merrily, Trish

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2017 Family Bucket List


1.     Keep a gratitude journal
2.     Rake Leaves
3.     Make Butternut Squash Soup – share with family & friends
4.     Crochet a scarf
5.     Bake a pie
6.     Send Happy Thanksgiving Day cards
7.     Watch Thanksgiving themed movies
8.     Make acorn art with the kiddies
9.     Celebrate November birthdays
10.     Read a book
11.     Buy Indian corn and gourds – make a centerpiece
12.     Make homemade cranberry sauce
13.     Start shopping for gifts!

14.     Go for a walk around the neighborhood
15.     Relax, Enjoy, Be Thankful!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Welcome November!

As I’ve said many time before, September through December are my most favorite months of the year (cold weather not included, but comes with the territory), with Thanksgiving and Christmas being my most favored holidays.

September, for me, symbolizes a time to learn as it coincides with going back to school.  October is filled with parades, costumes and trick or treating and Halloween parties.
And then there is November.  This month is a quieter month, a good month to reflect and to count your blessings, especially before the hustle and bustle of preparing for the Christmas season.  

This month, I plan to embrace the practice of Hygge.  Yes, I am, once again, behind.  I just learned of this most comforting and laid-back tradition.  I am preparing our home and hearts for just being.  

What is November to you?

Jesus took the bread in his hands and gave thanks to God. Then he passed the bread to the people, and he did the same with the fish, until everyone had plenty to eat.

John 6:11 Contemporary English Version