Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Please join me beginning today as I Countdown to Christmas.  Every Tuesday through the week of December 25, I will be counting down to Christmas with checklists, recipes, ideas and inspiration.

This week I begin my Christmas Countdown.  I’ve counted down to Christmas for what seems like forever.  I start by purchasing a new journal for jotting down notes, gift ideas, menu and cookie baking ideas, and to-dos, which I’ll later transfer to my Holiday Lists.  This so gets me in the mood for celebrating and making the most of the holiday season.  Also, while I do love planners, I use a three-ring binder for my Christmas Countdown.  This is where I save the recipes and the decoration ideas, instructions for gifts to make, my cleaning lists, shopping lists… well, you’ll see as we count down to Christmas together.

On my Holiday To-Do List for Week 1:

1) Set budget for gift giving.

2) Write out gift list (confirm sizes, colors, etc.). 

3) Work on Thanksgiving Day guest list.

4) Work on Thanksgiving Day menu and shopping list.
Quick confession: A few years back I created a dinner menu/shopping list for the whole week and use the same every year. Consider it – saves lots of time.  You can see my list here.  

5) Create Holiday Calendar – mark special dates.

6) Begin shopping.

7) Browse catalogs for gifts, and begin ordering.

To help get you started on your Countdown, I’ve included a few pretty and useful lists.  Enjoy!

Merrily, Trish

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Our November 2018 To Do 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!

Already celebrated a birthday this past Saturday.  Will be checking these off.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hello November!

No tricks here, it's November . . . already!

I hope you all had a fun Halloween!
The kiddies enjoyed their evening of trick or treating.
Now on to a month of Thankfulness.

Grateful for you!