Looking Ahead: Ten Things to Remember in 2016

I do believe it is time for another adventure
In keeping with the spirit of the season, and making this the year of goals, here are a few things I want to try to keep in mind through the coming year. Continue reading


Christmas Loot: What Santa Brought Me This Year

What a wonderful Christmas it’s been! In the gifts department, I was completely spoiled on all fronts. A few of my favorite things from under the tree:

What Santa Brought Me//List Maker Picture Taker
1. Paris Ornament from Paper Source // 2.David’s Tea Gold Dipped Nordic Mug // 3.Hoosier Mama Book of Pie cookbook // 4. David’s Tea of the Month Collection // 5. Anker Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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The Great Cookie Poll: What Are Your Favorite Christmas Cookies?

gingerbread cookies
In case it wasn’t clear by now, I love the holidays. The decorations, the music, the movies, all the fun festivities, and, of course, the food! One of my favorite Christmas past times is making cookies and other sweet treats for the people I care about. This gives me the excuse to indulge in two of my favorite things: Christmas and baking. I also love the gift giving part of the season and, it goes without saying, gifts you can eat are the best kind. Continue reading

Christmas In Chicago: Eight of the Best Ways To Celebrate the Season

Marshall Field Chicago

This is the post where I bring together two of my favorite things: my adopted home of Chicago, and Christmas! Together, with festive traditions, beautiful lights and entertaining shows, look at all this amazingness they make!

Christkindlemarket in Daley Plaza
This annual outdoor market, which takes its name from the one in Nuremberg, Germany, has been getting Chicagoans into the Christmas spirit for nearly twenty years. Bring your appetite, because there are tons of traditional German treats at this market, including lots to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Looking for some unique holiday gifts? The Christkindlemarket is definitely the place to visit! Each of the little shops offers something different, from hand-painted ornaments and nutcrackers, to candied nuts and knit scarves. I recently posted about our outing on the blog, so for more info and lots of pretty photos, click hereContinue reading