I know, it's not today. It's tomorrow. But I work today AND tomorrow, so I've got to get in my holiday greetings while I can!!!
The plans for this year are as follows:
--Potluck dinner at work on Thursday. I am bringing twice-baked potatoes.
--Potluck dinner/party at my fella's on Friday. I am bringing more twice-baked potatoes.
--Real dinner at my parent's on Saturday. I am bringing my fella to meet them (!!!)
--Sunday and Monday: Rest.
I know you are wondering...so here is my recipe for twice-baked potatoes (off the top of my head, as it always is).
Bake about 6 large baking potatoes.
Cut them in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the centers with a spoon. Save the insides in a bowl.
Take the skins and line them in a lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
To the insides: Add a splash of milk, a GOOD AMOUNT of butter and sour cream, plus some chopped green onions, cheddar cheese and bacon (optional.)
Take this mixture and put it BACK INTO the skins. You can then add some more cheese and goodies to garnish, if you'd like.
Next, put the whole dish in the oven--350 for about 20-30 minutes, or until the tops get just a bit golden.
Garnish with some rosemary sprigs for a festive feel :)
Here's what I'm thankful for:
My loving, supportive parents; my super cool sister and her amazing kid, Ella; my amazingly wonderful boyfriend, who I am consistently in awe of how much I adore; my friends who put up with my lack of ability to be social; my job (hey--at least I've still got it, right?), etsy, which enables me to make my fun money and develop my art; my health, which is pretty much OK; my hopes for a happy future.
Well, it's another end of a week (almost) and I'm back on the road. My birds are going to be so lonesome. I feel bad.
Here they are (below) taking a bath at my old house. The little tykes.
I am headed up to my parent's house tonight, straight after work. Then laundry and quality time there. Then back to work for one more lovely Saturday. Then my fella's on Sunday. Then off to the Thrift Shop to volunteer with mom on Monday. Then (maybe) off to Rockville to see Twilight with Amanda that night.
My poor little car is going to get a workout. Speaking of which --I think I need an oil change!
Whew. That was some excitement. Amanda and I did a little bit of close-watching of the trailer during craft day and decided that, yes, we are indeed excited for the new Harry Potter movie. HA!
So, I had a pretty exciting rest of my weekend (other than making tons of crowns and combs and headbands) --here is my fav:
I had a nice little date with my fella :) He is good; we are good; all is well with the world!!! :D
Here is a super cute picture....sorry if it makes you gag a bit :) hehehe
ANYWAYS...eh hem..... I went to the Starbucks this morning for my usual "monday morning" Pumpkin Spice Latte and the place was CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS!! ARG. There were really angry caffeine-starved people..... myself included.
BUT, other than that, I am all smiles. :)
Here is some inspiration for the day: My grandmother (Adeline) and grandfather's (Milton) wedding! Aren't those bridesmaids hats so chic!?!?!? I think I need to make something with that same tulle gathering in the back. Very nice....
More movie inspiration!!!! YAY! The Phantom of the Opera---good flick. Really dark and gothic. Makes me want to make little sparkly hair clips .... And wish I had really long, curly, black hair!! AH! jealous.
I think with the winter coming (pretty much here) I'm trying to branch out (no pun intended) and get away from the natural elements of my crowns--at least until spring. It just seems more natural to use more vintage elements and things of the like...
So, big crafting day (Sunday) is only a day away! Amanda's coming over for movies and gossip and crafting....and I need supplies.
Tomorrow I have to buy/procure the following before work:
4.) Ingredients for dinner
PLUS! I have to go to the Post Office! I can't really complain though. If I wasn't super busy, I would be super bored :)
I may or may not be like most Americans in that I never really heard about "Remembrance Day." I finally figured it out this year, and I was so intrigued. Basically, it's Veterans Day, but it's all based off of a POEM. I love that.
I've heard the poem before---but the connection is amazing.
"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields." ---John McCrae
Anyways, I REALLY LOVE the little poppy pins. Maybe it's the red and black combo--not sure....so I think I am going to make a poppy crown. I've made on before, but not as stylized. I will hopefully work on it this weekend and can report back with the fabulous results!!
So, I was "researching" head wear in movies this weekend, trying to find some inspiration for new creations.
I love the piece in "Love Actually" that Kiera Knightley wears. It's really simple and feathery. Can't find a photo though.
Anyways, I started YouTubing around and started getting all sappy looking at all these romance movies.
For your viewing pleasure, and no particular reason otherwise, here are my top four favorite romantic movie scenes ever!! (It was going to be three---but I couldn't decide between them---So grab some leftover Halloween candy and enjoy :)
4.) Breakfast at Tiffany's (This scene is mostly tear-jerking because of Cat.)
3.) The Notebook (sigh. No explanation needed.)
2.) Little Women (I think this was the first movie kiss I saw (when I was like 10) that made me actually swoon. I still think it's amazing.)
1.) Love Actually (Unrequited love. Gotta love it.)