A new year is almost here. Time goes so fast. Can you imagine waking up every morning to the above view? Watching the clouds lift. So awesome. Some of the condo’s on the mountain are right on the ski trails and you can go out and ski right onto the trail. Unbelievable views from the condo’s.
I like the French language and actually my Grandfather was Canadian French. This time of year sometimes makes me think of loved ones who are no longer with us.
Sometimes a walk in the crisp, winter air with just a dusting of snow on the ground this time of year is refreshing.
Then a Peppermint Mocha Latte to make all the world seem right.
Everyone has their traditions for New Years. It’s fun to go out to a nice Inn and have a nice dinner and then listen to a live band and dance. But sometimes it’s just as fun to stay home and have a nice dinner with the fireplace going.
Then spend the evening enjoying special little treats like the following:
The following chocolate mousse filled chocolate shells are so cute. The chocolate shells can be found on Amazon and you just fill them with an easy chocolate mousse recipe and whipped cream and a blackberry. They look so fancy.
Watch the New York Times Square crystal ball drop at midnight on TV.
We finally got some snow last night. It’s a mixture of sleet and freezing rain this morning. The following little guys decided to take a break:
The snow would be pretty if you didn’t have to travel on the roads.
On the interstate, people sometimes do not slow down. Kind of scary when you are driving along, being cautious and a car zooms by and throws up a pile of slush into your windshield. And if you get into the tracks of slush of someone that goes off the road, it’s not easy to recover. Then there are the hills and side roads. Best to have winter tires and 4-wheel drive if you have to go to work in the early morning.
We definitely didn’t get a “Northeaster” type of storm.
I always wanted to have a spa day at home. A day just of pampering and doing all things that are healthy and good for you. I love this little teddy bear from Vermont Teddy in Burlington.
I saw this recipe for Chai Pudding on the “Oh She Glows” blog. Chai seeds are supposed to be healthy and good for you. And this recipe has all kinds of healthy ingredients that would be perfect for a spa day.
Then this healthy bowl that includes sweet potatoes, cauliflower and Cilantro Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Cumin and Lime.
I would love to have a yoga space. Maybe a soft throw, candles, yoga mat and some inspiration pictures on the wall.
A nice walk outside, an aerobic exercise also. Maybe do a facial, a manicure and a pedicure. Soak the feet in a foot soak with rose petals. Have a bubble bath with candle light. The ultimate would be to splurge and have a massage, have your hair shampooed, cut and styled.
Have to have a smoothie and something from the juice machine.
Now all that would make life bearable and give you a new outlook and positive attitude. This time of year needs something to lift the spirits.
Today, being Sunday and a weekend after a holiday, it is a good time for just being comfortable and relaxing. I put the fireplace on and just put some comfortable clothes on and after doing the minimum of housework, enjoyed the day. I thought of comfort food like slow cooker macaroni and cheese. Just throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and it’s done within 3 hours. I had poached eggs on sunflower seed bread that I toasted for breakfast. And had some dark roast coffee.
Then in the afternoon, I made some popcorn and watched marathon Finding Bigfoot. It’s just fun to watch.
A warm and cozy tunic sweatshirt with leggings and warm socks. Who could ask for more.
Day after Christmas and the new year is starting in just a few days. I noticed that a lot of stores are having after Christmas sales. Nice time to use Christmas gift cards.
It’s always fun to try new recipes. Sometimes, anyways. I’ve seen recipes that sounded good, but had to to be changed here and there to make it to your taste.
One recipe that sounds good is La Potee (French Farmhouse Soup), which has white beans and sausage in it.
Another recipe that might be good to try is Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins for winter baking.
I saw a recipe for a 10-spice mix to use in a variety of dishes. And also a recipe for 10-spice Vegetable soup that sounded really good. Most of the recipes are on my Pinterest board under healthy recipes. The French soup is in my “All things French” board on Pinterest.
I love to make up spice mixes and keep them in jars near my stove for when I am cooking. I have a Chili blend, a Taco blend, an Italian blend and Paula Deen’s house seasoning. I’m going to try making up the 10-spice blend.
It won’t be long and the ice skating rinks will open. We have been having unseasonably warm weather lately, but it won’t last for sure. I broke one of my ankles twice so have to be careful, but I’m going to try ice skating this winter. Maybe ski mid week when there are not crowds. Sometimes at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, they have Vermont day for residents of Vermont now and then and the lift tickets are a lot less.
I really like the following Christmas table ideas.
I think the patterns on the dinnerware are really pretty and add to the spirit of Christmas.
Some traditional Christmas day dinner ideas that I like include some of what I grew up with. My Mom sometimes made a baked ham with pineapple that had like an orange sauce with brown sugar glaze and cloves that were placed in the diamond like pattern that was cut into the top of the ham.
I like Potato Au Gratin and mashed potatoes as well as sweet potatoes with the side dishes.
A Christmas pasta salad is pretty and has Christmas colors in it.
My husband used to like Mince Pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream at Christmas.
I like the following Christmas Cake idea.
I like a round table like the following:
I like the following dinnerware, also. The setting has a soft, Christmas glow. I like to collect ideas.
It’s always fun to make paper snowflakes to hang in windows. I have a book that shows how to make pretty patterns for snowflakes.
So Christmas day is here. Actually, most of my ideas are stored on my Pinterest Boards on the computer. Maybe some day I will get to use some of them. It’s always next year with me or I used to be able to do this. Life has little twists and turns. To cheer myself up today, I watched Christmas videos on Instagram for awhile. Some of them are so entertaining and really fun. No matter how sad sometimes holidays are, there are always little things that make the day better. Loved ones that are no longer with us always come to mind this time of year. I read that to do nice things for yourself will always make this time of year better. Working on this blog is very fun and I really can suggest anyone to find an outlet for your creative side.