Holidays – The Aftermath

The short version of my 2012 holiday season.

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Crafting with sparkly elastic for Christmas gifts. This was by far the best DIY thing I’ve ever done – homemade no-snag hair ties and headbands. (To order, check out Sunshine Shoppe – AMAZING prices! Will definitely be ordering more in the near future). 1 minute Instructions: Measure about 8.5″ or around your wrist + 1 inch for hair tie or measure around your head + 1 inch or about 20″. Wrap around finger into knot, roll the knot down to pull taut, but don’t touch the edges lest it fray, dab a bit of elmer’s glue on the edges to prevent fraying. Be satisfied with your work. For picture instructions, see here

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Post-Christmas relaxing and watching of the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
Brain (top) & Pinky (bottom) were exhausted from opening presents and chasing toys around the house.

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Hasselback Potatoes

Slice slits into the potato, leaving about 1/2 inch at the bottom of the potato to create an accordion look. Butter, Cheese, Garlic Salt, Pepper, repeat. Place on foil and bake for 30 minutes or until tender at 375 degrees F. Add more cheese. Place in oven again. Let the cheese melt. Enjoy.

IMAG0212Oh look, it’s Pinky. He likes to sit in the upside down stools while I vacuum.

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Quick and delicious dinner in those post-Christmas/pre-New Year’s days.

Spicy Clam Sauce Pasta

Heat 2 cans of clam chowder as per can instructions. Add a healthy splash of some kind of dry white wine or cooking sherry, several heaping tablespoons of red pepper flakes, and a bunch of freshly grated parmesan. Pour over your favorite cooked pasta. Quick, easy, and delicious.

Happy Start of 2013! & Happy Birthday J!
Celebrating the New Year at San Francisco City Hall.

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Exploring Japantown and partaking in our favorite pastime – eating all types of Asian noodle soup.
Suzu Noodle House

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More San Francisco explorations during the first few days of 2013. Standing on top of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

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Tea blends!

And finally, enjoying a lovely tea time at DarTealing Lounge with my mother and sisters.
Our new monthly tradition.
I highly recommend the Creme de Coconut and Her Majesty’s Secret Service as tea choices.

So that about sums up my holiday season. There was lots of quality time spent with family and J, as well as lots of time spent drinking tea and coffee and of course, eating delicious food.

I hope your holidays were just as enjoyable as mine!

I know I’m a bit late, but…

Cheers to a fabulous 2013!

xx

-C

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