Happy New Year!

Happy 2013 to you!  The husband and I are going to be celebrating with a quiet meal at home and just relaxing.  After all of the holiday traveling and the husband putting in a decent amount of hours in at the office, I feel it will be a perfect way to ring in the new year.  Tomorrow, I plan on making some cowboy caviar (black eyed peas for good luck), kale chips, and Ina Garten's shrimp and fennel. One of my goals for the new year is to cook more, so I'm trying to get off to the right start. Wishing you all the best in 2013!

An Office Treat and the National Christmas Tree!

It was the week before Christmas, so I figured it was time to attempt to make a little treat for everyone at my office.  I made 26 bags of these, so I needed to keep it simple.  I just wasn't up for more this year, but I think that they still turned out cute. I think this is something that I could make as a tradition.  I don't think it gets much easier than dipping pretzels in melted chocolate.
The husband and I also managed to go see the National Christmas tree.  I think that the event might be slightly overrated, and I'm not beating myself anymore about missing it last year.  Still, it was pretty neat to go see.

I kept my holiday "bucket list" pretty small, but I'm glad that I made it.  It's kind of nice to write down a list of things you want to do and then accomplish them.  Maybe that's why I'm constantly making lists!  Next year we're going to have to check out Zoolights, but I really feel that we were able to do a few holiday activities that I wasn't expecting us to do. I certainly didn't think I'd go ice skating and actually enjoy it. But before I start planning for next year, I'm going to spend the rest of my time savoring the season.

Good Gifts: Some Penguin Classics

I know these have been out for awhile, but I recently saw Mr. Boddington's Penguin Classics at Anthropologie online, and I think they would make such a lovely gift. For my Pride and Prejudice loving friend, I think she really needs this.
But the whole set is absolutely divine.  I don't think it gets much better than this.
Do you like to buy books for friends and family members?  I always think that books make such a great gift, but I suppose that I'm biased.

A Heavy Heart

Like the rest of America, my heart is still so heavy from the horrific tragedy on Friday. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and the town of Newtown. 

A Little Holiday Celebration

I cannot believe it's already Thursday!  I've been busy this week getting ready for my work's holiday party.  It's kind of exciting, because organizing it is part of my job this year, but it's meant a lot of errands after work. Last weekend, we had some friends over for game night, and it was so good to see everyone.  We played Trivial Pursuit, and my team lost horribly, but it was still a blast.  We kept things really easy and bought pizza, some amazing Korean chicken, and Georgetown cupcakes!
I also made some chocolate pretzels and put them in mini-take out boxes to send home with people.  It was really easy and might be the treat I end up making for my co-workers next week.
Our tree is up and even has presents underneath it! I love that our ornaments are some that my husband had growing up and are ones that we picked out together (I still need to get mine from my parents; I've been waiting because I have a lot).

Even though the tree isn't very stylish, I think it's very homey looking. I definitely enjoy having our tree set up. Are you getting ready for the holidays?

A Little Holiday Bucket List

 I was talking to a co-worker, and I realized that I've been in DC for a whole year and the husband and I never made it to go see the national Christmas tree.  Last year, the husband was extremely busy with work and we really didn't have the time, but it made me realize there are some things I'd definitely like to accomplish this holiday season!

1. Go see the National Christmas Tree.  This is at the top of my list, and if nothing else gets done, that's okay as long as we go see this tree.
2. Go to a holiday concert.  Someday, I'd really like to go see a concert at the Kennedy Center, but I'd be happy with any holiday themed concert. Of course, if it doesn't pan out, that's okay as long as we get to go to church on Christmas Eve.
3. Send Christmas cards and make a holiday themed treat for my co-workers and friends.  I did this last year, but making a treat always seems like such a difficult task that I'll be happy if I can figure out something cute to make everyone. (Making Progress on this one)
4. Buy an ornament with the husband. (Done, and I have an amusing story about that!)
5. Go ice skating! ( Done)

Weekend Recap: Cupcakes and Skating

The husband had a bit of work to do this weekend, so I spent a decent amount of time getting ready for Christmas.  I did a lot of wrapping and our Christmas cards are in the mail!  On Sunday evening we decided to check out the new ice skating rink in Georgetown.  I really like the idea of ice skating, but the only other time I was just scared of falling and it wasn't that much fun. I'm happy to say, that this time, I actually skated and it was a lot of fun. 

With that success, we decided to stop by Georgetown Cupcakes, and there was no line! True, it was cold and rainy, but I still consider it a mini-miracle.

 Since we've been in DC, I've only had them once (my bday), so I was really excited.  They also had all of their Christmas flavors out, so we were able to try some!  Life doesn't get much better than that.  Anybody else getting ready for the holidays?