Posted in Thoughts & Doodles

TV Christmas Specials To Watch Over and Over


There are so many great Christmas movies and TV specials–too many to watch in one year, really. And how do you make Christmas special if not by watching other people’s special Christmases on TV? Here’s a list of some specials I have to watch every year–sometimes over and over again. You might have to search a little to find some of these, especially now that Fox has removed their shows from the popular streaming services, but they’re all worth the effort. I promise. (And that last one is available on Netflix!) Continue reading “TV Christmas Specials To Watch Over and Over”

Posted in Friends & Family

Short Hair, Don’t Care: A Toddler’s Story


The other night, I was combing my daughter’s hair.

No, that doesn’t paint the picture. The other night, while my daughter rolled around on the floor screaming, I tried as best I could to detangle her wet, matted locks without ripping them straight out of her scalp.

“Stop!” she screamed. “I don’t like the comb! Stop combing my hair!”

“But I have to get the knots out or they’ll just get worse.”

“Stop! I don’t like it!” Continue reading “Short Hair, Don’t Care: A Toddler’s Story”

Posted in 30 Days of Apples, Cooking & Eating

The Best Use For Your Apple Scraps

applesbwMy family and I are going apple picking next weekend. I’m excited to make apple butter, applesauce, apple pie filling–and this year, apple cider vinegar.

When you buy apples, you buy them by the pound–then you peel them and core them and throw a good chunk of that poundage away (or in my case feed it to the chickens–they love apple scraps nearly as much as they love watermelon rind).

This year, the chickens will have a slightly smaller feast, because I’m using some of my scraps to make apple cider vinegar. I found this recipe and I’m super psyched to try it.

Would you dare?

Posted in 30 Days of Apples, Cooking & Eating

Caramel Apple Cocktail


This drink is sweet and tart and tastes like fall. Know what it doesn’t taste like?


Okay, that’s partially because they’re not particularly strong. In an eight-ounce glass, I only added one ounce of alcohol–but about half of that glass is ice. Play with the proportions if you like–I’ve gone as far as to double the alcohol and it’s still tasty–but I think this recipe really hits the sweet spot.

(Pun definitely intended.)

Caramel Apple Cocktail

1 ounce Disaronno or other almond liqueur
1 teaspoon caramel syrup
1/2 cup apple juice
Apple slices, to garnish

In a small glass (or half-pint Mason jar), stir together the first three ingredients. Add ice and stir thoroughly. Garnish with apple slices, if desired.