Thursday, December 17, 2009

SUGAR pie, HONEY bunch

Christmas, the season for devouring all things sweet and unhealthy has officially arrived. How do I know? Have you seen my parents lately? Probably not. They've barricaded themselves inside by all of the candy they've made. Pecan rolls, bourbon balls, chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, coconut fudge, toffee, white chocolate peppermint... Trust me, you've never seen anything quite like it.

And let's just say the fondant doesn't fall far from the marble slab. Upon hearing about a cookie bake-off at work I recruited the parents to help me decide which cookie to make. In the last two days I have made M&M cookies, M&M mint cookies, red velvet cookies (shown above in miniature version), and Doubletree Hotel cookies (google it...SO GOOD!). I submitted the red velvet and Doubletree's for the competition.

The winner will be announced this afternoon!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The winds are howling...

They're telling me to go South.


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Red Riding

This was commissioned last year by Whitney for her holiday cards. Still like it.

...especially those boots.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tis The Season

The most magical time of year is upon us. As a child there was no greater excitement than the prospect of snow, partially because it meant the Kentucky back-roads were rendered impassable and school would invariably be canceled. As we got older we would crawl back into our cozy beds upon hearing the news and possibly not change out of our pajamas until our mother was just about to arrive home from work that evening.

But when we were younger, these days were seized. Like, how fast can I put 10 layers of clothes on and where are my snow boots? Do they even still fit? No, I don't care if my socks match. Have you seen my gloves? Both of them? That's my scarf, yours is over there. What do you mean I need earmuffs???? Wait for me!!!!!!!

It was a day filled with competition. Who could get outside the fastest? Who could endure the most snowballs to the head? Who could sled the farthest down the hill? Who got the most marshmallows in their hot chocolate? Who could have THE MOST FUN EVER?

Snow was like a gift from the Heavens. Never mind if the adults had to drive in it. We got to PLAY in it. And then drink LIQUID CHOCOLATE, our noses running. It doesn't get any better.

So what if I couldn't feel my toes. It was WORTH it if they fell off. Really.

Even now, snow is still sort of magical. You never know when it's coming or how much, no matter what the weatherman proclaims. Its something special to wake up on a winter day and be drawn toward the window because there's a familiar white glow reflecting in.

Could it be? You open your curtains. Yes, I thought that was you, Snow!

The landscape you left the night before has changed into something brilliant. Everything is calm. Quiet. And your inner child can't wait to go outside and PLAY in this fleeting gift from Mother Earth. If only all of life's gifts were so recognizable, so seized.

...Yesterday I woke up to our first dusting of snow, and while it only lasted until noon, the magic stayed with me all day.


Monday, December 07, 2009

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Berry Bird

I know a berry bush. She lives directly in front of my parking spot and her glorious array of perfectly tiny, perfectly round, (perfectly poisonous?) red berries greet me everyday when I come home.

I also know a cardinal. Well, I know of a cardinal. We're not actually acquainted. I spotted him yesterday. He was obnoxiously loitering at the dumpster, which I felt was inappropriate for such a regal bird. Dumpsters are for the likes of Sparrows, after all, not the State Bird!

He flew away after I gave a disapproving nod. I didn't even have time to tell him that there exists a perfectly perfect berry bush nearby in which he could perfectly perch with his scarlet feathers nestled next to her ruby reds.

Let me know if you see him.