Goals

Gulf Breeze, FL | September 2016
I haven't made any goals for the upcoming year for a while. Probably why I haven't gotten much done for a while either.

Sweet Reagan

Reagan | December 26th
We have an outside cat, Muu Muu. A few days after Thanksgiving, she surprised us with two kittens. We never even knew she was pregnant. We aren't even sure when they were born, but are guesstimating about a week before Thanksgiving. The weather was beginning to turn colder so she brought them to us so we would bring them inside where it was warm.

Currently | December 26th


Doing | Recovering. Just kidding! We lounged around the house all day wearing our pajamas and eating. It's truly wonderful when you don't have anything to do, but enjoy the day.

Thinking | I've been doing a lot of thinking about the new year. Being optimistic. Looking forward. Onward and upward!

Reading | Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | I actually started reading this a few weeks ago, but haven't focused on taking the time to sit and read.

Watching | Most shows I normally watch are on that dreaded mid-season hiatus. So I've been watching The Strain on Hulu. It's not a new show, but it's a new to me one. Definitely strange. Also watched the Christmas episode of Sense8. Love that show! Be cautious if watching for the first time, don't watch in public places or with children present.

Weather | Unfortunately, we aren't having "Christmas weather" around here. Which would be fine if we had a beach to go with it. No white Christmas for us.

Work in Progress | I am knitting a Garter Rib Baby Blanket by Orange Flower Yarn on Ravelry with some Knit Picks Mighty Stitch. This will be my first knitted blanket. I'm working on it in the hopes that I can get it done before February.

Simple Candy Cane Cookies


I haven't been able to do much baking as my oven has finally called it kaput. The bottom element went out, replaced it, and now the second element has gone out. It's a pretty old oven and just needs to be replaced, but the one we want is kind of pricey and requires us to do a little saving. So until then I will be sharing a few recipes that I want to try, but sadly will have to just long for baking...

Candy Cane Cookies
From Betty Crocker

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened 
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 
  • 1 egg 
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food color 
  • 2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

  1. Stir together 1 cup sugar, the butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. 
  2. Heat oven to 375ºF. 
  3. Stir together peppermint candy and 2 tablespoon sugar; set aside. 
  4. For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place 1 red and white rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane. 
  5. Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle candy mixture over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Winter Solstice

 Winter Solstice candles via HerbanMoonshine on Etsy | $12
This is the solstice
the still point of the sun
its cusp and midnight
the year’s threshold and unlocking
where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath…  
— Margaret Atwood, Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995

Better


Here we are.

It's the end of December. The end of 2016.