Monday, December 27, 2010

Better Late Than Never

For those of you who did not get our Christmas card in the mail, here you go. This is a card from the Shutterfly bloggers promotion. :)

To read my 2010 Year-In-Review, click here.

2010 Year-In-Review

Dear Friends & Family,

I thought I would take a minute to re-cap my year, 2010, for you. It was, overall, a fun year, with lots of things making up the highlights. I decided to go back through my blog and figure out what was the most exciting moments of 2010 and share them with you all. I hope this gives you a nice little picture into my year. What will next year bring? Only time will tell....

But in 2010.....

Nothing terribly exciting happened in January. I kept busy at work as the company was going to be at several tradeshows in February and March and there was lots to get done for that. Other than that, I pretty much filled my days with my normal routine - Awana, college group, and work.

In February I celebrated my 23rd birthday. I also got to go to a Spokane Chiefs hockey game with my brother and cousin, which was an absolute blast, and I coached the Awana Bible Quiz team. This was my first year to coach the entire thing by myself, and it was a challenge but a lot of fun. However, I think the highlight of my February was getting to go to a Josh Turner concert. My first "real" concert was seeing Mannheim Steamroller a few years back, but this was my first country concert, and I couldn't have wished for a better concert. It was worth every penny and if Josh Turner ever comes back to town, I want so badly to go again.

Honestly, March wasn't too terribly exciting, unless you count the fact that I was excited about spring's arrival. :) Plus, I got to attend the Rock and Worship Roadshow, which is a $5 concert featuring some big names in contemporary Christian music. The highlight of that event, for me, was seeing MercyMe live in concert. They were phenomenal.

I don't remember what month it was, precisely, but sometime last year I discovered Christian fiction about the Amish. And from then on I was hooked. I do know that in April we received some more snow, which wasn't terrible considering we had a record LOW year for snow!

In May I made a trip to Boise with some friends for my friend Val's graduation from Boise State. It was a whirlwind weekend, complete with a trip to an old mining town, the graduation, eating at Baja Fresh, and eating lots of other delicious food. We played games, watched movies, talked and stayed up way too late and just in general had a great time. It was worth it! Also, I went to see Stars on Ice with some friends. If you don't know already, I really, really, really like Evan Lysacek, and watching him skate live was amazing. The rest of the skaters were incredible as well, but, well, Evan was the best. =)

The highlight of June was buying my dream camera...a Canon Rebel T1i. I LOVE it. I have been wanting a DSLR camera for years and finally decided to take the plunge and get one. I am so glad I did.

Ah, July. The month that finally allowed me to go "home" to Sunny Southern California for a glorious week. It was amazing. Catching up with old friends. Going through my grandparent's cedar chest with my grandmother and aunt. Eating In-N-Out. Shopping at Trader Joe's. Eating more In-N-Out...and ice cream from Rite Aid. Going to American Girl Place (something I've wanted to do for years). Seeing the stars on Hollywood Blvd. And visiting the Reagan Library. Ah, I can't wait to go back again.

In August, I was laid off from my job. This was not completely unexpected, but the timing was a bit of a surprise. However, being laid off allowed me time to be involved with an independent Christian movie that a friend was filming. The movie, called Slow Fade, should be out in 2011, and I got to be an extra in several scenes, as well as help with props and things like that. I also got to go to our local fair & rodeo, which was awesome!

In September, I think one of my favorite activities was a photoshoot with my friends. A chance to use my new camera, practice using photoshop, and hang out for the day. It was great! I also went to a Michael Card concert, which was interesting, considering I didn't really know much about Michael Card before I went. But I enjoyed the concert immensely. :)

As of October, 2010, we have lived in Idaho for 7 years. It seems a lot longer, but I guess that is about right, considering we moved here in 2003. :) I got to take senior pictures for a friend, which was lots of fun. I also took another trip to Boise, because my friend was moving home again and needed someone to drive home with her. So I spent a week down there hanging out and watching movies and episodes of Five Mile Creek. I also got to go to a Tenth Avenue North Concert...and let me tell you, it was powerful. They are an amazing band with a real heart for  the Lord, and it was so awesome.

November...the month of Thanksgiving, and getting ready to start the Christmas season. It got pretty cold during, sub-zero cold. Also, we had our world-famous (that might be a bit of a stretch...but we did get on Good Morning America a couple years ago, so nationally-famous might be more accurate) Holiday Lights Show in my area. Totally amazing.

December has had its ups and downs. I did a lot of baking and did some fun stuff, like attend a mystery dinner put on by a friend of mine. And, I started taking a ballroom dancing class.

But it also had its downs. My grandfather passed away on December 22, in Louisiana. My mom has been away from home for over a week because it became quite obvious that this was the end, so she went to be with him. She should be returning sometime this next week (assuming weather does not delay too many flights!) and then we can do our family Christmas celebration. The good news is, the excitement of opening presents and watching everyone open the gifts I got them has been delayed so there is still anticipation, rather than everything being over with already. It was weird to go after-Christmas-sale shopping, though, before we even celebrated Christmas.....

New Years Eve promises to be fun with a couple dances to go to and a traditional New Years party at a friend's house. And I hope 2011 will be a fun, safe year. :)

Merry Christmas...and Happy New Year!

- Laura -
P.S. This is my 100th post in 2010. :)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

We are going to be celebrating Christmas a little later than most people this year. We had a somewhat unexpected death in the family that has our family in different parts of the country at the moment. Once my mom returns home, hopefully early next week, we will be celebrating Christmas. But to those of you who are celebrating tomorrow, I wish you a wonderfully merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Night Before

The Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring....not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, 
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Ma in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our heads for a long winter's nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer & Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner & Blitzen!
To the top of the chimney, to the top of the wall!
Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas, too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my had, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all covered with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes - how they twinkled!
His dimples - how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump - a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but when straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk,
And laying a finger aside of his nose, 
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight:

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

- The Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore

Saturday, December 18, 2010

12 in 12 Challenge: Recipe 11 - Sparkling Coffee Snowflakes

Our family subscribes to Cook's Country magazine. If you have never picked up an issue of Cook's Country, I recommend you do so. The magazine is filled with great recipes and the nice thing is that they explain why the prepare the recipe the way they do and the best methods and equipment.

This recipe was in Cook's Country as a finalist in their Christmas Cookie Contest. I knew I had to try it and I am so glad I did...these cookies are amazing! In fact, my dad thinks they should be the only Christmas cookies we make from now on....I will note that NO...the recipe does NOT contain eggs. I didn't forget an ingredient. They are eggless cookies, which means you can eat the cookie dough without feeling guilty! :)
Sparkling Coffee Snowflakes
Sparkling Coffee Snowflakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1/2 cup semisweet-chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (such as Sugar-In-The-Raw)

1. Make Dough. Combine flour and salt in a medium bowl. With electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and espresso powder until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Divide dough in half. Pat each half into a 5-inch disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.

2. Roll & Cut. Heat oven to 300-degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. On lightly floured surface, roll each chilled dough disk into 11-inch round (you may need to let it soften for a minute or three), about 1/4-inch thick. Using 2-inch star or snowflake cookie cutter, cut out cookies, gathering and re-rolling dough as necessary.

3. Bake Cookies. Place cookies 1-inch apart on prepared baking sheets and bake until set, 18-22 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

4. Decorate Cookies. Drizzle cokies with melted semisweet and white chocolates and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Let sit until chocolate hardens, about 15 minutes.**

**I found that the chocolate on my first batch did not set up. So I added 1 tsp. Crisco to the second batch AND popped them in the refrigerator for a few minutes. It seemed to set up nicer.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Straight No Chaser & The Sing Off - Acapella Amazingness

Here's some fun Christmas music for you. If you aren't familiar with Straight No Chaser, allow me to introduce you to this amazing acapella group. They have grown in popularity a lot recently and even had a concert in my area about a month ago, but I, unfortunately, could not spend $35 on a ticket. Anyway, they first became famous with their arrangement of the 12 Days of Christmas, and have since released several albums. Here's a few of their Christmas arrangements.

12 Days of Christmas

Christmas Can-Can

And while we're on the topic of acapella, let me recommend you all watch The Sing-Off on NBC. I am a huge American Idol fan, but I have to say that I think the Sing Off is now my favorite musical competition. It is an acapella show and the show is just phenomenal. The season is almost over (it is a short season), but you can find the episodes on Hulu. I recommend it. :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mystery Dinner!

Here's some pictures from the murder mystery dinner I went to last week. I am not going to post a lot of pictures of other people because I'm not sure if they would want them on my public blog, but here's a few pictures of the table settings, and my costume. I was dressed as Carrie Woodunder, rising country star and budding actress, who was currently in the middle of filming a country musical. Lucky for me, Carrie Woodunder was not the murderer. :) (of course, the butler did joke!) It was fun playing the role of Carrie Woodunder for the evening and dressing the part, too!

12 in 12 Challenge: Recipe 10 - Oreo Cheesecake

About a week ago I went to a mystery dinner at a friend's house. It was a potluck and I was assigned to bring a dessert. Since I knew the event was to be a little bit "nicer" than your average potluck, I wanted to make something super special. I decided it would be fun to tackle a cheesecake. Now, mind you, I had never before made a cheesecake. I had no idea what was involved, but I knew it couldn't be too hard. So I set out to find a recipe. I started my search at, which is a website with copycat recipes for restaurant foods. I found a recipe for the Cheesecake Factory's Oreo Cheesecake, and I must say this cheesecake is a winner!!!

Cheesecake Factory Oreo Cheescake

1-1/2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs (about 20-23 cookies, finely chopped)
2 Tbsp. melted butter

1-1/2 lb. cream cheese
1 cup sugar
5 large eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup flour
8 oz. sour cream
5 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped, for the batter
10 coarsely chopped Oreo cookies for the top of the cheesecake

You Will Also Need:
9" Springform pan, buttered on bottoms and sides


Mix melted butter with Oreo crumbs and press into springform pan, covering the bottom and 1-1/2" up the sides (Note: I did not have enough crust to go up the sides). Set aside.

All ingredients need to be at room temperature before beginning. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Keep mixer on a low setting during the mixing and beating process. Add sugar gradually and continue beating cream cheese until mixed through. Add eggs one at a time and continue to beat until blended. Measure the vanilla, salt, and flour, pour into cream cheese and egg mixture and beat until smooth. Add the sour cream and beat well. Turn off the mixer and stir in the coarsely chopped Oreo cookies with a spoon.

Pour cream cheese into the springform pan and place the remaining coarsely chopped Oreo cookies on top of the cream mixture. Place pan on the top rack and in the middle of a preheated oven at 325-degrees, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. When the time is up, prop the oven door open and let the cheesecake stay in the oven for one hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let cool enough to place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. It is worth the anticipation. A cheesecake should season. The flavor ripens and becomes enriched.

Original Recipe
Yum, yum, yum! Everyone who tried this cheesecake at the party thought it was delicious. I am hooked on making cheesecakes and am even planning to make a different flavor/recipe for tomorrow night's dessert as my aunt and uncle will be joining us for dinner. Stay tuned to hear how that one turns out! :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Music Recommendations, Part 2

More of my favorite Christmas music! Rather than share an entire album with you, here are a few of my favorite versions of Christmas songs....

I like love Josh Groban, and of course was totally excited to get his Christmas album, Noel, a couple years ago. His version of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is phenomenal. I couldn't find the studio version on YouTube (I really need to figure out how to make videos like that!), but here's a live version:

The album has some other fantastic arrangements (of's Josh Groban we're talking about), and can be found on for only $5.00 if you buy it as an mp3 version, this month!


Another favorite this year is this version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by MercyMe. It might be a bit to upbeat for some of you, but I happen to like it. :)

I picked this particular video because I thought the Christmas light synchronization was pretty awesome (incidentally, I just learned that there is a house near me that does synchronized Christmas lights,'s awesome to watch!).

Stay tuned...I love Christmas music and have lots of favorites!

Thanksgiving 2010

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme...well, missing the parsley... :)

Stuffing ingredients.

Preparing the bird.

Herb-Roasted Turkey


It was the best turkey we've had yet!

Green Bean Casserole


Creamed Corn


Yum, yum!

Pumpkin Pie!

Cleanup Crew

A Northwest Thanksgiving: Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce
From America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries, picked over

Bring the sugar, water and salt to a boil in a medium nonreactive saucepan (stainless steel, nonstick or enameled) over medium heat, stirring occasionally to help dissolve the sugar. Stir in the cranberries and simmer until slightly thickened and the berries begin to pop, about 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature before serving, about 1 hour.

From the cookbook:

- If you are using frozen cranberries, do not defrost them, but add about 2 minutes to the simmering time.
- A note from the cookbook/Test Kitchen: Cranberry sauce is easy to make, but it took us several batches to find the right consistency. We wanted our sauce to be a soft gel that cushioned softened, but still intact, berries. Initially, we started out cooking the sauce for 15 minutes over high heat. This produced a sauce that was too firm - it could be sliced with a knife. By reducing the heat to medium and cooking the sauce for 10 minutes we achieved the desired consistency.

And wouldn't you know? I just realized that I took pictures of pretty much every other aspect of Thanksgiving...except the cranberries! I have no idea how I missed them?!

A Northwest Thanksgiving: Make Ahead Butterhorns

Make Ahead Butterhorns
Source: Taste of Home, September 1994, Page 38

2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water (110〫to 115〫)
9 cups flour, divided
2 cups warm milk (110〫to 115〫)
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
3 to 4 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add 4 cups flour, milk, shortening, sugar, eggs and salt; beat for 2 minutes or until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board; knead lightly. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease tops. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2-3 hours. Punch dough down; divide into four equal parts. Roll each into a 9-inch circle; brush with butter. Cut each circle into eight pie-shaped wedges; roll up each wedge from wide edge to tip of dough and pinch to seal. Place rolls, tip down, on baking sheets; freeze. When frozen, place in freezer bags and keep frozen until needed. To bake, place on greased baking sheets; thaw 5 hours or until doubled in size. Bake at 375-degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets and serve immediately or cool on wire racks. Yield: 32 Rolls

- I make a half recipe so that we only end up with 16 rolls at a time. They freeze for a long time, but we don't have a lot of extra freezer space at the moment.
- For 1/2 recipe I used 1 Tablespoon yeast. I realize this is slightly more than 1 package, but since we buy yeast in "bulk" at Costco, I had to measure it and have always used this amount.
- For 1/2 recipe I ended up using the full amount of flour (which ended up as 4-1/2 cups), but you might not need quite as much.
- For 1/2 recipe, only put in 2 cups of flour in the beginning (when the recipe says to add the 4 cups).
- I use a pizza cutter to cut the circles of dough into wedges.
- Enjoy! ☺

Note...the rolls look much nicer when baked, but I forgot to take a picture of them all nicely baked on the pan. Oops!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Music: Michael Buble - Let it Snow

I love Christmas music. I have lots of it on my computer...over 24-hours worth! I thought I would share and recommend some of my favorite Christmas CDs to you.

First up is one that I added to my collection last year: Let it Snow by Michael Buble.

It features the following songs:

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

The Christmas Song

Grown Up Christmas List
(Sorry, couldn't find this one on YouTube)

I'll Be Home for Christmas

White Christmas
(unfortunately I couldn't find a YouTube of this one, either....sorry)

Anyway, I highly recommend Let it Snow by Michael Buble...

Stay tuned for more of my Christmas music favorites!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Completely Unoffensive & Politically Correct Holiday

Want a "completely unoffensive and politically correct holiday" song? Check out this song from Brad Paisley and the Kung Pao Buckaroos (Bill Anderson, George Jones and "Little" Jimmy Dickens). It might make you smile at the ridiculousness of it....

And I don't care if it offends people: MERRY CHRISTMAS! :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fun, Fun, Fun!

To my way of thinking, the day after Thanksgiving is almost as fun as the day of! Not only is there Black Friday shopping to enjoy, but there is also the annual Holiday Lights Show. This show has been recognized as one of the greatest Holiday Celebrations in America! We have the world's tallest living Christmas tree (which will apparently be featured on a Discovery Channel special for it!) and thousands upon thousands of lights, which require ten miles of power cords to power. :) Tonight was the kick off when the town was lit up for the holidays. It starts with a parade, which I did not get to go to, and fireworks, which I did enjoy. Here is a video of some of the fireworks. My camera battery said it was low, so I figured I would use up what was left capturing video of the fireworks. I know it ends abruptly...that is when my memory card filled up. :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just gotta say.....HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!

Today was a busy day of cooking and hanging out with my I don't have a more elaborate post ready. Sorry. I did take lots of pictures today, because I just know you all are dying to see them. :) But for now, I must get to bed. Black Friday sales beckon me and I am planning to wake up around 6am. Sleep, I need you.... :)

In the words of Clement Moore (paraphrased by me)....
Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good night!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Josh Groban Piano Medley

I just stumbled upon this amazing pianist on YouTube, quite by accident. But I am in love with his arrangements. Here is a Josh Groban medley he put together. A-mazing. He has other arrangements (mostly medleys) on his Y0uTube channel...check it out! :)

50 Free Cards From Shutterfly!!

When I saw on another blog that Shutterfly is giving away 50 photo Christmas cards to bloggers, I thought it must be some scam. But when I found out the offer was legitimate and I really could get free photo cards from Shutterfly, I was quite excited!

I love Shutterfly! This past year my mom made a photo book from a family reunion in 2009. The book came out great, the quality was awesome and the price was totally reasonable.  Can’t beat that!

Looking through their Christmas card collections, it is hard to pick a favorite! It is important to me that the card say Merry Christmas, and not Happy Holidays, or anything like that. So that limits my choices a bit. I am also partial to snowmen. Here’s three that I particularly liked…although my mom and I will have to sit down and sort through all of the options to figure out exactly which one we want to use for our family Christmas cards…there’s just so many options! And do we want family pictures? Individual pictures? Pictures of our furry friends? I’m thinking we’ll do a combination of all of those!

Shutterfly has lots of great products that would make great gifts for the special people on your list. I really love their calendars. I would love to someday make my photography into a calendar! Of course, there is also the photo Christmas cards, and if you are planning a party this holiday season, they have some adorable invitations. I really like this one:

I encourage you to visit Shutterfly for your Christmas cards and calendars this year!

Merry Christmas!

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DWTS, Frigid Temps & Thanksgiving

I spent the evening watching the Dancing With the Stars finale and chatting with a good friend on Yahoo Messenger. It was a good evening. I am not going to go into my thoughts about the results of Dancing With the Stars. I already know that most people disagree with my thoughts on who should've won, and why, so I am not going to go into it anymore, but I did enjoy watching the show this season and stand by my opinions. . . :) And I wouldn't complain if Derek Hough or Mark Ballas (or both!) came to town and gave me personal dance lessons. :)

But in the most important piece of information...I just checked our thermometer, and it is -2 degrees outside. Baby, it's really, really, really cold outside! We should re-write the song to say something like that. I wonder how that would go over on the radio? "I simply can't stay" "But baby it's really, really, really cold outside" - or something like that. I think it could work. It will be the Northwestern version of that song. :) But I digress....

Anyway, it is time for bed. Today began Thanksgiving prep. I mixed up the Make Ahead Butterhorns and tomorrow I plan to make cranberry sauce. On Thursday is when the fun really happens! We are trying a new recipe for turkey this year, compliments of America's Test Kitchen, and I am eager to try it! We just have to figure out if we have a container large enough for brining our turkey, or if we should simply skip that step...any thoughts, cooks out there?

Good night!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Note...

Lately I haven't had music on my blog. I do this because I know not everyone listens to or likes the same kind of music as I do, and frankly, sometimes music on websites gets annoying. But....I am making an exception and through the Christmas season, visit my blog for Christmas music. Right now, in honor of our weather, you can enjoy a mix of 11 versions of Let it Snow when you visit my blog. It shuffles them, so you might hear a different version each time! :) I will let you know the updated playlists as we go through the Christmas season! :)


Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

As if our temperatures weren't supposed to make this week enough of a Weather Extremes week....we are currently under a blizzard watch! Yep, from 7pm tonight until about 10am tomorrow, there is a high chance of blizzards and lots of snow. This winter just keeps getting more and more exciting, doesn't it?! The thermometer is currently reading 9-degrees, and it keeps dropping. Stay tuned to find out how cold it gets overnight. Although...tonight is warm compared to tomorrow's predictions, folks...but regardless, shorts & flip flops weather is over...bring on the scarves, snow hats and winter coats!

I'm off to turn on my space heater in my bedroom to make things toasty warm before I climb under the covers for the night! Good night, folks!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside

...and it's just getting colder! Our weather forecast looks something like this for the next few days. Make special note of Tuesday night's low temperature. And the windchill.

Rest Of Tonight
Lo: 16° 
POP: 80%
Light snow. Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Lows 13 to 18. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.
Blowing SnowBlowing Snow
Hi: 21°
POP: 90%
Light snow. Areas of blowing snow in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Highs 19 to 22. Northeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent. Wind chill readings 12 below to 3 above zero.
Monday Night
Blowing SnowBlowing Snow
Lo: 1° 
POP: 90%
Bitterly cold. Light snow. Areas of blowing snow. Snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Total snow accumulation 4 to 6 inches. Lows zero to 2 above. North wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent. Wind chill readings 1 below to 16 below zero.
Hi: 12°
POP: 80%
Very cold. Light snow in the morning. Highs 11 to 13. North wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent. Wind chill readings 1 below to 16 below zero in the morning.
Tuesday Night
Lo: -12° 
Bitterly cold. Partly cloudy in the evening...Then clearing. Scattered flurries in the evening. Record lows of 8 below to 15 below zero. North wind 5 to 10 mph in the evening...Becoming light overnight. Wind chill readings 1 below to 16 below zero.
Hi: 7°
Sunny. Highs 6 to 8.

Are you cold yet?

I am. And at the moment it is almost 22 outside. That is warm compared to what the beginning of this week has in store for us. I think we're going to have a white Thanksgiving. And I won't be surprised if it holds on until Christmas.

Stay tuned. This is a cold week ahead. And keep everyone on the roads in your prayers. There were a lot of accidents today (everyone is adjusting to driving in winter conditions again) and probably will be lots tomorrow with everyone's commute. The roads are going to be slick.

Good night!

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I missed another day of posting. I have a good excuse. . .I am sick. And yesterday, I had the worst headache I can ever remember having. Actually, I had the worst cold I can ever remember having. I didn't sleep too well last night, either, so I see some hot tea and a nap in my future for today. Anyway, wanted to let you all know that I am still alive, I just missed a day and am back now. :)

As we lead up to Thanksgiving, I just wanted to share some things I am thankful for:

- Sunshine
- Chocolate
- Family
- Friends
- Books
- Pain medicine when I have a bad headache
- Grapefruit that makes me feel so much better!

....stay tuned for more!

Thursday, November 18, 2010