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The Return of Elf on the Shelf

It’s that time of year again….when that dreaded Elf on the Shelf returns and my Facebook news feed is bombarded with all my friends’ photos of their stupid Elves and their respective antics.

Ya know what?  I hate that elf.

Abby got an Elf on the Shelve last year before Christmas and this past weekend Sparkle returned.

elf-on-the-shelfAbby was ecstatic that Sparkle showed up but I was busy rolling my eyes and wondering what kind of annoyances that little freak would be up to for the next couple of weeks.  So far, the only real trouble she got into was spilling cereal all over the damn kitchen table.  What an asshole!!

Abby said not to worry tho because Sparkle would clean up her mess with her magic before the next morning.

My biggest issue with the EotS is that creepy gaze of hers….what is she always staring at???

Yeeahhhh....I'll be sleeping with one eye open, thank you.

Yeeahhhh….I’ll be sleeping with one eye open, thank you.

I mean…look at that face up there….^ ^ ^….tell me that’s not the face of a killer.

These guys definitely have the right idea.

These dogs and I are kindred spirits

These dogs and I are kindred spirits


Hocus Pocus

"It's just a little hocus pocus!"

“It’s just a little hocus pocus!”

For me, watching Hocus Pocus at Halloween is like watching Elf and One Magic Christmas at Christmas time – it’s a must.

This morning Abby and I settled in to our butt grooves on the couch and watched Hocus Pocus.  I did a post on this movie two years ago (read itHEREso I’m not going to bore you with the same details.  But go watch Hocus Pocus because it’s funny

Amuk.  Amuk amuk amuk amuk.

Amuk. Amuk amuk amuk amuk.

It’s a teensy bit creepy

Poor Billy Butcherson.....Lost Soul

Poor Billy Butcherson…..Lost Soul

It has some funky witches


(AND Bette Midler sings!)

The movie is a classic!


Christmas Eve

(not Xmas eve, as the Challenge suggests.  Grrrr.  Blasphemy.)

Tonight is Christmas Eve, y’all.  It’s hard to believe we’ve arrived to December 24th already.

And the last week has been a whirlwind of weather.  We had snow for a week straight….the kids around here had two snow days in their last week of school (lucky ducks!), then we got hit with a massive ice/freezing rain storm.  And yesterday it snowed, then it turned to freezing rain, then rain then back to snow.   Power outages all across the county – if not the province.  (Picture it…December 23rd traffic and shopping madness….add in no power – no traffic lights, etc. CRAY-ZEE!!  Oh, an when you’re in a large department store and the power goes off, expect to be herded to the front of the store like cattle.)  Luckily, I didn’t lose power.  Winston and I stayed nice and warm and watched Christmas movies last night.  Poor guy had his booster yesterday and projectile vomited everywhere at least five times (well, five spots of kitty barf is what I’ve found so far) so he was happy to chill last night.

Anyway, tonight’s festivities are on….My dad is heading to pick up my granddad early this afternoon and he’s dropping me at Blair’s.  I’ll help him wrap and get things in order then we’ll head back to my parents’ house for our family’s traditional Christmas Eve dinner of Rappie Pie.

My dad's Rappie Pie

My dad’s Rappie Pie

Which I am super excited about.  

My nephews will be playing and so wound up that they won’t want to eat.  

Boy #2 looking to see what trouble he can get into

Boy #2 looking to see what trouble he can get into

After dinner and a rest we’ll either hang out or go visit – or have visitors.  If we entertain we’ll be in the family room in front of the main Christmas tree (because my mom’s a nut and has a tree in pretty much every room).

Mom's tree

Eventually, I’ll want my photo taken because, well, I clean up nicely.

Christmas eve 2011

Christmas eve 2011

And we’ll remember those we love who are no longer with us.


RIP Aunt Linda *And my wonderful, incredible grandparents*

RIP Aunt Linda
*And my wonderful, incredible grandparents*

Usually, my mom and I (at least) go to church but last year our church’s Christmas Eve service was less focused on Christmas and Jesus and the celebration of his birth and more focused on other, more selfish things – not cool, church, NOT COOL.  So, I doubt my mom and I will be heading there this year.  We can certainly Praise Jesus elsewhere.

After a possible glass of wine and maybe a sweet treat, this girl will be zonked and ready to hit the sack.  And soon enough it will be Christmas morning.  🙂



Like my mom, the last few years I have made a bevy of treats for Christmas guests and gifts and parties.  Baking for Christmas is part of the fun.  I love the mess and the stress of it all.  Unlike my mother, I only make a few batches of a few things and that’s it – she feels the need to prepare to feed everyone she knows.Some of the faves I make:

Pumpkin Butter (and it looks pretty and is a great little gift on its own – if you like pumpkin)

Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter

Oreo Cookie Truffles – These have been a huge hit and I receive requests each year since I started making them.  Unfortunately, they don’t last long.

Oreo Truffles

Oreo Truffles

Candy Cane Cake – Oh my…..I made this cake for a family party a few years back and it was a huge success.  Everyone loved it.  People who claimed they had allergies to certain things suddenly did not have allergies and went back for seconds.  It’s oh so yum.

Candy Cane Cake

Candy Cane Cake

Shortbread Cookies – My cousin Anne made these lovely shortbread cookies a few years ago when she was visiting from Vancouver.  They were so delightful and melt-on-your-tonguey and I have not been able to perfect them since.  Probably because I’ve been using whole wheat flour and she absolutely depends on white flour.

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Peanut Butter Pie – Okay, so Peanut Butter Pie is not really a Christmassy treat but man, is it ever delish.  I’ve made a couple of these in years, threw them in the deep freeze and waited to haul them out for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner desserts.  Bam!  They were gone like that!

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

Bark – Blair loves my Christmas bark so I’ve been making it since we’ve been together.  It’s easy.  And yummy.  And you can switch it up like that *snaps fingers*.

Christmas Bark

Christmas Bark

Anyone have any favorites or requests?