do you know what today is?

You might have guessed Pearl Harbor Day, and, yes.

But.

It’s also The Great APW Book Buy Day!

source: apracticalwedding.com

If you’re getting married or know someone who is, you should definitely buy (at least one copy of) this book. It’s not out quite yet, but today you can pre-order it on Amazon and help it make the best-seller list.

Everyone reading this, other than friends and family, probably found their way here from APW anyway, so this isn’t news. But Just In Cases, I’m spreading the word. Because nobody should have to get married without APW help.

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Awesome Shop: Poketo

..Gift Guide time! Hee. I’m not really in a position to buy a ton of gifts this year, but that’s not really stopping me from window shopping online. Amazing little whatnots like the Discover Paper 2011 Holiday Guide make it pretty impossible to get any work done at all. I was tempted to just link to everything in that thing and call it my own list, but, that would be dumb. Instead, for today, I’m just going to tell you about one particular shop I discovered via that gift guide. Full disclosure: nobody paid me to write this, AND I’ve never actually purchased anything from them before. The shop just seems amazing to me.

Awesome Shop: Poketo (images are hyperlinked to their source)

$16 on sale for $12, the Notefolio. I am a sucker for this kind of thing.

$29, handpainted bike bells. Because Safety First doesn’t have to be boring.

$6 on sale for $3(!), 5-minute candles. Because, I mean, obviously everyone needs these.

$19 on sale for $15, upcycled street banner bag. Because we all need.. one more.. tote..? Seriously these are the ultimate though.

$12, recycled paper colored pencils. I don’t think I need to tell you why these are awesome.

$22, draw your mind journal. You need something awesome to go with your sweet new recycled paper coloring pencils.

I tried to keep this low price highlight reel, but I just had to include a couple items that are a bit out of range but Awesome.

$55 on sale for $49, golden half camera – red tree. Ahhh! Why am I so obsessed with funky cameras..??

$50, owl tea set. This is too adorable for words.

Now that your judgment is clouded by this awesome-overload, go shopping! 50% sale ends tomorrow! :)

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holiday cheer time

I love December. I don’t love being cold all the time, but I do love sparkly lights and christmas trees and ornaments and the spirit of giving and the excuse to wear goofy blinking reindeer antlers.

Also, White Christmas. Kind of my favorite thing ever.

Of the multiple parallels between my family and Zach’s (we’re both the youngest of three children, he has only brothers, I have only sisters, etc), we both grew up watching White Christmas as one of the main holiday movies over the years. Now we get to watch it together with our combined families (well my mom plus a lot of Porters) on Thanksgiving. And we get to do this puzzle whenever we want.

It is ALSO a tradition with my friend Amber, to watch it together sometime in December. Yes that means for the past few years we’ve seen it twice in the span of a few weeks. I don’t even care, I love it that much. And THIS YEAR. This year. Amber decided to give us a belated wedding gift of taking us to see White Christmas, performed live in a local dinner theater. !!!

They changed a few things for the stage production, and in a few cases I seriously question their judgment, but overall the show was a hoot, and dinner was awesome. And it was that much more awesome because we got to see it with Amber and her dood, and she even went out of her way to make sure they had a meal and dessert for me that were gluten and dairy free. I’m a little verklempt still thinking about the thoughtfulness of this gift!!

This is really shaping up to be the best christmas season evar. We’ve got our place all decked out, I’ve got a sister coming to visit next week, Zach’s going to graduate and become licensed to Teach, and then we’re going to VEGAS. And then there’s you know, Christmas. If we can handle it, we might even get to Maine before the end of the year. And THEN my friend Beth is getting Married! I am pumped.

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and, bam.

Ahhh! Thanks to this amazing comment I now have the magic of embedding my treasuries into mai blogggg. Still have some html lernin’ to do to make it mo prettier, but, yay!

Treasury: ‘special little snowflakes’ by racharypants
a festive collection of all things winter and party

$6.00

$7.00

$18.00

$14.00

$32.00

$39.00

$175.00

$35.00

$48.00

$4.50

$30.00

$56.00

$42.00

$55.00

$49.95

$3.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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etsy treasuries

source: wishdaisy's Etsy shop

I have become obsessed. I have always loved looking at Etsy treasuries other people put together, and for some reason I just Could not figure out how to make one myself! And then I saw the “Create a List” link on the Treasuries page, which was probably pretty prominent this whole time..

And now I can’t stop looking for stuff to put into cute little collections! I have not put the amazing sparkly magenta elephants into any collection yet, but it’s going to happen.

I wish there was a way to integrate my treasuries into my blog.. Maybe there is and I don’t know it? Will have to settle for links till I figure out a better way. They’re all holiday related so far, but someday I might branch out..

special little snowflakes

christmas picks

handmade kid stuff

Are you in my Etsy circle yet? Add me if you want!

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streaking, day one

just a raccoon in a suit, no big deal

My friend Amber said to me yesterday, “I’m thinking of trying to streak in December.” Amber is famous for saying things that are 100% true but also 100% misleading.

Amber is not planning to run naked anywhere. She’s planning a running streak, as in, running at least a mile every single day during the month of December.

This is definitely one of those challenges that makes my eyes light up with anticipation of following through on something so “doable” as running just one mile (or more if I want!) every day. I am endlessly optimistic each time something like this comes up, no matter how recent my last follow-through failure has been.

With that said, I boldly state with fist on desktop that I am going to run at least one mile every day in December. Today is Day 1 and I haven’t failed yet! I ran this morning! How about that. It was my turn to walk the dog so I got geared up in my oh-shoot-I-need-to-do-laundry cold weather running ensemble (respectable stuff as yet unwashed since Turkey Trot, so I was thankful for early morning darkness, given my improvised combo of pink thermal leggings under raggedly cropped yoga pants).

Brady was not as excited about running as I was, but I’m pretty sure we ran at least a mile, and also walked about a mile. And then I had to walk a mile (briskly) to the metro because I missed my bus, so, I’ve got some mileage in today, I’m calling Day 1 checked off. Shazam.

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recipe: pumpkin pancakes

Okay there’s really no reason for this post because all the info is basically back here in my original pancakes kapow recipe (see variations at the bottom of that post). But. But. These are so goooood, they need more attention than a footnote. Even though I can’t even eat these right now, you should. Somebody should. Unless you’re all pumpkin’d out after T-Day, in which case, save this for next fall.

Who am I even kidding, sick of pumpkin… You’re gonna want to eat these every weekend.* Or even every day? How are they so good as leftovers, cold with nothing on them?? HOW?

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. white flour
  • 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 2 T. wheat germ**
  • 2 T. flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spices (more or less depending on your taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 c. almond milk (if you need to be dairy free; otherwise regular milk is good, or a combo of yogurt/milk/water/whatever you like)
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 2 T. vegetable oil (sometimes I just do 1 or 1.5 and it’s fine)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Sift flour (and if your baking powder is clumping like mine always does, sift that too, or grind it back to fine powder with mortar and pestle, otherwise it won’t work properly (hat tip: sister Sarah)), then wisk together with other dry ingredients.

In a separate (large) bowl, beat egg. Add all other wet ingredients and wisk to mix. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until combined, but don’t overdo it. If it’s too thick, add a bit more milk.

If you have time, let the batter rest a bit before making pancakes. These actually make a much nicer evenly brown colored pancake but I didn’t get any pictures of the prettiest ones.

Makes enough for 2 people plus maybe a couple extra pancakes. I doubled it to feed 3 people and had way too many, but seriously these are so good cold, you won’t mind having leftovers.

*I know I know, there are those of you that actually hate pumpkin! still shocks me. but I think you could sub a different pureed squash and it would still work. zucchini pancakes? anyone?

**you can reduce the amount of flour by this amount or just add it on top; may need more milk to compensate if you don’t reduce flour amount.

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