Friday, December 31, 2010

Resolutions...bah, HUMBUG!

      So, sometimes people need a break from their everyday routines.

      That was my intention, during the Christmas/ New Years take it easy, not stress, simplify. For the most part, I was successful. We barely decorated the house for Christmas (more on holiday decorating another day), we bought small, token gifts for each other this year, instead of going all-out.

     And I only baked for family gifts this year. No cake, no cookies for the masses, just enough to send to my family in Arizona (which I haven't even posted yet, as those pics are on my camera's internal memory, not the card, and I can't figure out how to make the switch. Please hang in there with me as I figure it out!)

     Having such a low-key holiday, I've gotten lazy. And I hate that! I bought a notebook last month, to begin sketching cookie designs, and make lists of designs that I still want to get fleshed out. It feels good to have this, my "vault" if you will...of all these thoughts and hopes for the coming year!

     Knowing that 2011 holds so much promise, just from a cookie standpoint is exciting to me! All these thoughts, begging to become reality! I can resist the call of my kitchen no longer :)

     So tonight, we venture out into the cold, to enjoy a nice dinner for NYE. We've much to celebrate from 2010, and even more to look forward to in 2011!

     The one and ONLY resolution I make to myself, and to that I will be baking and decorating LOTS more sweet treats to share with you in 2011, on a much more regular basis!

     All my hopes to you, my friends, for a safe, fun, and JOYOUS New Year's Eve, and bountiful 2011!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Friendship, inspiration, and blogging...

     Hi everybody!

     I'm still very new to blogging, as you can tell. :-\  I'm in the thick of the holiday baking rush, (cookies are my latest'll see why below) having a great time, so I don't take much time to learn more about effective blogging.

     Though I do READ a boatload of blogs, and gawk at the eye-catching layouts, the regular witicisms, creativity, and something else I found interesting...GIVEAWAYS!!

     Who'd have BRIBE followers to keep coming back, and spread the word to their friends? Sounds good to me! LOL

     While I find my way here, creating a "hook" to bring people to my own blog, I do have a handful of you that support what I do, and sometimes what I have to say. And for the love and support, I'm very grateful!

      To celebrate my first nearly 3 months of blogging, and in the spirit of the season, I'd like to introduce you to a fantastic blogger! Callye's an AMAZING cookie artist, and writes The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle. She's generous with her creativity to a fault, and I just love her for it! Look at these cookies on her latest entry...

Holiday Collection by SugarBelle's
     Check her blog out. Even if you don't bake a'll marvel at her artistry never ending! And for a couple of days, she's doing a giveaway, too! Cooking/baking books are a passion of mine, a quick-growing collection in our house, so I was thrilled to see what my friend is doing! Again, even if you don't bake, we ALL know someone who does, so if you enter, you'd have a great gift to give for the holidays! (NO, this is not a pitch to have my friends win it for ME...I've already entered! LOL). I want to share with y'all some incredible talent, and a great person.

    So there ya have it...go, read, enjoy, and share!  I'll be back in a couple days, sharing some more myself.