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Friday, December 4, 2015

Celebrate Those Small Things!

It's Friday again!!! Yep, it really, really is.
And that means it's time for another edition of. . .


This is a weekly blog hop sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about those moments. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

 If you'd like to join in and add a little more joy to your week, then go ahead and sign-up on the linky below!

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) Weihnachtsstollen! This is a delicious German bread . . .a bit like fruitcake but I so much better. . .which is traditionally baked this time of year. I wanted to give some to our neighbors (such wonderful people!), so I baked four. Then hubs came home wanting two more. So it was six. Hey, but my parents need one, the mail woman is so sweet and needs one too, and. . .
As you can see, this quickly took on new meaning. Momentarily, there are ten breads sitting on my counter. Most will be given away this weekend already (a little early) because I just can't fit them all in my fridge. I'm betting that I'm not done yet.

2) A great book! I got the chance to review a middle grade book this week, one I wasn't so sure about. And it was AMAZING! It's WEIRD by Theresa Jones. You'll see it on my sidebar today (Friday), but head on over if you know some middle grade reading rats because this one deserves a huge shout-out and I doubt it's getting it.

3) Frost. Okay, this one is pretty chilly in the morning. But when I gaze out my window over the valley and see the lovely coat of white. . .*sigh* So pretty.

4) Parades! This one is still coming. Tomorrow. But the entire week has been buzzing around this fun, small town experience. My hub's company is building their last minute float (three rugged men, scrambling to get something together, welding like crazy. . ) but they usually win second or third prize. Needless to say, he's been coming home really late at night. Then, my daughter was voted to Miss Christmas of the Junior Class (75%! vote) She's not in the popular crowd, but she's loved by all misfits, nerds and geeks (which falls close to my heart, since I always knew the power really lies with this crowd--*fistbump*). Anyway, she had to organize a convertible, an escort, a driver. . .I hope she doesn't freeze her tail off in that dress.

And that's the crazy week here.

What about you? What put a smile on your face this last week?
Catch a snowflake on your tongue? Get some Christmas shopping done? See a beautifully decorated tree? Get a glimpse of Santa's reindeer?

What are you celebrating this week?


  1. Wow--sounds like your family is having an incredible week! Don't worry--the misfits, nerds, and geeks will soon take over the world. THEN WE WILL BE THE POPULAR CROWD, BAHAHAHA!

  2. Congratulations on all the baking! I usually do Christmas loaves of zucchini bread for the neighbors, but nowhere near ten! And you say there are more in the future? I have been hearing about Weird. I'll have to go have a look at that book. Meanwhile, I love the crowd you say are close to your heart. I find those peeps more interesting, too. Have a great week-end.

  3. You can keep the stollen, thanks. All that almond - yuk. I'm happy to join in a parade, though!

  4. Oh my goodness woman...that's A LOT of baking! How sweet of you to be baking most of them just to give them away :) And congrats to your daughter! You must be so proud you could just bust!

  5. What a busy week! Never heard of that German bread before but it sounds like it is a huge hit.
    Parades are always fun.

  6. Pretty views are definitely worth the cold! ^_^

    Look at you baking fancy bread for the whole town. ;) Congrats to your daughter!! I know you'll have a great time at the parade!

  7. Those crazy weeks are draining, but they often end up with the best memories.

    Congrats to your daughter!!!

  8. I wish I was your neighbor. So sweet of you to bake like crazy then share with others. Hubby might win this time just watch and congrats to your daughter.

  9. Wow, I don't even know how to pronounce that. I know what you mean, though, about the bread baking. I make apple-cinnamon bread for Christmas gifts for my kids' teachers, and it seems like every year their teaching teams get bigger. It adds up to a LOT of baking. It make the house smell great, though. Hope the parade went well!

  10. Congrats to your daughter! Maybe you can get her a hand-muff and earmuffs to match her dress. And not one will see long underwear if it's a gown. It's so wonderful you're cooking for Christmas gifts. People should do that more often. Good luck to your husband on his float! :)

  11. That bread sounds delicious. I like the title "Weird." Great things here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  12. This week, I'm celebrating a successful #PitMad on Twitter, as well as a successful hunt for wild Christmas trees with my friends. Yes, I actually cut down a tree myself yesterday. A small one, but it still counts.

    Also: titling a book "Weird" is just plain awesome. ^_^


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