Blissful Bean Soup

Today’s blog is about nothing other than how amazing my White Bean Soup was last night. This was one of those times when I pulled a recipe out of my archives and it seemed too simple to be true. I kept thinking “is this ALL there is to it”? And the answer is “yes”. The ingredient list is almost embarrassing in length, I think there are a grand total of 3 items other than salt & pepper…

A Kansas City New Years

Our trip to Kansas City between Christmas & New Year’s is one of my favorite things about the holiday’s and this year was no exception. I practically skipped off of the airplane and then sprinted to my sister’s car. Everyone else had arrived the previous day so I was chomping at the bit to join the rest of the group. The first afternoon was spent sharing a girls only lunch on the Plaza, followed…

A Very Thankful Christmas

I’m sitting here in my new fuzzy robe with that delicious first cup of coffee in hand and a chihuahua cuddled up on my lap. The tree lights are twinkling and a soft rain is falling as I think about what I might have to say about this Christmas on my blog this morning. Thankful. That’s it in a nutshell. I am simply full of gratitude this year. I’m thankful for the friends who filled my holiday…

A Boca Chica Christmas Party!

Each and every year I celebrate Christmas with a group of women who have been near and dear to me for more years than I care to count. We named ourselves the “Boca Chica’s” after taking a wrong turn on our annual beach trip to Padre Island with our group of rowdy offspring. I was at the wheel talking a mile a minute to Sandy about nothing important when suddenly we…

The Perfect Tree

Yesterday marked our annual tradition of the Tree Hunt. We are tree traditionalists. A fake tree shall not cross the threshold of our nest. Therefore we are, like so many other like minded people, always in search of the perfect tree. My husband says that I declare each tree, every year, to be The One. Perhaps he is right but I’m sticking to my guns on this year’s find. It is as perfect as Christmas…

The Nutcracker

My daughter Tori performed in The Nutcracker every Christmas starting when she was just 5 years old. That first year she was an angel and I still remember the beginning of what became an annual tradition in our house. It wasn’t Christmas until I was driving my little ballerina back and forth to auditions, rehearsals and finally the actual performances. Auditions began in October…