Friday, December 10, 2010

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things....

I know, it's not quite the same as when Oprah names her favorite things. But here are a few things that I have found lately that make me happy....
 These come out only at the holidays at Trader Joe's (my favorite, favorite grocery store... ever....) They are like Oreos but with a peppermint filling. I know Oreo does a mint version, but I prefer these. It's probably good they only come out once a year- generally once we open the box, our family devours the whole thing in one sitting. (Do you like the snowman table runner in the foreground? I made it about 8 or 9 years ago, and it still makes an appearance on our family room table every year. Another one of my favorite things.)

This is also from Trader Joe's. It's called a Spice Nog Cake and it smells heavenly. The label says "A spicy, moist cake with an egg-noggin', groggin' kick, topped with candied ginger." Need I say more?

Normally I wouldn't buy cookies AND cake in one trip to the store, but you know what they say about shopping on an empty stomach? It's true- don't do it! I was starved the day I went. We are currently in the process of completing the paperwork for our second mortgage, to pay off the grocery bill for that one little shopping trip.

And who doesn't love a cup of hot tea when the temperatures drop.... I got the Lemon Ginger tea in England this past summer. I found the Pumpkin Spice tea at Target. It has become my daughter's favorite.

I just realized that all of these things are food. So now you know a little more about me....

I have a special place in my heart for sheep.... real and otherwise...

 (Look at him smiling!)

(Sadly, I had the same perm in high school in the 80's.)

  I collect Santa's, this is just part of my collection:
 I know some people don't like Santa, because they think he symbolizes materialism. But for me, I think of the original St. Nicholas, the embodiment of generosity and giving.

 I also like the way embroidery looks when it's done with hand-dyed threads.
This is from a quilt I am working on for my upcoming book.

I like doing machine applique because it is fast and I am an impatient person.

I really like drawing and painting with watercolors.

Last, but certainly not least, these guys are my favorite Favorites:


  1. It's always fun to read about a person's favorite things! I agree with you about smiling sheep--so cute! Thank you for sharing your picks. Tricia

  2. Great post! Your family picture is so precious.

  3. Your favorite things are easy to love!!!

    Have a great weekend, my witty friend!


  4. I enjoyed seeing a few of your favorite things! Thanks for sharing!

    Like the peek of the pattern you are working on and the watercolor rooster. Very nice!

  5. I'm in love with your watercolor Iris!!!


  6. What a beautiful post!! Thanks for sharing your favorite things with us!



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