Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!

So whether your cranberry sauce looks like this…

or this…


just remember to have lots of fun with family and friends, eat until you can’t eat another bite,  and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Sinterklaas has arrived!

Sinterklaas and his band of Piets arrived Saturday in Holland! While it was a rainy arrival for the man of the season, it looks like everyone had a wonderful time! It’s not too late to order your own handmade and Sint and Piet banner, so order today in advance of Sinterklaas’ arrival on December 5th.







(Photos by www.sintinamsterdam.nl)

Setting the Agenda

I am a sucker for notebooks. I remember when my mom took me  shopping for school supplies, and every year I would pick out college-ruled, spiral-bound notebooks in every color I could find. As an adult I switched to agendas,  but instead of taking notes on math assignments and writing notes to my friends, now I keep up with what bills to pay and what groceries to pick up on the way home from work.

I picked up my 2009 agenda in The Netherlands, and I love starting each week looking  at pictures of windmills, modern architecture, beautiful canal houses, and amazing farmland. However, we are only eight weeks away from ringing in the new year. It’s agenda time.

My friend K and I decided to trek it over to Atlanta today for some girl time. We visited our usual list of shops in Lenox Mall, and of course, Anthropologie was at the top of our list.

I could live in Anthropologie. Their textiles are amazing, and don’t even get me started on the plates, bowls, serving platters, and cups and saucers. As I took a mental inventory of everything I wanted to purchase, I stumbled on the “Sale” section. Now I am not one to pass up a bargain, but I didn’t need an oversized wooden serving spoon, an Asian-inspired wooden apple, or heavy silver metal letters in K, Q, X or Z. However, while I was looking through the books and calendars, I found a book stuck in the middle of the stack that immediately stopped me in my tracks…a silkscreened agenda with pumpkin-colored letters, accented in birds and leaves in robin’s egg blue, charcoal and fern green.

Now I don’t know about you, but picking out an annual agenda or calendar is a very personal thing. I must have space to write important birthdays and anniversaries, pencil in weddings I will coordinate during wedding season, and of course, a place to doodle my transparent boxes and wavy lines during boring meetings. This agenda from Sukie looked pretty promising.


As I flipped through this book, it had everything I could ever imagine in an agenda: an undated weekly calendar, plain and lined paper, glassine pockets to hold business cards, receipts and notes, tear-off postcards and business cards,


and sticker sheets!


Sold! I’m ready for 2010.

Coming this week: New sewing projects.

(Photos courtesy of Sukie)

Autumn in Athens

Mother Nature is treating us to an amazing show…

Fall 3


Fall 2

Amazing colors, crisp weather, and of course, it’s time for hot chocolate! This recipe is adapted from a hot chocolate recipe from Nigella Lawson:

Autumn Hot Chocolate


  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 3 1/2 ounces best-quality chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum (or to taste)
  • marshmallows (optional) 


Pour the milk and chocolate chips into a saucepan. Add the honey and a cinnamon stick to the mixture and heat gently until the chocolate is melted.

Add the vanilla and mix and stir in the rum. Taste to see if you want your hot chocolate a little stronger, or add more honey if you want it sweeter, too. Take out the cinnamon stick and pour into 2 cappuccino or caffe latte cups.


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