Monthly Archives: December 2009

Wow-ing winter weddings

I love wedding photos! While I’m on vacation in Maui, please enjoy these photos that make me smile![Source Millie Holloman]
Surf Club in Wilmington, NC

[Source: Wedding Star]
[Source: Photos by Braedon Photography via A Cup of Jo]

Timberline Lodge near Portland, Oregon looks like a magical place for a winter party or wedding too!
Near Aspen, CO on Crystal Farms Ranch
[Source Green Wedding Shoes]

Check out the Ritzy Bee Blog for more winter wedding inspiration!

Winnie the Pooh quotes and Cute Piglet Cupcakes!

Originally uploaded by katiskupcakes

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh,” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw, “I just wanted to be sure of you.””

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon”

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”

“You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.”

Katie Holmes and Boeuf Bourguignon

It’s Sunday night. While the Boeuf Bourguignon cooks, I’m watching Eli Stone and Katie Holmes is such a cute guest star! (She’s been a favorite actress of mine since Dawson’s Creek and I’m really looking forward to her new movie, The Romantics.)

My husband and I spent several hours chopping, saute-ing, and carefully preparing this famous dish from Mastering the Art of French Cooking and the Julie & Julia movie. We also just decanted a bottle of châteauneuf-du-pape. It smells like cherries. 
Tonight is a wonderful culmination of the Christmas weekend!

Book Reviews of 2009

Referring back to my October 10th, 2009 post, there is only one book left on my list, Books I Want to Read in (or by the End of) 2009. It’s Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase by Jen Lancaster! I’ve been hoping I can find it for less than $10 on Amazon soon.

My favorite book of this year was The Girl Who Played with Fire. It’s a dynamic and eye opening sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. The first book was quite graphic and dark, but the sequel explains more of the main character’s idiosyncrasies and strange habits in a logical fashion. I’m eagerly looking forward to the end of the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, coming out in May 2010. 

I have just finished God Came Near and started Cleaving by Julie Powell. Both are fascinating and intriguing, but I’m ready for light and fun reading, like Jen Lancaster for my Maui vacation. I am also very curious about the new book by the Time Traveler’s Wife author, Audrey Niffenegger. Has anyone read Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel? Perhaps on a light note, I’d also be interested in hearing reviews about How to Train Your Dragon (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III)!

I did find a great review of Pretty in Plaid on the blog, “A Girl Walks Into A Bookstore…“. She makes me think this will be a perfect Hawaiian vacation read. In Bitter is the New Black, Jen Lancaster gave us the brief details of her bio before she was famously fired from her high-powered job. In Pretty in Plaid, Lancaster illustrates some of those moments, from growing up in Cow Town, Indiana, to her life as a sorority girl during her eleven years of college, to her first job post-college. Like her previous books, Pretty in Plaid is written as a series of essays, all of which are connected by the theme of clothing. From her Girl Scout uniform—covered in (il)legally earned patches—to her first job interview suit, Jen illustrates how clothes shaped the way she views the world. I was extremely entertained by this book. It’s a fast read—I read it in less than two days—and it’s just as funny, if not funnier, than some of her other books. Jen Lancaster definitely has a unique voice that’s very witty, and her thoughts, as usual, are uncensored—good for the reader, since it meant that I was belly laughing all the way through. In fact, in places, I had to put the book down, I was laughing so hard. No matter what situation Jen finds herself in, she’s always got a positive attitude about it. Although the present-tense narration got a little irritating in some places, I simply couldn’t stop turning the pages. It’s a nice, light read that’s perfect for spring.”