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Category Archives: Holidays

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Santa came to visit Monday night

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Send The BF to the store, end up with a five pound bag of cheese. "It was on sale!"

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A coconut cream pie for a special guy. Not The BF, he hates coconut.

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O spent most of Christmas morning playing with his new wagon.

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The BF got us matching camo jammie pants.

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Now he can kick back in style.

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Everyone is feeding my coffee addiction. The Darth goblet is The BF's.

Of course, my favorite thing about Christmas is the time I get to spend with people I love.

…Ok, and the food.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!


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Merry Christmas to all of those celebrating today!

Or, as O says it…

“MERWY KISHUM!”


Jeez Louise you guys, I have been busy lately.

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Last week was nuts. I completed a couple of big crochet orders, tested some Christmas recipes, and wrote a couple of new recipes that should be published soon. I’ll post a link as soon as I hear from my editor.

Oh, doesn’t that sound fancy?

I also made hot chocolate mix and marshmallows for the two best hair ladies and the best photographer I know…I think those ugly Christmas sweater mugs (as I like to call them) are just so damned cute!

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I managed to get our tree up and put the lights on it.

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Ornaments?

Well…

I made the grand statement that I would be making all of our ornaments this year.

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So far, I have finished six.

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I am currently working on the last of my Christmas orders and watching the Colts play. I managed to do two loads of laundry this morning and sweep the entire downstairs, mop the kitchen floor, and hose the living room down with Lysol since The BF brought the sickies home last week.

When I say I hosed the living room down, I mean I sprayed that shit everywhere. Like, probably used the whole can. I don’t plan on getting sick.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.


I had such a good response from the first holiday gift guide that I decided to do another one right away. I love that so many of you are excited about supporting the little guy.

As some of you may know, today is Small Business Saturday. Lots of small businesses may be offering special discounts today, and some may even have extended hours. My town holds an annual Party Night. Participating businesses stay open late and there are carraige rides downtown…It’s a really fun evening.

Of course, if you’re more of an online shopper, you can still participate! Just check out my previous gift guide OR take a look at some other awesome things I’ve discovered:

Do you have someone that can be a little hard to buy for? Maybe a beer or wine aficionado? Head over to RayMels and check out the selection of these trays made of melted wine, liquor, and beer bottles. They’d be useful for all sorts of things… Cheese and crackers, a place to leave your change, a bedside table catchall…  I mean, you do whatever you want with it because who am I to tell you what to do with your awesome tray?

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If wine bottles aren’t your thang, they have tons of other items to look at. How about one of their handmade clocks? You can get melted bottle clocks, but I think this old school percolator clock is super cute.

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I can’t talk about handmade gifts without encouraging you to order something from Crochet Me Lovely. This gal must have fingers and wrists of steel, because she’s always adding awesome new stuff to her shop. Not only does she make hats and scarves, but she has an offering of some seriously beautiful afghans. As the owner of several afghans my grandma made, I can tell you that there’s nothing better than a crochet afghan on a cold winter evening. They can be expensive, but a lot of yarn goes into these…not to mention the hours it takes to make one.

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So go out and celebrate the little guy by buying gifts from small businesses near you today…Or stay comfy at home and order online. Either way, no one appreciates your business more than the owner of a mom and pop shop.

Happy Small Biz Saturday!

*If you own a business or are the maker of beautiful things feel free to send an email to willfullydisobedientblog (at) gmail (dot) com with info, links, and any pictures you grant me permission to use. If I like what I see, I just might add you to my next gift post.

All pictures in this post are courtesy of the Etsy shop owner that created the items, used with their permission. I found all items and shops on my own, this is NOT a sponsored post, and I have not been compensated in any way.


Ok, I know it isn’t quite Thanksgiving yet, but I’ve already started my Christmas shopping. Yeah, I know it might be hard to believe that the queen of last minute gift shopping herself is starting a bit early but…I’m proud to say that I’ve already purchased TWO GIFTS.

TWO.

Don’t worry…The remainder of the gifts I have to buy will be purchased sometime around 5:00 pm the day before Christmas Eve. Many curse words will be said.

I’ve been doing a lot of looking online, specifically on sites like Etsy because I love the idea of buying unique, handmade gifts. Sure, there’s a lot of crap for sale on Etsy, but if you look hard enough, there are some real gems.

-I discovered Foxwood Drive through Twitter. If you are in need of some seriously beautiful, sophisticated jewelry for any of the ladies on your list this is the place to look. This Champagne ring is one of my favorites, but it’s all gorgeous.

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I don’t really wear a lot of jewelry since it would just end up a toy for my toddler, but this stuff? I would wear it to the grocery store…Which is practically the only place I go. It just looks like the sort of thing that would instantly make you feel fabulous, even if you haven’t showered in a few days and are wearing the same sport bra you slept in. Put one of these little confidence boosters under the tree for your favorite lady, please.

-If you’re shopping for a youngun, check out Simple Gifts. I absolutely adore this Cookies for Santa set, and this Bucket of Beetles may end up under our tree this year. These are toys you can feel good about… They are made by a homeschooling mom who uses “recycled packaging, donates monthly to non profit organizations and participates in reforestation programs. Simple Gifts beeswax is local and is the only non – vegan product used.”

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Beetles

You can tell that a lot of work goes into each toy. My favorite thing? None of these need batteries or make any sort of noise. In fact, they don’t do anything. These are the sort of toys that will encourage imaginative play, unlike the ones that seem to play with themselves.

-Another shop full of handmade awesomeness is Ivy and Company. Everything you see in this shop is hand sewn and quite stunning. I am obsessed with her headbands, and I might have to order one for myself after the holidays. Well, unless someone wants to order one for me. Hint, hint.

Tell me this isn't adorable.

Tell me this isn’t adorable.

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If I had a daughter, I would be all over that apron. Actually, I wanted it for myself until I actually looked at the full picture and realized it wasn’t in a grown up size. I may be a small person, but I’m not quite toddler size. Take some time to browse through the different headbands available, because she does have different sizes.

-For the gadget lover, consider this Crochet Gadget Cover by Natalya1905. There are a few different styles and colors, but the one in black, green, and brown would be perfect for your techie man.

-If your man enjoys music and needs something to haul his money in, this gorgeous hand stitched wallet would be a thoughtful present.

I’ve seen a lot of people talking about shopping locally lately and I think that’s great…But I think it’s even better to try to support all of the little guys, no matter where they’re from. These people are taking the time to craft each object they offer, so in most cases every item is unique. To me, getting something that was lovingly handmade by someone would mean a lot more than if I got some mass-produced designer purse.

Consider not only shopping locally, but also shopping small. Yeah, you might spend a little more (but sometimes less!), but it will be worth it.

*If you own a business or are the maker of beautiful things feel free to send an email to willfullydisobedientblog (at) gmail (dot) com with info, links, and any pictures you grant me permission to use. If I like what I see, I just might add you to my next gift post.

All pictures in this post are courtesy of the Etsy shop owner that created the items, used with their permission. I found all items and shops on my own, this is NOT a sponsored post, and I have not been compensated in any way.


When most people think of pumpkin, they think sweets…pumpkin lattes, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter

That’s fine, but I think you might be surprised at how tasty pumpkin can be in more savory applications. I happen to love roasted, cubed pumpkin tossed with a bit of butter, chili powder, and parmesan cheese.

I recently had a small pie pumpkin hanging out on my kitchen counter, and I knew I wanted to do something different with it. With Thanksgiving coming up, I’ve been looking up stuffing recipes…I wondered if I could put a savory sausage stuffing in a pumpkin.

Not only did it work, but it was delicious. This would make a pretty easy and impressive side dish for Thanksgiving, and with a little cooking time adjustment you could easily double or triple the recipe for a larger pumpkin to serve more people.

Sweet Italian sausage stuffed pumpkin

1 pie pumpkin, cut in half lengthwise, innards removed

1 pound sweet Italian sausage (bulk or removed from casings)

2-4 ribs chopped celery

About 1/2 – 3/4 cup chopped mushrooms

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs

1/2 cup cornbread croutons, crunched up

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1 egg, beaten

About 1/2 cup chicken broth

Preheat your oven to 400° and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the gunk, then rub the inside with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake, cut side down, for about 30 minutes or until the flesh is fork-tender.

Meanwhile, fry sausage over medium-high heat along with the celery, mushrooms, and onions until the meat is browned and the veggies are soft. Drain, then pour into a bowl and let it cool a bit. Once the mixture is cooled, add breadcrumbs, croutons, cheese, and egg. Stir to combine, then add chicken broth a little at a time until the bigger chunks of crouton are just moist.

Scoop the mixture into the pumpkin halves, cover with foil, and bake (use the same foil-lined baking sheet) for 30-45* minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for another 15* minutes or so, just until the tops get brown and crunchy.

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To serve, scoop out a bit of the pumpkin flesh along with the stuffing mixture.

This would make a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving spread, or any fall gathering.

Speaking of fall! You should probably check out my awesome giveaway for your chance to win a hat and scarf, lovingly crafted by yours truly.

* All cooking times depend on the size of your pumpkin and how much stuffing is in each half.


I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I really love Independence Day.  It’s even better now that I’m a mom, because watching O get into the festivities was really entertaining this year (last year he slept through most of it).

Friday, O and I went to my mom and dad’s house so I could work on an article. O decided to fall flat on his face while on a walk, and ended up with a festive firework right on his forehead.

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This kid, I swear.

Not that it bothered him. He apparently popped right up, started to cry, and then noticed some dogs fenced in a neighbor’s yard. Suddenly, all was well.

After The BF finished working, we made a trip to a local fireworks store and picked up enough for a little backyard display. It was still pretty bright out when we started, but O really loved watching his daddy light the fuse and run away.

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Once it got darker, we went to the front yard and watched the big fireworks displays that were going on around us. I think at one point I counted five different displays that we could see… we were surrounded! O ran around the front yard catching fireflies, occasionally stopping to point out fireworks and yell, “BOOOOOOOM!”

On Saturday, we headed to our little lake property. At the last minute, I decided to make a flag cake… Mostly because I wanted cake. For making it up as I went, I think it turned out well!

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It’s a layer of sliced poundcake, topped with a whipped cream/ cream cheese/ powdered sugar/ vanilla mixture, topped with fresh berries. Then top with another layer of sliced poundcake, more cream cheese mixture,  and berries arranged to look like a flag. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve…It’s delish!

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Once it started to get dark, we headed down to the lake and boarded The BF’s uncle’s boat (ours is in need of a repair or two before we can get it out). The older kids had a ball swimming around the boat, while O enjoyed checking it all out.

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I bought tons of glow necklaces and bracelets at the Dollar Tree, since I didn’t want O getting too close to sparklers. I think the adults had more fun with them than the kids!

After the fireworks,  O fell asleep. We tucked him in on the couch and then hung out by the fire and ate s’mores.

Sunday was a pretty lazy day. Once O was down for a nap, I finished my article and sent it off to the client. We grilled cheeseburgers and corn on the cob for dinner, with cole slaw, potato salad,  and some cantaloupe that we picked up at a roadside stand.

It was a great weekend…I definitely wasn’t ready for it to end.

How did you celebrate the 4th?


Well it never fails. Whenever a holiday comes up, I get an email from someone wanting to hire me to write for them. Yesterday, I got an email from a new client, asking me to write a funny article about something business related. It’s due in three days, so I got to work right away…

Sort of.

I think most creative people will tell you that it can be really difficult to perform on command. There is nothing less funny than someone that is actively trying to be funny, in my opinion.

I drove to my mom and dad’s this morning so I would have a little extra help with O while I wrote. Three hours later, here I am with about fifty tabs open in two Chrome browsers, and two Word documents going…armed with pot of coffee number two (ok, The BF drank part of the first one) and 230 words. I need 500. And not just 500 words, 500 funny words. The last sentence of the client’s email was, ” Looking forward to laughing.”

It’s gone about like this:

Was that funny? Maybe that isn’t all that funny…I think I’ll take that out. Wait, maybe that WAS funny, but I need to put it here…Oh hell, I don’t remember how I phrased that. Did I quote that right? Probably ought to check my source…Oh, I clicked the wrong tab so…Hey, a Facebook notification. Why not lose five minutes goofing off on Facebook? It will be good for the creative process. But only 5 minutes.

-15 minutes later-

Shit, I really got a little off track there. Ok, where was I? Oh, I’m out of coffee. Better get a refill… Aw, O is doing something really cute with Grandma. No, I need to get back to work. After I pee first, because hello coffee.

-At this point, I come back and sit down to just stare at my screen for a bit.-

I hate this. I don’t think this is “look forward to laughing” funny. I need to start over.

WHY DID I JUST DO THAT?

Shit.

I’m going to check my blog stats. GOOD LORD,  Fred’s birthday post got a lot of views. I guess tumors are interesting? I wish that’s what I was supposed to be writing about…It would be a lot easier. You know what? I think I’ll start a post. Maybe that’ll get the creative juices flowing.

 

 

Happy Independence Day, everyone!


Well friends, we’ve made it through another year. 2013, like every year, had ups and downs…but I’d like to think it was mostly good times. It could very well be that I’ve just forgotten the bad stuff, because we all know I can be a little forgetful…but I’m ok with it.

My sweet boy wasn’t quite two months old last year on New Year’s Eve, so The BF and I spent a quiet evening at home.

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We’ll probably do the same thing tonight, because neither of us are all that interested in going out during the drunk driver derby that is New Year’s Eve. I’d rather stay home with my sweet boy, anyway.

2013 was the year that I finally (thank God) had my giant fibroid removed. Soon after, The Bloggess made ol’ Fred famous… And then he was featured on BlogHer. I still get a lot of messages about Fred and asking about how I’m doing… and that is why the internet is so awesome.

…Well did you really think we were going to get through a year-end roundup without Fred? Come on, now.

My boy experienced a lot of firsts this year… It was his first year of life, after all. I didn’t expect them to be so rapid-fire, but it seemed like once he hit his first milestone they just started happening one right after the other.

2013 was a big year for me as a writer. With the new readers that I gained from Fred’s twitter fame, and then the new readers from the BlogHer feature, this little blog experienced a lot of growth. I also started getting serious about working as a freelance writer. As with a lot if things, it has been a slow start… but I started the day today (at 7:00 am, thanks to O) with an email from a potential new client. I guess I must be doing something right!

…I just want you all to know that the urge to type ‘write’ instead of ‘right’ was so hard to resist it was almost painful. You’re welcome…

I hope, dear readers, that when you all look back on 2013 you do it with a smile. I also hope that, no matter what kind of year you had, 2014 is even better.

Unless you won the bazillion dollar lottery jackpot this year. In that case, stop being such a greedy asshole.

Just kidding!

And in all seriousness, please PLEASE do not drink and drive tonight. If I could, I’d run my own drunky taxi just for my lovely readers, but that would involve warp speed or time travel or some such thing to get to all of you. Even I can’t make that happen.

So please be safe and have a super awesome New Year’s Eve celebration.

Thanks for reading!


Did you know that Christmas is NEXT WEEK? It’s true, and here I sit with not one single present purchased. It’s par for the course with me, really. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever had my shopping done before the week of Christmas.

I do at least know what I’m making for the Christmas dinner we’ll be attending this weekend… if only because someone specifically requested it.

If you aren’t sure what to bring to an upcoming gathering, never fear!
I thought it might be helpful to link to all of the holiday recipes I’ve shared in one post…I’ve also included some recipes from the archives that I think would make good additions to any holiday table.

You can thank me later.

1. Lactose-free cake and icing (Well you can’t just leave your dairy-free loved ones with no dessert)

2. Cherry Delight

3. Peanut Butter Cup Pie

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4. Christmas Toffee

5. Hot Fudge Pie

6. Heart healthy pie crust (for whatever holiday pie your heart desires)

7. Sweet and spicy meatballs (would make a great appetizer)

8. Turnip gratin

9. Darn good chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting

10. Cast iron skillet cornbread

Of course, you could always just swing by the store on the way to your Christmas gathering and pick up some already made cookies…but that doesn’t really say “I love you”, you know?



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