Friday, December 30, 2011

"Elf on the Shelf" Goodbye Breakfast

On Christmas Eve morning, my kids were awoken to a SUGAR loaded breakfast, in honor of our Elf on the Shelf, Gus.  Since it was his last morning with us, we had a little breakfast to say goodbye!

The kids and I actually had made this banner a couple of days before Christmas.

North Pole muffins 

Snowmen donuts

 Who doesn't like cake for breakfast?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Finalizing my Christmas Day Menu

Here is my menu...what is yours?
(I am serving 5 adults and 2 kids, hopefully simple and no surprises!)

Christmas Day 2011 MENU


Shrimp Dip with Crackers

Carrots/Celery/Cucumber Tray


Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Beef Gravy

Crescent Rolls (Pilsbury)


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

10 New Holiday Recipes: From Dessert to Hummus to Martinis

Looking for a new Holiday recipe? 
Check these out!

Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends:
Pumpkin Pie Cookies:
Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes:
Cake Batter Cookie Stackers:
Mantastic Fried Chicken `n´ Waffle Sandwich:
Skinny Clementine Martini:
Cajeta Caramel Fudge:
Sweet Potato Hummus:
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread:
Dog Bark:
Chocolate Coal Lumps:

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Word of the Year: Tergiversate

Yesterday, (, the preferred online and mobile dictionary for students of all ages, announced it has chosen “Tergiversate” for its 2011 Word of the Year. Tergiversate means “to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.” selected a difficult word for a difficult year, and in so doing decided to buck a trend in how Words of the Year are often chosen. Rather than focusing on a term in the popular vocabulary, or a new word coined by a celebrity or politician, the company decided to follow its mission of word discovery and seek a perfect candidate that will expand people’s knowledge.

Here are a few examples of how the word has turned up in the press. On August 20th, 2011, in The Times of London, Oliver Kamm said, “The tergiversations of stock markets are often puzzling from the outside. They're no less puzzling from within.” In September, the Baltimore Sun picked tergiversation as its word of the week. Last year in May of 2010, James Surowecki used the word to describe German Chancellor Angela Merkel's economic choices: “Political risk is hard to manage because so much comes down to the personal choices of policymakers, whether prime ministers or heads of central banks. And those choices aren’t always going to be economically rational—witness Merkel’s recent tergiversations.”

Words of the moment and clever coinages are great fun, but tergiversate continues to resonate across a variety of experiences from the past year. And don’t you think it’s better to walk away from a dictionary having learned something new?