The Year In The Rearview Mirror πŸ€

Hello my lovely friends 😍

So, we’re getting ready to wave goodbye to 2020. πŸ‘‹πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ₯‚

And I’m pretty sure that most, if not all of us, love to see it behind us. πŸ™ƒ

There were a lot of ups and downs. But since I don’t have pictures of the ‘downs’, πŸ˜‰ and I don’t wanna bring anyone ‘down’ (see what I did there πŸ˜‹), I’m gonna share with you some pretty pictures of the past year. πŸ’–

I hope you enjoy the show 😊

The Missouri River on a cold January morning…

In February I picked up my pencils again…

March brought the first signs of Spring …

In April we took a lot of long walks, and sometimes I even brought my camera πŸ˜„

Same in May 😎

In June I got out all my vintage cookbooks, and gave them the spotlight they deserve!

And went on more walks…

In July I started training my future Yoga partner 😍 and…well, you know πŸ˜…

In August we witnessed some baby birds getting ready to leave the nest and explore this strange, new world – right from our porch 😊

In September we painted the house…and I got my purple door 😌

In October I voted for the first time since becoming a citizen in 2019 πŸ€“πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

In November I made this unique Advent wreath πŸ•―

December brought some beautiful days with sunshine and balmy temperatures – sprinkled among the icy, freezer-like temps. But we don’t wanna talk about those 😁

This was my year in pretty pictures. Thank you for stopping by and looking! πŸ₯° I hope you enjoyed them all (or at least most of them!) ☺️

All that’s left now is me wishing you a wonderful, healthy, pleasant 2021!

Be well! πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ₯‚

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 24 πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„πŸ•―

Hello my lovely friends 😍 Happy Christmas Eve!

The last door! And what a beautiful one it is! Let’s see what’s hiding behind it…

It’s the Christmas Star 🌟

The ‘National Geographic’ sent a photographer to Alaska to capture this historic, amazing event. 🌟

To the right you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful Northern Lights!

Well, this is it! Christmas is here πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ Thank you so much for joining me for this daily countdown to Christmas Day πŸ’– I hope you enjoyed the journey. I know I did!

Have a very merry, safe, peaceful Christmas! πŸ₯°

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 23

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Behind today’s door I have a delicious surprise waiting for you!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies πŸ˜‹ I think Santa will be very happy tonight!

You can find the recipe for these yummy treats here .

A few tips:

– If you use a Standmixer, use the dough hook for the last step (mixing the wet and dry ingredients). Just trust me on this πŸ˜‰

– The dough gets very sticky after a few minutes out of the fridge. So you have to work fast or hire a few helpers. I didn’t do neither, so I had to scrape dough from my hands with a knife πŸ˜…

– I bakes the cookies for about 13 minutes. The texture is more on the crunchy side…but not quite. I hope that makes sense πŸ™ƒ

– I rolled them in granulated sugar, since I didn’t have powdered sugar…and didn’t want to join the crowds at the grocery store today 😏 But the author mentions that her Mom rolls them in granulated sugar. And what’s good enough for Mom, is good enough for me. 😊

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you’ll be back for the opening of the last door! πŸŽ„

Your Advent + Calendar – Day 22 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

So…shall we open yesterday’s door? 😬 Of course we should…

It’s a….supercute Hat-Pattern πŸ˜ƒ I don’t know about you, but once I’m 2, 3 months into hat-weather, I get bored by my winter gear, and I- at the very least – need a new hat!😏

This is a easy-to-follow pattern for intermediate crocheters, or adventurous newbies.

At the moment I’m taking a break from crocheting…darn carpal tunnel. 🀨 But as soon as that’s cleared up, this hat will be mine! 😊

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors. πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 21 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

So apparently I’ve been trailing behind the actual calendar days πŸ™ˆ How long has that been going on? πŸ˜… I guess we’ll be opening 2 doors tomorrow πŸ˜‹

But first things first…today’s – eh, yesterday’s – door

Wanna talk Christmas Carols? 🎢

Do you have a favorite? Which one makes you reach for the skip/off button on your listening device?

I go first 😁

Favorite is a tough choice πŸ€”

I’ll go with (for every day listening) –

‘I need a little Christmas’ by Johnny Mathis

and

‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ by the-one-and-only Garth Brooks 🀠

Those two make me dance around the house every time!

For Christmas Eve –

Silent Night – I don’t have a favorite artist there πŸ•―

Now – which one makes me scramble to the skip/off button?

That’s easy…‘Santa Baby’ – I truly can’t stand listening to that one! I think this song is everything that Christmas is not/should not be about! πŸ˜•

So, that’s my list 🎢🎢🎢 I’d love to hear your carol choices! πŸ₯°

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors (remember…2 tomorrow πŸ˜‰)

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 20 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Someone couldn’t wait and already peeked behind the door! πŸ˜‹ Okay, who was it? Doesn’t matter, let’s open it all the way, see what’s there!

It’s a lovely PSA – especially helpful if you have little ones that are quite worried about the jolly guy in the red suit πŸŽ…πŸΌ

I personally was glad to hear it! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ•―

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors. πŸ₯°

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 19 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

We’re inching closer to the big day! So let me open this one for ya real quick…

Are you still looking for a last minute gift for a lovely girl on your list?

Well, get hooking! πŸ™ƒ This Headband is ready to go under the tree in just a couple of hours – tops!

You can find the pattern here 😊 It even includes a size chart from kid to adult. πŸŽ‰(Page will open in new window)

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 18 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ₯°

I can’t wait to show you what’s behind Door #18 😍 You’re in for a treat!

Let’s do this…

Good morning, Lansing 🀩

When I was little and the sky was painted pink, my Mom always told us that the angels are baking Christmas cookies! πŸ’– Isn’t that a lovely thought?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors! πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸ•―

Have a lovely weekend! Stay well! πŸ€—

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 17 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Well, what do you know…I’m actually on time to open this lovely door for you πŸ˜…

And here it is – the Masterplan for making Beanies! I love this pattern. It’s super easy and can be used for any size, with any yarn and any stitch. 🀩

Don’t believe me? Well, see for yourself! Just click right here (page will open in a new window).

Here’s a sneak peek…

Happy crocheting! πŸ€“

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will be back for the opening of the remaining doors! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent~Calendar – Day 16 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

I know why you’re here 😁 You wanna look behind Door #17. So let’s…

Now that’s quite creative – in every sense! I’m sure we’ve all been there. So bring out the markers 😊

Have a wonderful day!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors…not many left 🀩

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