Don't tell my mom, but this is one of her Christmas gifts. I made it using some marble beads that one of my husband's colleagues brought back from their trip to Turkey a couple of years ago.
I wish you all a very merry Christmas and an optimistic 2014! I'm going to enjoy my Christmas break and be thinking of what direction I want to take things in the new year. I think it may be time to change things up a bit! Stay tuned...
The Art Institute recently acquired a fabulous mid-18th-century creche from Naples. They're promoting it as the Art Institute's Christmas gift to the city. I really hope that we'll get downtown to see it before the holidays are over!
I recently read the book, French Women Don't Get Fat, by Mireille Giuliano, and it was tres interessant! The advice it contains is about learning to eat for pleasure. Enjoy what you eat - just make better decisions! And drink A LOT more water. And be more active - but that doesn't mean going to the gym... This is a lifestyle I can get behind. And the book gave me a chance to practice some French!
Have you tried Mrs. Meyer's Surface Scrub? I've got terrible water at my house, and the tub was getting a little grimy. I bought some Mrs. Meyer's in lavender (my favorite scent!), and used some elbow grease. It's fantastic!
Jim Cornelison sang the national anthem a couple of weeks ago at the NIU football game. He usually sings for the Blackhawks games, and it's one of the greatest renditions ever. Someone filmed the performance, so you can see it, too!
I found a delicious recipe for pumpkin whole wheat waffles. It was posted on The Spiffy Cookie by Lauren's Latest. I've made them a couple of times - if you use the whole can of pumpkin, you can make tons of waffles to freeze. So yummy. (This photo is from the original post - go to the link above for the recipe.)