Monday, December 13, 2010

A wonderful life indeed

Every year, I look forward to my December date with George Baily...aka..Jimmy Steward. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a feature showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. The perfect holiday evening for me is having a fire in the fireplace, cuddling up with a blanket on the sofa while enjoying a cup of peppermint hot chocolate and watching “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Ahhhh, the perfect evening.

Unfortunately, with the 80 degree weather we experienced at Rosebowl yesterday, “dreaming” of a white Christmas is what I’ll probably be doing. If the weather doesn’t get cooler - I may just have to settle for watching It’s A Wonderful Life, without a fire, blanket or peppermint hot chocolate.

Have you ever had the William Sonoma Peppermint Hot Chocolate? Their peppermint hot chocolate makes a wonderful hostess gift to give when you attend a party, but if you want to really WOW people…make some homemade marshmallows to go with it.

Believe it or not, Ina Gartner’s marshmallow recipe in her Family Style cookbook is really easy to make. The key is to use lots of powdered sugar when molding the marshmallows into the dish!!! If possible use a Pyrex glass dish. I’m probably going to make some within the next week, so I’ll try to post photos.

For years, I thought it would be so fun to work at William Sonoma. So several years ago, I applied and got a job there during the holidays. I loved it and was thrilled to put on my official green apron. They asked me to stay on after Christmas, but there was one really SERIOUS problem. I spent way more than I made so I declined to stay on.

Here is another peppermint yummy - Every Christmas I make peppermint chocolate chip cookies….so gooood. Just follow any homemade cc cookie recipe (I use the Better Homes recipe.) and add crushed up peppermint candy canes to the recipe.
Holiday wreaths are such an individual and personal choice.

We always hang a fresh wreath on our front door.
Here are few wreaths that caught my eye.

I LOVE THIS PAPER WREATH! Wish I knew how to make it. If you do, please share!

CONGRATULATIONS to Rosemary,, She was the winner of my holiday tea towel and Believe charm give away. Always leave a comment below in the comment link …you never know if you will be randomly selected for a thank you favor.


  1. Thanks so much Rose!!
    I just sent you an email.
    By the way, I love It's A Wonderful Life, such a great movie.
    Those wreaths are amazing.
    Have a great day!!

  2. an easy homemade marshmallow recipe! i can hardly believe it! i'll definitely be looking that one up. and thanks for sharing all of those gorgeous wreaths...i like the one with snow on it! in my dreams my texas wreaths will get some snow this year :)