This and That

Well, Thanksgiving weekend has come to a close – the leftovers have all been eaten, the sweet treats have magically disappeared and I’m getting excited to slide into the next season. The outdoor furniture has been covered and most activities are taking place indoors on these chilly days.



I’ve actually started my Christmas shopping – trying to do everything either locally or online. I’d like to finish up and get the wrapping going so there’s not a mad dash at the end. I’ve been diligently working on a few gifts that I’m making and I’m planning on making cookie dough and breads to freeze.



Of course, we’ll be baking our classic holiday cookies this year but I wanted to try out a few healthier versions – light or no sugar, gluten free. I’ll let you know if any of them are worthy of passing on.


Look what I found at the thrift store for just $1.50 – what a find! I love Ina and all the tasty dishes she makes so I just couldn’t resist.


I’m usually not much of a shopper but I love white bowls and pitchers.


When I found this beauty at HomeGoods recently, I couldn’t resist.


Well, after a marathon of pie, cake, stuffing and gravy, I'm looking toward good, home-cooked healthy meals again. I found this fabulous spinach at the last outdoor farmer's market


and made a pot of delicious chicken soup with wild rice and spinach. Simple but, oh so good!



And what plans have you been making for the upcoming month? Have you started your shopping yet or will you be making a lot of your gifts this year? I think people love getting something made by hand or home baked, don’t you?

Wishing you all a lovely week and as always, thanks so much for visiting me.



  1. says

    So glad to hear that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Susan. Our treats have disappeared, too! 😉 I am a sucker for white dishes and pitchers. I deliberately avoid that aisle at Homegoods, because for me, it’s like looking at puppies…they look back at me and I can’t leave the store without one! Enjoy your pretty collection!

    • says

      LOL great analogy, Kim. I love looking at other people’s beautiful patterned dishes and think I should pick up a few, but always go back to white – my favorite too.

  2. says

    Such a gorgeous hutch Susan! And the pictures of the salad and other goodies are sinfully good! I love the ‘white dish’ aisle at HG’s also, but like Kim, I mosey on by because it’s too dangerous ;).

    Glad you had a good holiday! We had dinner at a friends last night and they served leftovers. Can I say it tasted better than Thursday’s turkey?? It was good Thursday, but something about leftovers…


  3. says

    I love shopping… I am not doing much this year and am pretty much done now…. Christmas is such a great time of year. Everyone seems to be in good moods, more charitable and giving… And the snow! I love snow lol Have a great week

    • says

      I agree, Eva – Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It’s the whole spirit of the season that I enjoy. It’s so much more than just one day.

  4. says

    Our outdoor furniture is also all covered up and sitting like big ugly blobs in the garden! (sad).

    Have also done most o Xmas shopping (have it pared down to a bare minimum these days!!!). But need to get cracking with a couple of home-made presents. Thanks for kick up backside!

  5. Laura says

    That hutch is the hutch of my dreams! I could never fit it in my tiny house but I absolutely love it! I’m really enjoying simple cozy living! Thanks! XO

  6. says

    that soup looks absolutely fabulous. and i love ina too. actually just adore her AND her sweet husband. what a neat couple they make!
    we lost electricity during the ice storm … so today i’ve mostly only eaten peanut butter and crackers and deviled eggs that i’d already cooked.
    i missed having a cup of hot coffee the most!
    just stayed bundled up under a blanket in my chair by the big window and read jan karon’s latest book.
    had a lovely time!
    electricity is back on tonight thank goodness! 29 degrees out there with wind. brrrr!!!
    but the wren house is warm and lighted again. how wonderful!

    • says

      Thank goodness the electric came back on by nightfall Tammy. I know your incredible spirit is what got you through the day – along with a good book and some peanut butter crackers. xo

  7. says

    Whew…I’m so glad you haven’t painted the hutch, Susan :) It is beautiful as it is and perfect to hold all the special things you showed us. After Thanksgiving I boiled some turkey bones and just added carrots, celery and a chopped sweet potato. After taking the bones out I used an immersion blender to give it a thicker, smoother consistency and just added salt and pepper. It was good, but your chicken soup with spinach looked especially pretty and yummy. I have a couple of little presents I want to make, and have purchased a few, but I’m going to send some edible presents, too. I love this time of year and all the preparations and celebration…mainly the homey cozy ones :) xx

    • says

      I love creamy soup, Gracie, and yours sounds delicious. And I’m with you, I love all the preparations that take place at home – the baking and making and decorating – every last minute of it. xo

  8. says

    You inspire me in so many ways, Susan! I try to keep moving along so nothing piles up—I want to enjoy every single day of December without being bound by lists and never ending preparation. I’m a little under the weather now but i’ll be back in the loop soon.

    Your soup looks so refreshing, I like the addition of spinach. I ate way too many carbs and I’m ready to eat more healthier meals.

    Enjoy your days. Oh, I love the white pitcher, HomeGoods and I are best friends! :)

    Jane x

    • says

      Oh, I hope you get over your bug quickly, Jane. And don’t knock yourself out – there’s still lots of time to get everything done and enjoy the process. Take good care of yourself. xo

  9. says

    Hi Susan, this is my favorite time of the year too. I try and do most of my Christmas shopping on-line and I’m about half-way done. Take care!

  10. says

    Love your WHITES collection.
    Do pass on the lower fat versions that are worthy!
    I’m going to bake and play music and put coconut in everything…then I wont be one bit tempted.
    Have lost weight this year and dont want to put it on at the Holidays.

    • says

      LOL – I guess you’re not a fan of coconut, Kathy. I lost weight this year too just by making healthier choices. It seems to get easier and easier and getting rid of the sugar has really helped me feel better..

  11. says

    That Ina cookbook was a great find. I see you have another great recipe for us to try. Christmas seems to be coming so fast . Our weather has been wild and wet. They even closed the schools in the valley for fear of flooding. Hoping the rains will cease soon. I’m staying tucked in decorating and cooking.

    • says

      Well, I hope you enjoy every minute of your time indoors, Sharon and I hope you’re feeling better. Sounds like you’ve definitely had your share of rain there. It’s been in the 50’s here in NY everyday – very strange for this time of year but I’m not complaining. The snow will be here soon enough.

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