Friday, December 9, 2016

The Best Hostess Gift / What to Bring to Christmas Dinner

Let's cut right to the chase.

We've all been in the situation when you are invited to a friend's house for dinner, or a Christmas party, or a gathering really of any sort and you feel like you can't show up empty-handed. What's the easiest thing to bring?? Why of course -- a bottle of wine.* But everyone does that and the host probably already has a ton of wine on hand since they are hosting the party.

So here's what you should bring:

Trader Joe's Syrah-soaked Toscano cheese.

And you should bring it with one of these cracker options, also from Trader Joe's:

And you can thank me later. 

I'm not joking. 

If all else fails, you could always find a cute hat and scarf combo from JCrew. 

Life-size dollbaby not included

For realz, this cheese is something else. It's just that good! I first had it last week at a friend's baby shower and my life hasn't been the same since. Go get it now at Trader Joe's. Go go go!

*I have nothing against wine. I love wine. If you are still worried about bringing only cheese and crackers as a hostess gift and feel like you need to pack an extra punch, of course you can still bring wine. Make it a red though.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Scene from the Sofa

Sometimes Michael and I will play Catch Phrase with each other as we sit on the sofa. We just go back and forth with each other over and over until the buzzer goes off. (Think this is weird? Yes, perhaps.) Yesterday, Michael's phrase was "Anne Frank."

He said:

She's was a pioneer of woman's suffrage!

I said:

Susan B. Anthony!

He said:


And then the buzzer went off. I then asked who it was he was trying to get me to guess.

He said:

Anne Frank!

I said:

What?! She died in the Holocaust.

He said:


So there you have it. In school, I excelled in the humanities. Michael was all math and science. We go together like ra-ma-la-ma-la-ma ka-ding-a-la-ding-a-dong. But really, here's hoping that Liza Love gets the best of both of us.

In other important news, Liza Love is now 21 months old and is hilarious. She packs more personality in her little 27 lb. bod than most do in their full-grown frames. She is super aggressive in her loving, and I have to watch her like a hawk around other kids her age lest she grabs someone's hair or knocks anyone down.

She currently does this face that we've dubbed "The Fish Face" -- she tilts her head back and looks down her nose at you while opening and closing her puckered lips -- just like a fish. Last Sunday, while picking up Chinese food after church, we discovered a fish tank that we hadn't seen before. WELL. LL thought stars were falling from Heaven!





What are these slippery creatures



This picture kills me

Holding me hostage to discuss the plan about the fish


I love this chica.