merry merry to all

As 2016 comes to a close, I would have to say it has had its ups and downs but all in all its been a good year and I am grateful for that. I am looking forward to Christmas with my husband and daughter.  Then I’m flying back to CT for a few days and then on to Florida to visit with my parents and sisters. I am blessed to have both of my parents healthy and energetic and I am lucky enough to be able to visit them several times a year. Continue reading

the most scrumptious nut cake…really

Full disclosure, the correct name is Mary Ann’s fruitcake.  I’m single handedly trying to change the bad reputation that the poor Christmas fruitcake has garnered over the years…you know what I’m talking about, the brick like chunk with the scary colored jelly-like pieces of “fruit” in them. I promise this is nothing like that! Continue reading

a bright white santa barbara christmas

When I think back to the Christmas of my youth, I marvel at how my parents pulled off a miracle every Christmas Eve.  When my sisters and I awoke at a ridiculously early hour on Christmas morning, we would run into my parents room and wake them up so that we could not only open presents, but see the tree for the first time.  My dad would go in first and set up the movie camera and the bright light that went with it.  Seeing that huge tree that Santa brought the night before Christmas was sheer magic to us girls… Continue reading

Christmas at The Little Glass House

I still love Christmas as much as I did as a child. I love the way it smells of cookies and pine needles. I love the taste of eggnog and wassail (and of course the cookies too). I love the sparkle and magic of the decorations. I love the carols and music, which I start playing the day after Thanksgiving. I love our Christmas traditions and starting new ones here in California. But most of all, I love spending time with family and friends and making new memories…. Continue reading

Here We Come a Wassailing…

What the heck is Wassail or Wassailing you might ask.  It’s a version of hot mulled cider.  The word “wassail” comes from an Anglo-Saxon phrase which means “good health”. Wassailing was traditionally done on New Year’s Eve and Twelfth Night, but some  people drank Wassail on all the twelve days of Christmas! I guess they wanted to be really healthy.  Here in my household we start right after Thanksgiving. It’s THAT good. Continue reading