Holiday Decor: Christmas 2016

“And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.”

–Jesus Christ

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

–Calvin Coolidge

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”

–Dr. Seuss

Happy Holidays to everyone! Such days are wonderful days to reflect on family, health, life and to find appreciation in the smallest things. I wish you the best on this day and every day thereafter.

Entertaining: Valentine’s Day Brisket


For Valentine’s Day we decided to smoke a brisket. In fact, we had two separate, very informal, Valentine’s Day–brisket smoking–soirées. (Hmm I wonder if you pluralize “soirée.”)


For starters, I preplanned my menu in advance. I also made the desserts and some of the appetizers the night before. I set the table and the photo backdrop the night before as well. Continue reading