Good morning! I'll be back a little later with a recap of the Dustbowl Holiday Market, but I wanted to get things started off with a playlist for your Monday morning. And, what better to fill a playlist than with Christmas songs? I think I'll do another Christmas playlist next week as well, because there really is no shortage of great Christmas songs. The tracks are listed below, but the entire playlist can be enjoyed right here.
I come by my love for yellow naturally, as it is my mother's absolute favorite color. I think of her when I see the color, and I'm sure I always will. Grey is one of my personal favorites, so the combination of the two seems like a natural choice. And it's a really popular color combination right now, which is just fine with me. Here are a few of my favorite grey and yellow picks:
There were a few rumors swirling around over the weekend that we were going to get some snow in Oklahoma City today. It doesn't look like it will actually happen, but it did leave me hoping for a snow day. While that may not come for a while (if at all), it did put me in the mood for some "winter songs".
I am a big fan of Christmas music, but I really like what I call "winter songs". There is something about grey skies, hot coffee and melancholy music that gets me every time. I have compiled a short list of songs that fit into this category perfectly. The tracks are listed below, but you can listen to the entire playlist here.
Listen to the entire playlist (for free!) right here.
First of all, just a reminder that I am offering 20% off my entire shop today (Monday). Just enter MERRY2011 at checkout. Okay....
I hope you have all recovered from Thanksgiving + Black Friday + Small Business Saturday + Cyber Monday. I mean, really. I actually had a really lovely Thanksgiving. Sometimes I feel like the holidays are so packed with cooking, cleaning up, and so on, that you miss actual "family time" -- but this year I felt like we all got to spend quality time together and that was really, really nice.
And, thanks to Pinterest, I attempted several new recipes this year.
I made these sweet potato cupcakes, via Cupcake Project. I made mini cupcakes, so the uncooked crumb filling didn't really work. I ended up tossing out the first batch that went in the oven and left it out of the other batches all together. They tasted fine without it. Which is actually amazing, considering I managed to leave out the apple cider and oil. This is what happens when you talk on your cell phone while you are baking. Lesson learned.
I also made these S'mores Cookie Bars, via Lovin' From the Oven. I have had these bookmarked for a while now. They were really, really easy to make and were very yummy. While I love a baked good, I'm not a big fan of really sugary desserts. This was a little too sugary for my taste, but something I'll probably make again.
It really is a pretty easy recipe, and it did turn out looking just like the picture. But I was a little disappointed in the final outcome. The tops of the potatoes were dry and tough, while the bottom half was nicely cooked. It's probably not something I will make again, but it was fun to try something new.
This was my third year to make stuffing. This is my go-to stuffing recipe, via Martha Stewart. Thanks to Whole Foods finally making it's way to Oklahoma City, I was able to use a loaf of pumpkin bread like the recipe suggests. I gave it a nice sweetness.
What did you make for Thanksgiving this year? Any hits or misses? Any recipe suggestions for future holidays?
I am not doing a playlist this week, but I did want to leave you with a little something. The Head and the Heart's entire album is really great, but this track is definitely my favorite.