Bedtime Stories

We spent Christmas in Florida with my mom and stepdad.  It seemed like too short of a trip and the weather was anything but Christmas-y, but we had a really nice time.. I’m already ready to plan my next trip!!

The day after Christmas Pete and I went to see Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler.  It was so cute and funny!  Russell Brand was in it and he was (as always) a good laugh.  If you haven’t seen it yet, put it on the list.. NOW.. DO IT!  I wouldn’t mind going again tbh!!

The reviews are not all that on it, but come on.. It’s a Disney movie people, it’s not going to be roll on the floor hilarious, but it’s cute and sweet.  Heck, I fell asleep when watching You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and that was (according to Pete… who was awake) a good Sandler movie.

Oh and not going to give the entire thing away, but the usual characters are in it as with most Happy Madison Productions… spot them out!

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

This is probably going to be the last post I do until after the holiday.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

Tracy, Pete and Jake

On the 4th day of Christmas…

Is it day 4 or day 9?  Never could figure out which way that song went!

So I did a bit of keeping up with the Jones, whoever they are!  Seemed like the more lights the neighbors put out the more I had to.. I’m usually not like that, maybe because we can stretch our arms out and reach the neighbor’s house so I felt lame only having a few lights up.  Anyway, here is my final attempt.  There is a contest in the neighborhood, but since 5 of the people on the street have a buddy that works for Time Warner and used his lift to get their houses covered with lights, I don’t think I’m in the running.

The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Library

This is so funny.  Found a website today:

They do 30 second bunny reinactments of movies.  lol

My Top 3 Christmas movies!

I have been watching these three movies over and over again ever since the tree went up.  They make me laugh every single time.. they need to bring out some more FUNNY, classic Christmas movies like these!

I’m sure Pete is getting sick of me quoting them.  Here they are along with my favorite quotes.

  • 3.  Elf

“Is there sugar in syrup?”…”Then YES!”

“Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”


  • 2.  Christmas Vacation


“Merry Christmas. Shitter was full.”

“Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?”

  • 1.  A Christmas Story

“You’ll shoot your eye out!”

“Only one thing in the world could’ve dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.”

“Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.”

P.S. I Love You

FINALLY got a chance to sit down and watch this movie yesterday.  Not the sort of movie Pete would want to sit through so had to wait for it to pop on HBO.  I cried pretty much the entire flippin’ movie.  It was so touching.. really made me think about what I would do if I was ever left on my own and made me realize that I shouldn’t take anything forgranted.  If you like chick flicks and need a reminder of why you married the guy you did, this is a definite must see movie.

Oh and if you love Spike from Buffy (James Marsters), he’s in it as John.. took me about half way into the movie to realize it was him.

Welcome to my new site! officially up and running!!!

I plan on making some major changes once I figure out how to work everything… so far between Pete and I, we managed to get it to look like the other blog – that’s a start!

Not the gumdrop buttons!

gingerbread_man1My family has a tradition of making a massive amount of cookies for Christmas each year… because all the other desserts and the huge dinner and everything else isn’t enough calories right?!  We do the same thing at weddings… crazy Western PA traditions.  Well this year my mom said she didn’t want to make a lot, which is fine by me since my diet has been out the door since Thanksgiving, well Halloween actually – but who’s counting?  Diets are for New Year’s resolutions!!  ANYWAY, Me thinking that I’m freaking Martha Stewart, I decided to make a few batches to send off to a few people (names omitted to protect the innocent).  I was going to go all out with the cookie cutters and frosting and candy buttons, etc etc.. but then I realized that’s when I usually screw everything up.. so I kept it simple.  I thought I’d post the recipes for all (the 3 whole people who actually read my blog) to enjoy!


Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Makes approx. 2 ½ dozen
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2/3 cup butter (softened)
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ cup oats
1 ½ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 6oz. package sweetened dry cranberries
2/3 cup white chocolate chips

* Beat butter and sugar together.
* Add egg.
* Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl.
* Add dry ingredients to wet mixture.
* Stir in cranberries and chocolate.
* Drop 1 teaspoon of cookie mixture onto ungreased baking sheets.
* Bake for 10-12 minutes or until brown.


Cinnamon Peanut Butter Chocolate Nut Cookies


Makes approx. 4 dozen
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

¼ cup butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 3/4 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips (melted)

* Beat butter, sugar and egg together.
* Add milk and vanilla.
* Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl.
* Add dry ingredients to wet mixture.
* Stir in nuts.
* Drop 1 teaspoon of cookie mixture onto greased baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
* Bake for 8 minutes or until brown.
* Let cool then drizzle chocolate on top.

Thumbprint Cookies (Bird’s Nests)


Makes approx. 3 dozen
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

½ cup butter (softened)
¼ cup brown sugar
1 egg – separated
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped nuts
1 cup jam of choice

* Beat butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla.
* Sift dry ingredients together in separate bowl.
* Add dry ingredients to wet mixture.
* Roll dough into 1 inch balls and dip in egg whites and roll into nuts.
* Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet.
* Bake for 5 mins.
* Remove from oven and press thumb into each cookie.
* Bake for 5-8 minutes longer.
* Cool and add jam into thumbprint.

Triple-Chocolate Cookies


Makes approx. 4 dozen
Preheat over to 375 degrees.

½ cup shortening
½ cup butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup semisweet (plain) chopped chocolate (melted and cooled)
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1 1/3 cup semisweet (plain) chocolate or white chocolate chips

* Beat shortening and butter on high for 30 seconds.
* Add sugar, brown sugar and baking soda.
* Beat in eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate.
* Beat in the cocoa powder and flour.
* Stir in the chocolate chips.
* Drop teaspoon of dough 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet
* Bake for 8-10 minutes or until tops look dry.
* Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute then let cool on rack.

Four Christmases… a lol movie!

four_christmases-movie_poster1We went to see Four Christmases last night.  Pete wasn’t really gagging to see it, but I was in the christmasy mood so I dragged him out.  We were both pleasantly surprised.  There were some good laugh out loud parts.

It wasn’t something that you walked away with a great holiday message, just a funny movie with no strings.  The visiting all the relatives in one day thing I can totally relate to and with both sets of parents being divorced, each has their own unique, quirky take on Christmas with Reese and Vince dying to get away from each as soon as possible.

It’s not going to go down in fame with the classics that I just have to watch every year (A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation and Elf), but it was worth seeing for a good night out.  Oh and Tim McGraw as one of the brother’s was a nice surprise too… he’s like JT the way he just pops into things from time to time, I like that.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Finally finished all my decorating.  I tend to go overboard with Christmas decorating, and this year is no different.  Pretty much every where you look in our house there’s some reminder that Christmas is just around the bend.

Starting with our Christmas tree in the living room.


Most of my ornaments are Merck Family’s Old World Christmas which are European mouth-blown fine glass ornaments, you can find a dealer here.  My sister and mom also collect them and we search for them year round.  I haven’t counted how many I have, but each year my collection grows.  It’s an awesome feeling to think that I’ll have something nice to pass down to my kids and them to theirs.

Here’s a few of my favs:



The best part about Christmas are traditions, whether they be new or old.  Things passed down from your parents or grandparents, things you may do for the holidays (one for us is always having polish pierogi and borscht on Christmas Eve) or items that you can always remember being around.  My mom gave me a few of her Christmas decorations when she was cleaning stuff out before we moved.  These are items I can remember being around at Christmas time when I was a kid and I cherish them with all my heart.


The best thing I did this year was my Winter Scene.  When we were kids, my mom had some little houses made of paper that she used to put under the tree.  They were old, from the 40’s and 50’s.  She actually hated them, they were her mother’s and when she was a kid she used to lay under the tree and poke all the cellophane windows out (lol), but I always liked them and when I heard she threw them away I set out on a misson to find some vintage ones at flea markets and antique shops.  I always looked, but never found any.  One day I stumbled upon a little shop in the downtown Apex area.  They had some reproductions and I snagged them up!  My mom also got me two last year for Christmas so I came up with an idea in my head to create this scene on our dining room buffet cabinet and I have to admit, it came out even better than I had imagined.  I intended to make pin ornaments for the tree, but only finished 3 so that will have to be a next year project.  I did however make the little penguin you see in the scene.  :)


I take great pride in my decorating.  There aren’t many things I can do well, but this is really one of them that I can sit back and be pleased at what I did.  It’s nice to see familar things around even if you might not always see familar faces.  Christmas to me is all about family.  Whether you spend it with them or not, as long as you can remember the good times you’ve had together, they will always be in your hearts sharing the same thoughts.

Merry Christmas!