Christmas is always a time, in my house, for making tamales. And this year was no different. Above is our New Mexico hatch green chile and cheese tamales, which are a personal favorite.

We also do beef, chicken, and pinto bean and cheese. What are your favorite varieties? I actually really love the vegetarian versions of tamales, for some reason. They are amazing.



Nothing screams holidays like extra dirty martinis in vintage mid century glasses and fair isle snowflake motifs in red and white.

This hat ended up being an amazing stocking cap gifted before I could get finished snaps. It only took two evenings to knit, so I’m definitely starting another one this evening.

Happy merry.


Sean and I have a gorgeous gas fireplace in our living room of the new home. So it seemed fitting that I finally make some Christmas stockings. It is November, already, after all, and I had some amazing Pendleton fabric remnants laying around that I thought would be perfect for the project.

The cuff will have a fold over of tan micro suede style fabric in which I’ll embroider our names.

Hopefully I can finish these soon. I’ve got them both cut out, and one partially sewed. All in time, right?


My Christmas was spent making hundreds of little tamales with family. We did pulled chicken with hatch chiles, green chiles and cheese, pintos and cheese, and beef.

There’s nothing better than a homemade tamale; plus, it’s our holiday tradition.

How did you spend the holiday?

xmas gifted, #4.

After gaining the idea from my friend Amy, I decided to make some plant terrariums for my Mum and sister-in-law for Christmas gifts. Let me tell you, it seemed simple, but was actually quite difficult to get everything lined up and planted nicely in our little glass tins.

Mackenzie, ever the helpful friend, made 2, as did I, and we crossed our fingers that all would work since we never managed to find horticultural charcoal so we just did without.

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xmas gifted, #3.

Immediately when I saw them over at The Purl Bee, I had to knit up these adorable Candy Cane Bedroom Socks. Meant to be worn around the house, these socks are cheeky enough for Christmas, but perfect for any time of year wearing since their design can be perceived as much diagonal stripes as candy cane inspired.

I gifted these off to my friend Amy, who incorporates color into her wardrobe so excellently; I thought she’d appreciate how bright these are.

scenes from xmas, 12/2010.

From top left to right: piles of snickerdoodles, homemade bacon cheddar dog biscuits for Sir Winston Churchill’s four legged chums, Martha Stewart dark chocolate caramels, laid out, and sliced for individual wrapping.

Holiday insanity is finally over.