A Recipe for Rituals

‘Tis the season for them.
Most folks think that home-school families are always at home.  Truth is – We’re usually going in so many different directions that during this time of year I find myself trying to schedule-in our beloved
Christmas rituals.
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Dear readers, this is the reason for my long stretches between posts lately.  Junior year of high school is - junior year of high school!  With the semester behind us we now take a month off and the multiple-choice questions become…
1. Will you be home for dinner?
2. How are you getting there?
3. Do you have your wallet, your phone, a house key?
1. What are we having for dinner?
2. Would you be more comfortable with my sister or my best friend driving me?
3. Can I borrow $10 and if you don’t have that, can I borrow your debit card?
4. What are we having for dinner again?
These questions & reassuring messages are family rituals that are more like emotional security blankets that we wrap ourselves up in.
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We need that.
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Rituals that we do year after year become traditions.
We need traditions.
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  However, this year has been different.  This Christmas I’ve found myself searching around the house for my “tiny tots with their eyes all aglow” – They’re nowhere to be found.  Good news is, they’re working & having fun with friends, and not wandering.
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I’m actually the one whose been wandering & really missing the traditional “guideposts” that in all the years past have made room for our rituals.
But here’s a bit of good news I found them!  The guideposts that is. 
The new improved multiple sets of “guiding lights” complete with a strong connector!
When one light or (in this post) two eventually go out the others remain lighted!
Photo Lisa Porter
  Over the weekend MR. put the music on, started a roaring fire, poured cocktails, and ordered dinner in. Gracie & I decorated the tree & the Christmas lights were finally plugged in.  And guess what - When the kids strolled in late that night, their eyes were all aglow!
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Slowly but surely a sense of balance is beginning to emerge around here.  My heart is more open and grateful and the days we once called common, we now call holy.  I’ve finally stopped wandering long enough to begin to embrace & cherish some new rituals.
  We have come to greatly appreciate our rare family dinners where laughter is the guest of honor.  Contentment has also arrived and the house is aglow with the spirit of Christmas.
One ritual that we all show up for –
Christmas Morning Homemade Orange Glazed Cinnamon Rolls!
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My dear friend Tamara Matthews Stephenson who authors the noteworthy blog, Nest, has added my recipe to her Christmas morning post & to her family’s Christmas morning ritual.  I’m blushing Tamara!
I urge you to stop by Nest for all the goodness that Tamara serves up to her readers every morning!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays dear friends. 
I’m preheating my oven & looking forward to spending more time with you too!

Fifi & Me

It’s early Tuesday morning friends and I’m out the door.
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Christmas decorating & baking has come to a very brief halt as I’ve got a party to go to & believe me, this girl is in the mood to get all gussied up!   Laduree for the hostesses will be perfect for this special occasion!
My dear friend Fifi Flowers has invited me to come along with her. Don’t you just love her name? 
Fifi is a talented artist & lover of books with a style that is ou la la!    You can see here that she is enamored with everything Français!  I love these whimsical bookmarks.  Fifi will even paint a custom bookmark for a special book that you love.  What a thoughtful keepsake gift to give or keep for yourself!
Visit Fifi at her blog Fifi Flowers where you can see her fabulous paintings and even commission something special for yourself!
But for now, we have a By Invitation Only party to attend hosted by Marsha at Splenderosa.  
Fifi is so very savvy and has arranged for her carriage to transport us to the party so I better get into my corset! 
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So many choices…finally, I’ve made a decision.
Wait!    Where is my damn tiara?    I think Fifi has it!
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Well, I have to tell you that when we arrived we were treated to beautiful pastries, by Laduree of course!
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The desserts were beautiful, courtesy of Marie Antoinette, another friend of Fifi’s that she met in Paris.
In fact, Fifi and Marie have home movies of the fabulous evening, really, no joke.  See if you can find Fifi & Me!

Be sure to visit Splenderosa and her other guests to see how they are gussied up & thank you again, Fifi, for the carriage ride to this very Enchanted Evening!

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That’s a Wrap!

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An oversized scarf is so versatile.
The perfect solution for those of us who are hot one minute & cold the next!
I used to grab a coat every time I left the house but just as quickly as I got in the car and buckled up for safety, I unbuckled and got back out! 
Can you say hot flash in a straight-jacket!?!
Lately, though, Mother Nature has been gentle on the Bluegrass.
I’ve still been able to wear a few classic blazers passed this way by my stylish mother-in-law paired with my favorite cashmere scarves that feel like a warm hug from my mom.  Grab some driving gloves in the morning and I’m good to go! 
  Oh to be young again!
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I have to tell you though – well, maybe I don’t have to tell you - I seem to be slow to catch on to these things – my favorite combination this season is a wrap or long relaxed sweater & a scarf!  It’s a formula that is casual and modern, but trendy? Not so much.
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Like I said, a beautiful long scarf can be so versatile.  Use it as a blanket on long commutes or pass it to a friend who suddenly catches a chill.
Been there.  So thankful.
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It’s good to know that classic silk scarves never go out of style. 
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Always thinking about my dear friends & family out in SoCal. 
May the Santa Anna’s calm your sails soon!
This is for you all. 
A fashion short, featuring the legendary Hermès scarf.