12.18.2009

Weekend love...

I am late.

No...

not that type of late you silly girls....

I waited till the last minute to order my cards....

so i will be spending all weekend addressing them.

I don't know about you...but i don't have all my address'

saved on my computer.

nope.

I will be hand addressing them....

but you know what...

i am ok with that.

I might not be able to hold a pen come monday morning..

but my cards will be addressed...

stamped...and out the door.




I am also heading to a cookie exchange at my friends home this sunday night.

I have a love-hate relationship with these.

I love getting together with a bunch of friends....

ooohing....

aaahing...

over the cleverness of who baked what...

all the while drinking wine...

with the best part of dividing up the ooodles of

cookies.....

that come home and

evil eye me from the kitchen.

Gingerbread cookies calling my name...

lemon drops yelling profanities at my thighs...

cranberry bars pushing me off the scale.






I was at Trader Joe's a few weeks ago and came across a new line of their flour and sugar.

The sugar came in a pale pink bag...and i almost bought it...but i just couldn't...

but this blue bag of flour...

was toooo cute to pass up....

i might even break out the ole

french cookbook for fun.

Maybe even stuff a duck...

possibly oie braisee aux marrons...

that means braised goose.....

i don't think so.



or make some choux de bruxelles.

uh huh...

that's just a fancy name for brussel sprouts.









speaking of love hate relationships....

i found this galvanized tray on wheels at Ikea.

It is a plant pot holder....

but i had a different idea for her...

i have been looking for a lazy susan type

of tray for my kitchen table.

I've looked high and low...and came across this

a few weeks ago.

It's on wheels so the kids can slide it back and forth

as needed to grab sugar...some pepper...or what not.

I swear i always find the things i need at Ikea but

in a section not pertaining at all to the product in need.






I am off to measure some flour....

xo

Oh!!!

the three winners of the lola b package are:

*Piece of cake

*Shop with lulu
*Family matters







46 comments:

SisterBrendy said...

It's 1:24 a.m. and I'm still up...with my boxes of Christmas cards sitting beside me, along with my address book, and like you, I've vowed to get them signed, addressed, and mailed out...if not this weekend...at least before Christmas Day! Love that blue bag of flour, it could almost inspire me to do some baking! Merry Christmas Little Soul Sister!
P.S.: Congratulations to the winners of your giveaway!!!!

Simply Me Art said...

Just sent out our cards yesterday, No picture again this year. Kids say NO they are too old..Grrrr, did the cookie exchange a few weeks back too. Baked 100 cookies and came home with more than that. Half went to the husbands office the other half, well they didn't last long around here. Have fun, xo Jamie

♥Aubrey said...

Oooo hun...i feel for your fingers and you haven't even begun :P
That takes time and dedication...this in which you have i see. Personally i find it better to hand address them as well. It shows we took the time instead of slap sticking a label.

Luv the cart you placed on your kitchen table. What a clever idea...i honestly never would have thought of that.

Amy said...

I just finished hand addressing all 200 of my cards today. MY HAND IS KILLING ME...

But I LOVE that they are hand addressed and signed. To me it means you really care.

Love T.J's. Don't know what I would do without them, and I saw that flour and the sugar. So adorable.

have fun at cookie exchange! :)

vicki archer said...

Kasey, you are a lot more organised than me....Enjoy those cookies, xv.

Florence said...

Happy baking and writing your Christmas, I just got the last of mine out today, I average close to 100, yikes, and they are addressed handwritten. I have done this for 39 years now, I just love getting them in the mail, so I make sure mine do go out. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. Florence

alee said...

Hey you got one up on me :) I am thinking "New Year" cards sound nice this year :)...& to buy flour for the packaging ..that just goes to show that packaging does indeed sell the product! :)

Merry Christmas to you!!!

paige said...

i haven't addressed mine either my friend
nor made any cookies :)

Jen Kershner said...

Your Christmas cards are beautiful!
Oh how I wish I had an Ikea near by, although on second thought, maybe it's better that I don't!

1 Funky Woman said...

I haven't finished mine either. I keep thinking that since I ordered them and they are on the counter someone else will get them done....hint hint to my husband, not!
Love your Christmas picture of your family!
Megan

B said...

I'm as organised as ever - NOT! I thought I'd been really clever and got most of them out last week, only thing is...I didn't work in chronological order AND forgot to mark on the list which ones I'd sent - ooops! Oh well :O) Your card is gorgeous, so cute. And I'd have bought that flour myself and maybe just had it sitting proudly on my shelf, suggesting that I might be about to cook some fanciful French wonder! Have a lovely weekend. X

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

I hear you about the cookie exchange!! I just love looking at your pictures, you are such a talented photographer, the angles are beautiful, making any simple object look so different in a new light. Love them!

Beth said...

that tray is awesome!
and you have sooo got to create something with that flour bag (when you are done with the braised goose, of course!)
Congrats to the winners! (insert envious humph) ;P

littlebyrd said...

Your weekend sounds fun! Gorgeous pictures :)

Jessica Haley said...

Hey, girlie. I've missed your posts... I mean, you've been making them, but I've been in the world of white boots WAY too much these past few days. I just have to say, I envy your cute little home. You know, we used to have a 100 yr old home, and I LOVED it. Now, I tried with this house... I swear, but after things getting habitually broken and colored on and covered in mysterious stickiness... and you factor in a business, and I guess I gave up. But it bothers me--EVERY DAY. Your home seems really clean for being full of kids. Share some tips, won't you?

jacque4u2c said...

Congratulations to the winners of your giveaway!!!! Enjoy that weekend it sounds great!

Jboo said...

Sweet post -- as always!! I write out my cards too, though print labels for my sis or she wouldn't send cards! Cool try -- wish I had an Ikea nearby!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Janet

Leah C said...

Just sent our cards out this week, too...as usual, I procrastinated. I think you timed it well; just think of the "cookie breaks" you'll need to take when addressing all those envelopes:)
Oh, I can't believe it...I won a Lola B package?! Merry Christmas to me...thank you:) Have a happy weekend, Kasey!

The Flying Bee said...

Doing my cards, wrapping gifts and baking cookies with my kiddies all today...yikes! I am sooo last minute! LOVE Ikea...I finally got to go when I was in Portland. What a fab idea for a tray!

Have a fun weekend!

xo,
Adrienne

mrs boo radley said...

My return address looks like yours! Well, except for the name and the street and the city and the state...but same style!

Anne Marie said...

that flour bag is so cute......I would frame that....or just tear the edges and pin it up somewhere -
white Christmas here, at least, let's hope.....

Kasey - I have some grain sacks that I was hoping you could appraise for me......Tracey sent me....she said you might know more than her........

LuLu & Co. said...

Oh Kasey your cards are precious! Everyone must wait all year to get one of your cards! Your weekend sounds wonderful... perfect holiday season weekend!
I don't believe what i read.... shop with lulu .... is there another shop with lulu in blogland? cause i don't believe i won! put me out of my misery and let me down fast if it's not me :)
xo,
LuLu

*The Beautiful Life* said...

I have a feeling there is going to be a run on that flour at Trader Joe's and those plant holders on wheels at Ikea! I know I'm heading there for one! (No Trader Joe's here where I live...). ;)

Ruth

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

love your cards - they turned out beautifully!

I simply adore the new TJ's sugar and flour bags. I think I just might carefully put the flour in a container and frame the bag. The colors are DIVINE!

SO excited for Lulu to get her loot!!

xoxo

Simone said...

Still working on cards here too....

My husband would think I was totally mad if I bought some flour just because the packet looked pretty....he doesn't get that kind of kitchen stuff AT ALL.....thank goodness for you, who understands that these little things matter :) xo

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I'm loving that Ikea lazy cart thingy. Have fun baking! And oh, Crisco spoils. Just an fyi for you...

Blondie said...

What lovely photos honey! I have so much to do this week before Christmas! Hope you have an amazing weekend sweetie. Kori xoxo

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hellllo? Loving that bag of flour...too bad I don't bake. ;-) Loving the IKEA "lazy susan" too. Loving the photo on your Christmas cards too...anything else I can list?

Have a good weekend!! Think of me tomorrow...after all our stuff gets on the truck I will be stress free...yeah, right. Christmas, closing on the house, driving across the country, unpacking, getting the kids registered at a new school...stress free!! ;-)

Jerri said...

So Kasey you know how you love the honest truth...well here it is...who the heck has time to do cards...not me...shouldn't even be commenting on here but needed just a "little" break :)
Hope I at least find time next week to bake something like broccoli bread but who knows??
HOPE your Christmas is Merry and Bright...we are expecting a bit of your white stuff this weekend...brr

Martha said...

Have fun at your cookie exchange...sounds sooo fun! Love those trader joe bags...I LOVE it...and your Christmas cards are beautiful...we kind of dropped the ball on ours...so I just used vaca pics...anyhoo...enjoy your weekend Kasey!

Anita said...

The IKEA wheelie tray is AWESOME. I wish we had an IKEA here...but I am sure my budget is glad we don't. You are such a clever girlie...

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Love that wheeled tray...what a great idea...if only the nearest Ikea wasn't 300 miles away...and don't get me started on Trader Joe's...that was my store...love that place...now that I've moved...the nearest one is over 300miles too.

Janean said...

i'm with you...i'm a pushover for packaging!!! thanks for sharing all.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Awwww if you came to visit we would let in stay in the big house...ha!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

The cards could turn into a real opportunity! Find a quiet spot, grab a cup of coffee and sit in peace while you address them. Sounds like some nice mom quiet time! Pretty flour bag indeed.

~Michelle

The Little Red Shop said...

Oh la...quelle belle flour!

Happy cookie grazing! (Which is what I'm doing right now...typing with a mouth full of pepparkakor..going back into the kitchen to get another one...then typing some more.

: )

Julie Marie

ps I did most of my cards today...I'm a bit of a luddite...I always hand address mine. I didn't even use sticky return address labels this year. : )

mimi charmante said...

There is that french cookbook again! I can't wait to hear what you whip up with your pretty bag of flour~

Personally, I am going french this year and sending out new years cards - done in January when the rush is over and there is time for such things!

Have you booked anything lately? :)
xx

My Grama's Soul said...

Sweet post, like always. You know - I stopped sending cards years ago. I don't know that makes me Scrooge or what but it has lightened my load considerably.

I rely on my computer and the phone and I really do seem to be better about keeping in touch.

Take deep breaths and enjoy the rest of the holiday because your blog certainly spreads calm to all of us out here in blogland.

Warmest wishes of the season,

Jo

PamperingBeki said...

You know, several years ago my friends and I started doing ornament exchanges rather than cookie swaps. I like it soooo much more!

You get a calorie free gift to take home, and every year when I pull out those ornaments I can tell exactly who they came from.

Fringe said...

Well, I am disgracefully behind in my card sending and my holiday shopping. Business as usual for this girl. Somehow everything always gets done though...

I love the blue flour bag too. I saw it at TJ's and had to buy it. We do the ornament exchange instead of cookie exchange here. So much fun and sometimes cut-throat!

I lo-ove the galvanized tray...must get one...Wishing you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons! xo

PS~Erin said...

Your cards are beautiful! Just addressed my last one... Looks like they'll go out on Monday. So late this year. Same greetings though!

One Womans Thoughts said...

Ahhhhh . . . the joys of hand addressed cards. With bills , announcements, advertising and more, all computer addressed, there is a small pleasure in getting something with a personal touch. I enjoy handwritten notes, and try to send them all year not only at the holiday time. Perhaps the results of your procrastination will bring a smile to someone.
Very nice blog.

Katharina

Jacqueline said...

You're a girl after my own heart, Kasey. I buy loads of things because I like the packaging.....lots of it isn't used, just gazed upon !!
My cards have been sent, gifts still need to be wrapped and the whole house needs a good Christmas clean. Will be onto that tomorrow. XXXX

Debra said...

Well I've got all of the presents just still have to wrap them. I didn't send out cards maybe next year. HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL!

Laura said...

HOLY CRAP IT IS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!!!!!
I WON!!!!!!!????????????

I NEVER WIN!!!!!!!
I AM A LOSER!!!!!!!!
HOW CAN THIS BE?????????????????

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!

tomorrow and today said...

I bought the blue bag of flour for the design and colors, as well. It's very velvety. (didn't see the pink packaged sugar).

Thanks for the great photos and stories.