What I'm Into: December 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I can't believe that it's already been five months since I've taken part in Leigh's link up...December's highlights go to: A Charlie Brown Christmas, movie nights, baking "parties", the sermon series on Psalms (and Christmas carols) at church, driving around looking at Christmas lights with my sister, the masquerade ball, my sister's trip to SC (the airport part was TOUGH, but the facetime sessions are hunky-dunky), a million and one trips to the library, Christmas Eve shopping with my Mom, and of course, the Star Wars premiere.
What I'm Watching

Speaking of Star Wars...We stood in a blizzard, I loved it, and I can't wait to watch it again. I wrote all about here.

We're still making our way through my stash of Christmas movies...We go for the classics around here. During the week of Christmas, we watched Holiday Inn, It's A Wonderful Life, and Christmas in Connecticut. 

We also watched 84, Charing Cross Road (with Anthony Hopkins). Read the book and then watch the movie. They both are the kind I wish I could crawl into! 

Did you know there's a sequel to Phantom of the Opera? We didn't either...Until we watched Love Never Dies. 

In the Kitchen

Christmas cookies were the highlight of December. What's your favorite recipe?

This month I've tried several new recipes. Here are the top three: Roasted Cauliflower, Roast Beef (the leftovers make excellent sandwiches), and Chocolate Cake (I did this as a cake and baked it for 35 minutes. Next time I'm thinking about skipping the egg.).

Even though I've been doing a fair amount of cooking, snack dinners are still going strong. I recently discovered that salami and havarti cheese are a combo that I can't seem to get enough. Get yourself to the Wal Mart deli counter and order some Prima Della Hard Salami and Havarti Cheese sliced as thin as they can get them. 

And...I've taken to finely chopping romaine lettuce and putting it on nearly every sandwich. 

My Reading Chair

I finished: "The Gift of Christmas Present", "December Stillness", and "Home for the Holidays".

I gave up on: "Mr. Ives' Christmas" and "There's Something About Christmas".

I'm working on: "Waiting On God", "All Dressed In White", and "Selected Poems and Letters of Emily Dickinson". I'm STILL making my way through "Gone With The Wind" which is the first book in a long time that has me desperately wanting it to go on forever.

On My Blog 

I shared my Peppermint Syrup recipe

Kiki challenged me to share 5 Things About Me.

I came face to face with what it means to wait on God in real life.

My top six favorite books from my fall reading list.

What are YOU into?



  1. It seems you read a lot. I love reading and I will have to check out some of the recommendations

  2. A masquerade ball?! How wonderful! I want to attend one of those! That photo is fabulous!

    Sounds like December has been a wonderful month for you!

  3. Off to find the books you're reading or recommending!

    I use the sugar cookie recipe from Bake at 350. The best in my opinion.

    And even though I thought I did, I don't have Waiting on God. :(

  4. Happy New Year my sweet friend! I look forward to following your reads and life! Blessed to have met you!

  5. I love Waiting on God. It's best to savor it, so going slow is ideal!

  6. I had no idea POTO had a sequel! What?!

    I watched Star Wars last night and loved it!

    Happy New Year to you! I can't wait to see how 2016 will be for you :)

  7. Anonymous9:49 AM

    Hi! Discovered you from Leigh Kramer's What I'm Into Link-Up. So many people have liked Star Wars. I loved the first six episodes but was waiting for the crowds to go down before venturing to see it. Guess I will have to check it out.
    Have you read "Scarlett" The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind" by Alexandra Ripley. I don't know how her writing style compares to Mitchell's; I haven't read the book; just watched the movie. But I enjoyed reading "Scarlett". If you haven't, check it out!

  8. Gone with the Wind is my favorite book! So many great characters! I plan to reread it in 2016. And those cookies look so yummy! I've never made cookies from scratch, just from mixes. My favorite cookie is Whit chocolate macadamia nut. So good!


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