Out of the Kitchen December 2016

WE’RE BACK WITH ANOTHER OUT OF THE KITCHEN POST – HERE’S WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!


To start off the season we watched The Santa Clause. I remember watching that movie when I was in elementary school and I thought it was SO cool. And I believed I could be an elf, although my older brother and sister said otherwise! Definitely a movie we watch every season. The second photo – photos of me actually baking are hard to come by since I now do most of my baking while Ryan’s at work, instead of in the evenings. I was working on these fun Midnight Kiss Cookies.

And I just love Salsa our cat. Does anyone else have a cat who likes to sit on their computer? The second photo – Emily (designer at Mrs. Emily) and I went over to Amy’s (craft blogger at Delineate Your Dwelling) house to be her models for a craft shoot she was doing! I adore knowing other creatives. I’ll definitely miss getting together with them once we move.

I LOVE when Salsa snuggles with me at night. But why does he always put his butt near my face?! The second photo – Salsa found where we keep his treats. There were bite marks all over the package.

I think it’s so fun when people deck out their yards for christmas. I want to deck out my house some day – maybe not quite so “tacky” (lol – hope I didn’t offend anyone!). The second photo – Ryan and I traveled to Minnesota for Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve with my family – bowling, playing arcade games, and laser tag!

My older brother, Bryan and I. The second photo is of my two nieces!

And a cute picture with 4 out of 5 nieces and nephews. It’s really fun spending time with them!

We spent Christmas Day with Ryan’s family – hanging out, eating and playing with our new amazon echos!

I made it my mission to go to Hobby Lobby for their post christmas sale. They had a lot of stuff – I got a few boxes of lights and a fun hanging sign that tells you how to make a peppermint mocha. The second photo – our family new year’s eve photo! Salsa was not having it, we took like 15 to get one good one.

OPENING UP..

2016 was one awesome year. We became debt free, I started blogging full time, Ryan accepted a job offer for post PhD. We grew closer to friends and have established relationships that will be really hard to let go of once we move.

This year I walked through paralyzing anxiety but have learned so much about myself as a result of going to counseling. I’ve learned how to slow down. How to be okay with not meeting everyone’s expectations. I’ve learned that I’m changing and that change isn’t negative. I am now in a place where I can be thankful for my anxiety – at least some days. Thankful for how it’s changed me, taught me to be vulnerable, and drawn me closer to Him.

See our previous out of the kitchen posts.

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