Simple Sunday

I’ve been thinking about the things that make my home cozy or Hygge.  One definite thing is burning beeswax tapers every evening at dinner. This is a throwback to our Waldorf days where they use beeswax candles, beeswax crayons etc as it is beautiful and natural.  These are the ones I use.

 Another thing is using fairy lights / twinkly lights year round.  I’m really into those strands of tiny led lights that are battery operated. I have 3-4 strands all over but the look especially nice in plants.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_ed3.jpg

This picture doesn’t really capture how pretty it looks but you get the idea.

I’ll also put a pot of water on the wood stove and add cloves or orange or cinnamon. It smells good. Other wise I burn scented candles. Right now my favorite is the Anthropologie one that’s called Capri blue. I bought it on sale and it lasted a pretty long time. Generally, I don’t spend $24 on a candle but this was big and the scent really was delightful. I probably won’t buy another though as that’s out of my price range normally. But it was a nice Christmas present to myself:)

Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah and I’m making latkes again and I’ll roast  a chicken too.

Today is a gym day and then just tidying around the house what needs to be done. The coming week is the kitchen zone so I’ll do that tomorrow.

I’m done with Christmas stuff  so that’s good. For Christmas dinner, I’ve planned lasagna and manicotti ( vegetarian). The lasagna is done and in the freezer. Plus I’ll make an antipasto plate up and we’ll have some garlic bread too. We’re not dessert eaters at all, but I may get a lemon cake from our local bakery. Lemon cake is my absolute favorite.

Going Uber Frugal with Frugalwoods.

So starting in January we particpating in both The Compact, and Frugal woods uber Frugal month. Buy nothing new except food, gas etc, is the basis of the Compact. It should be really fun to think outside the box. We actually had our first challenge this week. Our dishwasher stopped draining. It is almost 20 years old . This has happened before and we knew something was stuck but could we ( oh I mean HE) get it out.   Visions of ordering from Home Depot danced in my head and it was not a pleasant thought to think of having to charge $500 for a dishwasher. Especially since we’re doing the The Compact ( nothing new) and trying to be Uber Frugal. But as I was leaving the gym, the text on my phone from my sweet and amazing husband said…”Fixed”!!!!! yeah…. and Whew that was a close call. I’m not really one for hand wash dishes day after day. Some are Okay and I get the Zen of it, but for sanitation and sterilizaton, give me a dishwasher.


I’m acutually, really looking forward to this challenge. I always need a goal or multiple and it keeps me focused.

Today is just a home day with chores. B needs to get cat food and a prescription. That’s it.

I’m going to work on lists for Christmas dinner and breakfast. I’m going back to our traditional lasagna. I’ll do a pan of cheese and a pan of meat lasagna.Then a salad, garlic bread and that’s it.

Christmas breakfast will be cinnamon rolls and a breakfast sausage casserole. Plus one just with green chilies and cheese for the veggie:)

Dinner tonight is Baked cod in parchment, couscous, and a salad. Grilled tofu for the vegetarian.