Saturday, December 31, 2011

Robbie Burns and "Auld Lang Syne"

I absolutely love the poetry of Robert Burns. 
He is one of my absolute favorite poets. 

If you didn't know...
"Auld Lang Syne" is a poem that was written by Robert Burns in 1788.

Over time it became synonymous with New Year's celebrations.

It is also sung at funerals, graduations, or the ending of other occasions.

The phrase "Auld Lang Syne" actually translates to 
"old, long since" 
"long, long ago"
or more loosely...
"for the sake of old times."

"Auld Lang Syne"

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stoup,
And surely I'll be mine;
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd.
Sin' auld lang syne.
For auld, etc.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak' a right gud-wellie waught,
For auld lang syne.
For auld, etc."

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting

So, it's Wednesday,  and I'm linking up with 



These are a few of my favorite finds this week...





What about you?
Find anything interesting lately?
Please share...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

Do you need yet another something tasty to try over the holidays?

I you're anything like me, you've probably eaten enough to last you till next year. After this weekend, I don't think I could eat another bite.

But, if you are open to some more tasty treats, you should definitely try this.

Homemade Butterfingers!

Click on the photo to hop over to the actual recipe.

I found this wonderful recipe over at The Salty Pineapple which is a great blog for recipes and crafts.

So, if you're looking for more tasty treats, link up to "Tasty Tuesday" at For the Love of Blogs.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve to everyone! I've been seeing this Christmas quiz all over the place, and I thought today would be the perfect day to participate...

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate 
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Wraps them
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Colored
4. Do you hang mistletoe? No.. 
5. When do you put your decorations up? Day after Thanksgiving.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? My grandma's Millionaires
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? The year my little brother got a puppy for Christmas. He had no idea...and when he opened the box it jumped right out into his lap...
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I honestly don't remember...
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Sometimes...but mainly on Christmas Day
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Our Christmas tree has colored lights and lots of keepsake ornaments from past Christmases
11. Snow! Love it or dread it? Love it...just wish we had more of it here in south Arkansas.
12. Can you ice skate? Yes, but not well
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? My engagement ring that my husband gave me for Christmas in 2008.
14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Spending time with family and friends.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Four layer delight
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Supper at my grandma's on Christmas Day
17. What tops your tree? A star.
18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? Giving.. I love the look on someone's face when they receive a gift they truly love.
19. Candy canes: yuck or yummy? Yummy!
20. Favorite Christmas show? It's a Wonderful Life.
21. Saddest Christmas song? Blue Christmas
22. What is your favorite Christmas song? "O Holy Night" and "What Child is This?"

If you've filled this out put your link in the comments. I want to see what you have to say!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmases Past

When Christmas comes around every year, there are always some memories and traditions that can't be forgotten. Everyone has those things they do with their family every year; maybe you put up your tree on a certain day, maybe you make cookie with your kids, maybe you have certain holiday meals. The point is, Christmas means many things to many people.

So, when the holidays roll around every year, I immediately think of my great-grandmother and the days and days she would spend making tons and tons of Christmas candy and other goodies. For my family, this is one of the most special memories we have. She was an amazing cook, especially when it came to her Christmas candy. She was always so proud and happy to share. She made it all; Millionaires, Divinity, Cheese Straws, Holiday Chex Mix, and so many more...

Its hard to believe that it has been nearly ten years since we have eaten any of her Christmas specialties.

I still miss my Mam-maw.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Five Things Friday ... a little late

Back again, for this week's 

Five Things Friday!

This weeks topic...

The Five Things I would most love to get for Christmas.

1. A Cricut

2. A Sewing Machine

3. One-Cup Coffee Maker

4. The Complete Harry Potter 8 Film Collection

5. iMac

So, yeah, here's my wish list. 
I would love to receive any of these. 
Some may be more realistic gifts than others. 
Here's hoping...

What about you?
What do you most want for Christmas?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My First Birchbox

A few weeks ago, I made a post about how I finally decided to check out Birchbox. You can read more about that here.

Well, today, I finally received my first Birchbox! I was so super exited! I walked up to my door, and there was this cute, little, pink box just waiting to be opened.

So, I finally was able to sit down and open, what felt like, an early Christmas present. It was full of little surprises.

The first sample was a great little lip gloss sample from Jouer. Apparently, its a specially made sample color called "Birchbox Pink."

Next, there was a sample from Benefit Cosmetics called "The POREfessional." Its supposed to camouflage visible pores. It can be worn underneath or on top of make-up.

Also included was a sample of Mythic Oil from L'Oreal Professionel. This is a lightweight oil that is supposed to increase shine and prevent frizziness.

I also received a sample energy drink mix. I'm not really sure about this one. I think it makes me a little nervous for some reason.

The box also contained a sample of Showstoppers, a double-sided tape strip to help make sure clothing stays in its place.

And lastly, I think I was supposed to receive a sample of "Ageless" perfume form Harvey Prince.

See, they included the little packet that the samples come in...

But, when I opened it, this is what I found...

Apparently, someone messed up with this one. I didn't get this particular sample. Sadly, I think this would have been one of my favorite items. I love perfume and body sprays, and a I'm always looking for new and interesting scents.

All in all, I think I'm pretty satisfied with my first Birchbox. I'm already excited to receive next month's box. I received some great samples this month that I'm super excited to use.

Have any of you ever received a Birchbox? Have you every received anything you absolutely loved OR absolutely hated?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Five Things Friday

And now its time for another exciting installment of ...

Today's Topic:

My Five Favorite Christmas Tunes

1. O Holy Night - Martina McBride
2. What Child is This? - Harry Connick, Jr.
3. Mary, Did you Know? - Reba McEntire
4. Ring the Bells - Trans Siberian Orchestra
5. Happy Xmas - John Lennon
6. Blue Christmas - Elvis (I know, six is cheating)

I absolutely LOVE Christmas music, 
so this list was kind of hard for me to narrow down.
 I tried to include a little bit of variety.

What about you? 
Favorite Christmas songs?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Comment Love Day

If you have a chance,

make sure you head over to For the Love of Blogs.

They have a great Comment Love Day!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Five Things Friday Returns!

It has definitely been a while since I've done a "Five Things Friday" post around here.

I mean, a WHILE, like months.

But here we are, making an attempt to get back in the habit.

I present to you...

Five favorite things about December...

1. (Of Course) Christmas...
and everything that comes with it.

2. Lazy coffee mornings while school is out for Christmas break,
no lesson plans, no papers to grade.

3. New Year's Eve

4. Cold weather... opposed to the mild autumn we have in Arkansas.

5. Starbucks Peppermint Mocha

What about you? 
What are your favorite things about December?