Christmas, Favorite Things, Humor

My Favorite Things 2012- How Oprah Steals My Thunder

Oprah is running her Favorite Things Show tonight and those who know me KNOW I will be watching.
With my snuggie and a bowl of something not so good for you.
So obviously Finding Bigfoot will tape on the DVR.

I can see the television purists looking down their noses at me but I have extremely varied tastes in TV.
I guard my DVR list kind of like some people guard their underwear drawers.
Because it can range from Housewives to Bigfoot. From Curious George to some ESPN show Mike makes me watch.
It’s funny how much you can learn about people from what they watch on television.
We had some friends over a few weeks ago and they saw The Duggars on our DVR and they were all, “OMG we love that show”.
And they definitely aren’t the Duggar type.
Never saw that one coming.

So Oprah is running these favorite things show tonight and in honor of it, I am making my annual Favorite Things list!
These are items that if I were to have a show, I would hand out to you. Here are a few of my can’t live without gotta-have items.

Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Good glory, this is spectacular.
And I guess you can get it, nonfat?
Not sure.
I am a little intimidated by the ordering process at Starbucks.
And customers.
So I just ask for my hot chocolate as is and nod like an idiot when they point to the different size cups.
Therefore I shouldn’t drink coffee.
But it’s all good.
Wal-Mart sells it by the can, and I never get intimidated going in there.

DFi Hair Wax

I have used this hair wax since 2002 when I had the “Meg Ryan” haircut and I have never looked back.
My hair is really thick and sometimes can be unruly.
This is like scotch tape for hair.
It makes things stick without feeling sticky or greasy.
They do have cheaper alternatives too, but don’t do it.
There is a difference.
I used to get this at my Ulta, but they never have it in stock anymore.
So I have to get it on Amazon now.
But try Ulta first, because you can use the coupons from their ads to make it cheaper.
This container usually runs around 12 bucks.
It used to be 8 bucks when I started using it 10 years ago.


I love this movie so much.
We just watched it on demand the other night and fell in love all over again.
The soundtrack alone is a reason to watch.
It will make you cry, hug your parents tighter and call your Aunt Flossy.
And it is probably five bucks on Amazon or in the Wal-Mart bin now.

 Love Actually

Okay, I love this movie too.
It is a Christmas tradition with Mike and me.
My mom and dad also watch this together during the holidays.
This is NOT for the kids.
But every couple should have their own holiday movie.
Every single year, we turn on the fireplace, get takeout, drink some alcoholic BEVs and sit on the floor and watch this.

Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

Now this one is for the kids and for the adults.
This was a movie from when I was in elementary school.
Oh, the memories this movie conjures for me.
If you buy one holiday movie this season for the family, please let it be this one.

One Line A Day Journal

I think I have added this every year to my favorite things, but it is my essential fave thing.
You write a few lines about your day.
No enormous commitment.
But the fun begins the next year.
When you can see what you did the year before on that exact day, right above the day you are writing about.
When you have kids, this is amazing.
Every night, I read to Mike what was going on the year before, and then we talk about it.
I love this so much.

CO Bigelow’s Mentha Lip Tint

I have used these in my purse for over five years now, maybe even longer.
I love this because not only does it heal chapped lips, but it gives your lips color too.
Also, if you are hungry, these are quite yummy to tie you over till dinner.
They are.

OPI Avojuice Lotion

OMG this lotion.
It will make your hands so soft.
So soft.
Like softest ever and I have Godzilla skin, so this is a magic lotion for me.
I can never find a large bottle, so I always get the little ones.
I can always find this at Ulta near the OPI nail polish.

Here are two favorite Christmas recipes we make in our home every single year.

Peppermint Bark

Anna and I have made this every year for her teachers as part of the teacher gift.
This is so easy to make and so good to eat.
This recipe is from Paula Deen who is in the movie Elizabethtown too.

– package of crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup. I say the more candy canes, the better. Right?
– 2 lbs. White chocolate (almond bark)

Place candy canes in a Ziploc.
Break into small chunks.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or a bowl over a boiling pot of water.
Once melted, combine the candy canes and the chocolate.
Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Put in the fridge for 45 minutes or until firm.
Break into pieces and put in tins.
Keep refrigerated.

And our other all-time favorite?

Rolo Cookies

I first got this recipe from a friend’s mom who I used to clean houses for.
One Christmas time, she left me a tin of these for my present.
I brought them home, and we ate them all in one night.
They are amazing.

2 2/3 C. flour
3/4 C. cocoa
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 C. + 1 Tbsp. Sugar, divided
1 1/2 C. brown sugar
2 tsps. vanilla
2 eggs
1 package of Rolo candy
1 stick margarine

Preheat oven to 375. Blend flour, cocoa, and soda in a small bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, beat 1/2 C. sugar, brown sugar, and butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs. Beat well. Add flour mixture and blend well. Chill the dough for 10 minutes. ( I usually chill for 30 minutes)
THIS DOUGH IS VERY STICKY. So get a dish of flour to dip your hands into to work with the dough. In a small bowl, put the rest of the sugar. For each cookie, flour hands and shape a tablespoon of dough around a Rolo candy. ( The kids love to help to unwrap the Rolo candies. Let them! It’s such a tedious job, but they love that stuff.) Press one side of the cookie into the sugar and place the sugar side up on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.
Go get your hot chocolate, movies, and cookies and have fun!


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7 thoughts on “My Favorite Things 2012- How Oprah Steals My Thunder”

  1. I love it all! Elizabethtown is one of my all time favourite movies ever. Ever. And the soundtrack is the best!! I might just have to try your peppermint bark too – sounds to die for!Thank you SO much for linking up! :)Jo-Anna


  2. I'll have to watch Elizabethtown. I remember wanting to see it when it came out and then I never saw it. And I'll definitely keep my eye out for those lip glosses and OPI hand cream. My hands have been sooo dry since it got cold and started snowing a month ago. I complain about how dry they are every single day! Maybe every hour. lol I'll be pinning the peppermint bark and cookie recipes, yum! Great list! ~ Catie


  3. OMG, once I saw that you love Love Actually, I went to see Elizabethtown trailer, knowing that if you like it, I will too… Buying it on Amazon right this moment – thank you for the great Sunday evening movie recommendation!


  4. Girl, it's not a party without you! I love bigelow lip husband's fav too 🙂 The recipes look SO good and now I need to see Elizabethtown…I need some good movies in my queue! Merry Christmas~thanks so much for joining us again.


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