Thursday, December 6, 2007

Friday Round-up

Lots of things to talk about today so let's get to it!
Book recommendations:

One of our all time favorite Christmas collections is by the infamous Jan Brett. The boys grew up reading The Mitten and The Hat and from there we collected all of her enjoyable and well illustrated books. Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury collects all of her "classic" tales and binds them into a large, one volume book. It is sure to become a favorite in your home during the holiday season.

Another one of my favorites is Eve Bunting's Night Tree. It's a nice story about a family who shares with the animals in the small woods near their town. My kids enjoy reading it each year and then making treats for the animals that live behind our house. We scatter all sorts of yummy treats that the animals love. The boys like imagining that the animals have their own Christmas feast.

Lastly, the boys always enjoyed Who Is Coming To Our House by Joseph Slate. It's a wonderful board book for little hands. All the animals are anxious for the arrival of Baby Jesus so the are sprucing up the barn. It is repetitive and gives parents plenty of opportunity to use animal voices. It also comes in a paperback edition.

Some of my favorites that I look forward to each holiday season has to do with coffee. Last year I was introduced to Peet's coffee. Love it! If you enjoy strong black coffee this is for you. Their holiday blend is outstanding!

My all time favorite holiday treat is Starbucks' Peppermint Mocha! I can't drive by a Starbucks (we only have one on my side of town...go figure!) without stopping and getting my fix. The lady at the counter tells me every year that they can make it all year long for me...but I save it, just so I can have my own Christmas treat each season.

Enjoy the snow....we've had a lot the last few days. It helps make the season a bit more bright!


a friend to knit with said...

ok..........i am loving your book recommendation.
maybe a trip to the library will be in order for today.
(wonder if i have time to whip up a holiday/library tote) :)

and i am in love with! christmas blend? had no idea! i can only get it at whole foods, so i guess we will have to go there too. :)

Joslyn said...

I'm with you...i like to save certain things just for christmas

Joslyn said...

ok jane...after reading this post i had to try the peppermint mocha...and i'm officially addicted. i've gotten one for the past few days and it just occured to me to check out the nutritional info. oh no...

Jane said...


That's why they're so good! Try it with nonfat milk. It always makes me feel a little less guilty.