Pajama Party


I love my friends (my sweet sister being one of them).

Every year, I invite them over for a pajama party to watch a Christmas movie. This year we watched, “Four Christmases.” They were all too polite to rat me out, because the fact is, we had all ready watched this movie two years before. There are just not a lot of Christmas movies to choose from. I started this tradition with my all time favorite Christmas movie many years ago (and to be honest, one of my favorite regular movies, too), “White Christmas.”

Most of the girls didn’t like it.

So, now that is what my family watches every December 23rd together. This was what we did as a child growing up. I hope at least one of my children carries on this tradition with their own family. You tell me which child it will be based on the following conversation:

My son: “Mom, you should make everyone watch ‘White Christmas’ at your party. It’s a really good movie.”

Me: “I showed that before, a lot of the girls didn’t like it.”

Shocked gasp from the backseat.

Me: “But, we’ll watch it together in a few days.”

My daughter: “Ugh. Why do you force me to watch that evvvvvery year?”

My oblivious husband: “We don’t force you.”

Mean Mommy to Nice Daddy: “Um, yea, honey, we do.”

Poor kid. I can think of worse things, though.



I wore my pink gnome flannel pajamas. I was a wrinkled mess. I briefly entertained the thought of ironing my pajamas, but, who are we kidding? I can’t even iron my regular clothes. There is no way I am ironing something I am going to sleep in. Cross that out. There is no way I am ironing something.

A girl’s gotta have standards.

I did not take any pictures of the gathering. Everyone was comfy and I wanted to respect their laid back coziness without posting it all over the internet. I did take photos of the food, though.


I made homemade salsa for the party. I also served some queso dip from a jar, because I got it free with a coupon. Everyone loved the queso, including me. So I will be buying some more when I host my family Christmas Eve.


I whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.


And homemade chicken pot pies.


I tried a Rachael Ray roasted sugar snap pea recipe. I don’t think I prepared the peas right. I have never served them before. Looking at my picture, was there something I was supposed to cut off?


The biggest hit of the night was definitely, “it tastes like a cinnamon roll cake.” Yum!

I gave prizes throughout the movie with my spur of the moment drunken trivia questions.


Everyone went home with a loaf of cinnamon burst bread from the local bakery. A neighbor gave me this as a gift last year and I really liked the sweet simpleness of the gesture. So, I copied them.

My friend Bridgette looked at the piano and said, “Is that bread on your piano?” This had both of us in hysterics. Because, yes, where else would you put your bread?


Some of us girls stayed up until 1:00 in the morning talking. I wish we could have stayed up later, but I was stressed out because my husband had to get up at 4:30 in the morning to go to work. Next year, I will ask him if he could get himself a late shift or take the next day off. It put a (small) damper on the night.

But, regardless, I was so happy and thankful to wind down and laugh with women who make my heart sing (missed you Lizzie). Thank you girls!


And no gathering would be complete without Ollie. He made sure to repel everyone with his continuous dog farts. Do I throw a good party or what? It’s not a party unless everyone is gagging and retching.

At least at my house.

Who needs alcohol when you have a bulldog?


Have you been to any holiday parties recently? Hopefully yours did not involve a flatulent dog.

Chocolate Chip Cookies


Chocolate Chip Cookies: the American Staple. I make these cookies at least once a month. They are always gone in two days. They are quick. They are easy. Nothing can make me quite as happy as a warm chocolate chip cookie freshly baked and gooey on the inside. It is what makes my soul sing. My heart dance.

I adapted this recipe from the Nestle Toll House recipe: Nestle Recipe Or as Phoebe from FRIENDS would say,”Nesele Tolouse.”


2 cups Semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 sticks of salted butter softened
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup of white granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar (please do yourself a favor and buy the organic brown sugar. It is more expensive, but your cookies will be so soft. You will never regret it. Having said that, I was plum out. I had to use my backup brown sugar the day I made these. Therefore, I was sad).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. If you have a convection oven, like me, preheat to 350 degrees on convect bake.



Combine both sugars and butter in a bowl. Beat on medium speed for one minute. Scrape sides. Add vanilla. Beat again for one minute. Add both eggs, one at a time. Beat the first egg for thirty seconds. Then add the second egg and beat for thirty seconds more.


At this point, I change my attachments on my kitchenaid mixer to install the paddle accessory. If you do not have this, continue to beat with handmixer on low. I do not sift my dry ingredients. I find it a complete waste of time and extra tools to wash. I add my salt and baking soda. And I beat at medium speed for thirty seconds. I then add flour one cup at a time and beat on low speed until completely combined. Stir in chocolate chips.




Place very large heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheet. Flatten with the palm of your hand. Bake for nine minutes. You might need to add a minute or two. Check after nine minutes. Cookies should be slightly brown. They should not deflate when touched in the middle. Transfer to wire racks to cool.



And then, bask in the glory of the delicious scent wafting through your house. The aromas have the effect of calming children and making them putty in your hands. Wait for five minutes and then indulge in your heart’s desire.