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Goodbye 2014

In retrospect, 2014 was a relatively static year. There was plenty of moving forward, but after lots of change in 2012 and 2013, this past year was one in which we were able to settle in a bit. From starting some house projects to making more friends and getting involved at church, we’re feeling more established here. But 2014 did bring some unexpected twists and turns, both good and bad.

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Today is at least a passing attempt at returning to my normal schedule after a break over the Christmas holiday. Bart and I drove back to Arkansas for over a week and returned home late on Sunday night. We made it back just fine, but for once I think it would be nice to make the return trip to Virginia without a bunch of drama.
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Nine years

Did I ever tell you about the time I kind of messed up my ninth wedding anniversary?

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It’s been a while since we have cooked together on the blog. I’m not sure why I’ve been so delinquent to share fun recipes with you, but Christmas seemed like a good time to share a recipe I’ve made with success for the holidays a couple of years in a row. While turkey and stuffing is standard for Thanksgiving, it might also be on your menu for Christmas, as it was for Bart and me when we invited a couple of friends over for smoked turkey this weekend (this might just become a tradition). I like this recipe for bread dressing and wanted to share it with you!

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Twas two weeks before Christmas and all ’round the yard
All the creatures were stirring, which caught me off guard.

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Last week, Bart and I decorated the house for Christmas. Since we usually travel for the holidays, we only have a few weeks after Thanksgiving to enjoy our trimmings, so we try to get everything up fairly early so we have time to enjoy it. This year, we had some old favorites and some new additions to our decor, and it seemed to come together very well.

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Since moving to Northern Virginia just over a year ago, we have wanted to visit George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon, which is surprisingly close to us. We’ve heard many people say how wonderful it is; my parents went when they came to visit us in October and had a great time. Bart suggested last month that we could go see it on Veterans Day when we both had the day off, but someone told us that it was really special to see at Christmas time, so we opted to push our trip off a few weeks and finally made our way over there on Sunday evening.
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