Poppycock and Sunshine

The adventures of a crazy girl trying to live a quiet, slower Provincial lifestyle in an hectic, fast paced, American society.

Crumbled Wrapping Paper December 28, 2008

“The best Christmas of all is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up with one another.”




Presenting: Christmas at the Jandts


The role of Santa is being played by Mr. Dennis Jandt. And a merry one was he! Especially after we gave him his new brandy glasses and a cognac to go in them. 😉



And here we have the Mrs. Santa Jandt, played by Miss Cindy, modeling her new scarf made with loving care by yours truly. Soooooo attractive. (If I do say so myself.)



The Bobbsey Twins, Faith and Jen,  in their new handmade (thank you very much, Cindy!) aprons and matching rubber gloves…. ready to take on the world, one cupcake at a time!



Pause for a touching moment being father and son. (Cue dramatic, emotion charged music.)



Apparently Santa thought even the puppies had been good this year.



He must have had selective eyesight and witnessed only the sweet moments and thankfully ignored the running-around-the-living-room-with-mommy’s-wrapping-ribbon-in-our-wet-slobbery-mouths moments. Thank god for small favors, right Charlie?



“Who are you supposed to be again?”



He was supposed to be the guy cooperating with this whole picture taking montage.



He won’t be getting the Oscar this Christmas, that’s for sure, unless there’s a category for Best Crazy Blue-eyed Wacko Job available. (We’ll speak to the committee and get back to you.)



Never mind him, David. More camera time for us.



The true star of this show, however, was Liam Micheal Butcher. The cowboy. picture-124picture-83


“I was five and he was six

we rode on horses made of sticks

he wore black and I wore white

he would always win the fight, bang bang

he shot me down, bang bang

I hit the ground, bang bang

that awful sound, bang bang

my baby shot me down.”


These boots were made for walking. (Yes, we love Nancy Sinatra.)



And of course, no cowboy would be complete without a lunch box advertising their illustrious status. Obviously.




Our Christmas feast. The Jandt family Christmas feast tradition? Fondue. Delicious, scrumptious, easy peasy fondue. 



After last years Christmas, I promptly ran out and bought the first retro, all original, olive green fondue pot, circa 1970, that I could find for 5 bucks at the Goodwill. And this year, I got the chance to break that baby in! Ah yeah. Love it. Love love love looooooooove it.



All this present opening, cowboy rangling, fondue eating, history making, holiday celebrating makes an old gal pooped out. I know how you feel, Bonners. Wasn’t it a lovely day, though??



Hey, now don’t you forget the mistletoe! December 27, 2008

“Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.”



Ah, snow. ‘Twas so lovely whilst it was here. (Even though it made going to work rather sketchy.) It looked so lovely on these holly branches. So lovely that I had to pluck them to put on my mantle. Added to my holiday decorating, the little bit that I actually did.




I did have such fun with the twinkle lights. And the holly.



Look too closely and you may see a cobweb or two. *wink*

The snow just kept coming and coming and coming. It seemed never ending for a while.



We all took the time to enjoy it while it was here.



When we weren’t frolicking in the snow, we were baking thumbprint cookies, courtesy of Posie Gets Cozy, a blog I like to frequent. They were such fun to make!





Not to mention such fun to eat!



Dr. Charlie Jekyl & Mr. Charlie Hyde December 21, 2008

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Good Pup-pup…




BAD pup-pup!!


In case you’re wondering, that would be what’s now left of my lovely wrapping ribbon. Apparently when Daniel got out of the shower yesterday, Charlie was happy as a clam, chewing on the cardboard, completely entangled in the ribbon! Gah.



What Lazy Days are Good For….. December 18, 2008

Lazy days are good for:

Admiring a friend’s lovely tree…..






I didn’t want to stop looking…. I couldn’t stop looking…..



Lazy days are for:

Stopping by your favorite bakery on the island….




And then your favorite yarn shop……. 



All the pretty pretty colors…… *sighs*…..




Lazy days are for:

Tea parties…..







And Knitting Circles…..



For making funny “I’m really concentrating here” faces….



Lazy days are also good for:

Enjoying the snow that has blessed our eyes……




And getting to know sewing machines that have been sitting in our closet unused for 5 years! Mom bought this for me at a garage sale. Haven’t used it till now.



I would like to thank the sewers in my life, Miss Cindy and Miz’ Nola, that have recently inspired me to take up the needle once more, after 20 years.  I sat down today, opened it up, messed around for a few minutes, and then viola! I was sewing prezzies with it! I was a happy, happy little girl.



Pray tell, how do you like to spend your lazy days????


December is…… December 14, 2008

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…Midnight walks in the snow.

Drinking hot chocolate with the one you love.

Knitting and sewing handmade gifts feverishly.

Hanging pretty twinkle lights.

Sunday afternoon tea parties.

Crackling fires in the fireplace.

Puppy foot prints in the snow.

Homemade chicken noodle soup.

Living with reindeer.






Martha, Look Out! December 11, 2008

How to have a Thriftily Decorated House this Holiday

– by May-May Golly



First off, you have to tap into that creative  side of the brain. That and it’s always helpful to live next door to another creative person as well. 😉 

Second, this project calls for a trip outside to the nearest fir tree. And then a trip to your nearest holly tree. And then a trip to Dollar Tree. (My new favorite store, FYI.)

Third: Have a comfy and welcoming working atmosphere. Wouldn’t want to squelsh that creative spirit you know. Mine happened to be Miz Nola’s house.


Also currently as “Santa’s Workshop”. 

So grab that fir bough and let the creative juices start to flow!





Santa’s little elf, making her own little magic happen.



The end result? Lovely doors for a fraction of the cost!







That would be mine.

This would be Nola’s.


I think it’s obvious to us all that she has the better experience in the whole “creative” department. 😉 Her bow’s better than mine. Whatever.


The trip for the supplies of this little creative experience also happened to stumble across an early Happy Christmas present for Miz Nola. 


She was overdue for a new one apparently. And I was too excited that I got it on sale for $9, that I had to give it to her early. Also because she was there when I bought it. I’m not the patient sort. Or subtle. Whatever. She loves it.


Of COURSE she loves it. Wouldn’t you??


The vehicle with which some of your lovely gifts are being currently created on. She’s pretty old, 70 years or so, but still going strong.


By the way, puhleeeez don’t look very closely at said gifts. It’s been 20 years since I’ve done any sewing! Nola is bringing me back into the game, however very slowly. (That would be her baby shown above. Mine hasn’t even been out of the box. I don’t even think I know how to turn it on. Oh dear.)


Other thrifty decorating details: 

Lights. Love the lights. From the Dollar store.



New dining room table attire…… also from the Dollar store. Where else.




In other news: Another reason May-May loves this time of year……


It’s almost the end of the year. The beginning of a new year. Why does this get my giddy with excitement?  This is my reason:


“What are those black books you are holding”, you may be asking yourself. Or perhaps you are one of those people and you know exactly what I am holding. (You know who you are.) Well. They are my beloved Moleskine Planners. One would be a large one that I have had and have contained my life these past 2 years. The smaller would be my NEW 2009 planner that I get to graduate to! Yay!! 

I love Moleskine. I live by Moleskine. My Moleskine has saved my sanity numerous amounts of time. Not to mention I love the history the little books have with artists and writing fanatics worldwide, crossing every continent and every decade. But enough about that. Let me now share with you excerpts from my Moleskine while I was stressfully employed with Starbucks. And then my Moleskine afterwards. I think you will see a difference.


With Starbucks, this was my life on a weekly basis:


Life then was a chaotic tangle of deadlines and never-ending lists and people to call and reviews to write and things to remember to do and hoops that I had to jump through every week that just seemed to get higher with every breath I took. Exhausting.


And life now:


Life now is a sweet little tapestry of things that make me happy. Cooking and baking and candlestick making. Oh there are still the lists. There will always be the lists. I am a terribly forgetful person. I live by lists. But they are filled with things that enrich my life instead of clutter and confuse it.

And so I rejoice. For the beginning of a new year means the beginning of a brand new Moleskine. A SMALLER Moleskine for a new simplified life. Oh joy, oh rapture.



To join the Moleskine clan and fall in love with a little black book, make a visit to your local Barnes & Nobles. Or visit THIS website. But be careful. They can be addicting. 






Ah, the Holidays December 8, 2008

The aftermath of Thanksgiving: LOTS of leftovers!  When Thanksgiving gives you tons of turkey: Make Turkey Noodle Soup with HomeMade Turkey Stock!


“Mmmmmm, that turkey noodle soup sure smells goooood. Meow.”



“Yes. I think I need a taste.”



“What do’ya mean I can’t have any more?”


“Ooofda, I think I ate TOO much turkey noodle soup.”



When the holidays give you cranberries you:

Make Cranberry Bread





Seriously, people. This bread is REALLY good. It’s actually a Weight Watchers recipe and it has NO butter, not a pinch, not even a tad. But it tastes as though it has an entire stick! Yum yum yummy! Makes me want to stock my fridge with Cranberries year round. Wanna try it out for yourself?  Get the recipe HERE.. Just scroll down to the bottom and look for “Yummy Cranberry Bread”. 



What do you do after you bake yummy yummy Cranberry Bread? Snuggle up on the sofa with  few of your pals. 😉