Christmas 2016

Hey everyone. Been kind of quiet around here. But, I’ve been hard at work on my new personality/psychology of self blog, Idionity. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should!

As you know, we usually do our interstate traveling this time of year and I always post about it. We did Arizona and Oregon this time. Even though we didn’t visit Seattle, it was still a hell of a lot of driving. But let’s start at the beginning.

We went with a white tree this year:

christmas tree

Usually we have a live one but with so much traveling and the inconvenience of apartment living it just seemed less practical. And I’ve always wanted a white tree! I took a shot of one of my favorite ornaments, though a few of those are from my childhood (baby’s first Christmas 1986!). People have figured out that my tree has a musical theme and every year I get a new instrument.

It’s also the season for trying new recipes, so I made a few of these for a Christmas gathering:

oreo peanut butter pie

This is a Peanut butter Pie with Oreo crust, a recipe from Kevin and Amanda. I used double-stuffed Oreos to make the crust and added butterscotch chips to the chocolate coating at the top, and let me tell you. You may only be able to eat one slice of this in your lifetime, but it is the best damn thing you’ll ever eat. Would make again, but make sure you bring this to a party because you’ll need the help.

Speaking of recipes, look what Santa brought me:

beer making kit


I know, right?

I haven’t started my first batch yet. When I do, I’ll post pictures of the progress!

Every year when I go to Oregon (and usually, Washington) I do my local coffeeshop tour, because the coffee there is great. But then the Big S rolled out these damn things, and…well. They got me.

state ornaments

One for each state, and they only sell them in the states you buy them in. Making a crazy dash across the country to collect as many as possible (not to mention the Pokemon in Pokemon Go) is inevitable. But I stopped myself at only the states I physically visited.

(Yes, you can order the other states online, but that’s cheating.)

I still got my coffee at Siuslaw River Coffee Roasters near the bridge, though.

siuslaw river bridge

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope this year is better than the last! May the beer be good and plentiful!