Holiday Salad: Kale with Dried Cranberries, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Candied Ginger and Orange Dressing

Warwick:  Nicole. I’m really sorry about last night.Me: Sorry? Why are you sorry?Warwick: Because I was snoring so much. I don’t know why I was having such a hard time breathing.Me: Oh. That’s okay.Warwick:  I should have just gotten up and used Saline Drops. They helped a lot this morning when I got up.Me: Well, don’t worry about it. . . .I’m glad you’re feeling better . . . .and you know. . . .I’d rather sleep next to you snoring, than not sleep next to you at all.Warwick: Really? I never would Read more […]

Ramblings on Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Butterscotch Bread Pudding for your Thanksgiving Dessert!

[If you haven’t already, enter my latest giveaway, it ends 11/20/11. It’s for Chinese Food. Yum.] As I type this it is exactly 2 days 17 hours and 07 minutes and 56 seconds before Breaking Dawn Part 1 comes out. THIS IS A HUGE DEAL. I read all of the books in the span of 2 weeks. There are 4, and they are huge, and I have 4 kids. That’s a big deal. I watched the first movie Twilight at home with my husband and I fell in love all over again, with him, cinema, and ummm. . .errrrrr. . . .Edward Cullen. Read more […]

The anatomy of a Christmas Card, Butternut Squash Dressing, and The Vegan Holiday Kitchen GIVEAWAY!!!

Update:  The Winner is. . ..Nerissa Maldonado 6 days ago My favorite Thanksgiving Dish is my mom’s Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread.  Yummy my taste buds are watering just thinking about it. She has given me her recipe several times over the years but mine never comes out like hers (my kids are quick to point this out to me too).Oh well! I try. Please contact me in the next 48 hours at nickiwoo.thehomeguru@gmail.com to claim your prize, or another winner will be chosen.- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -November Read more […]

Peanut Brittle and Friendship. . . .Perfection.

“A single rose can be my garden. . . .A single friend, my world.” ~ Leo Buscaglia, Tireless Advocated of the Power of Love (1924-1998) Friends. I love them. They love me back.They make me happy. Last weekend, I went to visit a few of my oldest most dearest friends. And we got are toes done. And our nails done did. You can’t tell it from the picture, but my finger nails have sparkles in them 🙂 And they made me crack the mess up. And they told me my nails were Read more […]

My Mama’s Okra Gumbo

My Mama’s Gumbo.This is my mom.My mama.My mommy.My mother depicted in a painting circa 1968.She’s here for the holiday, and I love her. Love her, Love her, Love her.But. . . . .Somebody (who rhymes with mister, is related to me, and called me horrible things when I was younger) and looks like this. . . . took a really ugly picture of her and posted it as my mother’s Facebook profile picture. First of all, where is she? And then if you can find her, it looks like she’s shooting daggers at Read more […]

Merry Christmas 2010

The Cookie Manger Scene my Progeny Made for Santa.It was so pretty, he didn’t dare eat one.Merry Christmas!I’m not going to let this go quite yet.In my mind the 12 days of Christmas start on December 25th.  I mean, the Wise Men won’t even make it to the manger scene for days, so I’m perfectly logical to be wishing you a Merry Christmas.I’m not going to be handing out gifts or anything, so you can tell my kids to keep their sticky little hands to themselves.But. . .. . .We can still be merry.And Read more […]

Lemonade Cookies Recipe #2

4 reasons why I should not be trusted with peoples lives and memories:1.  I lost misplaced all the Santa pictures from the last ten years.  Well not all, but most.  I put them away somewhere safe. They’re really safe now.2. In a frantic attempt to create more memories, Mr. Woo and I took the kids to the mall to take NEW pictures with Santa. Apparently, child #4 four doesn’t really like Santa.She couldn’t even be coaxed to put up with his jolliness with a rainbow candy cane.That’s the thing Read more […]

Homemade Holiday Gift: Gingerbread Granola

Did you hear that sound?That loud crashing, shattering sound?That was the sound of my fairytale ending. The sound of my heart being broken into a million jillion little pieces.I’m not surprised though.  Some say all good things must come to an end. The dark of night will always return. And the romantic husband never dies, he just fades away.You know, HE (Mr. Woo) reads every single one of my blog posts.Oh, please. Don’t get all excited.   If he had a blog, I’d read his posts too.  Mostly. Well Read more […]

Wednesday Night Lights

You know what else I love about Christmas?The lights.The white lights that twinkle like snow in the night.The colored lights remind me of all my favorite things like houses made of gingerbread and candy, funny little fairytales, and witches being thrown into ovens.But what I really like, is that they make me so happy.  That they make my heart smile. Huge, wide grins.Because they pull me to this moment. Where there is only light and love.They remind me that the simplest things are the best things. Read more […]

Holiday Spiced Cider

Soledad (4) has asked me at least 5,000 times in 30 minutes can she have a piece of candy.It is 5:03 pm. The answer is “No, you cannot.”She begins rummaging through the junk drawer.Soledad: Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!Me: Yes, Soledad.Soledad: What’s this? *holds up KFC Barbecue Sauce single use container*Me: Barbeque Sauce.Soledad: Oooh, yum. Can I eat it?Me: No.Soledad: What this? *holds up a peppermint*Me: You know what that is. Its candy and you can’t have it.Soledad: Oh, hmmm. Well, then what’s Read more […]