December Randomness, Inexpensive Gifts and Recipes

How are your holidays shaping up?  

Since we are going to San Diego for Christmas, 
our holiday decorations here in SF are mostly on our mantel.  
But, we picked up my sister's tree before we left after Thanksgiving.
Here's Howard and my sister, Teresa,
with the big tree standing in the back.

 I set the table with fresh fruit for Thanksgiving, 
but it works for Christmas, too.
The branches were from the garden.
We gave everyone pomegranates to take home.
Speaking of which...have 

I did some internet shopping to take advantage 
of the deals out there...
and I'm glad I did as the sales don't seem 
to be as great today and there isn't a lot of stock at some places   
Are you finding that, too?

Here is a great, inexpensive game/gift for the whole family...
Rummikub.   If you like board games, you will love this.
Bloody Mary's are optional but act as a secret weapon against opponents.

Some of my favorite pets are getting their own stocking.

This makes a great gift...especially if you have a faux tree...or even if you don't!

Anthropologie has some pretty calendars 
(hint:  I like any of these).

Garden Calendar                                                      map desk calendar

On Friday, I was at a new client's home to help plan her beverage center, and couldn't stop myself from shopping her house for this space before I left.

We gave our son, Thomas, a crockpot for his birthday.
This morning, I sent him 
that gives you enough for leftovers!
It's delicious.
You could serve it by itself or on top of pappardelle pasta and later as a sandwich.

He's making it today.  Wish we lived closer to him!

Have a great week!


  1. I bought some pomegranates yesterday at the market; usually I make quite a mess of getting the seeds out. I didn't know about the water method, but I'm definitely going to try the whacking method! Thanks!
    My favorite pomegranate recipe is fesenjun, an Iranian dish.

    1. That sounds good! I like pomegranates in salads.

  2. I can't quite wrap my head around the fact that it's December already, wasn't it just summer? The Thanksgiving table you set at your sister was beautiful, love the fruit and greenery and the way you tied the napkins. Pomegranates are delicious but so hard to get all the goodness out. I've tried this method and the under water method, both better but still takes work. We love Rummikub and have two sets so we can play with more people! Thyme's Pine candle is one of my favorites too, and Anthro always has wonderful gifts for all occasions. That recipe for Mississippi Roast looks mouth waveringly good! Great post Mary Ann! Happy December!
    xoxo Gail

  3. P.S. Forgot to tell you we had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend at Cindy and Steve's gorgeous Paso Robles home. Just a bit of heaven on earth!!!

  4. I love pomegranates and was watching Jamie Oliver a couple of nights ago on TV using just this method! Love your table and I can quite see why it works perfectly for Christmas too. x

  5. Mmm that Mississippi roast recipe looks great. Will have to try, as well as look into this game you mentioned! Thanks for the recommendations. That pic of you and your son is so cute Mary Ann!

    1. Thanks, Peter. My son said the roast turned out great for him..you can add water or broth (about a cup) in the middle of cooking if you think it needs it.

  6. I could use one of those Bloody Mary's right now, and that Mississippi roast sounds great!!!

  7. Love your fun randomness! Can't wait to try the roast, it looks delish! Have a wonderful week cute friend!

  8. Thanks, Pam... these are easy posts to write...just what I am up to. LOVE your posts.

  9. Your sister is gorgeous just like you!! I am going to get that game for the family. We always play Christmas eve. That roast looks delicious I am going to try it this weekend at the lake! So fun to see you yesterday but too short!!

  10. Great post and your table was stunning!! That's the best looking bloody mary I've seen in a long time!!

  11. bring on the random, i feel as though you took us with you every step of the way. i have to get my shopping done this weekend, and you have reminded me of anthropologie goodness...thanks! i love that 'on friday' calendar and actually need to pick up one of on friday's prints to frame for my house. my mama makes the best pot roast and gravy you have ever tasted. i love using my crockpot this time of year. a pork roast, a beer, chipotle peppers, brown sugar, onion...great gift for your son! best to you, mary ann.

  12. Me encantan las granadas, es una fruta que puede mezclarse con la comida para dar frescor.


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