Penny's Passion: Five on Friday - December 3, 2021

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Five on Friday - December 3, 2021

Happy Friday!  December is here and we are trying to wrap up all the holiday preparations so we can sit back and enjoy the season.  We're not there yet, but we are getting closer!  In the meantime, here's my five for this week ~

1.  Hallmark Christmas Movies
One of my favorite things about this time of year is all the Hallmark Christmas movies.  When we have a weekend morning that's not booked with activities, you can find me hanging out in my bed glued to the TV watching whatever Hallmark Christmas movie happens to be on.  If you are watching with friends and not planning on driving anywhere, you might want to play this Hallmark drinking game.  

There are also bingo cards you can print from The Kittchen blog.  Click HERE to visit that blog and print the cards.  Combine the two and have a party!

2.  National Cookie Day
Warm up those ovens because Saturday is National Cookie Day!  Bake up an extra batch and share with your neighbors.  If making a batch from scratch is a little too much, grab a bag of frozen cookie dough at the grocery store and pop them in.  We've been getting bags of Thelma's frozen cookies recently and they are delicious!  Pick up a bag and give them a try.

Have you heard of Brene Brown?  Her words on courage and vulnerability are so inspirational!  Her latest book, Atlas of the Heart, came out this week and it is going straight on my wish list.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

Over the past two decades, Brown’s extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as on Brown’s singular skills as a storyteller, to show us how accurately naming an experience doesn’t give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice.

Brown shares, “I want this book to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that, with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear losing ourselves.”

Kenny G is releasing his new album today.  This is his first new album in 6 years.  New Standards features 11 original compositions inspired by the jazz ballads of the 50s and 60s.  Can't wait to hear Kenny G's renditions!  

5.  Christmas tip...

We have a busy schedule this weekend!  The weather is supposed to be gorgeous and that's great because Eric is going to be hanging our new Christmas lights outside.  Saturday we're traveling to my hometown to see our nephew play basketball, then hurrying back to St. Louis to have dinner with friends.  After dinner, we're going to see James Taylor in concert.  I'm so excited to see him!  Sunday I'm going to try to work on making our Christmas cards for this year.  So much fun happening!  Hope to see you back on Monday for a recap.

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