Ok, that’s not true. There’s a lot to do. Like monitor holiday shipments, cry (not really) for the ones that won’t be delivered on time, finish up a few deadlines before I get SEVEN DAYS WITHOUT DEADLINES, and finish packing and wrapping. Also, there was another falsehood in there. I do have deadlines in the next seven days, but not like.. six a day.. like I normally have. So as always, I’m grateful for this beautiful work, and grateful for the spaces in between as well.
Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Dippers:
What You Need:
Mini Candy Canes
Red, Green, & White Wilton’s Chocolate Discs
Assorted Christmas Sprinkles
What You Do:
1 – First, unwrap candy canes and carefully press each one into the middle of the marshmallow.
2 – And then set aside on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
3 – In separate bowls, melt each chocolate according to package directions.
4 – Then, hold the candy cane and dip a marshmallow into one color of chocolate.
5 – Over the cookie sheet, sprinkle on the Christmas sprinkles and set down on the parchment paper.
6 – And then repeat steps until you have as many marshmallows as you’d like.
7 – Let dry! Now they are ready to dip into your hot cocoa!
8 – Enjoy!!
And now, for something new:
Cassidy wrote this three years ago and it totally took me by surprise. It was the best Festivus present ever!
“As I sit here voluntarily at work contemplating existence as one does I would like to take a moment to give a shout out to my wife, Tamara. In the 12 years I have known her she has loved writing and photography. In the last few years she took those loves and figured out a way to turn them into money while still keeping the love at the core of it intact (no small feat). She’s a brilliant photographer, of course. Her writing and photography resonate with people so much that companies now throw money at her to write and photograph their stuff.
Somehow she does that while still retaining her Tamaraness that keeps people coming back. And she does it at such a high level that she is receiving awards for her excellence. Not to mention being consistently nominated for Facebook ads which sends her work out to hundreds of thousands of people. I’m oversimplifying it, but hey – that’s what I do.
The crux of this is that it allowed/allows her to work from home and be around our kids more. You can’t put a dollar amount on that. I am 100% certain that the reason our kids are the way they are is because they spend so much time around her. Being a mom is beyond a full time job as we all know. To do that while simultaneously growing multiple businesses to carve out the life you want – well, it’s pretty remarkable.
Any entrepreneur knows it ain’t all gumdrops and rainbows. If it were, we’d all be doing it. So, big props to all the women out there who are doing it all and then a little bit more each day to go for the brass ring. And especially to my wife who creates so much from nothing, especially the two littles who I love more than anything.”