Merry & Bright

Paperie Lane wishes you the happiest of holidays! Merry and Bright

What's your holiday tradition?

Whether you know it or not, all family and friends have one. For me, my besties and I've been doing a Secret Santa exchange since 2002. No matter where we are, overseas or in a different state, we've never missed a Christmas. Thanks to our wonderful technology, Annie and I even did the exchange via webcam while we were living in Taipei. Then the official gifts were hand-delivered when they flew in to celebrate NYE (dedicated much?)

Like any other year, we had brunch at the very cozy A.O.C. for our exchange and right next to us was a table that sat nine old men.  They leaned over to wish us well and told us that they've been having lunch since 1964! Isn't that amazing? 50+ years of friendship and tradition. That is definitely something to live up to.

Christmas wrapping Secret SantaHave a safe and wonderful Christmas!

Live Simply Love Much

Happy 2013! I love the sentiment on this card: "Live Simply, Love Much."  We tend to crowd our lives with unnecessary things that ultimately end up complicating our lives further.  When we get wrapped up in situations, we sometimes take life and love for granted, but it helps to take a step back and realize what's really important.  This year, I'm going to try to be a better person than I was last year.  I'm going to focus on spending more time with the people I care about,  live a healthier lifestyle, and give as much as I can.

Live Simply Love Much card

For the house and sentiment, I used Papertrey Ink's Winter Hills stamp set.  For the hearts, I used the Martha Stewart Crafts Valentine Foam Icon Stickers.

handmade card

home is where the heart is

Live Simply Love Much

home sweet home

home is where the heart is

"Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God" -Ronald Reagan

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!! Replacing my morning coffee today is this jolly cup of peppermint hot chocolate, and then I'm off to watch Les Misérables with the family! I hope you have a very safe and merry Christmas! Cheers!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
hot chocolate
hot chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate by no. 2 pencil

Serves 4

2 cups of milk 2 cups of heavy cream 1 to 1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract Whipped cream Crushed candy cane

Measure chocolate chips into a large heatproof bowl. Heat milk and cream over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Stir occasionally while heating. Once hot, pour mixture into bowl over chocolate chip. Add vanilla and peppermint extract. Whisk until chocolate chips are completely melted. Serve with whipped cream and crushed candy cane sprinkled on top.

Recipe Note: For richest chocolate flavor use 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips.

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Happy December!   It was cold and rainy all weekend in LA. I predict a very chilly winter ahead of us so I'll be sending you lots of warm thoughts throughout this holiday season. I am now in full holiday mode so stay tuned for holiday cards, gift guides, delicious recipes, wrapping ideas and more! holiday gift tags

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