December Daily Album : Day Two

Had one of those really simple days. It is super stormy (rain + wind) which lends itself well to getting cozy on the couch, reading the paper, watching movies, eating popcorn, and doing a bit of baking in between (coffee cake muffin recipe from Cottage Living magazine). And a big, long nap. Can't forget the nap.

29 thoughts

  1. Denise

    2007-12-02 13:04:41 -0500

    I can't wait for toddlerhood to pass so my little one can be better at having mellow days like this!

  2. Penny

    2007-12-02 13:05:36 -0500

    Yummo. Add a cup of coffe and call it dinner. Love the photo. Awesome perspective and dof.

  3. Moose in the Kitchen

    2007-12-02 13:32:44 -0500

    You've just described my perfect day. I'm so glad humanity no longer has to hide from the rain in caves that smell like damp buffalo. Hooray for mortgages and ovens! I bet it's hard to bake muffins over a smoky prehistoric fire.

  4. Erin

    2007-12-02 13:36:03 -0500

    Sweet! I love stormy, rainy days!! Perfect for reading the nativity story together.
    Erin :)

  5. T-Wan

    2007-12-02 14:25:01 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    I've searched for the coffee cake muffin recipe at the Cottage Living but nothings coming up. Can you please help me by sending a link to the recipe. I love those muffins (I stop at Dunkin Donuts twice a week for one). to check out more holiday projects.

  6. Paul-ene

    2007-12-02 14:31:37 -0500

    oh........I LOVE MUFFIN's. YUM!

  7. O

    2007-12-02 16:25:52 -0500

    mmmm...sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday! Thanks for the recipe. I really like coffee cake but the topping is the best part. Thanks for sharing your creativity & peeks into your everyday, Ali. Have a great week!

  8. Cheryl

    2007-12-02 17:20:57 -0500

    Ali, Thanks for the idea for the December album. Beautiful. The coffee cake muffins look wonderful but I went on the website but can't find the recipe. Can you give it to us?

  9. Heather

    2007-12-02 18:00:22 -0500

    Mmmm...looks nice and sweet! Hey, I was wondering...what do you use to print your pictures?

  10. Michele

    2007-12-02 18:23:58 -0500

    Wonderful layouts Ali! I love how you are putting this together.
    What are you using to print your pictures?

  11. Creole Wisdom

    2007-12-02 18:24:38 -0500

    That sounds divine. Naps are an imperative part of Sunday.

  12. JanMary, N Ireland

    2007-12-02 18:54:06 -0500

    Sounds like a great way to spend a stormy day. Great photo of that muffin too.

  13. Anilu Magloire

    2007-12-02 23:48:18 -0500

    That sounds like bliss... :)

  14. Crystal LaDoux

    2007-12-03 00:19:30 -0500

    Ali, could you send me a link for the recipe I can't find it on the cottage living website. Thank you
    [email protected]

  15. Connie Heitner

    2007-12-03 01:18:05 -0500

    ditto for the recipe. I looked and looked. You made me so hungry for this muffin with the beautiful picture. Thanks!

  16. Jan Walmsley

    2007-12-03 01:19:26 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    I can't find the recipe either! Could you send me the link? Your day sounded like bliss!

  17. Melissa S-E

    2007-12-03 02:03:46 -0500

    I am loving your daily journal!!
    'Wanted to share this w/ you - 'found it online (source listed @ the bottom). I have already printed it out & hung it up in the house... am thinking of having it framed. It really puts things into perspective.
    * What Will Matter *
    Ready or not,
    Someday it will all come to an end.
    There will be no more sunrises,
    No minutes hours or days.
    All the things you collected,
    Whether treasured or forgotten,
    Will pass to someone else.
    Your wealth,
    Fame and temporal power
    Will shrivel to irrelevance.
    It will not matter what you owned
    Or what you were owed
    Your grudges, resentments, frustrations
    And jealousies will finally disappear.
    So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans
    and to-do lists will expire.
    The wins and losses
    That once seemed so important
    Will fade away.
    It won’t matter where you came from,
    Or on what side of the tracks you lived,
    At the end.
    It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
    Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
    So what will matter?
    How will the value of your days be measured?
    What will matter is not what you bought,
    But what you built;
    Not what you got
    But what you gave.
    What will matter is not your success,
    But your significance.
    What will matter is not what you learned,
    But what you taught.
    What will matter is every act of integrity,
    Courage or sacrifice that enriched,
    Empowered or encouraged others
    To emulate your example.
    What will matter is not your competence,
    But your character.
    What will matter is not how many people you knew,
    But how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.
    What will matter is not your memories,
    But the memories that live in those who loved you.
    What will matter is how long you will be remembered,
    By whom and for what.
    Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
    It’s no a matter of circumstance but of choice.
    Choose to live a life that matters.
    by Michael Josephson

  18. Heather

    2007-12-03 02:31:58 -0500

    I love your work. It is so inspiring. I've been in a rut for months now and have trouble getting started on anything due to no where to spread my work out... but your pages and work always make me want to get my pictures out and get to work! I love looking at your stuff. Thank you for being so inspiring!!!
    The December Daily album is already amazing!!

  19. alexandra

    2007-12-03 02:37:45 -0500

    Cool photo, Ali.
    Looks like a wonderful day!
    And if you like coffee cake, try Sarah's Classic Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Martha's website. I would give you the link but unfortunately I'm still declaring 'techno-moron' status!!

  20. Vanessa

    2007-12-03 02:45:41 -0500

    Looks *delicious*!!!
    Is that a wooden platter?
    I just rediscovered my wooden bowl a couple of days ago--the perfect vessel for my christmasy pinecones!

  21. alyssa

    2007-12-03 03:24:42 -0500

    I am *so* making those muffins tonight. Yum-o.
    Loving the December daily album. Thanks, as always, for sharing your inspiration and your talents!

  22. redheadmomma

    2007-12-03 06:13:19 -0500

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your daily journal. So simple, beautiful, classic, and SO DOABLE. We need more doable stuff! :)

  23. tess

    2007-12-03 09:17:08 -0500

    Your picture of that muffin looks so delicious, but i can't find the recipe through the link you gave. Can you post the recipe?
    Love your Dec. Album! Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Sheila

    2007-12-03 09:37:10 -0500

    I can't find the recipe either and I've searched the website. Can you post a link? Thanks.

  25. Barb Stewart

    2007-12-03 14:12:56 -0500

    What's a nap??

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