Happy New Year!

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Oh, the messy, bright blur and wonder of all of these days! For goodness sake. Where does the time go? I would've written sooner but I was too busy making a dollhouse floor out of Popsicle sticks and looking at every miniatures web site ever constructed for the perfect diminutive wallpaper. I certainly am enjoying Amelia's Christmas present! And everything else about the holidays. It's been a glorious few weeks. Christmas with a four-year-old is the absolute best.

Today the winter sun is shining ever so brightly, and it's so windy that my office is flashing with light. It's freezing cold. It's Amelia's first day back at preschool in three weeks. Ahem. Mummy is a bit  e x h a u s t e d. The holidays, no matter how "simple" you try to make them, wind up being crazy busy. At least for us. Yesterday I got to spend the day by myself, and that was the first day that I haven't spent pretty much all day (and night — she keeps waking up) with Amelia in the past weeks. I went out to lunch at the brewpub all by myself, and they gave me such an awesome table, right in front of the roaring fire. I ate fish tacos and read my book and texted my friends. Then I went to the bookstore for a few hours and then I went to JoAnn Fabrics. At JoAnn's, which was pretty much empty, I wandered aimlessly and thought about things like should I buy these seven little silver cones (apparently jewelry-making findings) for $3.49 or should I use an old toothpaste cap for a tiny pendant-light-fixture (made out of a drawer pull) escutcheon??? I think about things like this now, when I have time to think of things. It was quite wonderful to wander aimlessly. I even looked at a magazine. Yes. It was a really nice way to finish the "vacation."

I wish you all a very happy new year and hope that you had a wonderful holiday season! It's my birthday in a few days and I want to make something good for dinner but I don't know what. Any ideas?

***The raspberry thumbprint recipe can be found here; the dress pattern I made for Amelia is Simplicity #9297 from 1979, and the fabric is from the wonderful Pioneer Quilts; the dollhouse I got used on Craigslist (but the same one is here) and I was totally inspired to get it because of Artemis's darling version — seriously, is that not the cutest ever; and I made Meyer lemon pudding with some gorgeous lemons my dear friend Sarah gave me for Christmas the recipe is here. I honestly don't think you need to add the butter, and a little zest could easily replace half the lemon juice.

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I'm giddy, recognizing the fun and the blur. And, too, knowing how it feels to see every tiny thing in terms of doll house accessories! Joy! Joy. Joy! Happy New Year~

Stefanie P. says: January 03, 2017 at 01:47 PM

Pecan crusted chicken with bourbon sauce, mashed potatoes and asparagus!...oh wait...it is not my birthday, but the pecan encrusted chicken with bourbon sauce is a holiday/company-is-coming staple...google it...and do not bother using clarified butter...and I brown and then finish it of, covered, in the oven...Happy Birthday a little early!...and yes, 4's are magical!!!

The days following Christmas are my favorite times to go to Joann's all by my lonesome and just wander through the entire store. It's usually trashed, but I enjoy the messy slowness of it all. Also, highly recommend this cider chicken stew. Perfect for winter weather, and while a rather simple meal, it's special enough to serve to company...or for birthdays. Make it with dumplings. You won't be disappointed.

http://www.kitchenparade.com/2002/10/chicken-cider-stew.php

Something Amelia could help you cook! I bet she would love to make a fuss over you - just like a big girl.

We have that same doll house, only with my two girls in an exclusive relationship with dress-up dolls and the rowdy wee son it was being used chiefly for parkour so it now lives in the garage. Enjoy your time to yourself in the new year! :)

Oh that sounds like a blissful day. Lovely photos, it looks like a pretty perfect Christmas. The rabbit at the sewing machine and the little cat alongside are adorable. Just boys here, so no dolls house (oh how I would have loved that!) but I have spent many many happy hours with that wooden train track. I hope you and yours have a wonderful and happy 2017 Alicia. CJ xx

Oh that sounds like a blissful day. Lovely photos, it looks like a pretty perfect Christmas. The rabbit at the sewing machine and the little cat alongside are adorable. Just boys here, so no dolls house (oh how I would have loved that!) but I have spent many many happy hours with that wooden train track. I hope you and yours have a wonderful and happy 2017 Alicia. CJ xx

Colleen C. Yarnell says: January 03, 2017 at 02:44 PM

Happy birthday! I just cooked brussel sprouts for the first time! I first cooked up a slice of bacon chopped. Removed to drain and left about 1tbsp grease in pan and threw in a couple of large handfuls of sliced Brussel sprouts(prepackaged)some minced garlic and cooked a couple minutes then added some large shrimp drizzled with a little lemon juice. Cooked everything well added some salt and pepper and then tossed with a little maple syrup and bacon added back to serve Delish!

Happy New Year Alicia. Just wanted to say that Amelia's white nightie and her Christmas dress were both so "Little House on the Prairie" , Holly Hobbie-like and I loved both of them! I love the doll house and wish I had one to decorate too.

Happy Happy New Year. What a lovely Christmas you had. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Christmas with a 4 year old is the best. That's several years ago for me but I do remember it fondly!

You probably already know this, but lots of craft stores sell pads of patterned paper and sometimes single sheets as well - that might work for wallpaper. I do miss the dollhouse days!

Happy New Year! Your celebrations look wonderful - Christmas is just so much fun with little ones around to appreciate the magic! As for supper - steak and sliced sweet potatoes baked in coconut milk and tossed with fried pancetta and chopped spring onions - yum!

Happy Birthday!
I'd want filet mignon with herbed butter and mashed potatoes. Plus, your chocolate cake. It always looks delicious.
You're giving Amelia a charming childhood. It's delightful.

I love your daughter's little Fisherman knit hat/scarf set. She is adorable in it! and aebelskivers. mmmm

What lovely, happy memories for Miss Amelia. When my son was 4 he told me, "Santa knows my brain better than I do" and though he is now 16, Santa still enjoys setting out special treats. The years fly by!

For your birthday supper.....

- baked lemon pasta (don't skip the parsley): http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/baked-lemon-pasta/

OR

- this indulgent creamy mushroom soup: http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2010/02/a-tasty-recipe-the-mushroom-soup/

Both are easy and both are delicious served with a salad and a crusty loaf of bread. Happy Birthday!

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Happy New Year! Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. I featured you among my favorites in my blog post today. I love the authenticity of your posts, your writing style and your photos. Your home is so cozy. The love you have for your daughter shines through. I enjoy seeing your dog too (adorable!). Are those ebelskivers you made? I posted about them once on my blog, as my husband is of Danish ancestry and he grew up having them for special breakfasts. I hope 2017 is a great year for you and your family.

Oh, and happy birthday. I have one on the 12th, so we're fellow Capricorns!

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday! January is my favorite month of the year and a perfect time to celebrate! I've been craving braised short ribs (I love the Pioneer Woman's recipe) and would have a Dutch oven of those simmering away for my special meal.

I have been looking for a dollhouse and was wondering where you got this one. It's exactly what I've been looking for! I've already started buying tiny furniture and dream of making tiny quilts and tiny curtains. Just need a house now so I'd love to get a similar one.

Happy New Year Paulson Family! Your Christmas looks like it was fun. Love Miss Em's dollhouse (old toothpaste cap for a tiny pendant-light-fixture) . . . 😉 It's funny how our thinking changes when children are in our life. 😊
Yummy cookies! 🍪
Little Miss Clover Meadow looks tired from all the excitement of the holidays. 🐶
I believe that little Christmas trees are the best and most the remembered. They're extra special in my book. 🎄
Love your BÖJA pendant lamp hanging in your stairway photo. We've installing the same lamp in the entry of our new home. I also have the table lamp, too. So pretty, love the reflection it casts.
Hope you have a beautiful and memorable birthday! 🎂

Reservations to your favorite restaurant...it is your birthday...celebrate without having to cook!

Looking through these photos made me smile...the warmth and the joy of your home, Amelia, Christmas...it all comes shining through. I also just want to step right inside your pictures inside your house...it's so cozy and beautiful. I remember those days with little ones where you finally get a free day and some time to yourself to actually breathe. Or just read a magazine. Heaven.

Your birthday...how about going out so you don't have to cook? If you really want to stay home and make something, how about Martha Stewart's Boeuf Bourguignon Soup? I haven't personally tried it, but a friend of mine did - she said it was wonderful. You can find the recipe here: http://www.marthastewart.com/344870/boeuf-bourguignon-soup

I'm curious what book you're reading! Happy birthday in advance...

Nickie Gorsky says: January 03, 2017 at 06:35 PM

This time of the year, I would love to have Chicken a la King, over some good brown rice...basmati or jasmine would be nice...with mushrooms, pimentos and peas...and a side of steamed broccoli...and Tiramisu for dessert...why not?

Your photos, as always...are just beautiful...and your daughter...such a doll. In my next life, I want to come back as yours and Andy's daughter...happy new year...

Hi! We got my four year old daughter a very similar second hand dollhouse. I spent way too much time painting the furniture (over the primary color accents), making tiny slipcovers for the pillows and mattress pads and crocheting tiny blankets to match! I think I might enjoy playing with it more than her :) One idea for the wallpaper is to use scrapbook paper. I used some pretty soft tiny calico prints and just used double sided tape to afix it. Happy decorating and happy early birthday!

I had celery soup and a toasted roll for dinner. Yummy for a cold blustery day... so I may have it tomorrow night, too :) Mimi's doll house is like the one I have in my room that my grand girls enjoy playing with. I'm glad you and yours have been having happy days. We have, too. In my last post there is a photo of our joyous snow girl with a snow bow that my girls made several weeks ago. We still have a dusting of snow in our yard. Happy New Year to you and yours! xx

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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