My Favorite Things 2017 Edition

Jack in the Cat Cave

You won’t find raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens on this list, though I’d argue that they are both delightful. Instead, here’s a peek at the things that made me happy over the past year (or longer).

I hope you’ll read and share your own favorite things in a comment.


Bert’s Eggnog

On last year’s favorite things list, I saved the best for last. This year, I won’t make you wait.

This family recipe has made many a doubter into an eggnog convert. I’ve tried others that professed to be THE BEST, but they’ve never come close. I defy you to make a single batch of it.


Luck steered my husband and me into Nopalito restaurant in San Francisco last spring. WOW! If I could live a healthy life on their totopos alone, I’d do it.

But I don’t need to wait to return to San Francisco because their cookbook had recently been released and, ever since, my husband been earning the title Chef. We have had many delicious meals from the Nopalito cookbook.

Rosemary-Mezcal Paloma Cocktail

Some people live on Mai Tais on Maui, but we lived on Palomas. If we have to have them away from that island paradise (twist our arms), we add our spin – inspired by the delicious version at Vesta Dipping Grill in Denver. We make it with smoky Mezcal instead of tequila and add homemade rosemary syrup. Heaven.


In last year’s favorite things post, I mentioned The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising “Healthy” Foods That Are Making You Fat–and Lose Weight Fast (2014)by Lyn-Genet Recitas. This approach to eating the foods that are right for you is right for me. Whenever I feel off-track with regard to eating (often!), I jump on her 3-day cleanse and lose a few extra pounds while gaining energy.


Both of these books were gifts from my wise coaches.

The Book of Joy

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Be Merry

Kerry Millard - Santa cartoon

A Merry Christmas wish for you with a Santa cartoon by Kerry Millard.

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Thank Heavens for Bert and Her (his?) Eggnog

This recipe is for neither the faint of heart nor those who aren’t willing to make the effort. It’s a lot of work, but you’ll be rewarded in the end. Even people who think they don’t like eggnog fall in love with this sinfully delicious concoction.

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Please Help Make This Birthday The Best Yet

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Merry Christmas

Just a quick image to wish you a beautiful Christmas Day.

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Did you say eggnog?

Bert’s Eggnog is a recipe I share on the Art Biz Blog every year. It has nothing to do with the art business and everything to do with enjoying the holidays. You’ll be sorry if you settle for eggnog out of a carton. And don’t tell me you don’t like eggnog. Haven’t met a soul who doesn’t like this recipe. EVER.

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