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What a week it was!

Can you believe it’s already New Year’s Eve? 2023 is almost a blur now! It feels like it just flew by!

We had such a great time celebrating Christmas with our extended family last week. I hosted Christmas Eve and made my annual Christmas Stovetop Clambake. It was so fun and the food turned out SO GOOD! It always does, but this year decided to try a different source of seafood that is a little closer to where we live now.

We spent Christmas Day at my sister-in-law’s and had the best time playing a white elephant game. There were two hotly contested gifts that we were battling for which made the game that much more fun.

My family walked away with a telescope, microphone (Tori has been using it nonstop LOL), portable blender, long charcuterie board, and a cozy blanket. So not bad!

After Christmas, we made a trip to the cabin in Vermont. It was pretty rainy for most of the trip but we made the best of it.

We got to listen to Tori perform her greatest hits all week long on our new microphone. I made some great food. We sat by the fire, did a few puzzles, and played some board games. Oh, and the family got a little bit of skiing in too.

There wasn’t any snow to do any snowshoeing which was a bummer for me because that’s a little more my speed. But we’ll get some here soon. The trip was a lot of fun and I really cherish the time we got to spend together.

Shopping for Dahlias and Seeds for 2024!

I bought all of my dahlias for the next growing season. Yes, I dug up and stored some dahlia tubers from 2023, but I bought more and can’t wait to plant them!

For 2024, I’m growing some classics that I love like Thomas Edison, Penhill Watermelon, and Labyrinth. But I also decided to try a bunch of newbies that I haven’t grown before.

Oh, and I broke down and bought another Cafe Au Lait too. I said I wasn’t going to grow her again, but…I am! Please remind me when I complain about her that I didn’t listen to myself when I checked my cart out. LOL!

I’ve also just bought a full shopping cart of seeds that I’m planning to start this year too. It’s a big one too – I’m planning to do both indoor and outdoor sowing so it will be manageable and get my hands in the dirt while it’s still winter.

dahlia flowers in the cut flower garden
Dahlia 'Dark Butterfly'
‘Dark Butterfly’ Dahlia Flower

What I’m Shopping For This Week

I took advantage of some great after-Christmas sales this week and am getting ready for seed starting season! Here’s what I’m shopping for this week!

Random Stuff I’m Shopping For

  • My daughter Shana bought me an oversized scrunchie for my hair THAT I LOVE! It looks great when I have my hair up in a bun so I bought a few more like this one , this one, and this one!
  • This cozy sweater.
  • Aren’t these garden coasters so pretty too?
  • I bought a few of these faux ranunculus. They are on sale and fabulous!
  • And I also bought a few of these for my library shelves. It’s very dark in there and hard to grow things but I want to green up some of the bookshelves.
vintage chess table in the library with books and decor

Gardening Supplies I’m Shopping For

  • I bought a few of these mini willow garden obelisks for my houseplants! I can’t wait to get them.
  • These terracotta planters.
  • I love this fluted pot and saucer.
  • I also picked up a few bags of organic fertilizer for my vegetable garden. My lettuce, broccoli, and brussel sprouts are still doing pretty well out there. We’ve had a mild winter so far, so hopefully, I can keep them going.
  • And for when those days get really chilly, I’m going to use this frost blanket to keep them insulated to hopefully keep them going!

Christmas Decor, Gift Wrapping, and Ornament Storage

I curated a list of my favorite organizational finds for holiday decor and gift-wrapping storage. Getting organized as you put it all away will make it so much easier to take out and decorate next year. Click on any of the items in the picture below or shop my curated list here.

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What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

snapdragon bouquet from the cut flower garden with view of front porch garden and gomphrena truffala pink

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

Sunset on Christmas day in my cottage garden that overlooks the valley in new jersey

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Garden Supplies I Use

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  1. Stacy
    Happy New Year. Thank you for all your support this past year and I know 2024 is going to amazing. I look forward to all that the new year holds and can’t wait to get your new book.

    1. I appreciate you and your friendship so much Rachel! Love you to pieces! All good things in 2024! Happy New Year! xoxo