While Visions of Sugar Plums…

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Slim Paley photo

When I was a little girl I used to love the imagery of the children in the poem 

“Twas the Night Before Christmas” 

“Snuggled all tight in their beds, while visions of Sugar plums danced in their heads”

The only problem was, I wasn’t really sure what a sugar plum actually looked like.

Guess what?  I finally found them! At the most unlikely place called

‘The Nut House’ in Somis, CA.

I bought a couple of bags thinking they’d be great for Christmas Eve.

They’re all  gone.

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A few more sugar plums for Day 8!;

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A  smoky, plummy eye this holiday season?

,The Mommys were nestled all snug in their beds,
The Mommys were snuggled all tight in their beds

While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads…

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Cathy Waterman

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Blueberry & Blackberry cupcakes recipe via The Little Epicurean

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Amethyst Kinetic “Sugar Plum”  Earrings by Paola Napoli via Couture Lab

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Slim Paley photo

“The Nut House”  ships ‘everywhere’

PS. the website does not show the Sugar Plums, but they have them, you just have to call. 

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29 Comments

  1. Oh those cupcakes! And plum smoke eyes (wish I had eyelids to decorate).
    Now that my “soft focus” years have begun, looking through the jeweled face netting would be easy.
    Does anyone else (of a certain age) embrace looking in the mirror at their own face? – without reading glasses of course!
    Thank you Slim – Sugar Plum pusher.

  2. Oh my new favorite color–sugar plum! These blog photos are truly making me salivate! I want them alllll for Christmas!!Very clever interpretation of my favorite Christmas poem!!

  3. Slim Paley…you are the Sugar Plum Fairy.
    You fill our senses with happiness and joy…beauty and goodness!
    And dreams of love.

  4. Hi, We read that poem every Christmas Eve and, like you, couldn’t imagine what a sugarplum was, now I know! I am going to order some! Love Kathy Waterman and Amethysts are my birthstone, if these are amethysts. I’m an Aquarian and most of them I’m not nuts about, but these…… Love your daily “treats”, so much fun. Now we are all spoiled, you have to keep it up!:)

  5. Just bought a “sugarplum”-coloured lipstick to freshen up the same-old party clothes. – fabulous colour! Your posts are so creative and inspirational. Don’t know how you do it. I live in a (small) two-bedroom apartment and the entire place looks as though a Christmas bomb has gone off. I am in the middle of about twelve things – tree is up, lights on it, boxes of decorations everywhere. Mantel is started, no lights yet and bags of faux branches piled up ready to go (not allowed real trees and greenery in the building – sigh). Wrapping table set up,paper ribbon, tags, cards and tie-ons scattered hither and yon (thanks mostly to the cat) and piles of gifts, waiting to be wrapped, on every surface not already covered by something else. Cookbooks out, ready for a baking session “soon”. Yikes – will I ever be ready? Love your blog, Slim – thanks for the daily lift.

  6. What a lovely color palette. Sugar plums sound luscious, but dangerous. I think I will avoid them.
    Best…Victoria

  7. How DO you DO this…one day I think, “oh, Slim’s aqua is MY FAVORITE….then, sugar plum…” It’s my favorite. franki

  8. Hey! I just ordered two pounds of those little “darlings” from “The Nut House!” THANKS, again!! franki

  9. Slim , this is one of my very fav. posts . I simply love it. Cathy Waterman, way to go exquisite pieces! the beautiful gals smothered in amazing jewelry? the colors, such a nice change from the theme I am so far behind in, scary.
    Once more thanks for sharing love, love it ox

  10. Slim,

    Love the sugar plums, I’ve always liked sugared, jellied fruit candy. I also love the little cupcakes…how cute are those?

    Happy Friday,
    Karen

  11. Sugared Plums! A natural laxative, just what everyone needs around the holidays, yum!! …….The passion of deep purples…Gorgeous colors for an evening, winter wedding……..

  12. Pertaining to your daily blogs of December, there is a quote above my desk that reads,
    “I resolved to keep my Journal faithfully, never letting a day pass without recording what I had seen and heard: to wit, the peculiarities and nuances…the impressions made upon my eye…the dress and costume of all I may encounter, the rustic and the sophisticated, wherever I find them; always keeping uppermost in my thoughts Bacon’s sound words of advice: ‘Hunt more after choiceness of phrase, and the round and clear composition of the sentence, and the sweet falling of the clauses.'”

    Charles Dickens, who also penned such curious words as: munificence, propitiation, negus, and twelfth-cakes in “A Christmas Carol,” wrote the above passage at age 19 to express what it would take to become a great writer.

    Thank you Slim for the visual and written gifts you bring us this Christmas season…for faithfully pondering, writing, photographing and editing such a beautiful, humorous, and inspiring blog…each and every 31 days of the busiest month of the year!

    And a nod to an earlier mention– if I can just get my 4-year old son to stop acting like my husband (standing outside my bathroom door asking me when I’ll be ready–an unfortunate XY chromosomal trait) it will be a good Christmas. All my best.

Would love to hear from you!