Welcome to the holiday version of Brown Eyed Baker! In case you read the blog primarily through email or an RSS reader, the logo got a little holiday makeover. Head on over to check it out! A great big thank you to the wonderfully talented Nicole Alesi for her fantastic illustrations!.I read an article in The Wall Street Journal last week about new gift-buying trends. It mentioned that many people buy themselves a Christmas present when shopping for others. Since I lust after no less than 10 pairs of boots every time I walk through Nordstrom at the mall, I thought this sounded like a fabulous idea. Then, I got my car serviced yesterday and found out that I need four new tires (large, SUV-size tires) before snow and sleet arrives in Pittsburgh. Which essentially means, buy new tires ASAP. Merry Christmas to me. Ugh.Last Christmas, I started teaching Einstein the word “stocking”. By the time we took Christmas decorations down last year, he was pretty sure that “stocking” was something hanging on the fireplace that contained some seriously good treats. This year, when I took his stocking out he was super excited and now when you say, “Where’s your stocking?” he runs to the fireplace, sits underneath it, and looks up at the stocking. I’m obviously easily amused by my dog. I’m addicted to looking at super shiny, massive kitchens on Pinterest . It’s not helping my real-world perspective when it comes to house hunting. I mean, how could you want anything else after seeing something like this?!.