For some reason, this holiday season has felt especially magical. I'm not sure exactly how to explain it, but more often than not, you could find Sanne, Figgaro and/or myself sitting in the living room, enjoying a cup of tea or peppermint hot chocolate, soft christmas music on the radio and the glow of red lights from Herbert, our Balsam fir. And we are content.
I know I promised you batches upon batches of Christmas cookies, and deliciously festive homemade meals, but that just isn't how it went this year. Sanne spent her very white christmas here with Rajiv and his sweet family, watching Christmas movies and eating homemade curry; which I hear was delicious. We're working on featuring a lesson with Rajiv's sister on this site soon...
|after the thundersnow|
|total eclipse of my heart|
|someone give this girl some sugar cookies!|
Meanwhile, in hot and sunny Florida, my vacation was spent avoiding the pox upon all my family's houses (including my little cousins), plus running around trying to see everyone I wanted to see. Most of my meals were booked at different restaurants, with different blasts from the past. I got to see almost everyone I wanted to see, and ate almost all the foods I wanted to eat (Publix sub- check, Chick-fil-a- checkcheck). The little bit of cooking I did get to do was at the Hill's Christmas party...
|raspberry-honey-pecan brie, as usual|
|we couldn't decide, so we made two|
|this one was apricot-horseradish marmalade...|
|we couldn't wait, so we pre-gamed it|
|gratuitous food porn|
|Madaline and her elves were busy all week making sugar cookies...|
|... and mint chocolate chip cookies-- what?!|
|...and peanut butter bars, and rice crispy treats, and baklava|
|new and old friends|
|far away friends|
|and baby friends|
Happy New Year!!!