In line with keeping it low-key and laid back and all that jazz this year, here is a little slice of my life today in the run-up to Christmas this year. If you don't really care, just look at the pictures and move on. This is typical of our everyday tables this time of year.
|Dishes and mugs - PB, chargers and candleholders - Ikea, napkin rings - Pier 1, table linens - Home Goods, flatware -- Tuesday Morning.|
I have been mixing up batches of cookie dough off and on, and then baking them off later at my leisure. This was one of those days when it was overcast and quite chilly. While Sweet Husband was cleaning up the front gardens and laying out fresh pine straw, the house was smelling sweet with the aromas of Christmas cookies in the oven. I still have one batch to bake off, and I am looking for ingredients to do two other kinds before I call it quits.
I am thinking about making a little booklet of my holiday faves to share with you. Of course, I think about a lot of things, so who knows if this will ever come to pass.
My game plan is to give some of my neighbors a tin with a nice cookie variety this year. I do this some years, but didn't get much done last year, except a smallish tin over to some new folks who had just moved in a couple of days before Christmas. (They said their boy home from college ate them all and no one else got any!) We have gotten to know them, and they are a delightful family from Philly. It must be fun to call your home town something like "Philly" -- maybe we could say we are from "Hammy" or something. Actually, some do refer to Birmingham as "The Ham" -- but I digress.
Sweet Husband just discovered someone hacked his credit card -- not good. I have done most of my shopping online this year, as I do not like crowds. However, you do open yourself up to attacks every time you do it, I suppose.
Yesterday, I made a chicken pot pie -- so easy and so good -- while I also baked off some of the cookies. Thank heavens for two ovens, even if they are crappy electric ones. We have been having some discussions here on the homefront about making some change$ in the kitchen. I want a biga$$ gas range and a biga$$ counter-depth French-door fridge. Go big or go home, I always say.
I also want to remove all these cabinets, all the granite, and the tile floor I have to whitewash every six months. I am thinking cork. Something easy on the legs and back. Any one have cork floors? How do you like it? The cabinets would get installed in the garage for a lot of storage there, and I would use mostly furniture in the kitchen, not acres of builtins. I like an unfitted kitchen, and I have always wanted one.
So, how are you doing at your house on this home-stretch to Christmas? If you don't do Christmas, well then, Happy Chanukah! I think presents every night for eight days sounds like a swell idea!
P.S. Thanks be to God (and everyone else involved) for the release of Alan Gross from a Cuban jail today!
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and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch