December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
Lesson #1: It’s way more fun to dress up festive than fancy.
Lesson #2: Different isn’t always bad. Earlier this winter, I was pretty bummed out that my parents and brother in Brazil weren’t able to come home to Michigan for Christmas. I thought Christmas was going to suck because things wouldn’t be the same. And you know what? Christmas was awesome. I do wish the rest of my family were here to celebrate, but we’ll get to do that in the future. Instead, I got to make new traditions this year and celebrate for the first time with Alex. I’m a major pessimist, but I really need to remember that just because something doesn’t happen exactly the way I want it to, doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.
Lesson #3: Relax. I’m sad that I have only baked one batch of Christmas cookies so far. I had much higher hopes for baking this weekend, but it hasn’t really worked out. Instead of getting frustrated, I need to remember that it’s Christmas break and I’ll have plenty of time to bake belated Christmas cookies!
December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
Last night I belatedly began baking Christmas cookies. A couple nights ago I had compiled a list of the cookies I planned to bake, and at the top of the list were Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies.
I think sometimes taste is sacrificed for the sake of “festive” cookies, but these were a great combination of both! They’re best if you cook them until they’re light brown so that they stay soft in the middle (try flattening the cookies with a spoon before putting them in the oven so they will bake evenly). The butterscotch and gingerbread flavors meld together really well.
I believe there’s a Christmas Eve Eve party going down tonight, but I reaaaalllly want to bake more cookies instead. I mean, I’m behind. I have to bake about four other kinds before Christmas!
December 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
December 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
My search for the perfect holiday coffee ends…unexpectedly.
The crowning jewel of this basket is the Pilão coffee! When I lived in Brazil briefly a couple years ago, I would drink this every morning. It has a smooth, bold taste and is best brewed strong. It’s one of my favorite coffees, along with Illy (THE best).
I needed it to get me through a miserable, feet-dragging day of Christmas shopping yesterday. I hate the mall in general…but the mall + Christmas = me, as a zombie (the only equations I know how to do are fake equations). I’m just glad it’s almost over.
I’m still not feeling the Christmas music, but I will leave you with one of my favorite songs right now. This puts me in a better mood than holiday music does, for sure.
December 18, 2010 § Leave a comment
It’s day two of Christmas break. I had breakfast for lunch. I did some online Christmas shopping (for….myself). I didn’t shower until 6:00 PM. I feel lazy. And awful. Let’s hope the rest of my break proves to be more productive.
Since my tea obsession post, my holiday drink collection has grown a bit.
I tried Starbucks Natural Fusions Cinnamon Coffee. Although not technically holiday-ee, it blended in cinnamon and nutmeg spices, which is what I was searching for in a holiday coffee. I will be content with it if I don’t find anything better, but I am still looking.
I finally purchased the Celestial Seasonings Sugar Plum Spice tea. It’s not as dessert-y as the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride or Gingerbread Tea, but it’s great for an afternoon cup to warm me up.
I thought that drinking this many decadent calorie-free beverages (ignore the hot chocolate) would mean I would be eating less chocolate, but that is so so not true.
I’ve been eating a ton of theeeeseee baaabies!
With peanut butter. Sandwiched together. And sometimes I’ll have them for breakfast dessert (What? It’s a thing).
On that delicious note, I’m off to do more important things with my lovely break…
…like go pick up a Double Bacon Six Cheese Pizza. Seriously.
December 16, 2010 § 4 Comments
I just got back from a breezy 2-mile jog in 28 degree weather. I don’t know why I ever think that’s a good idea. Especially because I don’t own gloves. Yet.
P.S. I’m finally on break! Let the Christmas-cookie-baking-extravaganza begin!
December 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
I think it’s less than fifty degrees in here. The furnace in the living room has been broken for months. My brother has no plans to fix it. In fact, he wants to “seal the room off from the rest of the house” because the kitchen is beginning to get a bit drafty from proximity.
I don’t know how building a wall would be a better idea than fixing a furnace, but I give up.
I would like to have heat. Because, ya know, I’m getting a bit tired of having to bundle up before I work out in the house, and tripping over my feet after they go numb.