I just polished off the most delicious sandwich (leftover tofurkey with Wisconsin Colby cheese and pickles) after returning home from possible the worst driving day of the year. I went out on “Black Friday” and the traffic was nothing compared to the loonies on the road today. After fighting to stay alive and out of a car accident, I thought I’d come home, shut myself in for the day, blog, crochet and watch movies.
Tuesday was a domestically productive day. I simultaneously listened to christmas carols, baked kiss cookies, and made a huge lasagna for freezing. Christmas carols are new for me this year, I’m starting to be okay with some of them. Amazon helped me along with their free holiday downloads. It was like an advent calendar that I didn’t get tempted to eat. The kiss cookies are a holiday tradition I started a few years ago. I make them for Chris and the people at his store on Christmas eve.
Someday I’ll own cooling racks (and have enough counter space for them). Between batches of cookies going in and plopping kisses on the peanut butter yumminess, I made a super meaty, super cheesy lasagna for dinner and then to freeze. It was two layers of veggie beef scramble mixed with veggie sausage and mixed with a mushroom sauce and two layers of ricotta and mozzarella, mushrooms, and green peppers mixed with an olive sauce. We had it with a huge salad and have plenty of leftovers!
When all of that kitchen work came to an end, I worked on my current cross-stitch project. Here’s how it’s looking.
On christmas eve, my husband and I started a new family tradition: Port Party! We opened a delicious bottle of Daniel Gehrs Fireside Port that I got two years ago in Los Olivos. The Daniel Gehrs winery is my favorite. I also drop a fortune when I go there. This summer my mom bought us their Tawny Port. We’re planning on saving that to celebrate with when we buy a house. For our Port Party we had a plate of sweets (ferrero roche truffles, chocolates, candied walnuts, and hazelnut cremes) and a plate of savory (crackers, brie spread, pepper jack cheese, and olives). It was delicious. I dare say this is a tradition that will stick.
Earlier that day I attempted to make an apple crumble pie using this amazingly easy recipe. I got a little cocky in the kitchen, though, and decided I could eyeball the measurements. The pie turned out “a little powdery” in the words of my husband. It was actually not bad, considering what it could have been. I just over did the flour and under did the sugar. I highly recommend following the recipe, because even with my blunders that pie was good, so imagine how yummy the real recipe is! I added some of grandma’s candied walnuts to the crumble topping.
I worked like a little crochet worker bee on my mom’s present, which isn’t finished yet. It’s my biggest project to date and I’m about a quarter done with it. Here’s a photo of the blanket I’m crocheting for her.
And here’s my sister’s yoga bag. She got it a few days ago, so I can show the whole thing now. I used the same pattern from Joyful Abode that I used to make mine.
I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix the same day I last blogged. We watched the movie on Christmas. I was totally unimpressed with the movie. i LOVED that book. Chris dragged out the Half Blood Prince for me, but I had already started The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. She wrote We Need to Talk About Kevin, a book which still haunts me to this day. The Post-Birthday World is about a woman, Irina, an American expat living in London with her longtime partner Lawrence. On the birthday of a friend she considers what life would be like if she kissed that friend. The book is billed as a story about the choices we made and their good and bad repercussions. I’m only 50 pages in, so we’ll see how it goes. I like her writing style and I was engaged for the short time I spent reading it.