Just not today. I was all set to post about simplifying, everything. It's a mindset that i've been in lately, and it just makes sense. Then I went to Lorraine's house to bake cookies. Sounds simple enough, right? We were going to make my family Eggnog, and Pignoli cookies, for Christmas. I had been kicking around a recipe for the cookies for months, thought it sounded good. Boy, was I wrong. Being with Lorraine, at her house, is like being a kid again, in that, there are no limits. Pretty much anything you want, you can have, and if she doesn't have it, she'll do anything in her power to get it for you. (which usually means sending her husband, Richie, out). As much as I have my heart set on simplifying, and scaling back this next year, I'm not going to lie, it feels really good to be able to, pretty much, do whatever you want, I guess it's the kid in me. On this particular day, we sent Richie out A LOT. The first batch of cookies came out horrible, dry and hard, and not really sweet. Most people would have stopped there, but we're not most people. The second batch, made from this recipe came out better, but tasted almost uncooked. Progress, but not the end. We finally text our hairdresser, Joey, and got the recipe we should have used in the first place. The one that he makes, and the one that we had tasted the Monday before at his house. There cokie are nothing but pure heaven. You all know that I'm not a baker, so to speak, but I'm going to share the recipe to save everyone from making the same mistakes we made. There,that simplifies things, doesn't it?The rest of the Holiday has been simple, and I can honestly say I'm enjoying it thoroughly. Although I'd love to say that I wasn't at the mall on Christmas eve this year, i can not. I can tell you that we were there when it opened, in a front row parking spot, found almost everything we needed and were gone, with minimal bickering by 10a. Not bad, compared to most years. My husband and I vowed to buy each other one really great present, instead of buying a bunch of stuff neither one of us neds or even wants. While he is still deciding on his gift, I knew right away what mine would be. I'd been eye balling it for months, wishing it on sale.
Christmas Eve was spent at my Sisters house, un-rushed, and simple. Just them, my parents and us. Perfect. Not too much food, not too much drink and presents mostly for the kids, as it should be. We were home early, and in bed with a warm snugly dog before midnight. And today, instead of rushing from one end of the island to the other, we decided to decline all invitations, and stay home. And so far it's been the best decision I've made all year. We slept late (well, 8:30a, but that's late for us, we are usually up at 5:30a), made a huge breakfast, and watched Elf. And now, after a long hot shower, I'm here, posting to my blog, while eating the last few Pignoli cookie with a huge cup of Chai, what better way to celebrate Christmas. I hope everyone is spending their Holiday exactly how they want, although,
I bet you aren't. Ha! Merry Christmas everyone, let the on-line-post-Christmas shopping begin...
joking, of coarse, I'm simplifying, remember?