Happy Monday! (This is my new approach to the work week – kill it with optimism!)
This was the best kind of holiday-time weekend. Relaxing with a fire and twinkle lights, baking, a fun party, and just enough relaxation time.
The weekend started at 11:30 on Friday, and in one of my happiest places.
A blissful two hours later I had a sassy new haircut.
My salon is right next to Kowalski’s (my favorite grocery store BTW), so I popped in for a few baking/appetizer ingredients. I also found a hostess gift and some specialty candy for my boss. And a treat for me!
Look at that adorable tiny Mt Dew. It was only 7.5 ounces so I don’t think it even counted as a non-weekend soda!
And the rosettes were divine! They had granulated sugar instead of powdered, but they were light and sweet and airy. I may have eaten one or four before I even got home.
So it’s a good thing it was still early afternoon and light out so I could take Scout for a nice long walk around and in the preserve.
After our walk I plugged in all of the lights, lit a few candles, and started dinner. While that was cooking I did the dishes and even had time for a little of this.
After dinner we did a little picking up, Gary worked in the bathroom, and then we snuggled in for a Hallmark movie.
I was up early Saturday morning so I quickly cleaned the bathroom and then plugged in the tree and sat in the early morning dark and caught up on my blogs with Pandora playing Christmas music in the background. I love being up by myself in the quiet morning and watching the sun come up.
We bundled up and took Scout to LEPR for a 17 degree (air temp 4 degrees) hike.
He stayed toasty warm in his new jacket!
I finally had time to make wild rice soup while Gary and Craig worked on the bathroom.
I like to cook up a few extra pieces of bacon to season the pan (and munch on while I make the rest of the soup!).
I ate a bowl and then headed out to do a little Christmas shopping at one of my favorite stores.
I managed to get out of there with just two small things for myself and a few gifts. When I got back home I had to quickly whip up an appetizer for the ornament party. I made Mix and Match Mama’s Maple Pecan Sausage Bites. I left out the pecans and they were very tasty.
We had a big group for the ornament party this year. Lots of great food and fun!
Sunday was going to be my baking day, but I woke up at 6:00 to a text message from Megan asking me to come get her in St Cloud. She had come home on Thursday with some friends and then got a ride up to SCSU to surprise Hunter for her birthday. She had made arrangements with another friend for a ride back to our house on Sunday but that friend got sick. So, I quickly made my first batch of cookies, and then hit the road at 9:15 to get her.
We were home by about 12:30 so I jumped back in with my next batch.
I cleaned up and was ready for a double batch of spritz.
I had a tough time with the first batch. They kept burning and I was totally frustrated so I took a little break and then went back for another batch. These turned out perfectly.
I cleaned up after THAT batch and we took a break to run and get some dinner. Then it was back for one more batch of sugar cookies.
I used a new recipe from the Lindgren Ladies cookbook and they are amazing! I just wasn’t up to rolling and cutting this year and with the interruption to my day, I was glad I had planned this easier recipe.
I mustered up the energy to wrap my Secret Santa gift for work, and then poured a glass of wine and poured myself into a chair for an hour of television.
I have another four day week this week, with some Secret Santa fun thrown in. It’s not actually the traditional Secret Santa, it involves trivia and stealing! I’ll fill you in once I figure it out. Hope you are enjoying the holidays, and have a great week!