For the week of December 29th, 2014….
Exhaling. It always takes me longer than I think it should to really settle into the post-Christmas spirit. It is really one of my very favorite times of year, this space between Christmas and New Year’s Day. There is nothing much to do, everyone has some new “toys”, the house is fairly clean, we have tons of food from entertaining and baking….really, what is not to love? But it does take me a couple of days to truly accept that yes, we can just sit around and do not much for a few days and that is totally okay! Better than okay, actually.
We are eating lots and lots of squash and root vegetables, courtesy of our winter farm share. This week we have another pickup and I think I will get mainly beets for our root vegetable selection. I am thinking of trying to pickle some – pickled beets on pita bread with falafel is one of my very favorite winter lunches. We also have big plans for New Year’s Eve cooking. Our menu as of now includes buffalo chicken and spinach dips with chips and raw vegetables, shrimp cocktail, nachos, olive penguins, a few different cheeses with crackers and hummus, sparkling cider (champagne for the parents!), and cherry cheesecake shooters. And probably some other things I am forgetting.
Besides Mr. Bean (which Rose thinks is absolutely hysterical), we watched How To Train Your Dragon 2 at home and Rose and I saw Penguins of Madagascar at the theater ( she loved it, I thought it was okay), while the rest of the family saw the new Hobbit movie (which they also thought was just okay). I am reading Cutting for Stone and flipping through The Slow-Cooker Revolution, a Christmas gift .We are making our first recipe from it tomorrow – pulled pork sandwiches. I am pretty excited about this book, it looks really great.
Hope you have a wonderful week!