Whew! Today was a whirlwind!
I started off with an 8:30 pilates class with my friend Ellie. It was a great way to start the day—I think it’s so nice to get some good exercise in early during the holidays. Whatever holiday cookies and peanut brittle and cheese straws come later in the day, at least I know that I’ve gotten in some quality exercise.
After our pilates class, I walked the dogs, showered, and then it was time for…lunch! Today was a special lunch—my sister, Sophie and I were invited to the annual luncheon that my mom has for the women that work in my father’s office (my mom used to work there as well).
We enjoyed creamy potato soup (recipe courtesy of Paula Deen) and cheddar herb biscuits—yum!
After lunch, we got ready for…yet another party! We headed a few blocks down the road to my cousin Elizabeth’s house for a rocking cookie party with all of our little cousins. Our family has grown by leaps and bounds in the past ten years—there are so many little kids around now, which makes Christmas extra fun!
Little kids get such a kick out of holiday festivities…I feel like it raises the mood of everyone around them! The kids had a great time decorating cookies…
Some ate more sprinkles than others:
(and yes, by the way, it is warm enough here for the kids to be hanging out in sundresses. Crazy.)
…and then they even gave a very spirited rendition of “Let It Snow” at the end of the party (complete with electric guitar):
THEN, when we got home, I had a FUN package waiting for me! My friend Mindy, grad school friend, fellow Purdue poet, and cook, gardener, and pyrex-collector extraordinaire and I decided to do a cookware exchange at the beginning of the holiday season. I had so much fun hunting down vintage cookware for her at our local antique shop, and I couldn’t wait to see what she had in store for me.
I LOVED what she picked out for me:
An awesome cup towel:
And this beautiful glass stand, that could be used for anything from appetizers to a small cake to a centerpiece. I LOVE it, and I plan on using it for our Christmas Eve cocktail party:
Finally, my parents headed out for a Christmas party, and I volunteered to cook dinner for the three of us for when they got home. A variation on Thai food was on the menu tonight: tofu and seitan with noodles and coconut curry sauce.
This dish was chock full of veggies—mushrooms, carrots, red peppers, daikon, and onion.
And now…I’m off to pick up Ryan!!! FINALLY! He’s flying into town tonight, and hopefully he should be here around 9:00!
See you tomorrow!