Thankfully, I spent plenty of time last week getting the house in spit-spot shape for their visit, so this week I can concentrate on the many (many) blankets, towels, afghans, pillows affected by Pukefest 2010.
It is nice to have a tidy house, even if it smells a bit putrid. :-)
Thank GOODNESS for pumpkin spice and caramel apple scented candles.
A few bits of winter pleasure from the last couple days:
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas~it has been so mild lately for end of November/beginning December. It has only just begun to get truly cold and snowy. Being the coldaphobe that I am, I am SO thankful for that. Addie Mae sure likes watching the snowflakes falling.
Candles are being lit and stained glass lamps in the evening make winter so comforting and beautiful. By some bit of magic, the very same candles and lamps lit in summertime cannot compare with the wintertime ones.
Baking sugar cookies, my favorite cookies to bake. I love *LOVE* to decorate sugar cookies. As much as the children---maybe more. There were so many *little* hands helping, I might just have to make a batch of cookies to decorate MYSELF some evening after the children go to bed.
Yes, I might that.
Apples in pies. Apples in crisps. Apples in salads. And in cinnamon rolls. These were an experiment... a successful one.
Cold weather makes a warm oven a welcome treat. Now is the time when my passions for cooking are rekindled. I love recipes. I love searching for them almost as much as I love using them. What I don't love, is the pile of recipes printed or scribbled out and piled up that invariably happen because of it. Just one more pet-peeve I have for myself. At least the food is good.