Thursday, December 31, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
I'm off work until Monday to celebrate Christmas. 2020 has thrown many curve balls at us all. As everything else, the holiday will be very different.
I did go ahead and do the traditional luncheon with the doctors. We are exposed to each other on a daily basis so in a way we are part of each others "bubble". I made two trays of stuffed shells and served meatballs on the side for those that eat meat, a large salad with the works, a couple loaves of my no knead bread and a cookie tray. It turned out very well and was a much easier meal than last year. It's been so long since I've cooked for anyone but the big guy, it was nice to share a meal with people that enjoy good food.
We had a cold front move in last night so coffee and French toast was needed this morning. We're ordering a pizza for lunch and plan to spend the afternoon playing Scrabble, reading and maybe watching a movie. As soon as it gets dark we're heading out with Yeti's filled with hot cocoa to check out the town's Christmas lights. It seems this year a lot of people went a little bigger with their decorations so this should be fun. Tonight we will be relaxing at home together with a few cocktails and appetizers.
I'm trying to remind myself to be thankful for all that I have because I am truly blessed. It's just been such a difficult year. I miss seeing friends and family. I miss the occasional meal out at our favorite Mexican place. I miss parties. But, so many others are missing way more. So I will be thankful for all I do have.
I hope everyone has a magical Christmas Eve!
Saturday, December 19, 2020
My almost 23 year old niece graduated this week. She now has a Masters Degree in Social Work. She has secured a good job in one of the largest Hospitals in Illinois and is planning to work on her PHD soon. I'm very happy for her.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
This week at work was stressful to say the least. The covid vaccine will be delivered Monday or Tuesday so scheduling all of my doctors has been a logistical nightmare. I'm trying to prepare myself for another very challenging week. I feel like my mind is spinning in 101different directions.
With all of this, I still have been trying to remember to slow down and enjoy the season. I've been watching Christmas movies, usually while I'm in the kitchen either making dinner or baking. All of the fairy lights and candles seem to brighten up these long, cold nights and warm my soul.
Last weekend I made a batch of pecan, chocolate chip cookies. They were wrapped and frozen. Yesterday I made pecan tassies. They too have been frozen. I still have two or three different cookies to make but they do not freeze well so will wait until closer to the holiday. I take a large tray to work for the doctors and I put together a tray for us to enjoy at home. This year I am also going to make a cake for Christmas Day. I haven't worked it all out yet, but I hope it comes out as good as it looks and tastes in my mind.
Today I'm going to take time to sit down and finalize the menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I've been keeping meals on the simple side the last couple of weeks. It's funny how simple can still be so delicious.
Spicy chili and all the fixings is always a treat on a cold night.
This is one of my favorite quick and simple meals. Spicy Mexican rice with chicken stir fry. Filling and so flavorful.
Well I'm off to start my day. There is so much to be done. I hope everyone is taking a little time to enjoy this season. I know 2020 has been rough but we have to remember to look for the little joys.\
Saturday, December 5, 2020
We decorated our Christmas tree Monday and I spent a little time really thinking about each ornament as I pulled them out of the boxes. Christmas decorations are like a trip down memory lane for me.
This is the stuffed Santa I received for my first Christmas from my Mom and Dad. He is in amazing condition for being 53. The big guy thinks he's a little too creepy. LOL
My Grandmother made this little cutie many years ago.
This is the new ornament for 2020.
This ornament was my Grandmothers. I have no idea how old it is, but it is old.