I'm taking a wee moment in the midst of a relaxing and fun holiday to wish you the very best of new years. I hope that 2013 begins (and continues) with you feeling hopeful, inspired, content, and grateful.
Take care, and I'll see you in 2013!
I made some spoon oil for gifts (and a little bit to keep!)
the rose petals I dried this summer. The colour has faded, but the scent is still lovely.
It snowed the night before last, and as soon as Thomas saw it, he started making plans. "I need to shovel the street! I need to shovel! I need to shovel! Can I go outside? Can I go outside?" So he and Adam went out for a bit, and his sweet little cheeks were rosy for quite awhile after they came in.
Merry Christmas Eve!
(P.S. Most of these things take very little time to make, so if you're in a pinch and realize you forgot something, there's still a wee bit of time!)
Phillip has been writing up a storm lately. He's spelling everything out loud (seldom making mistakes) and loves to copy. I love finding his little notes around the house.
I hope that you have a peaceful, relaxing weekend with the ones you love.
"Terrible." Phillip just came in, read what I was typing, and finished the sentence for me.
Teresa? Mad? Anyone?) may be familiar with them and offer up a way to prepare the last one.
Even if I can't find a way to eat them, they're so very pretty. Still worth the purchase!
They decorated the tree almost entirely on their own this year. It's lopsided and ornaments are clumped on in little piles on the lower branches. And it's perfect.
Snickerdoodles today. (He always sticks his tongue out like that when he's concentrating. I love it.) They're my favourite cookie for a few reasons: 1) they're delicious 2) they're super quick and easy to make 3) you probably have everything necessary to make them in your kitchen right now.
The recipe I use is a Martha one; you can find it here.
Cranberry Shortbreads. Always a huge hit.
Pecan Logs. Pecans. Icing sugar. Butter. Yum.
Thumbprint Cookies. A handy way to use up some of the jam or jelly in your cupboard! Kids seem to especially love these ones.
Speaking of cookies, here's a beautiful video that Adam made of Phillip making Valentine's cookies, when he was three. So cute! (You'll see that he was sticking out his tongue then, too.)
May there be cookies in your weekend plans!
I hope you have some moments like this over the weekend.
We're going to get our Christmas tree this afternoon, and the boys are very excited. We've started their advent calendars (nothing wrong with chocolate before breakfast!), and I found an advent candle from Natural in Japan's shop that we love.
The boys just arrived home after a little walk, and the oven's beeping - oatcakes are coming out post haste. Hope you're having a lovely Sunday.