Saturday, December 16, 2017
Living the Pantry Lifestyle: One Week Away-ish
One expected and another unexpected visit to the eye specialist took a few days away from being able "to do" and a pesky sinus headache from a fierce, wind driven front were partly to blame for the reality check. I have two thank you letters to write that are far past due, a book review past due, baking gifts to... bake, and not one Christmas card has been sent. They may not make it out this year.
But to be honest, I think I tend to go through this every Christmas season. I'm beginning to think the month of December goes by in double speed. I recall a woman I admired who addressed all of her Christmas cards in October. I thought she was a tad bit early but when I think about it... she never had a year when no cards were sent out.
I wonder if she realized one year just how quickly December flies by and decided to spread out her To Do list over a few months instead of Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Wise woman.
I had a few gifts purchased with Amazon credit (thanks to YOU!) that had sent to New England already. One was a cookbook I usually buy for Elisabeth (Ree Drummond's newest cookbook) but with so many young cooks in the family now, I told my daughter not to wrap it and to let everyone enjoy it immediately.
Her new book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks Come and Get It! was a huge hit with the family. The subtitle is, "Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives". (That certainly describes her family!) So we have a good review from ages seven through (shhhh... we won't tell).
One of the reasons I first began to give Ree Drummond's cookbooks to Elisabeth on Christmas or Birthdays (according to when the book came out) was because it was so good for new cooks. With mostly easy recipes and photos of the cooking and baking process, it helps every cook to know what to do in each step.
So when I received an Amazon gift card from a blog friend via email (another thank you!)... I knew what I wanted to buy. I now have Ree's book sitting next to me and multiple recipes have been bookmarked to try soon. I agree with Elisabeth, each one of them looks good.
Ree has a special "Ode to Charlie" poem in the back and anyone who followed her blog before she became famous on The Food Network will smile and cry over that. I think Charlie was the true star of the blog.
Let's see, I really don't have anything important to say today. Another ramblings kind of post. We did get the package sent Friday on the way home from meeting Mr. and Mrs. Christopher for lunch. They were passing through town on their way to Chicago to see Wicked, the tickets having been purchased last Spring.
On Thursday, when I was not feeling well after the eye injections, I realized only two items on my To Do list had immediate time limits so I concentrated on them. They were both accomplished Friday morning and I could feeeel the tension leaving.
If we are not careful, Christmas can become one more item on the To Do list after another. I'm determined that doesn't happen and, yet... it does. That means it is definitely necessary to spend more time reading the Word by the light of the Christmas tree on December mornings.
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The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!... here.
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