Thursday, December 30, 2010

treat note

This is the note I came home to yesterday, after ice fishing overnight with some friends. My wife simply wanted to make me aware that she had made some peanut butter cookies, and that they were in the fridge. In most cases her cookies are the most awesome things she makes, but in this instance the hand-crafted note topped the cookies. (although the cookies were superb too of course)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

just can't wait

My wife wasted no time in using the presents she received this year. Christmas Eve morning she and I opened each other's gifts. I gave her the instant camera she's been wanting forever, and by noon we were already on a walk so that she could take some shots with it.

Christmas day she received a nice bread knife from her mother, and by that evening she was even baking bread just to try it out (and eat the delicious bread of course). By the way, smearing some soft bree cheese and jam on fresh baked bread is very very good.

Friday, December 24, 2010

beautiful wrapping

When I was a kid I tore into my presents, discarding the wrapping paper to the side, anxiously trying to find what might be inside. And I recall grandma opening her presents ever so carefully, always saying "Oh, the wrapping paper is just so pretty I don't want to rip it." I always thought she was crazy.

But now I find myself thinking the same thing as grandma as I open my wife's gifts. Everyone loves opening her presents because they're so wonderfully wrapped with bows made from paper, flowers made from felt, buttons tangled in red wire, and tagged with thoughtfulness and special attention.

I could say that maybe I'm just getting older and appreciating gift wrapping more, but I think it really has to do with the fact that my wife's wrapping shows more care and detail than any I've ever seen.

Friday, December 17, 2010

twice baked

My wife wasn't too hungry tonight, and neither was I thanks to a $5 foot-long sub I had for lunch (there's a lot of meatballs in a 12" meatball sub let me tell ya). So for dinner she randomly made biscotti to have with some hot chocolate instead. I'm psyched because I get to have the baked treat with my coffee tomorrow morning too! And of course the ingredients of this recipe comprise my favorite combination- peanut butter and chocolate.

It looked good the first time it was baked, but my wife informed me that the word biscotti is Italian for "twice baked" so I had to wait for the second ring of the timer to enjoy this subtly sweet late evening treat.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Crack

Who knew saltines could be this good? This aptly named treat is indeed my drug of choice for the holiday season. The ingredients seem simple enough, though I cannot vouch for how simple it is to put together personally. My wife always makes it look so easy, so what do I know. She used the recipe from Smitten Kitchen as a reference, but she tells me she actually took ideas from three different recipes to make this version. So, if you make this on your own, experiment!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

the little things

It's the little things that my wife does at random that make her who she is. We purchased a couple of her favorite candles from Bath & Body Works, and the first thing she did after we brought the candles back home was pull out the crafting paper and tools, and decorate them. So, instead of a run of the mill candle from the store sitting around, we have something that I smile at every time I see it.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas village

I was told to save my cereal boxes after I was done with them, so that my wife could use them for a craft idea she saw at A Field Journal. In no time she made her very own Christmas village on our window sill.

I'm very impressed by the detail of the tiny windows and doors in the little paper houses and the ornaments in the trees. You would never have guessed that the houses started out as the container for my delicious Lucky Charms. Now I feel bad for the rest of my cereal boxes that just end up in the recycling- they probably wish they could be holiday decorations too. Sad.