Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy NYE

We're leaving town now to seek out good pizza, beer, and a final New Year's Eve spot to have our champagne tonight. Happy New Year everyone.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Eve morning rolls

Delicious gooey cinnamon rolls for breakfast on our Christmas Eve morning last week.

Friday, December 23, 2011

busy season

It's Christmas Eve tomorrow already! We all know the holidays are busy, but that doesn't mean my wife has been too busy to be perfect through it all. Maybe I'll quickly backtrack through a few of our recent days using the Advent House Calendar (because I watched my favorite holiday movie, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, just a few days ago.)

Dec 9th - I'm working at the computer, and my wife brings me a dish of gingersnap pumpkin homemade ice cream. Divine. I know it's hard to imagine a creamy, gingery, pumpkiny flavor, but just believe me when I say it's divine.

Dec 11th - Apparently with no time to lose, I find my wife making a calzone while still wearing her designer boots after being out Christmas shopping for the day. This dinner definitely wasn't made in haste however, as it was delicious. We gobbled it up in full by the both of us (mostly me).

Dec 18th - She makes orange scones for a Sunday breakfast. AMAZING. Soft, moist and very flavorful. She has become very good at making them, no doubt.

Dec 20th - My wife made cookies for a few of her coworkers. In addition to being soft and tasty, they are of course wrapped cutely with little jingle bells. She has also made both almond and peppermint brittle this season, but it's completely gone and not able to participate in this blog.

Dec 23rd - This morning a homemade loaf of delectable oatmeal banana cranberry bread is served for breakfast. A light dusting of snow is finally falling, just in time for Christmas. The tree lights are shining, presents are wrapped, and life is good.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

peppermint ice cream

My wife almost bought peppermint ice cream from the store a couple of days ago (it was even in the cart, but put back). She thought to herself that she could make a better-tasting version herself. When I had told her that I didn't really like peppermint ice cream, she set out to prove me wrong.

She did just that. Of course that meant I had to make a run to the store to buy cream, milk, and candy canes in order for her to do so. We each had a bowl of it tonight, and it is creamy and delicious. I think I've never liked it before because the peppermint was always too strong of a flavor, but in my wife's version the peppermint was just a subtle flavor added to the frozen milk/cream/sugar combo.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


My wife saw these cute little things being sold at Anthropologie for a pretty penny a couple of weeks ago, and so decided to try and make her own. (she didn't buy any, these are hers)

After setting up quite the messy workshop, she cranked a few out in no time. And then some more. And more yet. Then her mother came over to make even more. There are now little trees and tree-ariums (is what I'm calling them) all over our apartment.

What she did was buy those little green trees you put into little displays, bleached them (like she did last year for her Christmas Villiage), and then die them with different colors. Then a bunch of other messy stuff happens, and wallah! Tree-ariums!