Off with my sister to make our annual gingerbread men. A mere three and a half hours later, my mechanic was on the phone - they decided to make their own lines and he put three guys on the job. When I braced myself for the bill, he had knocked off 50% because I have spent so much on my car. I almost kissed him. In fact, I think I did.
I had invited a friend for dinner and had thought myself so clever and organized, planning a nice pot roast in the slow cooker function on my Instant Pot while I would be gone most of the day. When I lifted the lid...the potatoes were hard and the meat tough. Gasp. I had put it on low, instead of high, and she was arriving in an hour! Much pacing about and wringing of hands - until a dim bulb illuminated the one working cell in my brain and I realized there was a pressure cooking function! Thirty minutes under low pressure and it was perfect. Huzzah! I think I kissed my Instant Pot, too. Or, maybe it was Lovey. The holidays bring out the romantic in me.
That was Saturday.
Sunday arrived with grey clouds (the norm) and icy rain, sleet, snow, rinse, wash, repeat. Since it was a perfect day for indoor work, did I clean the house? No, I did not. I baked three kinds of cookies, blueberry gingerbread, GF oat bagels, and made another meal in my Instant Pot - Cheesy Chicken and Rice. It was touted as the BEST chicken and rice. It wasn't. I also started a batch of Jun tea* and made a holiday family favorite - Swedish Glog (imagine the umlaut over the o).
|Antifreeze of the Gods/Goddesses!|
I also finished some gift knitting and ripped out another, but knitty stuff will be in another post.
Springing out of bed this morning, I was determined not to let the endless darkness slow me down and decided to get outside to do chores as soon as I could see where I was going. Turns out, I must have just missed a 'visitor', who took down one of my bird feeders.
|My boot print below.|
Also coming this week is a peek at a care package that arrived Friday and put me over the moon. It lifted my spirits and put the ho-ho back in my holiday. I'll also try to remember to photograph my cookie packages as I put them together. I've tried a few new recipes this year and most of them are keepers!
*Jun tea is like kombucha, but you make it with green tea and honey, as opposed to black tea and sugar, and it has it's own special SCOBY.