I'm watching....White Christmas for the tenth time this week. I like to have it on in the background and the kids seem to like it. Especially our song and dance man, Owen.
I'm baking .....sugar cookies. After countless attempts to find the perfect sugar cookie dough - I am happy to report it is this one from The Kitchn. Truly the BEST I have found - easy to make, easy to roll, very forgiving dough that tastes fantastic. One more thing - I only make 1/3 of the suggested recipe -it is huge!
I'm reading....The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. An odd holiday reading choice, perhaps, but I'm really into it. It has been on my to-be-read list for many years. And I just finished (devoured) Gail Caldwell's memoir on friendship: Let's Take the Long Way Home. It was absolutely lovely and you should give one to a friend right away. Especially if your friend has a dog too. (I was thinking specifically of Laura and cousin Trish as I read those dog parts.) It reminded me of Kelly Corrigan's writing - very real, succinct yet still eloquent.
I'm planning....tomorrow's Christmas Eve feast. Well, the main meal is one I make every year, so there isn't much to work out. But I am scouring my beloved cookbooks for a good green veg recipe. Preferable brussel sprouts. And if I can't find one, I'll rely on my favorite - roasted with balsamic vinegar & bacon. You can never ever go wrong with bacon.
I'm wishing...you, dear readers and friends a very Merry Christmas!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. - Romans 15:13 (ESV)