Christmas is ONE week away. How is that even possible? I have one more gift to purchase and a few more to wrap before I can officially say “I’m ready for Christmas.”
The weekend before Christmas brings about lots of parties and other shenanigans – I hope you have a fun weekend planned! We are actually having a low-key Friday night to make sure we’re ready (AKA I’ll be in the kitchen most of the evening) for our Christmas celebration on Saturday with my mother-in-law and that side of the family. We’re hosting the family again and I’m so excited to have a house full (and it will be full – especially since our tree takes up some prime square footage) and to hear laughter and chatter. And on Sunday afternoon, I have a little get together with a few of my closest girlfriends. Last year we had a Christmas pajama night and we’re doing it again this year. I’m making a cozy soup and there will be wine and lots of girl talk along with an ornament exchange. A busy but fun weekend lies ahead.
Take time to breathe this weekend – remember that no Christmas is perfect and that perfection isn’t the reason we celebrate. Enjoy every moment – even the small ones – over the next week!
And here are my favorites from the week:
Favorite Scrumptious: Nigel Slater’s Cog au Riesling. My Le Creuset is begging me to make this and then serve it with crusty bread.
Favorite Round-Up: Last Minute Gift Guide (for everyone in your life). I seriously would love to gift or be gifted any of the items on the four gift guides. But I can’t lie – the “i sweat champagne” was made for me.
Favorite Slice: Super Easy Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry. I am all about a homemade crust – but I’m also 100% okay with taking short cuts here and there. Though puff pastry may be the most delicious short cut ever in the history of pizza.
Favorite Wanderlust: Amalfi Coast. I told Big Guy this is where I want to go for our 10 year anniversary. Though I’d totally go tomorrow if he wanted.
Favorite Find: Mike’s Hot Honey. While in Asheville, we stopped by the Bee Charmer. There’s been some “buzz” (hah!) around spicy honey and now I know why – one taste and I was sold. I want a drizzle on a piece of fried chicken.
Favorite Layers: Marbled Peppermint Crunch Cake. Absolute perfection.
Favorite Sweet: Custom Sugar Cubes. How adorable are these? Perfect for baby showers, holidays and everything in between.
Favorite Fashion: Fancy Denim. The mix of fancy and casual works for so many occasions and I love it!
Favorite Booze: Cranberry Orange Margarita. My craving for a margarita hasn’t been squashed nor has it disappeared.