Did December sneak up on anyone else? I thought last year was the fastest of my life, but I think this one takes the cake. In just the blink of an eye so many things change, and we with them. Even the weather, which was in the 60s last week, has finally turned frigid. Brr!!! But you should breathe frost on December 12th, just as, fingers crossed, white flakes should fall from the sky on December 25th.
More than anything, though, what I love most about December is the feeling of warmth and goodwill that seeps from friends and strangers alike, regardless of their religious background. It’s the end of the year, and a time to reflect on what truly makes us happy. There’s been a lot going on in my personal life these past few weeks, and some big decisions have been made. As with most changes, it’s a little scary, but I look forward to sharing them with you soon.
As expected, the weekend was filled with friends and late nights; the latter left me craving hearty breakfast fare upon my (late) awakening. I met a couple people for brunch at Community Food and Juice. Somehow this was my first visit even though the restaurant has been open for four years… the menu sang to me.
I ordered the Farmer’s Plate: soft scrambled eggs, farmhouse cheddar, roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs, baguette. This was so good. The serving side is a little deceptive… there must have been six eggs on the plate! The baguette was grilled and served with homemade raspberry jam, and each bite gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
She even sent us off with gift bags of homemade peppermint bark, a treat I never before thought much about but I’ve already done quite a number on. Nom nom nom.
Inspired to make something of my own, a friend came over to listen to country music and bake bread. Once it had risen and emerged from the oven smelling sweet and yeasty, we shared thick slices spread with butter, honey, and homemade strawberry preserves. Is there anything more comforting than hot bread?
The return of our Christmas tree comes pretty darn close. My dad and I went to pick it out and carry it home on Saturday morning. We always go to the same merchants, a Quebecois family we’ve known for over a decade. I took the front and my dad took the back, and we schlepped it home… two days later, my arms are still sore! Someone needs to hit the weights…
Speaking of arm workouts, I’ve recently discovered Words With Friends, a two-player Scrabble game for iPhones. I’m not very good- yes, yes, I have a BA in English and have never before played Scrabble- but I’m addicted. Find me! My username is the title of this blog .
Week 2: Lentil Chili
Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries
Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes
Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich
Week 15: Green Rice
Week 19: Chopped Kale w/ Hot Pepper Vinegar
Week 27: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Week 28: Choco-holic Pancakes
Week 29: Green Israeli Couscous Salad
Week 32: (Modified) Tomato Salad on a Roll
Week 33: None
Week 34: None
Week 35: Pappardelle with Spiced Butter
Week 37: Nut-Butter Crusted Fries
Week 40: Chocolate Cherry Pumpkin Bread
Week 41: Pumpkin Boatmeal for One
Week 46: One-Minute Chocolate Cake
Week 50: Maple-Mashed Parsnips
What do you like about December? Does it feel fun and festive?