Happy Monday, friends! And, of course, Happy New Year! I am excited to be writing and look forward to reconnecting with everyone. Without planning it, I took a bit of a blog break between Christmas and the new year. It was unintentional but, truthfully, was needed and helpful. That said, I do hope everyone had a lovely holiday. I know the weather – and weather-related travel woes!! – impacted many over Christmas weekend but I hope that the blessings were many nevertheless. We have no “little people” in our family and our children are both adults, so holidays (especially Christmas) are quite a bit different than they were in days gone by. Not in a bad way….actually, there is much that I enjoy about this season and the celebrating of holidays now. We surely were not rushed and we made almost a day of it. And everyone helps with the restoring of order afterwards so I went to bed with all in its place. That is a gift, in itself, for me!
No real Christmas recap but there are a couple of things I did want to remember. First, this Christmas munch. It was fun to make. My daughter and I spent one afternoon in the kitchen and this munch, as the recipe indicates, made a ton. I was not sure about the combination (Fritos??) but it was really delicious. After a proper amount of sampling, we packaged it up in (three oversized) pretty containers for our neighbors…and we still had a bit leftover for ourselves. I would definitely make this again. Note to self: I could not find Bugles but they were not missed. At all.
We also made these cookies. We all thought they were amazing. A few of us even said they were a new favorite. Again, I was a bit skeptical. I was not sure if the peppermint would be too much, but it was not. They were delicious. I shared a (very) few of these but, truthfully, most were enjoyed just by us. Maybe even me. These will certainly be made again.
Last, but not least. On Christmas, we were having brunch later in the morning but I wanted a little something before we went to church. And I wanted something other than cinnamon rolls. This Danish was perfect. It was easy to make but tasted better than the last pastry ring I picked up from Panera. Just sayin. It was super yummy with a morning cup of coffee. A great start to the morning. Yes, starting Christmas slow (and quiet) with a cup of coffee, some cherry Danish and adult conversation – that was nice.
The recipes for the next few months (well, weeks? days?) will have a lot less sugar. A return to previously scheduled programming:) As well, the santas have been returned to their bins – but I do enjoy the way the sun rises this time of year. It was so pretty on the mantel one day last week so I took this picture. I really need to work on my photo skills but am hoping to include more “every day life” pictures here on my blog. We will see how that goes. Have a wonderful week ahead. I hope you will come back late in the week. Wednesday’s post will be the first Currently link-up for this year. Perhaps you will join us –