I have been a terrible blogger lately. Where have I been? I don’t know, really. But I suppose it is time for a life update, as Christmas (and two long weekends in a row!) is coming.
My house is clean right now.
The living room has been vacuumed. The floors have been swept. The kitchen and the bathroom have been wiped down. Generally, having a clean house isn’t a massive concern of mine because we clean our house on a weekly basis. But right now it is clean and I am feeling centered.
Last weekend, I offered my house up for the annual holiday party one of my sorority sisters throws because she felt her place was too small.
Last night we hosted our annual Chrismakkuh party. It was a hoot. I think when all was said and done, we probably had about 40 people through and most of them were in our tiny townhouse at the same time. We love throwing this party every year, but this year it was more special because we will not see a lot of these friends again until after Critter is here.
This week, Marcus and I will host both of our families for our first ever holiday at the townhouse – Christmas Eve. I know that right now you are all thinking that this is of course the most traditional first holiday for a young Jewish family to host. But my parents sold my childhood home this year, they still haven’t bought a new house, and our space is larger than theirs for entertaining. So we will have it here.
As we enjoy this tiny break in the action, I am just happy to be at home with my feet up on the couch. After Christmas Day is done, I want to say that I have all of five plans on the calendar between December 26th and Critter’s due date. This is simultaneously Appropriate and Really Bizarre because I don’t know that I’ve ever not had plans like that before. But who knows when Critter could arrive!
Despite the slew of pies I have been actioning lately, today I decided to bake some cookies because I have done zero cookie baking and I feel like holidays call for…cookies? My first batch of cookies (thumbprint) were a total failure. As in, the centers of the cookies fell out and I had to toss them in the trash. This would be a tragedy, except the cookie base was from a Betty Crocker bag (I should have known better) and thus not a great deal of effort was exerted. It was mostly horrifying as I transferred the cookies to my cooling racks and watched as the centers slid through the racks and right onto the towel below.
Not to worry, my second batch of cookies, Egg Nog Logs, were big winners. Look.
I even got to wheel out my really tiny sieve for the first time so that I could delicately sift some nutmeg on top of the frosting. I scarfed down two of them as soon as they were frosted, without hesitation. It is safe to say that I will be making these every year for the rest of my life, such is their deliciousness (and non-excessive level of difficulty). There’s still time for you to whip up a batch before Christmas, too.