The sun is shining. Alexa is playing some of my favorite holiday music. I’m sitting at my desk, wearing real clothes (jeans and a sweater!) – and make-up! – and slippers 😉 Holly is nearby. There’s some experimenting with cocktails in my near future. and I am completely amazed that it will be Christmas a week from today.
Thinking about … a new cocktail to celebrate the season. I baked my favorite Orange Spice cookies* yesterday and had the inspired idea to make a simple syrup with the leftover orange sugar. I guesstimated that I had somewhere between 1/4-1/3 cup of the sugar mixture. I put it into a small saucepan along with a generous half cup of water and a handful of cranberries from the freezer, brought it to a boil over medium high heat, stirred to dissolve the sugar, (a few of the cranberries popped 🙂 ), turned off the heat and let it steep for about 30 minutes. I poured the syrup into a mason jar and put it into the fridge. I’m going to experiment with gin and sparkling water. potential add-ins include spiced pear liqueur, cranberry bitters, a squeeze of orange/lemon … and who knows what else.
Grateful for … my sister (always!) and specifically today for figuring out – and MAKING HAPPEN – a driveway cookie swap. I’m also grateful the very chilly morning warmed up nicely (to 47 degrees!) by the early afternoon. Picture Katie and Charlie to my left and you have the whole deal. Also, I’m grateful that my screened porch is now a huge walk-in refrigerator … full of cookies!
Inspired … to try some new things in our “new” rooms. The two rooms that got the biggest makeovers with the painting were the dining roomno more red walls!
and the living roomno more TV!!!
Marc and I have been doing Friday Night Dinners in our breakfast nook for a while. I hope we can start having those meals in the dining room. why not, right?! and I cannot wait to sit in the living room – with the fire lit! – and sip one of those cocktails I’m thinking about!
Finished … YES! that sweater I’m wearing today is Dissent. I have yet to create the Ravelry project … and I will! It fits just like I hoped and it’s even softer to wear than I thought it would be. It was freezing (literally!) this morning and that left-most photo shows it! that’s a teeth-chattering-lets-do-this smile.
I can’t believe how long my hair is! and how much I love the curls … I am fortunate to be counting many blessings from this crazy/terrible year … and for sure letting my hair do its natural thing is on that list!
and Marc’s out-takes are getting a little easier to share
I had hoped to have FO photos with an “I Secured My Vote” sticker, but the lines were long when I drove past my favorite early voting location this morning. Next week for sure.
Wishing all of you the best possible last-weekend-before-Christmas that’s available to you. And I’m looking forward to catching up with y’all and being a bit more present here.
*the recipe only specifies what to do with two of the three teaspoons of orange zest. I add that 3rd one to the butter/sugar mixture.