Thursday, November 24, 2011

I'm Back!

Le mie signore! Come l'ho mancato...

In English, my ladies! How I’ve missed you…! I’m sorry I’ve been slacking for SO long! Work is insane; I’m busy ALL the time at work now. I mean... I’m not complaining because I despise being bored, and let’s face it – no one got anywhere being bored at work! I know this is an excuse – but I’m going to try and blog at least once a week now, even if it means *gasp!* doing it at home. I know, I KNOW!

I hope everyone is getting as excited for the holidays as I am. I have this crazy obsession with the holidays – mostly because they are some of the happiest times of the year for me! I get to see all of my amazing family, I get to give away some awesome gifts, I get to spend money (I probably spend a little more than I should – but hey, it’s only once a year!) and I get time off work! Woohoo! This weekend C and I are actually going back to my home town for my large family Christmas. We get together in November because my family is so large, that not everyone can be in one spot on actual Christmas, which is ok with me! My dad usually dresses up in a Santa costume with a huge pillow for his belly so that the kids can have some fun. He always brings a sack of gifts for all the little kids, and they go crazy, pictures on Santa’s knee and everything. I can remember this happening every year even before I can remember. My Grandpa used to do it when I was a little girl, but now he’s too old and frail, so either my dad or my cousin does it – such a fantastic tradition, I hope it goes on for a long time! Do any of you have any holiday traditions? I tried to start one with C last year, attending the Cavalcade of Lights here in Toronto every year, but alas, this year it’s on the weekend we’ll be away. So much for that tradition!

I also have recently really taken a like to cooking. I’ve decided to try one new recipe a week, because our dinners were becoming pretty boring. Monday night I decided to make chicken breast stuffed with spinach, feta cheese and Stilton cheese, wrapped in bacon. It was SO good. I really enjoyed it and was really proud that I actually did it! This past weekend I tried to make Macaroons (see below for pictures in case you don’t know what they are… like a lot of people I know) and it did not turn out so well. I tried to make meringue with a fork and my will power – that’s impossible. I decided it wouldn’t be a big deal. I also didn’t think Parchment paper would be that necessary. Clearly I don’t have a lot of experience with baking, because not having the “meringue” as actual “meringue” made my mixture too runny, which just flooded the baking sheet pretty much, and the mixture is basically liquid sugar, and just burned to my pan. It wasn’t a good scene. BUT I will not give up – I have everything I need now, I borrowed a hand mixer from a girl at work, and purchased some Parchment paper, so tomorrow on my day off (Hallelujah!) I’m going to blast my favourite Christmas tunes and bake till my little heart is content. Hopefully succeeding… If I don’t, I’m going to the store, buying Macaroons, and saying I did. No one will know :).

Anyways – this is my post for the day. I promise to write more… it’s so fun to blog, I don’t know why I never keep it up. Hmm…

Stay sweet.

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