The Holidays are here! Are you stressed yet? Ready for a vacation? Done and over with the rush and hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping?
I'm not. Want to know why? Because last year we had a house fire on Christmas Eve. That event put a lot of things into perspective. It reminded us about what matters most in our life and in what energies we expend.
2019 is coming to a close, and with 2020 looming, we want to build on more of that foundation. We grow our own, we shop local, we gift handmade items, we make our own stuff when we can, we try to buy things with less packaging, we use fresh or whole foods, we use less toxins, have converted to a lot more natural cleaners. We also put a lot of stock in adventures and creating memories, not just buying materialistic things. At the end - are we happier? Yes. If shit hit the fan and the world markets crashed - we could survive!
I've been so busy that I've not written out a bunch of recipes. But I have some favorite things I've made in the last few months I'll make note of.
Sourdough/French Rolls. Sounds amazing right? I can't tell you how many of these I've thrown out. If you don't use just enough sugar for the yeast to sourdough ratio, or enough salt, they taste blah. But when you get it right, they are DIVINE! I would eat these daily if I could, but alas too much wheat and I go into autoimmune overload! Thus I keep a bag in the freezer, ready to warm up as needed!
Now you're caught up on my cookery items! How about the Books?!
I've been so busy that I've also not read as much this summer. I know, I have the coolest little reading nook and I've just not used it. Maybe it's cause the Tablet with netflix is so easy to use while being in the kitchen, or when cleaning. But reading really helps focus me on only the page in front of me and it really helps quiet all the jumbled thoughts that go in and out of my head on a daily basis. Am I crazy? Nope. Unfortunately I've been really noticing that the words I speak are not what I think. There appears to be correlation for when there are times I don't read or speak much. For my job I don't talk during the day. I talk to myself, in my head - but not really to others. So with all of that, it's no wonder my hubby looks at me when I say thermometer instead of speedometer. Yikes!
So what's up on the reading list? How about Nora Roberts "The One" series. It's her delve into apocalyptic fiction, and so far so good! I've also caught up on the "Kendra Michaels" series by Iris and Roy Johansen and a few other Amazon finds. It's hard to use my tablet as an e-reader, so my Liliana Hart series is just going to have to wait.
Once the snow hits, I can't wait to cuddle up by the tree, with a hot cup of Barry's Irish Tea and a book. So happy and merry holiday season - cheers to a wonderful time with friends, family, and lots of memories made!