Weekend reading: December 13, 2014

Weekend reading: December 13, 2014

Celebrating my grandmother's 80th birthday

From Instagram: Celebrating my grandma’s 80th birthday yesterday like any good Italian family does…with lots of yummy food {at Maggiano’s}!

I am having a hard time wrapping my head around Christmas being less than 12 days away! This year has been busier, more chaotic and more frantic than usual (we don’t even have all of our gifts purchased yet!), and I’m not really a fan of feeling this way at Christmas. It is what it is, though, and I am going to do my best to be fully present for the next two weeks anyway!

Assuming he’s completely over his croup (ugh!) Jackson is scheduled for lip tie surgery on Monday. I hope to share more about this journey and how we ended up here in the New Year, but for now I’d appreciate your prayers, as I’m a little nervous even though I know it’s a simple, relatively low-risk procedure.

What I’m reading: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty and The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

What I’m baking: candy cane cookies, nonpareils, peanut butter  blossoms, madeleines, fiori di sicilia cookies and kipferl

What I’m thinking about:

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Have a great weekend!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Wow! Is that your grandmother in the middle wearing a pink or red blouse and pear necklace? If so she sure doesn’t look 80! You are incredibly lucky to have her I’m sure. Thank you for the fun recipes. I want to make those Eggnog marshmallows. Hopefully I won’t overcook them like I did the caramel. I was supposed to cook them to 242 degrees, but I should have turned the burner off at 240 because the temperature went a couple degrees higher after I took the pot off the stove. And it seemed to take forever getting that temp above 212!

    1. It is!

      Good luck with the marshmallows – that’s a good point about the temperature going up after you remove them from the burner. With the marshmallows, I pick the pan right up and begin pouring it in the mixer (rather than letting it sit while you mix vanilla in like with caramel), so you may want to let it hit 242 degrees first!

      Hope that helps!

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