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Weekend reading: December 20, 2014

Kids in the kitchen

From Instagram: Making madeleines all by herself for her AHG “Christmas Around the World” party. {Yes, with stacks of laundry to keep her company. #keepingitreal}

Let the Christmas celebration officially begin!

This weekend we’re heading to Sean’s aunt’s house (as we do every year) to celebrate with his mom’s side of the family. Then we’ll continue bake-bake-baking as we prepare for our Cookies for a Cop drop off on Monday. We’re excited to add that stop to our annual sibling gift exchange-Christmas light drive-cookie delivery day (probably my most favorite day of the Christmas season!). This year we’ll also be stopping at our local Sonic because  Sonic shakes are a rare treat for our family of 7, and it’s hard to turn down half-price shakes!

Having a 10 year old this Christmas has been amazing. It has been an overly busy, sick, stressful couple of weeks, but being able to turn her loose in the kitchen (which she very much enjoys!) has made for some sweet moments together. It’s also made it easier to let her sisters help with things like scooping cookies or pressing Hershey kisses on top of the peanut blossoms since she’s getting the dough ready for us, so everybody is happy.

What I’m readingThree Wishes by Liane Moriarty and The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

What I’m cooking {for Christmas day}: maple biscuits, breakfast casserole, wassailsavory cheese ball, easy Maryland crab dip

What I’m thinking about:

{Follow my personal Facebook feed for the things I’m thinking about and talking about all week!}

The perfect holiday

  • It’s December, What Can You Stop Doing This Christmas? | Shalom Mama
  • Rethinking the Perfect Holiday | Momastery

Plans for 2015

Taking care of yourself

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Make 2015 your best year yet!