Here are a smattering of some of the yumminess that came out of my kitchen this December:
|Homemade Irish Cream (Just like Bailey's, only SO much better!) |
|My true Christmas miracle--cookies, cookies and more cookies! My favorite this year were the gingerbread with satsuma glaze...OMG, so amazingly good...even if I do say so myself. |
|Ok, yes, these are fruit cakes..but people actually LIKE to get these! I leave out all the citrusy stuff that makes fruit cakes bitter and put in extra nuts. |
|My original Peanut Butter cup cookies. Amber's favorite! |
|Hasselback Potatoes... |
|Egg Nog Pound Cake Cupcakes with Mascarpone cream frosting..I had some mascarpone cream left over from the Tiramisu..couldn't let it go to waste! |
|Matzo Ball soup---not too shabby for a Catholic girl (although truth be told, I think I was supposed to be born to a nice Jewish couple from the Upper East Side.) |
|SHRIMP.....started out as shrimp cocktail on Christmas Eve and by the 26th it was the most delightful shrimp salad ever. |
Yesterday I watched a video created by an 18-year old Ben Breedlove. A young man who had struggled his whole life with heart defect. His video, on YouTube, showed the kind of courage and beauty that you see with people who deal with a daily threat to their lives. It's like they know something we don't: they know that everything we have no matter how big or small, is precious, but nothing is as valuable and fleeting as time. It's something to which we pay lip-service, but we really aren't able to internalize it--if we were fish, time would be our water.
I have no actual answers to this, except to say that my New Year's resolution is to be more present in my daily life and to try to stay aware of the 'water' that surrounds me. Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year to all of you!