When it is cold and snowy and icy, I prefer to stay home, cozy as can be. (Ok. I prefer to stay at home when it is hot and sunny too. And rainy. But you get the idea.) We did venture out for Steve's work Christmas party, and thanks to Madison, I had a comfortable dress and shoes to wear. We had a nice time with good people and great food. Soon enough, I was home and snuggled in my bed with my two pups and some hot coffee.
Zip, our cute little elf, continues to entertain us with his hiding places. Even he knows it is cold when he pulls out his heavy jacket. Flynn loves him and is enjoying spending time with him as we wait for Christmas Day. I simply adore the magic of Christmas!
Peyton and her boyfriend Christopher hosted our family movie night this week. We watched a favorite, Christmas with the Kranks. That movie is rated poorly, but honestly, it is so funny! They made a delicious chocolate cake for us to enjoy too. The cake pans are my mom's, and I am so blessed to have them. My grandmother Mildred, my mom's mom, was born on December 15, so every year, my mom made her a birthday cake in these pans. It was a yellow cake with vanilla frosting and sliced bananas between the layers. Isn't it wonderful when something like that can take you right back to relive a precious memory while creating a new one?
And finally, Peyton finished up our Christmas baking yesterday with a new recipe, chocolate peppermint. They are as yummy as they are pretty! She is amazing. This week she and Flynn, with minimal help from me, made over five hundred cookies! They made, stored, and/or delivered chocolate chip, m&m, chocolate crinkle, molasses, snickerdoodle, peanut blossom, white chip orange dream, oatmeal scotchie, and chocolate peppermint. Spending time with your littles in the kitchen has tremendous benefits later in life, my friends! It is like magic, I tell you. Suddenly, I have dozens of delicious cookies in my freezer, as well as a sparkling clean kitchen, with little to no effort from me!
Well, that's it for today. Have a blessed, festive, cozy, Christmassy weekend, my friends! Enjoy!