Happy holidays!

It’s hard to believe another year has almost come to a close. And yet, here we are, just days away from 2015. I’ve been thinking of my word for the year, I really enjoy the tradition of picking just one word instead of a list of overwhelming goals. Haven’t decided on one just yet though.

This year was kind of hard because I was sick off and on for most of December. Luckily there were moments of wellness that led to important cooking. Behold the mess:

kitchenaftermathAnd most importantly, the cookies. These are the recipe my grandma used to make. They will always and forever be her cookies. We made a special batch this year to send to my aunt and uncle in Seattle, and to give to my mom, and since it makes several dozen, we had quiet a few to enjoy too.

nannyscookiesBaby is always festive, even when it’s just using a fun app. Have you tried the Lil Bub app? It was free and had all kinds of cute and fun Christmas goodies to add to your photos. I tried to add Bub in too but it didn’t work out.

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Screen shot 2014-12-22 at 7.14.04 PMAnd last, but not least, my mom and I spent the day recreating something we made when I was a kid. The star cookie tree! Luckily this time it worked out much better than other times we have tried it. The cookies were great too (this recipe also made a lot of dough, so we had a lot of extra stars to decorate).

Once upon a time, a long time ago

Well, I think I am officially getting old. It used to be that staying up until midnight (heck, things were just getting started then) was not a big deal. It used to be that I could wear shorts in the winter and not be cold. And yes, it used to be that life was pretty simple and easy.

Not that I would want to go back, or change my life… but that phrase about youth being wasted on the young? Totally true.

It’s turning towards winter.

And it’s cold in our house! We are trying something new this year.

In the past when our sweet bird was still alive, we kept things extra warm in the house for her. This will be our first winter without her, so we are trying to keep our heater turned fairly low. OK, so it’s set at 70F, but in our house that feels cold, especially on certain levels.

I know, many of you are stronger than us and keep your heater set at 65F! But we are wimps, and already we have been consuming a lot of hot drinks. And it’s not even winter yet!