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This week has been a full one and it is far from over.

It involved some steamy citrus peels.

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Happy Friday

Happy Friday Folks!

Are we all ready for this final dash to Christmas?

Gasp!

Don’t stress out, I’m nowhere near ready.

Let’s just try to enjoy it and what gets done, gets done and what doesn’t…oops!

Now I must go and make more cookies and then try not to shovel them all into my face.

Have a fantastic day everyone!

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soft pretzel

Brace yourself folks.  I’m about to shatter the illusion you have of me that I’m perfect.

Yes, it’s true I’m a flawed soul.  I’m plenty okay with this but I’m afraid of the devastating effect this news will have on you.

I hope I have not ruined your holiday season.  I am truly sorry.

What’s that?

None of you even entertained the idea that I was perfect?

Well okay then.  Hmm, I have to say I’m a little surprised and mildly shocked but….none of you?

Well let’s just move right along shall we.

soft pretzelsThe flaw that I was about to shock you with is my failure to live in the present.  I tend to put on my rose color glasses over how things were in the past and get super jazzed about how I think things will be in the future.  Note: using the term super jazzed often does not constitute as a flaw.

I’m sure we all do this but it erks me so much when I catch myself dismissing something that I will surely look back on with joy but at the moment comparing it to our past.  Just enjoy now Jen, you big dummy.  That’s what I yell in my head.

I have to remind myself that things weren’t alway perfect.  That cute first apartment together, remember the ceiling fell in.  The phone never worked, the kitchen was pretty non-existent and the trolley shook the whole place every 10 minutes.  Let’s not forget the squirrel break-in.  He wrecked the whole place.  When Adam came home he thought maybe I was in a mad dash to get to work because I was late.  It wasn’t until he found the hole in the screen and squirrel bathroom evidence that he thought possibly it wasn’t me.  Possibly?  Really?

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I don’t mean to alarm you but I have a bit of possible scandalous information to just get out here in the open.  Maybe scandalous is the wrong word.

Ready?  O.k. deep breath.  It has been said  and I won’t name names (my husband) that I seem far more excited about the nearing of season 3 of Downton Abbey than of Christmas.

What?  That’s crazy. I love Christmas time and the lights and the cookies and the joy and oh my gosh he may be right.  That Mrs. Bates was horrible.  And the Dowager Countess of Grantham, I die, she cracks me up.

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Apparently it has been said that whenever an episode is on PBS lately I will turn it on no matter if it just started or it’s in the middle or I just watched it.   That may or may not be true.

Okay it is true and I’m not ashamed.  It’s like a little winter treat for a few Sundays out of the year and I’m just prepping for it.

It doesn’t mean I’m not excited about Christmas.  All the cookies eaten should be proof enough of my joy for the season.

My second bit of news had to do with this Apple-Raisin Kugelhopf.  This delicious cake/sweet briochey (is that a word) bread.  My husband had two pieces, not because he didn’t enjoy it but because in no time flat I finished it.  Yeah it was that good.  Plain, but even better toasted with a little butter.  Swoon!  I could not be stopped and because it is the holidays and I AM looking forward to them I don’t dare try to.  I just put a few more soups and salads on the dinner menu.  Mrs. Patmore would approve, maybe. She might just yell at me!

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Oh my, is it just me or are you having a case of holiday food madness too?

Too many sweets around and mysteriously ending up in my belly.  Weird.

Extra helpings of mashed potatoes because I’m going to need keep my energy up to write out those Christmas cards while plopped on the couch watching Elf.

Better make a gin & tonic too so I don’t get parched licking the envelopes.

Smart thinking Jen!

Is testing out cookie recipes to give out to co-workers making your breathing labored?

Oh dear.

Does your beagle not even lift his head up to beg for whatever you’re about to eat because, geez human, didn’t you just have cheese and crackers like five minutes ago?

Oh this does not bode well.

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Well we are going to get a handle on this madness.  Not put a stop to it mind you because it’s the holidays and I still want cookies and kugelhopf and chocolate and cheese and crackers.  I just don’t want to be rolled into the New Year so we are going to slow down a sec and have some soup!  It’s a meal, remember? This one is simple and good, it has spinach so that counter acts like two cookies.  Double cookie win!

Plus we can have fun and add some bread and cheese and if I’m licking all those envelopes you know I’m having a gin and tonic so let’s get these holidays started!

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