It took four days but our Christmas cards are finally sealed and stamped. (Spoiler alert!! They've got a delicious recipe printed on the back!) I know what you are thinking; printed cards! you didn't even make them! how could it take you four days?! In my unhappiest face I'll tell you I had to work. The truth is; writing my address neatly 42 times takes a long time. When I had all the envelopes addressed (at least the addresses and names I knew) I decided I could not bear such an impersonal gift. How could I spend $30 on postage without even a hand written note? So I went to the store and bought paper. I spent another day writing thoughtful and individual notes to each person.
It's hard for me to keep Shane's family straight since I've met so few of them, I had to ask his mother NINE questions about family arrangements and this is my fourth time sending cards. Jeeze! This time I had the forethought though to write down all the information, (names, relationships and children) now (I hope) it can't happen again!
'Twas a stormy day out.
I baked nutmeg bars, a hybrid of boterkoek and a bark cookie, heavily flavoured with freshly grated nutmeg. They're crispy and delicious. After baking, wrapping gifts and blasting Christmas tunes I went to the store for a butternut squash. Since it was the grocery store rather than my produce store the one squash left was moldy and disfigured. I bought a 2lb - $6 organic squash instead. It better be amazing.