Every year the holiday season seems like one big blur of eating, traveling, and spending money. As much as I love seeing my friends and family and eating good food, it’s all pretty exhausting too, especially now that Mr. P and I try to hit both families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I was hoping for a breather between Thanksgiving travels and Christmas, but then I realized it’s already December and I still have to do presents, holiday baking, Christmas cards, etc. I’m going to need a vacation when this holiday season is over.
The idea of doing a dry run-through of Thanksgiving may sound crazy, excessive, etc. But I’ve learned over the years that it’s worth it to prevent all the stress that occurs from trying to do everything on Thanksgiving day. New recipes sometimes fail, you may be rusty at making old recipes, you can’t find the turkey platter you only use once a year, etc. Since Mr. P and I got married, it also adds another dimension. While the actual Thanksgiving day is spent with our extended family, the rehearsal let’s us have our own special Thanksgiving meal at our own home. And I always like having turkey more than once during this holiday season.
I recently fiddled around with our favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. I love that the cookies are flourless but you would never guess.
These cookies require just a few basic ingredients. You can make this with regular peanut butter as well but I only had Chocolate Peanut Butter on hand. (more…)
It’s Thursday, so we’re doing a throwback to our honeymoon adventures last year. It was really interesting stepping into another country and culture. One of the biggest differences we noticed was at the grocery stores. In the US, the checkout clerks have a lot to do. They scan items, bag them, make conversation, and are on their feet the entire shift. When we shopped in France, the clerks sat in a chair and all they had to do was ring up the items. It was up to us to bag them and they never bothered to talk to us either. The clerks in France seem to have it easy!