This Sunday was the first day in… I can’t remember how long!… that we had no plans, no errands to run, and I could spend it doing whatever I wanted – sleeping in, going for a run, cooking my favourite eggs breakfast, and focusing on the blog. J was at hockey this morning and I had a few hours to myself, and the free time felt glorious. I had almost forgotten what lounging around the house on a weekend felt like! This weekend was honestly amazing. J and I did a few spontaneous things together, that felt like we were back in our early days of dating again! We also spent time with family, we biked to the beach in the [cool] sunshine, and we cooked homemade pasta together for Sunday dinner. (Perhaps a pasta recipe to come!)
I finally got my engagement ring back today from being re-sized! Hurray! It took 2 loooong weeks – Tiffany had to send it off to their headquarters in NYC. I had only worn it for a total of 48 hours before we took it in. It feels so exciting having it back on my finger!
And what better cause to celebrate to make these apricot rosemary scones! I love the unexpected flavour of these scones – they are sweet and salty at the same time, and the hint of rosemary is a lovely subtle surprise. They would be great with a cup of strong Earl Grey tea on a rainy afternoon – exactly like this past weekend has been. Rain, rain, go away! I am so excited for spring.
I received 5 new cookbooks for Christmas and I’ve been devouring them like a delicious feast, reading and sticky tagging so many recipes. I can’t wait to get into the kitchen and start cooking them all! However, we’ve had a unexpectedly stressful start to our new year, which, without going into any detail, has suddenly resulted with my step-daughter living with us for a full 3 weeks.
So instead of lingering over a glass of wine and slowly cooking new recipes for dinner together with J after work, we are in full-on parent mode – which means quick kid-friendly dinners that can be ready before 6:00pm. We’ve been eating a lot of quesedillas, homemade pizza, pasta, Greek chicken wraps – anything that can come together quickly!
Two days until Christmas!!! We are headed over to my parents’ for Christmas this year, and are taking with us these Caramel Chocolate Oat Bars and my grandma’s Melting Shortbread.
Tonight J and I are doing our “Christmas” together, which means giving each other our stockings, making a yummy dinner (scallop and prawn pasta with rose sauce!), and drinking a bottle of delicious wine.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
We bought our Christmas tree today. And it’s still November! I got too excited and couldn’t wait until next weekend. J said to me, as he carried it through the front door, “I’ve never put up a Christmas tree in November before!” and I giggled and replied gleefully, “Neither have I!”
So of course, to go with the Bing Crosby Christmas carols and pine tree scent filling our house and fresh snow on the ground from last night (!!!) I just had to make this Homemade Spiked Eggnog. I’ve blogged this recipe before, but I had to post it again with a much prettier photo this time (I have learnt so much about food photography in the past year!)
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… It’s always been one of my favourite Christmas carols, and yes we are talking about Christmas already – once Remembrance Day has passed, it’s fair game to start getting excited for the holidays!
When I visited our neighbourhood farmer’s market last weekend, I saw these beautiful (and festive, I might add!) chestnuts just begging to slip their way into my shopping bag. It wasn’t until I’d purchased them that I realised I’d never actually cooked with real chestnuts before. How was this possible?!