Happy Monday! Our house looks like a bomb went off in it. My parents spent the weekend with us, and we had our Christmas celebration with them. Unfortunately, our vacuum quit on me just as I was prepping for their arrival. (Apparently, it contains several filters that need to be replaced periodically, which we’ve neglected to do. Ever.) It’s still under warranty, so I’m confident it’ll be up and running again soon. In the meantime, though, there are pine needles, crumbs, and bits of wrapping paper all over the downstairs floor.
The kitchen also needs a deep-clean, as I spent a lot of time in it over the weekend. My parents arrived at lunchtime on Saturday, and before the got here, I made Rice Krispie Treats, pignoli cookies (recipe from this book), and a “Famous Chocolate Wafer” icebox cake. We had sandwiches for lunch, and I made this awesome seafood pasta, with garlicky spinach for our Christmas dinner. The dishes are cleaned and put away, and the counters have been tidied, but everything needs a good scrubbing.
My husband is on vacation from work until the 30th, and our daughter has school today and tomorrow. This will give us some child-free hours together, which we plan to use to run a few errands, get all of her presents wrapped, and work on our home equity loan application. I also want to spend some time mapping out our 2015 financial goals.
On a completely unrelated note, I won a copy of the fantastic cookbook, Fully Belly: Good Eats for a Healthy Pregnancy last week. No, I’m not pregnant. The book was written by a high school friend of mine, and I wanted a copy. In addition to just wanting to see the great recipes, I’m quoted in it a couple of times. I read through it this afternoon, and am excited to try many of the healthy and delicious recipes included in it. It makes a great gift for a pregnant mom, or anyone else who loves good food!
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