Ozzie loves a Christmas quilt. I caught him napping on my favorite chair in the library, with his whiskers all askew. He doesn't look the slightest bit guilty, just sleepy and a bit rumpled. I wish I had time to take a snooze in my favorite chair with my current favorite Christmas quilt.
But I have been busy this week. I made a big dent in my shopping list, had a group of ladies over to see my Christmas decorations and have holiday soup, took care of Eva after school, and went to work. My husband threw a monkey wrench into my plans by coming down with a cold, taking two sick days and coming home days earlier than I expected. Nothing like having a man around the house when you are expecting half a dozen women over.
I have to share the latest development concerning my David's Tea Advent Calendar! Not the cup, which is new, but look carefully at the little pull out boxes. It turns out, once you take out your daily tea, if you insert the box back in backwards it forms a little vignette picture! By the time you have tried all 24 teas, you now have a fun completed Christmas scene to enjoy. Isn't that adorable? Nowhere in the packaging did I see a note to that effect, it was just a serendipitous discovery.
I love Ina Garten. Her recipes never fail me, and her cookbooks are a joy to curl up with and just read. The book I purchased most recently is in the photo above. On her tv show, The Barefoot Contessa, she sometimes comes across a bit "superior", with an attitude as if to say "my house, my kitchen, my friends are just so much cooler than yours". I don't think that is the real Ina though, so I over look it. She can't help being amazing. As I said, I have all her cookbooks and truly enjoy both her recipes and her style. What I have especially found endearing about her over the years I have followed her, is her sincere love and affection for her husband Jeffrey. He is a cuddly, sweet, intelligent and indulgent man who clearly adores her right back. She really is devoted to cooking marvelous meals for him, and many of her recipes are named "Jeffrey's Chicken" or "Jeffrey's Favorite Steak" etc. He's been her willing guinea pig for the decades they have been married. Well, if you are an Ina fan too, you will be happy to know she has just come out with a new cookbook called "Cooking for Jeffrey".
Isn't he adorable? I am so excited about this new book, and know it will find a place under my Christmas tree for someone.
I haven't been the best blogger this week and hope you will forgive me. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!