recipes

It’s on! Christmas baking …

Today I love laughter everywhere, at the market, on the streets, in the bank and especially at home. I love how everyone at the market has suddenly realized that this is the last time they will see most everyone else at the market before Christmas, and possibly the last time they’ll see them this year. I love how many hands I had to shake to get through the market this morning, though admittedly I initiated quite a bit of the handshaking myself. I love that I met friends and relatives and acquaintances there today and even a few people who are all three of those things. I love that I get to say I did some Christmas shopping at the market, ’cause the eggs I bought were for my Christmas baking. I love that I have two days to make pies and quick-breads and that’s plenty of time. I love that we’ve decided to each wrap up one of our favorite books from our own library as a Christmas present for the other to read … this has so much potential. I love books.

Today I love that this day is a perfect combination of Saturdayishness and Christmas Eve Eve-ishness and it seems to have kept all the good parts of both those days and made room for all those parts by dispensing with the mediocre parts that are so drab that I can’t even remember what they are to describe them for you. I love all the Christmas memories that lie in wait around corners and beyond door frames, biding their time until the perfect opportunity to pounce on me and show me images and play me audio tracks of people and places that no longer exist in real life but that have become twice as wonderful to me in my heart and twice as real in my mind, as they should be, as they deserve to be.

Today I love that I have too many recipes and not enough ingredients to make them all, but I will not regret my choices, I’ll just make the ones I cannot make now at another time for other occasions. I love that, though my head still pounds from coughing, it is less foggy and the bug is definitely retreating, the battle is nearly won, and I hope to be in fine fettle and fit form for Christmas this year.

Today I love drinking coffee while leafing through my recipes, some of these have so many memories attached to them too.