Portable Christmas

I wasn’t able to go back home during the month of December this year and I was missing all the holiday festivities, so my mom sent Christmas to me. She sent a box filled with a miniature tree, ornaments, lights, and a stocking. My apartment is so festive now!

Christmas in a Box

Also, fox slippers!

Fox slippers!

Blanket Fort

Molly has been a total weirdo lately. This morning she was sitting on John’s wet sweater as it dried on the table, and this afternoon, she squirmed her way underneath the blanket on the couch.

The blanket designed to keep cat hair off the couch, of course.

Molly made herself a blanket fort

Adventures in Baking

I rarely bake, but on Sunday I had the bright idea of making some pretty holiday-themed sugar cookies. Using Pinterest for inspiration, I settled on snowflakes with an intricately iced design, which looked easy enough because everything always manages to look deceptively easy on Pinterest.

While perusing the Internet, I found some promising recipes (that I tweaked a bit) and made the cookies and the icing from scratch after buying a slew of tools including a mixer, because I didn’t have one. With a bit of experimentation, I ended up with perfectly baked cookies and some suitably tasty icing. So far so good.

As it turns out, icing cookies is incredibly difficult. You have to have icing that’s the right consistency (I made a lot of icing) and you have to have the right tools. My cookies took two nights to make and ended up looking like they were made by a 5-year-old because I didn’t have a small enough pastry tip for detailed work (my flood icing worked out though, so minor victory!)

Icing is hard.

If I ever take on the arduous task of icing sugar cookies in the future (unlikely), I’ve at least learned that I’ll need a better set of icing tips and some corn syrup in my icing to get it to flow better. On the plus side, I do think my cookies ended up tasting quite nice.

Tis the Season

We stopped by DavidsTea in Burlingame this weekend and picked up the annual 24 Days of Tea advent calendar, plus a new tea mug. I got the set for the first time last year and even though it doesn’t have an entire array of teas that I love (I’m not big on black tea) it’s still totally worth having.


Last year I cheated and opened it up early, but this year I’m going to wait until December 1 and drink them on the day I open them.

This year’s list:

Blueberry Jam
Cream of Earl Grey
English Breakfast
Glitter & Gold
Read My Lips
Coffee Cake
Santa’s Secret
Stormy Night

Chocolate Orange

Vanilla Orchid

Silk Dragon Jasmine
Kokomo Green

Mango Madness

Buddha’s Blend

Main Squeeze

Cinnamon Rooibos Chai
Forever Nuts
Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait
Alpine Punch
White Chocolate Frost
Sleigh Ride
Mother’s Little Helper