Hope you all had a nice Christmas, if that's your thing. Or a nice alternate-winter-holiday. I think this was one of the best Christmases in recent memory. A good balance of family, friends and peaceful reflection, with a more-than-healthy dose of excellent food and PIE.
I may have discovered the key to a peaceful holiday: not over doing it on the crafts. There was no frantic, last minute sewing or knitting this year. This was the extent of my "last minute" crafting:
A knitted red blood cell ornament for my hematologist colleague. (Pardon all the crappy cell phone pics in this post, thanks.) A fun little project, cleverly constructed. Though knitting at such a tight gauge is not my idea of fun.
Our Christmas cards were also a nice balance of being a bit crafty but not a huge time-suck. I used the website overnightprints.com to make these postcards. They were a great deal and they don't come with an annoying company logo stamped on the back (like with other services).
In lieu of crafting, I filled all spare pre-holiday moments with baking. So many recipes tried out over the past week. Some favorites: nutella sea salt fudge
Apple pie. I made 2 with this recipe; super quick when you use pre-rolled crust from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Super yummy.
Banana Coconut Cream Pie (with Nilla Wafer crust)
Looking forward to what the new year holds. Hope everyone gets time to relax and reflect.