Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Come and Gone

Pistachio Cranberry and White Chocolate
Walnut Cranberry cookies
I cannot believe the year is nearly over already.  NYE is tomorrow!  That blows my mind.   Mr. H got a nice surprise and has today and tomorrow off, so we actually get to spend one of the winter holidays together.  I'm very excited.  We haven't figured out what to do yet (possibly Reno or Alameda). Other than missing my husband over the holidays, everything was wonderful!  I didn't get to make all of the treats I wanted for my platters because I didn't have any assistance, but rather three adorable girls wanting to help me bake and simultaneously slowing me down.  

 So Mr. H and I spent the early morning of December 23rd together when he got home from work at 6 am.  We opened presents from each other and then had breakfast at Pancake House (at least I think that's what it was called).  It wasn't a very memorable restaurant.  We went to the mall after and it was dead, since it was barely eight in the morning.  That was about it for our Christmas quality time.  He went to sleep shortly after and I went over to my mom's for baking chaos.  Oh, but of course I dressed Ziggy up in his Santa outfit before I left.  Cruel?  Nah.

I have a couple recipes to share for my next post.  I've been lagging with this whole blogging thing.  It's going to take me a while to get the hang of it.  Still having a hard time with making photos and text appear where I want them, too.

Have a beautiful (and safe) New Year's Eve!

Ziggy Claus! >:)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2 Work Christmas Parties + Holiday Cookie List

I can't believe I haven't had a chance to write anything else since my last post.  I've tried, stopped, restarted, and then forgotten.  So here's my much needed second post!

Last weekend, I attended my work's Christmas party, which is hosted at the home of one of our attorneys.  Free dinner and drinks is always a good time in my book!  My husband couldn't make it due to his work schedule, so one of my best friends came as my date.  I always have plenty of attractive men to replace my husband as good company, but I still missed him.  I'm actually kind of happy that I was able to bring M instead, since Saturday was his last night in town.  He moved for school and lives almost 10 hours from me now.

M and I being silly.
I borrowed an adorable vintage dress from one of my friends that I was able to make fairly festive with a red belt and matching bow.  We did white elephant and I scored a Best Buy gift card, which is awesome because it'll be going towards my husband's gift (I know, I'm a procrastinator when it comes to Christmas shopping).  But I did do good and finished almost all my other gifts through Amazon!  I only need to get something for my husband and for Mr. Zigs.

Yesterday was Mr. H's work Christmas party.  His was at a bar, so I had a little bit more fun dressing up for this one because I felt like I could actually dress a little sexy (I prefer to stay conservatively clothed around my employers).  We won two raffles!  Both were visa gift cards and totaled $75.  How awesome is that?  I was pretty happy and we both got way too wasted.  I was set on going out to dinner at this new Korean place I've been wanting to try, but I had no composure left and was forced to settle for Del Taco.  I was so drunk and having such a fun time that I didn't even get a good photo with Mr. H.  I have a couple with just me though:
Not a very good one of us together.  Haha.

So now both of our Christmas parties have come and gone and it's time to really get ready for the special day!  One of my aunti's (who just recently moved to Washington) is coming home for Christmas on the 18th and we are going to have a massive kitchen party!  I was planning on doing all my Christmas cookies tomorrow, but I'm going to wait until the 23rd now.  Here's my list of treats that I'll be baking with links to the recipes:
  • Cran-Pistachio Cookies
  • Eggnog Cookies
  • Thai Tea Fudge
  • Red Velvet Rice Krispies
  • Holiday Rice Krispies (no recipe, just standard rice krispie treat with the holiday colors)
  • Red Velvet Brownies (I don't add the buttercream frosting that this recipe calls for.  I like the brownies better without it.)
  • I can't think of the rest of my recipes I have planned out as my list is at home on my kitchen table creating clutter.  I'll come back and edit this and add more to the list when I get a chance.
Here's to expanding waistlines!  What are your favorite sweets to bake during the holiday season?

Also, if anyone could help me out, how do I get my pictures to post side-by-side (not vertically one after the other)?  Thanks!