Best Present Ever.
A vintage purple glass chicken candy dish.
And a stocking full of candy to fill it.
I've always wanted one of these, but have never said a peep about it. Somehow he knew. The Kitchen Aid stand mixer (circa Christmas 1995) comes close, but something about finding something vintage, purple and a chicken without any prompting this far into things trumps all other presents ever.
Did I mention the stocking full of candy to keep it filled for some time to come?
Our first eggs from the girls.
A marathon baking session with Betty. Okay, more like, I took over Betty's kitchen and oversaw a marathon baking session that included her chocolate chip cookies, Edie & Soph rolling out sugar cookies while I whipped up 5 pies for Betty's holiday desserts and cleaned up after everyone wearing my holiday apron made out of my parent's former Christmas tablecloth that they received as a wedding present. It's got 40-something years of gravy, wine and chocolate cake stains. It makes me unbelievably happy to wear all those memories while making more.
An impromptu drop in at the Patience homestead resulting in her sharing one of her mince pies with us that somehow became the property of just Edie - making that not-so-wee-one's holiday complete. She'd heard mincemeat pies were traditional holiday fare and knowing I had some mincemeat in the freezer, was lobbying for me to make her a pie. So, thank you Patience for saving Edie's Christmas and saving me from making one more pie. She even shared a bite with Pat & I, despite swearing up one side and down the other it was never going to happen.
The best part of the holiday though, may be the days after Christmas, the ones where we sleep gloriously late, stay in our pj's most of the day and eat our way through the leftovers I spent days cooking in anticipation of hanging up my apron for a few days. Yes, that is definitely the highlight of my holiday, the complete and utter lack of obligations to anyone and anything other lazing around the house with my two very favorite people in the entire world.