Sorry, I just had to use that image. I’m a Royalist and think that the Queen is totally cool and worthy of respect. But I also like to think that she has a sense of humour. If I were her, I’d seriously want to say this, just once, just because I could. 🙂
I plan to get back with a more serious Christmas post, but for now I just wanted to let you all know that I’m thinking of you on this Christmas Eve morning. Actually, it’s the end of the 23rd for me as I’ve not been to bed yet, but the calendar says it’s now Christmas Eve, so we’ll go with that.
As for the menu, read and drool, people:
* Caramelized Onion-Butternut Roast with Chestnuts
* Roasted Brussels Sprouts
* Orange-Glazed Beets
* Roasted Sweet Potatoes
* Mashed Potatoes
* Garlicky Kale with Tahini Dressing (yes, garlic is still my archenemy, but I can’t be selfish at Christmas)
* Mushroom Gravy
* Holiday Cranberry Sauce
* Chocolate-Rum Pudding Cake with Toasted Coconut
In addition to the above, I have a loaf of homemade bread cooling on the counter as I write – a, crusty, rustic loaf full of assorted whole grain goodness and yumminess … and it’s vegan. There is also a tin of homemade spicy cranberry and almond biscotti on the table, lovingly made by Daughter yesterday, as a special treat for her old mom. You can keep your chocolate and other sweet stuff at Christmas – just give me biscotti. Please. And no, I’m not Italian, I just really love biscotti. To make sure that my biscotti doesn’t disappear before I get a proper taste, she made her darling Daddy-O a puffed wheat cake – he’s a man of simple tastes. Well, actually it’s a jazzed up version of a puffed wheat cake, as she used a puffed cereal mix, but same idea as your basic puffed wheat cake. Except that it also has Christmas sprinkles on top. It’s the details that matter, you know. Really, it is.
Now before I dash off for a soak in the tub, in some very festive cranberry-scented bubbles, I must say thank you for all of the Christmas greetings that have arrived since my last post. I’ll try to get to individual messages over at your places, but for now I’ll do the collective thing here. Diane, Donna, Maria, Desiree – your cards have all arrived now. You all have exquisite taste, and the sentiments in the cards were/are most lovely indeed. No, Wosser, yours isn’t here yet, but don’t worry about it. There’s still a mail delivery today, and I’m all about the thought anyway. You sent it off in good time, and it’ s not your fault if it’s late. Okay? Okay!
For the other friends, who follow my blog, but are long-time friends of another sort, thanks so much for your greetings, too, and for your understanding.
Right, bedtime at last. Have a lovely Christmas Eve, everyone. I’ll dream of you while I’m snoozing the day away. 🙂