Around this time of year (and all other times), I avoid shopping malls and all the people gorging themselves on huge pieces of chocolate shopping cake. It feels like I'm in the eye of the storm. It's calm and everyone is losing their mind around me.
Although, at times, I'm losing my mind a little with all this sewing. If I said I totally got this holiday stress under control, that would be a complete lie. I just need to keep my focus. Remember what this season is all about. And not worry at all that our handmades will arrive once again after Christmas. Just know two things about me. I'm almost always a week late with holiday or birthday gifts and if you leave a message on my cell phone, I may not get it for a week because it usually lives under a seat in my car and I don't check it often.
I have realized over the years that I have absolutely no control over the tree decorating. I've completely surrendered to that. Lego airplanes dominate the lower branches. Sweet, I love it.
One more thing about me. I love simple meals. I found this recipe in one of those magazines at the health food store (Delicious Living December 2011). It's really good.
Cauliflower, Celery, and Leek SoupSaute one medium leek thinly sliced and 7 celery stalks thinly sliced in 3 TB of olive oil for 4 minutes. Add one pound of cauliflower and 4 cups of broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered until veggies are tender. I added my favorite seasoning blend. Once cooked, I blended in blender and put back in the pot with a little cream. Added salt and pepper to taste.
Oh and one more thing...I deleted intense debate because every month or so it would completely lose my comments. The down side of that is that any comment that you ever left on my blog through intense debate has been deleted. sigh...