Friday Flotsam

Frar. Dar. Flart. Sarm.

Just how annoyed at me will you be if I tell you I’m 80% finished with Christmas shopping?

Eighty percent! I knocked it HA-OUT yesterday, you guys.

And by 80% I just mean with the kids. I haven’t touched family lists yet. That’s for post turkey. The kids’ goodies, though? Done. Dunzo. We held out soooo many years and avoided video games, so this year we begrudgingly-yet-admittedly-also-somehow-ready pulled the plug and got them the Nintento Switch. That’s the big ticket “Santa” item. And being the freak I am on October 20th I was like, “ORDER THIS IMMEDIATELY THE WORLD WILL RUN OUT.”

I like this age for the kids though. The shopping sort of seems easier, does it not? We’re all about the basics. Wool socks, books, new umbrellas and sleeping bags, basketball high tops, a Simpsons poster for Will, a vintage butterfly poster for Nat. Now that this is done I can think about stocking stuffers, WHICH LET’S BE HONEST, is the best part.

Look, I fully realize it’s November 11th, I can chill out. We’ll change subjects. I can feel you twitching.

(have you started shopping though?)

Okay speaking of Christmas (Sorry! I tried!), let’s talk about cozy holiday books. Have you made a list yet? I typically start reading holiday books twenty seven seconds after the last glass of wine on Thanksgiving day, but in order to do that this year I’ll have to shove the three that I have on my vanity to the side. But listen, we’re not here to talk about my slowed-down reading woes. (waaaah.) Tell me what you’re going to read! What’s on the must-devour list? And it can be criminally cheesy and Hallmark, ultra cozy and Vermonty, or classic New York City focused. Spilleth. I need to start organizing my life. (<–says the girl 80% finished with Christmas shopping.)

Let’s say I were to make some sort of pie next week for the blog. Let’s imagine this together. I’ll make the crust. Crust from scratch. On it. What about the filling? What could that be? And let me just say, this pie isn’t for Thanksgiving. It’s too late for that. It’s just wintery. Holiday vibes, if you will. Something to make for Christmas or just for fun. Help me imagine what the filling is! Cheesy in some way? Savory elements? Or should it be sweet? I am BLANK but I know I want to bake a pie next week, so cast your votes on what the filling should be and I’ll brainstorm based on your answers. This will be fun!


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Weekend plans?

It’s a wild one over here. French Market lunch with a bestie today. Possible bday drinks with another bestie this evening, if she gets over food poisoning. (come on, Ash!) Girl Scouts DANCE PARTAY tomorrow night with all the besties (oh, I’ll show you), and then a cozy football-watching-card-game-playing-crockpot-slurping day with more besties on Sunday (none of us are into the Chiefs, so we’re going to be not-into-the-Chiefs together), followed by Nat’s first basketball game Sunday afternoon! Okay, say all that back to me.

From this week, in case you missed it::: Vegetable Minestrone! An absolute stress-free comfort. You will cry. And then our Missouri Road Trip! Tons of links for you, in case you get the itch for a road trip.

Okay, you guys. Pie filling – sweet or savory? Interesting or classic? And books! Please tell me what’s on your embarrassing holiday list. I live for this.

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7 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Holly November 11, 2022 at 8:03 am #
    Well these aren’t new so you may have already read them but I love Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. And the Netflix show of it is really good and I’ll for sure re-watch it. There are also two sequels to this book which I have not read for some reason so I’m gonna have to get on that. And In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren is great. Really I love anything Christina Lauren though. Can’t wait to see which holiday books to read.
  2. Nancy November 11, 2022 at 10:00 am #
    For the pie, I vote cherry filling but maybe add something to it so it's different? Like a cream cheese swirl or something? I'm so much help, aren't I? I'm a slow reader so I'm starting my first holiday book now, which is Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. It's about a family that has to spend 7 days in quarantine after their oldest daughter comes home from Liberia after treating some sort of epidemic over there. (not Covid; this was written in 2017) It's going to have all the messy dynamics of a family that has their secrets, etc but are stuck together in an English manor for the holidays. I think it's going to be good because I love a story about a big, messy family! It's been on my list since I first read about it and found it in a thrift store. Win! Hope you have a good weekend!
    • Anonymous November 11, 2022 at 4:59 pm #
      Add Cardamom!! to the cherry pie. OR to so many things. IT is my new obsession, an undiscovered Umami
  3. Renae November 11, 2022 at 10:29 am #
    I'm all for a pie that doubles as our main dish for the evening! :) Good job on the shopping...I'm feeling inspired! How nice would it be to be done by December 1? I do have a few things purchased and at least one gift that I'm waiting for a good deal on, otherwise I promised myself I would chill out this year. Hoping I follow through! Have a fabulously busy weekend.
  4. Stasha November 11, 2022 at 2:54 pm #
    100% done shopping for my soon to be five year old twins. Haven’t started on the husband. Thankfully we don’t really do extended family gifts. Just something small for the grandparents from the kids.😅
  5. Ann November 11, 2022 at 3:36 pm #
    I'm about to finish A Season for Second Chances by Jenny Baylis (author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas) and have found it delightful in the best coastal English way. It features a 40-something protagonist, which I appreciate as a 40-something myself. Aside from that, it hits all the cozy romance high notes—sweet seaside town! books and literary references! main character is a chef!–etc. It also takes place Sept-Dec, so it's not alllllll Christmas, but seasonally resonant.
  6. Nicole November 11, 2022 at 8:12 pm #
    Done with shopping! Cherry pie with rosemary and sliced brie on top.

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