Happy Tuesday, everyone! Are y'all shivering in your boots? As I type this post, my office is a balmy 52 degrees. Our downstairs heater has been out since early Sunday morning. Right about the same time out latest Arctic blast rolled in. Lord willing, our repairman will be by later today. In the meantime, thank goodness for space heaters.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We sure did, winding it down with a week at the ranch. I must have wound down just a little too much, though, since I came home with a cold. You know what that means... Time for some homemade chicken soup, heavy on the garlic and red pepper flakes. (You can find that recipe here.)
Guess what Santa, aka my husband, brought me for Christmas?
Don't you love the red?
My 20 year old classic white KitchenAid mixer has shown signs of wearing out these past few years. Her gears were grinding, she'd groan and I always feared she'd give out completely right in the middle of a recipe.
So this lively addition to my kitchen is very much appreciated. Makes me want to bake some bread (recipe here) or anything else that needs to be mixed. Not to mention uses the nice, hot oven.
By the way, my old mixer still has a little life in her, so she will be providing our oldest daughter and her family with some much-needed assistance in the kitchen.
The other gifts the cook in me appreciated were these babies.
A shiny new Cutco chef's knife. I LOVE Cutco knives. Excellent quality and they're guaranteed forever. Seriously, forever. You send 'em back and they sharpen them. If something is broken or the company doesn't like the way it looks, they send you new one. How cool is that?
And you've heard Julie and I touting Penzey's spices. So I was really excited when my SIL gave me a bag of their hot cocoa mix. Oh. My. Stars. You'll want to hide this from the kids. Best hot cocoa I've ever had. Rich cocoa flavor with just a hint of cinnamon. Makes drinking cocoa a real treat.
This week, I'm hoping to settle back into a somewhat normal routine. I still need to take down Christmas decorations. Of course, I have revisions due by the 20th, so Christmas stuff might have to wait. At least the kids will be heading back to school. With any luck, I'll even be able to hear myself think again.
What are you doing this first full week of 2014?