I reluctantly took all of the holiday decorations down this weekend. My usual rule is Epiphany, but I just couldn’t do it that early this year. I hate how blah and empty everything is when all of the festive decor is put away, and I REALLY get a lot from the extra light in the house. Something I’ve always done is trade the Santas for snowmen…the jingle bells for snowflakes…and the red and green for white, silver, and gold. I just can’t go cold turkey. To push it even further this year, I replaced my ornate living room tree with a few sparse snowflakes so I can enjoy the twinkle lights just a little bit longer. I’m not sure what the “rule” will be for finally putting away the last of the trimmings – maybe January 31st?
You may be completely over talking about the holidays and New Year, but I found a few links to share on the topic:
- I love the idea from Ezra Pound Cake to make notes for yourself about what worked and what didn’t for next Christmas as you’re packing everything away this year. It’s like finding $5 in your pocket that your past self left for you. Take it a step further and click forward in your calendar to make notes to yourself about optimal times to start shopping and decorating, take photos for your cards, update your mailing list in July so it’s ready when the time comes…when the holidays come next year, you’ll be way ahead of the game.
- Guided meditation is a great way to increase your presence and self awareness and reduce stress…and it always appears on my list of intentions at the New Year. Here are a couple of good sound tracks for background music, too, if you’d prefer to just go through your own head-to-toe scan – acoustic guitar and Tibetan healing sounds. These two are also great music for working.
- Shout out to all of the new mamas that are EVERYWHERE in all my feeds. The New Year brought so many new faces, and I love seeing all of the sweet pictures.
- And I’m sure since we’re all doing extra healthy eating and meal prep…here are a few hacks to help you out. 😉
- Not sure if you noticed that I left out my goals/resolutions/intentions from this year’s family update, but I don’t need to make any because I’m still working on the same old ones. I’ve really taken up the “try new cheeses” one (I mentioned that in 2011, ya’ll. Dang.) lately since I’m still making up for lost time with all things dairy after 22 months without. I’ve been buying a soft cheese and fancy crackers during my weekly trip to the grocery store. It’s been really fun to experience new flavors and textures, and I’m not sure why I waited so long. I’m also reallllly wanting to make bread and tortillas soon (mentioned last year).
- And in otherworldly made from scratch dairy deliciousness…
- My BFF Marie has made it super easy (and affordable) to make your relationship even better this year (check it out even if you’re not actually “married”, but in a married-like-arrangement).
“#Soffrito for grandmothers gravy at @sauce_nyc…You want a nice sauce you need to orchestrate layers of flavors deep within its fabric. This can happen in many ways, reductions, soffrito’s , steeping, and gastriques are just a few. Start by envisioning the flavors you want to juxtapose and then decide how to best extract them and in what order of intensity you wish them to pop. Now decide what your base should be, consider this your canvas and everything else your paint. Your “palette” should have 3 main flavors that you know work well together, and with whatever you are planning to put this sauce on. Make one of the flavors bold and another subtle, hide the last one altogether so it shows up and then suddenly vanishes. Play with tartness and bitterness to complicate sweetness, wield spice to confound and heat to tease. It’s complete when you can taste and rattle off every flavor as it reveals itself
#theDNAofasauce #deconstructed #embellished#learntolayerflavor #thenreaptherewards#foodchoreographer” [sic]Read More