Brrrrr — it was 18 degrees when I headed out this morning. I think the cold weather is going to stick around a bit. No snow or sleet — yet. I think that may come later in the weekend.
I went to a meatless cooking class Wednesday night, and I was a little unsure of going, but I had a great time and learned a few things that I did not know. We got a handout of all the recipes and all of the dishes are things I will make on my own. We started with a spicy cauliflower soup topped with zaatar croutons, hummus, sliced red pear and mixed spring greens salad with a dressing made of olive oil-apple cider vinegar- cinnamon-honey, lemon asparagus risotto, and blueberry cobbler. The food was wonderful! I make hummus myself but have never been totally happy with it. I really like the recipe I got on the handout and yesterday afternoon I made a batch for myself.
I took a vacation day yesterday and puttered around with various things. I cleaned the bunny cage really good, did all my laundry, went to the yarn store to wind some O-wool that I bought in the fall and bought yarn to make two branching out scarves, gassed up the car and put air in a tire that was low, put up the rest of the Christmas decorations, put another warm blanket on the bed, wrapped my gift for our office lunch and gift exchange, cooked a batch of veggie chili, and knitted. Oh, and read my two chapters for lifegroup. A productive day if I do say so myself.
We had our office lunch and gift exchange today. The gift I gave was a set of Christmas towels from Pier 1. Anything from Pier 1 is always a popular gift. I got a cd set that I think I will really enjoy. At each place setting was a Santa or snowman ornament — I got a Santa — and a candle from Bath/Body Works. Mine is the Fireside scent. We had sandwiches, two types of salad, fresh fruit, and a dessert tray. And a nice time was had by all.
The fashionista called me this afternoon and I talked to her for a bit. She said she is going out this evening to do some shopping, so I asked her to look in her area for one of the zhu zhu hamsters. One of my friends has been trying to find one for his daughter for Christmas. I doubt she will find one since it seems to be the hot item this year, but you never know. She might be lucky!
I noticed that my answering machine has a continual buzz when playing the messages. I guess it is time to buy a new one. I think that one may be around 8 years old. . .
I have a small Christmas soup and chili supper to attend tomorrow, so I am baking this evening. I baked pumpkin bread on Sunday and I will make some egg nog bread tonight along with some spicy mini corn muffins. And that will be my contribution.
And hopefully I will get much more knitting done this weekend!