Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday in December

Christmas Tree Smores, at Dean & Deluca


  • Pay any mid-month bills, if needed

  • Plan menus for the week and create grocery shopping list

  • Make a special breakfast for your family today

  • Need to replace any burned out light bulbs?

  • Christmas Eve is 12 days away.

TODAY'S PROJECT: All Over Tidying

Though I've tried really hard to maintain the house in a clean condition and do projects every day to keep it that way, it needs some extra tidying help right now.
I've been working extra hard at my business due to the holidays, and wrapping gifts to mail out really took away from my homemaking time.

There are muddy puppy paw prints in my front entryway that I should mop. The hallway leading to the bedroom needs to be vacuumed due to cat hair, and there are Christmas presents and wrapping supplies in the downstairs living room. The gifts should be put away under the tree and the paper should be put into the gift wrap storage box.

In the kitchen, I need to wipe down the stove top, clean the microwave, empty the dishwasher, scrub the sink, take out the recycling, and mop the floors.

I'm caught up with my laundry, but the laundry room itself needs to have the floor mopped, trash emptied, window washed, and dust rags folded and put away.

What little projects do you need to complete today to whip your house into shape for the holidays?

LOVELY BLOGS: Cake Duchess

A beautifully photographed cooking blog. Recent posts include chocolate mint thumbprints, an Italian Christmas cocktail, and Belgian speculoos cookies. I love the foreign baked goods in these posts - so different from the other food blogs I read regularly.


The Candy Cane Lane Martini (

Dolcelatte-Stuffed Fig Canapes (Daily Mail)

Eggnog Bread (The Family Kitchen)

The Eggnog Resisters' League (NY Times)

Familiar Eggnog Made New (NY Times)

Forget the Eggnog: Load Up on Healthy Green Tea (Dartmouth Community Herald)

Tamales for the Holidays (CHOW)

12 Days of Christmas Cocktails: The Snow Day (Suburban Bliss)

Ultimate Christmas Pudding (Daily Mail)

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