Less is More


Malabrigo and Leaf Stitch Markers

This year, somewhere around the first of October, I had a stern talking to myself.  I said that less is more this year and that I didn’t need to go all crazy knitting for everyone in my life.  There was no sense in driving myself crazy trying to get everything knit in time for Christmas.  I always go over the top baking Christmas Cookies, and I generally commit to 2 more knitting projects than I can possibly get done in the allotted time.  But not this year! 

So why does my To Do list look like this?

1.  Bourbon Balls (people started asking for these right before Thanksgiving, guess I have a reputation)

2.  Chocolate Covered Oreos

3.  S________ for ____________

4.  Sweater for Lily

5.  Truffles

6.  Pecan Tassies

7.  Thumbprints

8.  Shortbread/Raspberry Sticks

9.  Hats for 4 Children who live in Alaska (and therefore it needs to be sent early) – 3 done

10.  Booties for Godchild in Alaska to match one of the hats

11.  Sweater for Addie

12.  Socks

13.  S____________ for _______________

14.  Gingerbread Cookies

15.  Make up 2 new cookies on the fly

Yeah… less is more all right.  At least most of the traditional shopping is done.  I have a couple of things to pick up for the Grandparents, but mostly I’m done with that.  I’ve spent most of the last 2 days in the kitchen and I am wiped out.  I’m going to take a knitting break and try to work on one of the other projects for a bit. 

In the meantime, take a brownie mix, a mini tart pan, a batch of chocolate truffle filling.  Make brownie mix according to package directions.  Fill mini tart wells 2/3 full of mix.  Bake for 14 minutes.  Press down center of each well (use a wooden spoon handle).  Fill well with truffle filling.  Do I top this with more melted chocolate to make a hard shell on top?  Is that just too much decadence in one cookie?  Please discuss. 


January Ramblings

Proof that I do more than just knit. 

It’s nine o’clock on a Wednesday night and I am wiped. out.  I might actually be too tired to write two coherent thoughts down.  So I’ll leave you with one. 

If you struggle with what to make every night for dinner (and hate shopping 3 times a week for just one more thing that you forgot the first time around), go get Saving Dinner by Leanne Ely.  She lays out the year by seasons, then for each week there is a list of 5 meals (complete with ideas for sides), recipes and a shopping list for that week.  It is wonderful.  It’s a life saver for a busy mom.  Tonight we had Asian Burritos with Ginger Salsa.  It was a little bit out of the norm for us – hamburger with hoisin sauce, soy sauce and cayenne pepper provided the base – but it received rave reviews from both kids and my husband.  It would not be a stretch to switch out the hamburger for fish or chicken. 

I’ve had this book for about two years, and I keep coming back to it whenever life gets hectic.