I confess that I have to ease back into regularly scheduled posting today. That post-holiday haze – the feeling of lazy contentment lasts for at least a day after stuffing yourself with a huge dinner, cookies, candy canesÂ and hot chocolate, opening presents and chatting with those close to you – is not only tough to shake, but is actually pretty enjoyable. I’m moving the holiday chatter here, to virtual friends and readers.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve pointed out a few foodie gifts and gadgetsÂ that I liked as potential holiday gifts – and potential is what they were. I know I’m not alone in saying that I was surprised (and pleased)Â with some of the gifts that I received. New measuring spoons and spatulas are absolutely what I needed, even though they didn’t actually make it on my (metaphorical) wish list. A new kitchen was on my wish list…. and it didn’t turn out quite asÂ I had expected. Observe:
This is a kitchen island Christmas ornament from Hallmark, posed with my mobile phone so that you can get an idea of scale. It’s nearly complete – minus major appliances – but fully stocked with pots, utensils and a full vegetable collander. It’s so cute that I can’t complain that Santa didn’t quite get it right. I’ll just be more specific next year.