A New Day

I woke up this morning with that familiar buzz of possibility ringing throughout my body.  The same buzz I feel before the holidays or on a sleepy Sunday morning.  We returned from our 55 hour trip to Florida to visit my husband’s lovely mother, sister, and grandmother late last night, and with the holidays almost behind us (I’ll be celebrating with my family later this week), I sprang from bed with the gusto of a 5-year-old on Christmas morning. 

As if it were January 1, I feel like today is the start of a new year.  But the New Year is five whole days away, so today I shall celebrate the privilege of having the day off and enjoy A New Day to tether me back to Earth after nearly coming undone under holiday shopping and traveling stress.  And people, I’m inspired to get some stuff done.  With the little bambino finally kicking up a storm inside my belly, my nesting instincts have kicked-in full-throttle, and we have some big projects ahead.  And I’m going to share with you our plans for the nursery design, transforming our basement into a family room/office/guest bedroom, and tackling a master bedroom redesign. Oh my!!  I think someone needs to go shopping for her own tool belt.  Do they make maternity tool belts…in turquoise?

But first, for all of you egg nog lovers out there (what up?!?), I have just discovered the non-egg, non-dairy version of this magical Christmas beverage:  Silk Nog.  G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S!  I just poured myself a frosty glass and within 2.7 seconds, returned for a second helping.  It’s good.

The holidays are not entirely over for me, though.  My adorable parents and sister are visiting at the end of the week, and my lil bro and bestie are threatening to make an appearance in Cheeseland, so this means only one thing:  MORE TREATS!!!  I mean, technically I’m obligated to keep the holidays going by making some of our traditional family holiday treat favorites, right?  So, this week I shall prepare and share the recipes with all of you, the following delectable delights:

molasses crinkles: a family favorite!

– Lana’s Spiced Nuts

– Hot Fudge Sauce (So unbelievably good. You’ll want this recipe!)

– Christmas cookies

– Cheesy Sausage Bread (I may even make a vegetarian version of this, too.)

– Chex Mix

Some of you still have some time off for the holidays.  Are you feeling the itch of inspiration to tackle some fun projects, or freshen your look, or read a new book, or test a new recipe ?  Share with me!

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