Well, this is a far cry from the Victorian Christmas Special I grew up in the midst of, but its the best I can do this year. We are enjoying having our tree up, especially Ivo who loves to arrange and rearrange the lights and ornaments. Our collection of Christmas books is growing by the year, which is nice to see. We all love a good Christmas story (well I do anyway). That triangle light on the right is made out of baby-food jars and a string of colored lights. Genius! I can say that because I didn't make it. It's meant to go on a windowsill, facing out, but Ivo loves to look at it so we put it somewhere he can enjoy it. That's a cat-scratching post covered in an antique doily-thingy from my mom. It's not the Ritz but we try our best! And those adorble hand-knit stockings were made by a family friend for my sister and me when we were little girls. They even have little knit santas peeking out the top so they won't have to sit empty until Christmas Eve. Oh, and please ignore the heinous verticle blinds. (Lord knows I try to!)
And since it is Sunday, here is my Slow Cookin' recipe of the week. It's been awhile so I decided to do something simple: Throw one box of prepared wild rice meatballs in the crockpot, cook on high for two hours, add a jar of marinara and a good splash of red wine and cook for another hour or so. Done! Serve with french bread, cheese, veggies and dip, and more wine. Doesn't get an easier than that.