Friday, December 24, 2010

warm cozy goodness!

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every year for the first of Advent Pappa makes his traditional Swedish Glögg (pronounced glug)! it's so warm and cozy and relaxes every stress you may have! :-)

recipe:
you take a bunch of wine and pour out a bit... then you put in cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, cardamon, fresh ginger, sugar, lemon zest, orange zest... maybe a vanilla bean... port wine, you have to make sure you have extra bottles so that you have room... then every day you flip around the bottles about twice a day... then on day three it's ready for warming (NEVER boil!)and you serve with chopped almonds (not salty ones) and raisins... and you take a spoon while you drink it and eat the bits! mmmmm! serve with Swedish Ginger Thin cookies (Anna's) or make your own!

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we have had lots of friends and family over enjoying the warm cozy goodness.. the children have played together... the Christmas tree has glowed so lovely! I truly love this time of year... I love how the temperature drops a bit.. we wear cozy sweaters... stay inside a little.. sleep a bit longer... and enjoy each other!

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so many traditions... lighting candles... singing songs...

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I made a promise to myself this holiday season that I would NOT get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the stresses of the season... I would enjoy my family and spend our time together...
I'm not going to lie... we were so busy with our business but I didn't let it get to me... I focused at work so that our spare time would be enjoyable... I perfected my calender and scheduled moments...
I shopped at small stores... and online on small businesses as best as I could... I felt so good about that... I spent one day at the post office... for maybe 15 minutes... we did so many things that will fade into memories... and I truly am so happy that it was a nice and simple holiday season.....

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you... I wish you a simple Christmas full of a thousand kisses and giggles!

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