I don’t think I’ve ever started a post this way, but I just can’t help myself. Is it seriously the week before Christmas!? Baha. How did that happen? I don’t know about you, but that was the sneakiest little ho-ho crawl up I’ve ever seen…
I – think? – I’m not too far off from being ready. It’s hard to tell. So much kind of happens last minute, but I’ve been doing enough thinking and planning and making little purchases here and there along the way that I am not feeling entirely gob-smacked. I think.
Last week was busy and – as it seems to be the way my life works now – my days kept changing on a dime as I got a couple last minute auditions and a callback, which then take precedence over any plans I may have had. Agents only get casting notices the night before, which means they tell us we have an audition for the next day at about 8/9 pm. This could mean a massive scramble to switch around an appointment or shift etc if you have one. Thankfully I’ve been super lucky with how my work schedule and days off have worked and haven’t had to miss any or change much around. Knocking on all the wood, please.
So ontop of what felt like a busy audition week, it was also gift making week!! Helloooooooo cookies!
Last week I…
Had a singing lesson! Yay!
And a dentist appointment. … yay?
Got sushi. I took myself out to my favorite take-out sushi place when I had to kill time in my old neighborhood for an audition. I wasn’t waiting for that opportunity at all……
Finally went in to see Dan’s new workplace and got a beautiful latte before heading to work
I had a date night with Dan 🙂
We didn’t have time to go to the pizzeria we had planned on treating ourselves to, so instead I picked up a fresh sourdough baguette and made a big pot of soup for when he got home from work. I made a smokey chicken-bacon chowder based on a recipe from the Looney Spoons Cookbook. It was one my family makes at home and so I had been wanting to make it myself. It’s such a great recipe. I used 2% condensed milk, a can of creamed corn, turkey bacon, chicken, barbecue sauce and some other jazzy ingredients. It all sounds a tad strange but oh it is sooooo good. Made complete with a bottle of wine.
Finished said bottle of wine
And then I got to baking a but load of cookies to put together as Christmas gifts for our friends! I have a lot of friends who are vegan, so I wanted to make options they could have.
The winning choices were…
(1) Spicy Gingersnaps adapted to make vegan
Which I then dunked in some vegan dark chocolate
…and a sprinkling of candy canes and sprinkles
Topped them with a delectable homemade icing that I dyed with… ready for it…. beet juice! So fun!
Basically looks like two 5 year olds made them but, hey…works for me!
Annnnnd (3) a batch of Kristy’s super fun snowball cookies.
I was craving a bit more chocolate and peppermint in my little put together package, so I threw in two tablespoons of cocoa powder and about 3/4 tsp peppermint extract. It worked perfectly!
I got way too excited/overwhelmed in the dollar store Christmas aisle and picked up a bunch of tins/boxes/bags/ribbons to put together my christmas cookie packages
pre-packaged cookie ensemble
Then got out the glitter and glue and started making christmas cards for said packages
In the non-edible gift making side of things, I made a big batch of homemade shea body butter. I didn’t take pictures so I’ll just reuse the ones from the last time I swooned over how fun this is.
One batch…. lavender, rose. Second batch… cedarwood, rosemary. A little masculine/feminine energy thing going on…
Dan and I went to a friends’ for a little Christmas gathering. We happily munched our way through mugs of chili, cheese, crackers, cookies…
And drank a few mugs of mulled wine while singing Christmas carols. It was pretty lovely.
We decorated our very first Christmas tree!! Dan surprised me by having it in the living when I got home from work one night. I was soooooooo happpyyy.
In other tid bits…
I went to three auditions, one of which lead to a callback and am now on hold for. Again. Sigh. One of these days, guys…
I stumbled upon the most amazing old used book store and found the book I had been wanting to get for a certain christmas present.
I ordered part of one of my brothers’ gift online and figured out what I’m doing for my other brothers’ gift. Men. The hardest to buy for.
I helped a friend out on her film set doing sound, which involved standing in a hockey rink for 4 hours. I was not happy.
…good thing I had cookies to come home to.So many cookies! The Cookie Making Gift Giving Christmas Edition of #weekinreivew #cookies #recipes #christmas #giving Click To Tweet
Are you in “week before Christmas” stress and cram mode? Or are you feeling pretty ready?
Do you like making gifts?
Not a hugely exciting week. But I did get a few nice things…