We aren't going out for any kind of New Year celebration. New Years Eve is our *real* anniversary, this year marks 9! This year we are starting a tradition with our kids. A friend of mine has a wonderful Winter Solstice tradition that we love and want to adopt. We are making "Wish Bread"!
It's monkey bread. From scratch. And here's our take:
Earlier in the day, make the dough and let it rise.
Punch it down, then form golf ball sized lumps of dough.
As you form the lumps, think or discuss your wishes for the coming year.
Toss the lumps into a bundt pan and allow to rise again.
Begin baking at 11pm.
Enjoy friends and family immensely during the last hour of the year.
After the ball drops, enjoy your first meal of the new year: Wishes!
If you'd like more detail, here is the recipe I plan to try. Pictures to follow.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Our goals for 2011 are pretty simplistic - I need to relax. I also need to be less lazy and more scheduled. I'm not sure how to accomplish those two things at the same time, but I aim to try. The problem is, I really like to sleep in. Like, REALLY like to sleep in. I am not the type of person to wake up before the sun, get the school materials out, have my coffee while I make a hot breakfast, and accomplish life. I am the type that stays up until 3am on a regular basis and enjoys the quiet that a house full of sleeping people brings. I need to rearrange my priorities it seems, as well as my sleep cycle.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Finally, it snowed! While everyone around us was getting dumped on, we did get a modest snowfall that was plenty deep enough to sled on. It was insanely windy for most of the time, so we only went out for a short time but it was all kinds of fun. Eventually, Spritely was climbing all the way to the top on her own and sledding down the entire way! We put both of them in the same saucer a few times which was a lot of fun, and once or twice we went down with them all together. I hope it snows again, because now it's mostly all green.