I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and was able to enjoy some time off of work with family and those they love. Hopefully there was lots of scrumptious food involved too! Nate and I go to three different family get-togethers and our various contributions this year included buffalo chicken dip, strawberry spinach salad and mint brownies. Simple recipes that were mostly make ahead are key so you can optimize time with good company!
Santa was good to me this year and seemed to know exactly what was on my list. He stocked me up with some new yoga gear, a couple of cookbooks and some new kitchen tools! I'm really excited to start using my new pair of Lodge cast iron skillets especially because I know Brittany and April both use theirs a lot and love them. I also found some Penzeys Spices in my stocking that will be fun to do some experimenting with.
Up until a few months ago I had never eaten falafel. It now might be beating out hummus for my favorite way to eat chickpeas. Some of my favorite places I've tried it so far in Madison include the Mediterranean Cafe, The Great Dane and Banzo. I can see the Banzo food cart out the window of my office which is both parts amazing and dangerous if you know what I'm sayin'.
I'm loving this trick for making a DIY cake platter out of cardboard. There's been many times in the past couple of years when this would've come in very handy.
Just a little friendly reminder (or teaching moment) on how to open wine like a pro! An important life skill if I do say so myself.
2015 is going to be a big year with lots of changes for me and I'm excited to see what it brings. I'm looking forward to another short work week and I'll be ringing in the new year with a quick trip down to Houston. What are you looking forward to in 2015?!