Happy Friday before Christmas! It's almost here! I hope that you have finished at least a good portion of your Christmas shopping. I am happy to say that I do not think I will have to go to the mall on Christmas Eve like I have every year for (at least) the last 10 years! Quite the time management improvement. I have always been a procrastinator. During my school years, I would wait until the day before to start projects...so, this is quite a phenomenon for me.
This year, instead of the mall on Christmas Eve, my boyfriend and I will be hosting my parents for dinner. I think I have said it quite a few times in this blog, but I love to cook, and I love any opportunity to host. I know some people feel like it is a burden, but I just think it is so fun. Menu planning, drink pairings...it's all just so fun. I've only got a portion of the menu planned out from now, so I will post everything on Wednesday of next week! I have worked out the main course though! It's going to be braised rabbit ragout over papperdelle. I usually do not eat pasta, but on the holidays, I make exceptions. I will let you know how it turns out.
Tonight I will be at the Flourtown state store off of Bethlehem Pike for a tasting of our wines with their very excellent wine specialist, Marianne! The tasting is from 4-6PM and we will be sampling the 2013 Chardonnay, 2013 Merlot, and 2012 Cabernet Franc. I know a lot of people want to try our wines before they buy, and this is the perfect opportunity. I am sure I will be at her store again in the near future, so if you can't make it tonight, stay tuned for more tasting dates in future blog posts.
This weekend I am wrapping up the odds and ends of my Christmas shopping and then on Sunday it is COUSIN'S BAKING DAY! I head over to my mom's house with my 2 younger girl cousins (my big shot Bank of Tokyo cousin who lives in NYC won't be able to make it) and it is always a fun day. My most favorite cookie that we make are Punch Bowls. They are not Thumb Print cookies. They are TOTALLY different. They are pretty much just flour, powdered sugar, butter, and almond extract...and then you put all different flavors of jam in the middle...but not too much. Mom always used to (still does) yell at me, "Ali, you are putting too much jam!", but I think that I am at a disadvantage because I have very large hands, so my thumbs make extra large holes...and you can't leave an extra large hole and then not fill it fully with jam. Sometimes, it's tough being me.
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. Don't forget that all of our regular priced wines are 20% off with the code HOLIDAYS until December 31. If you order over the weekend, they will ship Monday and they will make it to most destinations by Christmas Eve. Until next time...