There you have it, the full extent of my Christmas decorating this year. Just a straw wreath on the door, hung in time for St. Lucia Day. I’m just too tired and busy and drained to do any more than that.
I spent the weekend finishing up Christmas shopping for my nieces and nephews (my siblings and I make charitable donations in one another’s names instead of exchanging gifts), and I’m excited to wrap everything up and do a little baking. I’m also planning to attempt vegan versions of Janssons frestelse and Swedish meatballs to bring along to my mother’s house. My goal is to come as close as possible to the flavors of my mother’s recipes, so I’m trying not to rely on existing vegan interpretations. If the results are good, I’ll share them!
This is a terrible photo, but I realized yesterday that I’ve never taken a picture of the house at night. It was very cold out, and about an hour after I took this, it started to snow. I love the feeling of being in a warm house while it’s blustery outside! Sure, we have to wrap ourselves up in blankets with the dogs in order to truly feel cozy, but this really is my favorite time of the year.