The baking is done (finished last night), the shopping is done (finished this morning), and the wrapping is done (finished this afternoon.) In between, one of my favorite traditions, a Christmas Eve lunch with a friend.
The view into the kitchen, where for the first time in days there are no mixing bowls and baking pans to wash.
And a peek at the kitchen shelves.
A nice treat for a holiday lunch - a splash of Campari, two splashes of orange juice, lots (or not) of sparkling water.
A holiday placesetting,
and a beautifully wrapped gift (for me!).
A peek at Oodles & Oodles world headquarters (the big desk that's actually an oak Hoosier, complete with pull-out cutting boards, a spice rack and a flour bin).
And a glance around at the living room, where the tree is glowing, the fire is roaring,
and Carson is settled in for a long winter's nap. Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night.