It really is the holiday season!!!!!!! I kind of forgot. Except that I’ve been to really fun parties two nights in a row. And that’s partly what this time of year is all about.
This afternoon I sipped my new teas I ordered from Adagio. They have 14,000 custom blends in their store and they all sound SO good. I had $100 in my shopping cart before I decided I had to cut them back. My very favorite tea has been – surprisingly – the Chestnut. I didn’t even know what a Chestnut was, but it reminds me of a chocolate hazelnut.
These are the three teas I decided on this time – a Decaf Dessert [vanilla crème], Cookie Mint Cream [self explanatory!] and Chestnut Love [chestnut, honeyblush chocolate, crème and everything I hoped for!!]
I had a cup this afternoon with some milk and then some beer from the keg while I made dinner and did a little gift giving
Tonight we went to our friend Natasha’s birthday party and I made her a set of my latest project: homemade cards.
I absolutely love how they come out! And totally customizable for any personality with the right stamp.
I stamped, dinner cooked.
I made a Smoked Warm Lentil Salad with brussels, bacon, lentils, kale and cheese
The lentils simmered on the stove top for 30 minutes at a 2:1 water ratio.
The brussels baked at 400* and reduced to 350* after 20 minutes. Rubbed in olive oil, salt and smoked paprika.
The bacon was sliced and sauteed.
And the kale was cooked in the bacon grease.
=warm lentil salad! Cheese for garnish!
Matt and I bundled up in our big Montana coats for the walk to Oliver + Natasha’s.
Their house is amazing – a historic house that they’ve been renovating with so many cool features – like a loft with this view!
Although I was satisfied with dinner, the holiday spirit got the best of me and I munched on cheese and crackers, Faith’s ganache tart and lots of these delicious wines.