Last week was a little hectic. I had to finish grading exams and figuring final grades for my two university classes, I had work at the law office, I had to start some cooking for the party we were throwing on Saturday the 22nd and I was finishing up a little something for a lovely lady I know through the embassy who is a wonderful friend and has been an inspiration for me in cooking, crafting and life in general. Her husband, who is a very thoughtful man, asked myself and another friend to supply one of our handmade gifts to give to his wife, our friend, Eva. We were more than happy to oblige. Tara gave a BEAUTIFUL hand knit scarf made from recycled sari silk that is off-the-chain delicate and lovely. I embroidered these pillow cases, which will be given to Eva today for her birthday and I can't wait to find out if she liked them:
They were fun to make, but after I was finished I had nothing to concentrate on but making food for the party. I made brownies, mini frittatas and meatballs a couple of days ahead of time and froze them so I just had some coconut macaroons, pico de gallo and dip to make on the day of our shin dig. People - I have learned one thing after this party: you can never make enough meatballs. I used about two pounds of hamburger and had almost three dozen meatballs, but they went like hot cakes. Next time - I'm going for 4 pounds of meat and enough meatballs to satisfy the entire party!!! The party was great, we had such an awesome mix of people, there were guests from Germany, Algeria, Jordan, UK, Latvia and of course Spain. It was wonderful to be able to spend time with so many interesting and diverse folks and definitely one of the highlights of living in Europe.
Now we're just relaxing and wrapping gifts.We may head out for a little lunch and some last minute shopping later.
Our socializing isn't over yet though. I just finished making some pumpkin/pecan bread to take over to a friends house for a Christmas Eve party she's having tonight and tomorrow in the late afternoon we're heading over to another friends for an evening of games and finishing up leftovers. It should be lots of fun!
We did decide to break with tradition and let the cat open a gift today. Mostly because we bought it to torture her with. It's one of these "finger flyers" that you shoot across the room - this one is a pig and it makes a screaming/oinking sound when you fling it. We thought it would make her crazy and we would laugh when she tried to attack it. Instead, kitty seems to have formed an attachment to the pig:
As weird and unsettling as her pig-love is I suppose it's in keeping with the general goodwill of the Christmas season. Merry Christmas everyone!