Are you up to anything fun this weekend? Rob is officially on two weeks vacation, so we're feeling pretty celebratory, or at least I am now that I'll have an extra set of hands around the house next week. Tonight we're going to a Christmas party, and tomorrow I plan on wrapping presents. Next week, I've booked some work meetings and a few appointments into my schedule to take advantage of the older boys still being in school and having some extra help at home. Hurray for a little extra free time!
If you're in a reading kind of mood this weekend, here's a round-up of some of the articles that caught my eye recently:
- I love all the best-of lists that come out at the end of each year. The Washington Post recently published their 31 best cookbooks of 2016, The New York Times tested several recipes to determine the best baking books of the year and the Ottawa Citizen recently shared their top 10 favourite cookbooks of the past 12 months as well. My own list of favourites will be coming to the blog next week.
- Speaking of favourites, I wrote about my best holiday entertaining hacks for SavvyMom. These 28 sanity-saving tips are sure to guarantee that your seasonal soirées will be a delicious success.
- I've long heard about people making lasagna using only three ingredients: frozen ravioli, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. I have yet to actually give this recipe a try, but Design Mom recently declared her version the easiest lasagna recipe ever so now I can't wait to give it a try. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner during the holidays!
- In the spirit of holiday baking, here's a fun map that will guide you on how to find your sugar cookie soulmate.
- Scientists say cooking and baking could help you feel better. I don't doubt it for a second.
- We saw Manchester By the Sea last weekend. It's definitely the best movie I've seen this year (not that I've seen many), and totally deserving of the stellar reviews and Oscar buzz it's generating. It was equally as funny as it was heartbreaking, and I can't remember the last time I cried in the theater. You should see it.
- We have homemade cinnamon buns every Christmas morning, but this year I'm shaping them into a tree like Shauna did!
- What the oldest people in the world eat and drink. I love how many of them credit positivity and happiness as the secret to longevity.