Ever feel like just blogging about nothing? I do sometimes...if you hate these types of post, feel free to skip this one :p Ever since I got my Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas I've been on a baking kick! At my sister's request, I'm making some Mexican wedding cookies right now, but the dough has to chill for three hours in the fridge, so I figured I'd come write about everything and nothing. Let's start with the Mexican wedding cookies. There's a reason I'm making these.
We grew up with these cookies. There once was a bakery in New Orleans called McKenzies. If you're from New Orleans you know all about it. It's synonymous with the city and it's so sorely missed. You can find tshirts with the McKenzies logo at any local tshirt shop. They had amazing donuts and cookies and brownies and buttermilk drops and king cakes and lady fingers and jelly rolls and anything else you could think of that was baked. My aunt Shirley used to pick me and my sister up from school on Fridays and every Friday we'd go straight to McKenzies and each pick out a treat. One of us would always get their version of the Mexican wedding cookie. Basically the same, only made with pecans instead of almonds because there's no shortage of pecan trees here in New Orleans! I'll always equate these cookies with my childhood and with my aunt Shirley and with my sister and with the city. And of course I'm making them with pecans instead of almonds ;)
After I write this post, I think I'll do some long overdue blog hopping and then maybe curl up with a book for a little while!!! Once again I'm in the middle of way too many books. I don't know why I do this to myself. But I'm really loving everything I'm reading now so I can't put anything aside. I just have to get them all done by February because I want a clean slate for then!! For long awaited reads month, I'm reading The 10 P.M. Question and I'm SO in love with this book and I wish I HADN'T waited so long to read this book. Ana and Iris, I totally think you should make a part two for this event and make it a twice a year thing :p I've also started Lenore's Level 2 and OMG it's so good!!! I'm absolutely loving it. It's completely unique which is so refreshing in today's market and it leaves me saying "ok...just one more chapter". And then there's The Open Road which is my work book which has sadly been neglected because work has been so busy :/ Plus on top of those three, I have Ray Bradbury's giant 100 story collection going, though I haven't read a story in it since November I think :/ AND I just started the audiobook of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking which I'm already enjoying.
February will be a month of nothing but graphic novels!!!!! I'm SO FREAKING EXCITED about February :D I'm joining Debi this year in her themed reading months in an effort to read more from my own shelves and I've pulled um...something like 50 graphic novels from my shelves >> I would LOVE to get them all read but we'll see how that goes. I'm making one exception and that is to read The Shining for the Shinealong!!! So excited about that :D
Tomorrow I'll be spending the day with my mom and my sister who are coming up here on the northshore. They haven't been to my apartment since I first moved here! So they haven't seen it since it's been decorated so I'm excited about that. Plans for the day are to start with coffee, then I want to show them a few of the houses I'm looking at because I'm back in the market to buy! I want to get their opinion on the areas and the houses so I can fine tune things. Then my sister wants to shop, so I have a few areas I think they'll like that we can visit. After that we'll have some lunch at Jerk's Island Grill which is this AMAZING Carribean restaurant here. Seriously, if anyone wants to come visit me here, I'll totally treat us to lunch there :p
How's everyone else doing? Anything special happen in anyone's lives this weekend?