My Santa Baby has it easy. No sables, yachts, or rings for me – just a good book is all I need to keep me an angel all year.
On Christmas morning after we have opened gifts and had our traditional French Toast Casserole for breakfast, instead of sighing at the heaps of paper and the messiness all around me, I read.
The first year I did this my children were small and the excitement of Christmas had us all crazy, but my wonderful husband had given me a book that I found irresistible, and so, that Christmas morning instead of rushing around making sure everything was perfect, I relaxed, and rewrote the perfect Christmas morning to include me on the couch with a new book.
I have it on good authority that my Santa Baby does read my blog, and so Santa here are a few suggestions for my Christmas morning sanity…
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Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. Ina and Jeffrey. How great is that? I hope I find out.
The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act. Another Christmas ago, my loving husband gave me the complete set of The French Chef DVDs. I stick those in my computer on my kitchen counter and watch them when I am cooking. I don’t even have to make what she is making, I just like her company.
Hopefully, my husband won’t panic at the thought of me reading about perfect kitchen design when he sees this one on my list. If I promise him that it is a purely academic exercise, and not me laying the groundwork for a kitchen gut job, maybe I can talk him into it. Julia’s thoughts on designing the perfect kitchen is a must have! In Julia’s Kitchen: Practical and Convivial Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child.
I’m ready for a new series since I finished my beloved Maisie Dobbs, and Maggie Hope looks like the perfect follow up. I love a good mystery with an interesting heroine, and Maggie Hope even has Oprah’s seal of approval.
100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food. This seems like the perfect cookbook to get my January resolutions off to a good start. Come to think of it, though, if I say it’s healthy my family won’t want to buy it for me. Scratch that. The recipes seem delicious, period.
She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems assembled by Caroline Kennedy. I have her Christmas Anthology, A Family Christmas, and a quick read from it has restored my Christmas spirit on more than one occasion – I highly recommend it.
Jo Malone: My Story “those who love an inspiring story of human spirit and chutzpah.” (Booklist, starred review) I love those kind of stories!
Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style by Mark D. Sikes. Pinterest is great, but there is really no substitute for a big, beautiful book of fabulous interiors.
I can’t wait to see what this year brings!