I made it to Illinois with Will today and am delighted to be able to enjoy the holiday season without any work until the New Year, when I start my new job. I am sure I will hit the ground running when that begins, so I’m trying to truly enjoy the time I have now to relax.
That said, I think my recent travel outfit compliments this current theme of relaxation in my life. It was super comfortable to travel in, and I’d like to think it looked pretty cute as well. I paired a new Cotton Emporium sweater that I got for Christmas with a J.Crew striped shirt, a scarf I got for Christmas, my favorite Rag & Bone jeans and Kork-Ease booties.
Cotton Emporium Marled Knit Open Sweater
Kork Ease – Castaneda Boot
Rag + Bone Skinny Jeans
The great thing about this outfit are the layers. Especially when I am traveling in the winter, wearing layers helps me stay warm (or cool) whether I am in a plane or waiting for a taxi. I also wore my Barbour jacket as I traveled which gave me added warmth when needed.
Here are all the details to get my look:
This was my first time wearing a Cotton Emporium sweater and I was surprised at how soft, comfy and cozy it is. The sizing was accurate as well. I usually wear a 2 or 4 in tops, and because so wanted a chunky, oversized sweater I got the medium. My Rag & Bone jeans are also fit well and are pretty stretchy–a must-have for me when I travel. I could also easily wear my Kork-Ease booties for hours because the sole is so well cushioned.
Well that’s all for now. While I am in Illinois, I will share a couple more blog posts recapping 2016. Stay tuned!
Hopefully you will continue to enjoy a slow-paced holiday week.
And just like that, Christmas is over! I’m always amazed at how quickly the holiday flies by. My holiday weekend was wonderful and included lots of quality time with family and friends.
Last Friday, I did a secret santa gift exchange with a few of my closest girlfriends from high school. I love how we are always able to pick up right where we left off. I’m also super excited because one of them is moving back to DC.
On Christmas Eve, Will and I joined my family for our annual candlelight church service and dinner in DC. One of my favorite parts of Christmas Eve is singing Silent Night with a chapel full of candles and the lights dimmed. It’s just so peaceful and you can feel the happiness in the air.
Christmas Day began with stockings and presents with my family and our dogs in their Christmas PJs, of course! Then, we all gathered in the kitchen to cook a hearty brunch. After we ate, Will and I headed down to see his family in Richmond. We enjoyed an early dinner and presents exchange down there before coming back up to DC for the night. Will and I ended Christmas with exchanging our presents to each other. It was an action-packed day and I was very tired and the end, but it was SO lovely to have a day full of time with loved ones. That will always be my favorite thing about Christmas. It’s the things you can’t possibly put into words and the people who mean so much to me.
I’d love to hear how your Christmas was if you celebrated it or if you did something fun for the holiday weekend.
Are you ready for Christmas? To me, it seems like all of a sudden it is here. But, I’m pretty pleased with how prepared I have been for the holidays. I have had all my shopping done for a couple days and several gifts are already wrapped. Some of you may have been done a couple weeks ago. But for me, I’m feeling on top of it and ready to enjoy the merriment!
Last week I shared my grandmother’s seasoned crackers recipe, and this week I want to share one other recipe from her that is perfect to make and enjoy during your holiday weekend. Her shortbread cookies are one of my personal favorite holiday treats. If you know anything about shortbread cookies, they are simple, not very sweet and are a nice change from the typical, sugary holiday fare.
the ingredients and supplies
I like to knead and rollout a small handful of dough.
Ready for the oven!
- 1/2 lb. butter
- 10 tbsp. sugar
- 2 1/2 C flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325°F and soften butter in the microwave for 20 seconds.
- Mix butter, sugar and vanilla extract together. Once ingredients are fully incorporated, mix in the flour.
- Knead dough on wax paper, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.
- When the dough is smooth, roll out it out so it is about 1/4″ thick.
- Cut cookies out with cookie cutters and place them on a lightly greased pan.
- Cook for 20 minutes, and viola!
Shortbread cookies are ready to eat.
All done baking.
This recipe makes about 20-24 cookies, but this can vary depending on how big your cookie cutters are. Definitely make sure you add the vanilla extract before you mix in the flour because that ensures the vanilla flavor is evenly distributed throughout the dough. You can try switching out the vanilla extract with almond extract for a slightly different flavor too. Adding sprinkles on top, when you take them out, is an easy way to add a festive touch to your cookies.
When I was younger, we would often leave these cookies out for Santa Claus with carrotts for the reindeer. Of course, we’d save some cookies for ourselves too! Did you have a special cookie you left for Santa Claus or do you make a yummy treat with your family each holiday season? I’d love to hear about your holiday traditions.