I’m in more of a hurry today than usual, so I’m going to see if I can get all seven of my quick takes written, formatted and published in 15 minutes (normally it take me 30 – 45 minutes to do it all). It’s 3:40 on Thursday afternoon. Let’s see if I can get it all done by 3:55…
I found a great last-minute gift for the person who has everything: for my 95-year-old grandfather the self-taught chef (whose cuisine I posted pictures of here and here), we got him a custom poetry gift.
My mom and I wrote a little poem about how much we love his cooking, and this site will print it up with a famous painting of a chef and include a space for us to include a photo of my grandfather or one of his dishes. They also have templates for other professions and hobbies as well. Great idea for a unique gift.
I already mentioned this last year, but I wanted to re-post these pictures because I find them amusing given some American retailers’ reluctance to use Christmas-specific imagery in their marketing:
(Click to enlarge.) They’re shots of the Abu Dhabi mall, taken by my dad when he lived in the United Arab Emirates. It’s funny that this mall, complete with a mosque and speakers for the Muslim calls to prayer, has Santas and Christmas trees.
Looking for an awesome Christmas cookie recipe? I made this Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe last year and my husband said they were the best cookies he has ever tasted. They really were pretty amazing.
(In terms of timing, I will note that it’s not anywhere near 3:55, but that’s mainly because of a certain fussy baby who decided to boycott her afternoon nap today.)
Have a great weekend! Anyone have any cool Christmas travel plans?
I look forward to reading your posts!