Yesterday was a lazy day here in the Hampton house. It rained all day, so I decided to take that opportunity and get some house chores done. I mopped the floors, hung a few pictures that had been patiently waiting for a few months, paid all the bills, researched on electricity providers in Texas for a better power rate, and threw a healthy meal in the crock pot. I paid bills and researched on my laptop in the living room while watching ‘Giada at Home’ on the Food Network. Talk about hunger pains! Just as I was starting to smell the pot roast in the crock pot, she whips out a smoked salmon, goat cheese and arugula tart. HEAVENLY. Just watching her make it made me want to dump the roast and start over for the day. Not to mention how gracefully she prepares things. She’s rhythmically chopping leeks, where I’d be chasing little pieces all around the cutting board with a too-dull knife. Oh, Giada, you and your pretty accent make me look bad, woman.
One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to watch old Christmas movies. Films like “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol” really make the holidays complete. We have direct tv, and there are so many channels that during the holidays there are countless movies on television. I think one of the reasons I enjoy these films is because they remind me of Christmas when I was a child. I have little children of my own now, and I hope that the memories that they are making are as lasting as the ones that I made as a child with my parents. Christmas was always a really joyful holiday at our house. My own mother loved to bake, and Christmas time meant delicious baked goods for our house as well as the neighbors. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, and one of the ways I know it is here is to see the classic Christmas programs show up on TV again. Some channels are even playing a different Christmas movie every day up until Christmas. I love the holidays.