Thursday Ten: Merry Christmas Eve and Monkey Bread Edition

1. First things first: Merry Christmas eve! I hope that you have the day off work, and if you don’t, I hope your boss decides to let you leave early so you can get started on the celebrating and doing fun holidayish stuff. I hope everyone has a joyous day today and tomorrow – even if you don’t celebrate Christmas.

2. Today is my BAKING EXTRAVAGANZA. I’ll be baking two desserts for after tomorrow’s Christmas dinner, as well as the traditional MONKEY BREAD that I make every year. We’ll put it in the oven to warm while we open the presents in the morning, and then I’ll pour the icing on and we’ll basically demolish the whole thing in five minutes flat once the presents are all opened. It’s tradition, y’all. I use Martha Stewart’s monkey bread recipe. I know you can make it with store-bought dough, but I don’t do it that way. As a shortcut, I do make the dough in the breadmaker. I will cry if my breadmaker ever dies. It’s my favorite kitchen gadget.

3. I have a cold. Go figure. I started the day with a trip to the store for a little Christmas cheer in the form of DayQuil and Zicam. The Zicam has left the funkiest aftertaste ever. I think I need to wash my mouth out with some hot cocoa to kill the taste.

4. The DayQuil is making me foggy. It’s not supposed to do that, is it? That’s why it’s DAY quil. Sigh. This doesn’t bode well for my day (or this post).

5. Rolling Stone magazine announced its Top Tens of the decade – including the Top Ten movies of the decade. I’ve only seen two. And one was The Incredibles.

6. So, I’m kind of addicted to the Words With Friends app for the iPhone. I’ve now hit their limit on number of active games you can have going on at a single time. Kind of makes me sad. Also, I lose as many games as I win, and somehow I scored over 100 points with the word JUTE yesterday, and that made me giddy because I’d never even heard of the word jute until I saw it in Patrick Swayze’s book… yesterday. Fate, I tell you.

7. Okay, Patrick Swayze’s book. The Time of My Life was written by Patrick and his wife, Lisa Niemi and was published either shortly before or after he passed away from pancreatic cancer. I’d always liked him in movies – “Dirty Dancing” is still one of those movies that I love watching, and “Point Break” is on tv all the time for some reason. I dig him as an actor, but as I read this book I thought, Wow, he was really kind of full of himself. I don’t deny that it takes some serious strength to keep up the intense work schedule he did while fighting cancer – but holy moly, I liked Patrick Swayze a LOT better before this book. (This unofficial review is brought to you by the public library and nothing better to read).

8. Are there any presents you are just SO EXCITED you can’t wait to give? There’s one like that under our tree. I think I picked the perfect thing and I’m so giddy about it. Is it time to open presents yet?

9. So, apparently, I’ve forgotten how to read music. I went to look at the chord exercises from last week’s guitar lesson and I’ve completely blanked on how to read the notes and the rhythm. And that was BEFORE the cold medicine.

10. Santa’s journey has begun. Today, we’ll be tracking Santa via Norad, baking all this stuff, trying to get everything done, and just trying to stay warm (I hope Santa’s sleigh has heated seats!).

Merry Christmas to all of you!

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Sarah is a book nerd, a music lover, an endorphin junkie, a coffee addict. Oh, and a goof ball. She writes, she tweets, and she sings off key.


  1. ooooo

    I don’t have a breadmaker.. so I do it the quick way 😉 LOL. MWAH Merry Christmas punkin’

  2. Merry Christmas Eve my friend – I’m making Monkey Bread too – though I’m a store-bought-biscuit kind of girl 🙂 Hope you feel better! I’m opening Day 12 today! thank you again for making my holiday so special!

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