Now that the boy and I are mostly better... the girl and the husband have come down with the same miserable thing. It's inevitable at this time of year - everyone's tired, and school was rampant with germ factories. (We're not the only ones - playdates and birthday parties are falling off the social calendar daily.) I think it's better now than later - everyone should be sufficiently recovered to enjoy the actual day by the time it comes around. All things considered, we had a nice quiet day: playing Monopoly, baking cookies, knitting, Christmas music, tea.
The cookies are Chocolate-Black pepper with a dash of coffee - you can find the recipe here.
I was generous with both the pepper and the finely ground coffee beans (which I substituted for espresso powder) and the final result was wonderfully spicy (though consequently less of a hit with the kids.) Which reminds me, I've got a hankering to watch Chocolat again.....
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