This Christmas, Q and I took a trip over the pond to visit his mom in London! A little known fact about me: I studied abroad in London for 6 months while I was in college, so I have a real affinity for it. We spent just under a week exploring and loved every minute of it. Although much of London was closed during the holidays (they sure do love a good holiday break), we still managed to fit a ton in our short stay.
We went up The Shard (the tallest building in the UK), rode the London Eye (great views of the city), we ate Indian on Curry Mile (the best Indian), and went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park (basically one huge carnival). We got the chance to eat at one of my favorite cookbook author’s restaurants, Ottolenghi, and even saw Star Wars on Christmas Day. We saw a play (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night), which was fabulous, and ate noodles at Wagamama. We explored the local pub and enjoyed a few pints with the locals (they even allow dogs inside).
Q’s mom loves in a great neighborhood outside of town called Woolwich Arsenal, which is where the British used to keep and manufacture weapons. It is made up of beautiful old buildings and the area still has canons and old war memorabilia around.
Ottolenghi, one of my favorite cookbook author’s, has a fabulous restaurant in the East End. It reminds me of Joan’s on Third in LA, lots of salads and side dishes. It’s mainly vegetarian, and the food was fabulous!
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park was an absolute blast. There were carnival games, rides, tons of food and drinks. We spent a good 4 hours there and could have stayed all day. Definitely a highlight of the trip.
Overall, a fantastic trip where we fit in SO much and got to spend some much needed time together!
Every year for the last 5 years I’ve participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I make 3 dozen cookies and I receive 3 dozen in return. It’s always a blast to see what cookies I get and I always try to make something new to give away. I’ve done Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies, Coconut Macaroons, Black & Whites, Glazed Butter Cookies and this year Cowboy Cookies!
I love Cowboy Cookies because they are super easy to make with ingredients you normally have on hand. They are sweet, chewy and have a great texture thanks to the addition of oatmeal.
Makes 3 Dozen
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease baking sheets (or line baking sheets with parchment paper). Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually stir in the sifted ingredients. With a spatula, stir in the rolled oats and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing.
Oh my gosh, how have 2 weeks gone by without me blogging? I suppose that means it is officially December, which feels like the busiest month of the year. Who is SO ready for Christmas? ME! This girl and Q are going to London to spend some time with his mom for the holidays. I love London during the holidays (fun side note, I spent 6 months living there while I studied abroad in college)! Q has never been, so it’ll be a blast to show him around.
I sent this to Q asking him if I should get it. He never responded, should I take a hint?
I also sent these to Q asking him to put them under the tree for me. He responded with, “Is this a joke?” To be fair, I think they are so cute, and they are only house shoes!
But I did end up snagging these adorable loafers, sequined blazer and cozy scarf for my trip (and for fun holiday parties).
Speaking of fun holiday parties, during mine I met Martha! My idol! Her company is owned by the same company as my boss’s, so she was there and I totally geeked out and asked her for a picture. Her skin is amazing for 74! (Also who knew that curling my hair made me look so fancy?).
Last random thing- am I crazy or are these clear clutches sort of cool to organize things in your purse?
Happy holiday party-ing!
Oh hi! Just me again! It’s been a busy couple of weeks!
It started when I surprised Q and flew home for a quick weekend (which meant I spent all of 0 weekends in LA the month of November).
The following week, I flew back to Tennessee to celebrate Q’s new promotion as a company commander. We entertained many of his family members and finally got to show off our house (which Q has been working at).
I flew home for Thanksgiving (no turkey for us, but instead a gluten free lasagna), and then to New York for a quick weekend. Carl and I spent a lot of Thanksgiving day like this:
We did have a fabulous friendsgiving hosted by friends in LA. I loooove fall tablescapes.
My favorite travel party shoes (yes, Q did not understand them at all).
And now a week in NY for work before heading back to LA! Can you even believe that it is already about to be December?!