Act 344

Start a new tradition

The excitement of the holidays is all about tradition and rituals. If you want to jazz things up a bit without spending a ton of money, try a new tradition.

My young friend and I (I tutor her “en francais” once a week) decided to make sugar cookies. Cooking is a great way to practice a language. Last week we made the “buiscuits” and this week we put on “les decors”. ¬†Our cookies are in the shape of a “sapin de noel”.

I think it’s the beginning of a lovely tradition and what it cost me in ingredients doesn’t compare to what it gained me in yummy fun.



Act 261


My kids wanted cookies. One likes chocolate chip, the other oatmeal raisin, I hadn’t enough of either on hand to get the job done. So I improvised. And now we have some sort of cookie bar with some chocolate chips, some raisins and a bit of dried cereal to fill in the difference. Pretty yummy actually. I’ve said it before – it’s not about doing without – it’s about doing what you can with what you have. And therein lies the fun. When a problem becomes a challenge and a chore becomes an adventure, there are plenty of delightful surprises in store.