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.

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Act 261

Improvise

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.