everyday vita: winter break

This past Friday was the first day of my winter break!  I know I haven’t posted in a very long time
(thanks to winter track practice and a crazy amount of major assignments due
right before the break).  But instead of
boring you all with excuses of why I’ve been MIA for the past two weeks, let me
tell you about what’s been going on with me lately.

celebrating the break with tessa at panera
Monday through Thursday was jam-packed with major
assignments (A big math test, two 5-paragraph papers, a Chinese Test, and a
quiz in chemistry…). However, it was also full of little bits of holiday cheer
to keep us all going.  We had a
grade-wide game of Secret Santa.  On
Monday, I made my Secret Santa a little box full of “Christmas Crack” (recipe
soon… this stuff is quite addictive)
and other holiday cookies.  I wrapped it
up in red and white baker’s twine and sneakily handed it over to a friend to
deliver.  Sadly, my Secret Santa knew
that I was behind her present the moment she got it.  I don’t know if it was the vast variety of
cookies in there (that could only be achieved by an obsessive baker like me),
or the Pinterest-y baker’s twine that gave me away.  On my next gift I wrote a poem:
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
You may think Erica’s your Secret Santa
But I swear that’s not
… sadly, my poem wasn’t very convincing.

Speaking of poems, our school has the holiday tradition of sending Candy-grams.  If you’ve ever seen the movie Mean Girls, you know what they are.
Basically, you write little notes to people and they are delivered to them in
their classes along with a candy cane. 
Last year, I didn’t send any Candy-grams,
so this year I had to go all out. My friend Tessa and I collectively spent
about $20 on Candy-grams (they are 25¢ each… think about it).  I wanted to get my moneys worth, so instead
of writing a quick message or a joke that would probably get censored by the
SSC, I wrote poems for everyone.  I sent
this one to one of my friend’s English classes (we are reading Othello).
            My love for
you is as boundless as the sea
Candy-gram’s better than Othello’s soliloquys.
… I think that I am quite clever.
On Friday, I helped my friend Emilia bake some holiday gifts
for a few of our friends. My friend Erin has been asking for lemon bars for the
past year – we finally made her a huge tray of the thickest, gooiest, most
lemon-y lemon bars in the world (using Smitten Kitchen’s recipe).  We also made some peppermint bark (using this
recipe) – which was one of the easiest and most delicious things I have ever
baked.  We came up with creative ways to
smash the peppermints – from bashing them with a rolling pin to stomping on
them with the heels of these Kate Spade booties.

Next, Emilia and I wrapped everyone’s presents.  This will sound cliché, but I honestly enjoy
wrapping presents even more than receiving them.  Picking out the perfect wrapping paper,
meticulously folding and creasing it – all while imagining the receivers
reaction when they pull back the colorful wrapping paper.  Emilia shares my love of arts and
crafts.  We started making customized
gift tags with washi tape, and before we knew it, two hours had passed! Time
flies when your playing with tape.
On Saturday, my friends and I all got together to celebrate
Christmas and Hanukah together.  We made
homemade pizzas and opened each other’s Christmas presents.  It think what makes opening presents so much more
fun than regular shopping is the element of surprise and the reactions people
Speaking of surprises, my birthday was this past week as
well – and my friends all surprised me with a birthday cake!  I had no idea that they had planned this, and
was truly surprised when they came out carrying a cake glowing with
candles.  It was a great birthday thanks
to them. 
Do you like surprises?
With love,
P.S. I have a ton of posts prepared for you all – including
tons of holiday cookies and a super special recipe for peppermint hot cocoa.
Stay tuned!

2 thoughts on “everyday vita: winter break”

  1. So glad you are back!! But, since I work in Education (community college, Online Learning Office), I know how busy the end of a semester can get.

    Looking forward to many, many new recipes! 🙂

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