So I have an excuse now, to get out all my pretty Christmas things. Today I'm having afternoon tea using some of my mom's china. This pretty gold-rimmed cup and plate are adorned with holly leaves and berries, and what I think are winter roses. Very pretty.
The holly reminds me of growing up. My grandparents had a ginormous holly tree growing right outside the back door, and every year we kids had the job of cutting sprigs to decorate the house with. Great, albeit prickly, fun.
For goodies this afternoon I'm munching on a lemon scone (in a word -- YUM), and cream cheese brownies that are to die for. I really shouldn't be even LOOKING at these brownies, considering how much I ate for Thanksgiving, but it's my birthday, so what the hey.
Heh. As if I needed an excuse to eat chocolate.
The recipe for the brownies will be coming soon! :)