Happy New Year’s Eve!

Like almost everyone, I am happy to see this year go, but I’m trying to keep my expectations for 2021 in check. As one meme that is going around social media right now says, “We’re all going to walk in real slow. Be good. Be quiet. Don’t. Touch. Anything.”

As we close out this year, I wanted to share with you some things I’m loving right now.

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We made Katie’s Taco Soup over Thanksgiving weekend and liked it so much that we’ve made it another time since. I like that the ingredients are easy to keep on hand so you don’t have to make a run to the store. The recipe is very tweakable too; I only used one can of diced tomatoes and subbed garlic powder for garlic salt the second time around.

 

Speaking of soup, my mom bought us a couple of bowl huggers similar to these that you use when eating hot foods and we use them all the time. They’re great for soup, chili, and stew (which are all in our regular winter meal rotation), and I also use them for my oatmeal in the morning.

 

This is the second year I’ve run across the list of the books most checked out at the New York Public Library and I find it interesting because it’s not a list of favorites put together by one person (like me) but what patrons of the library are actually reading. Listed are the top ten titles for three different branches (Brooklyn, Queens, and the main branch), and while there’s some crossover, it’s interesting to note the differences in the lists too.

 

I’ve recently abandoned a couple of books because they were too dark and heavy for me right now, so on Instagram I asked for suggestions for light reading and a number of you responded with ideas (thank you!). If you’re in the mood for the same, you can see them by clicking through to the end of the 2020 books highlight in my profile.

I’m going to check these suggestions out and, in the meantime, I’m reading Camino Winds by John Grisham. It’s a follow-up to Camino Island, which I really enjoyed.

And because I’m craving lighter reading, I also took note of Anne Bogel’s lists of 16 page-turning mysteries that aren’t too dark and gloomy and 12 feel-good fiction books you can read in an afternoon.

 

I got Ina’s latest cookbook for Christmas and I’m determined to not just read it but to actually cook from it.

As I was flipping through the pages, it occurred to me that the book darts (which were in last month’s gift guide) would be a perfect way to mark the recipes I want to make. I was happy to discover this new (to me) use for them.

What are you loving right now?

P.S. A winter reading list.