So the day after Thanksgiving is unofficially known as 'Buy Nothing Day', a growing little kick in the face to Black Friday. A good friend of mine has a family tradition of doing all their Christmas shopping on Black Friday. It's always amazed me. I made the mistake last year of going to the mall in Jersey City on the Friday after Thanksgiving to look for a lamp. Just a lamp. HUGE mistake.
So this year I was going to try to avoid all shopping and buying in general. There was some hoopla around the effort, many people saying that it wouldn't make a difference anyway because I'd just buy more the day before or after. That's kind of beside the point. I consider it more of an awareness-raiser throughout the day so I'd be thinking more about what I consider needs vs. wants.
Regardless, I failed. We were baking Christmas cookies all day (a little family tradition), and we sent Dad out to buy some baking supplies throughout the day. I also needed to take care of 2 gifts online, before I forgot. In that case I was thinking, "If I don't buy these today, I definitely will tomorrow, if I remember, so I'll just get them today." It was a good try though, and I was definitely more thoughtful of the kinds of things I purchase instead of revamping or borrowing.
Anyway, we baked about 16 kinds of cookies, thanks to Dad's run for more butter (we went through 6 lbs of butter).
Inquire within for recipes to:
congo bars (chocolate and butterscotch)
7 layer cookies
peanut butter blossoms
And just because she's so cute, here's your dose of Lucy:
Listening to: Nick Drake - Saturday Sun