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Christmas is coming in just 10 days. Presents still need to be purchased. There is wrapping to do. And we still have to get a tree for the living room (that’s deliberate … We’ll do that on Tuesday). Only the mini kitchen tree is up so far.

I’ve decorated the kitchen and the porch. There are twinkling lights, a wreath, garland and spots of cheer all over. But it still doesn’t feel quite like Christmas. Getting in the holiday spirit is so uplifting — and I need that right now. So badly. How about you?

As much as I try to keep Sarah’s Cucina Bella about the food, life isn’t always perfectly poised on a plate with a dipping sauce nearby. No way. Sometimes, real life is messy — full of roadblocks and downed trees and detours.

Recently, I’ve been facing a lot of that messiness — literally and figuratively. It’s not fun. But as an astute friend recently told me, sometimes life sucks. And it will suck for a bit, but you will get through it and you know that at some point it will be better.

And I know that better is coming. I can’t wait.

In the meantime, I am focusing on simplifying — cleaning out the closets, cutting out excess and just living more simply. There’s a lot of peace to be found in simplicity. That’s a good thing.

Don’t worry — we’re okay here. I just wanted to share these very real things that sometimes — often times — I gloss over in favor of a great recipe or a fun story. Being real is important too.

Baked Ginger Sesame Chicken and Broccoli
Easy Cookie Icing for Decorating Holiday Cookies


Friday 16th of December 2011

We are definitely ready for the holidays round these parts!

Dana at Cooking at Cafe D

Friday 16th of December 2011

Yep. My hubby and I had this conversation last night. He's been spending all day sitting bedside at the hospital. Our dishes are piling up. We were happy when a load of laundry got done.

Our dining room table is a pile of decorations which likely won't get put up. (We do have a tree up and there are some pretties to make us smile.) We talked about how it's just NOT all gonna get done this year. Tonight I'll be packing away a bunch of those decorations.

We are simplifying. We just need a little peace. And, our dining room table back. :)