In between home inspections, holiday cards and home improvement, I was able to sneak away for a lunch date with a friend. I know the Proof $12 lunch deal is old news but I never get to lunch. It was new to me, yummy and a lot of fun. I also completed some holiday shopping at the Penn Quarter Holiday Mart. I attended the Mart last year as well. Once again, the stands were adorable. My friend bought several gifts and so did I. If you can stand the weather, this is a great way to support local business.
Then I made some spectacular cookies. These are chocolate dipped hazelnut caramel squares from the December issue of Bon Appetit. Yes. They were difficult. I made candied orange peel because the grocery didn't carry it. It was worth the effort because they are FANTASTIC. Happy holidays!