I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! The Nettles household most certainly did. The food was great as was the company; the boys got everything they wanted and then some. For me, besides spending time with everyone I love, the next greatest thing was
the gift my husband and his boss surprised me with.
Around here, the adults don't exchange gifts. We especially decided to stick to that this year with me losing my job. It's fine, we've never been one for presents and when we did get them, the other knew what it was (and probably picked it out) beforehand.
Well, this year Michael's boss asked him what he was getting me (apparently he'd never asked before and had no idea we didn't do gifts.) Michael explained to him we weren't and he said that just wasn't going to do. So he gave him an undisclosed amount of money
and told him to take me out (which he did to my favorite restaurant that night <3) and get me something. At this time, I had no idea how he afforded the dinner but I didn't question it too much.
Now, why the gift meant so much to me. For the past 2 years since I started baking more, I've had to use my little hand mixer (tons of cookies, cakes, etc.) I probably wished death on it 100 times or so, most of the time I figure Michael was out of earshot.
Then last week, after all that happened with my husband and his boss (unknowingly to me) - my best friend came over and we were going on and on about her Kitchenaid she got a few years back. I told her I didn't need a name brand mixer, I just wished I had
something that was easier on my wrists and time spent cooking! I even bookmarked a few mixers (you know we all have that list of stuff we figure we may never get but we still look at all the time!)
Come Christmas morning (12:01AM to be exact), Michael forced me to open my gift. Low and behold, he'd gotten me what I'd bookmarked for myself. To know he bought it BEFORE I ever did that just blew my mind. He's a simple man, one reason I love him so much.
But with the lack of expressing my need for one to him (and underestimating how much he pays attention to my actions) - it was a shock.
Again, I'm not one to go nuts of materialistic stuff but that made my entire month. I guess knowing his boss won't take that money back (although I already told him to offer it) & knowing it didn't cut us short on any bills makes it even easier to love
So my question to y'all - to break in 'Bertha', what should I make? I'm open to any suggestions, I just want to make something special for him for New Year's and figured what better way than to use that. He loves sweets but doesn't like an over abundance
of nuts or fruit involved. I know y'all are the masters of recipes so any suggestions are wanted and appreciated!