Often, the simple way really is the best. Above is my Christmas dinner centerpiece from last year. Golden bosc pears arranged in a glass bowl, red fabric underneath, some gold balls, votive candles in celadon-colored Chinese tea cups, that’s it. I found everything but the pears in my cupboard. One wonderful use for the leftover pears would be a pear spice cake–for my recipe click here.
Below, my stand-in for a Christmas tree. I love this mother-in-law’s tongue, which I’ve had for a decade or more. It is so low maintenance–give it a sunny spot, water occasionally, and it thrives. My new tradition is to throw on ornaments I have left from the days when I did a proper tree. Voila! My hilarious version of a Christmas tree, at no cost, and you’ll be happy to know that my mother-in-law’s tongue loves the added attention. Thanks to you, the readers of MacroChef, for all that you’ve contributed to me this year. Next week I’ll be posting a menu and recipes I’m preparing for my annual New Year’s Day open house. So, celebrate, relax, and experience peace now and throughout 2011.