'Twas the Night Before Xmas

It has been a really hectic week with friends and family arriving from overseas; 4 birthday celebrations; and many mini reunion/Xmas party
  1. This week I have made over 600 Xmas chocolate chip cookies for gifts
  2. Made a banoffee pie for a birthday cake
  3. Made coloured ricotta hotcakes for late night desserts
  4. Made 4 trays of lasagne for a "small" pre-pre Christmas family gathering
  5. Taught my culinary-phobic cousin how to make a basic boscaiola pasta (her favorite and super easy)
  6. Made 3 big trays of macaroni and cheese for my fourth "Thanksgiving" dinner this year
    My friend wanted this meal for his birthday... It was awesome.
  7. Made pecan pie slice for aforementioned Thanksgiving/birthday dinner
  8. Made 27 mini pavlova bases and 1.5L of rose-flavoured whipped cream
  9. Experimented with a new date loaf recipe
    Added pecans instead of walnuts. Forgot to add vanilla but I hear that it was still delicious
  10. Made 2 large trays of caramel slice for Xmas day
  11. Meanwhile, I am in the process of moving hell
  12. So tonight on Xmas eve, I have declined all invitations
  13. Ordered some seafood from the fish shop downstairs
    A very Australian Xmas meal
  14. And enjoyed the sun and this view of the Sydney skyline in quiet solitude