Using up leftover wine with this absolutely fool-proof recipe.
Pour red wine into a large saucepan with brown sugar, slices of lemon, a whole clove (or 4 if you're using a whole bottle of wine) and a cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes. Then add some brandy. Serve with a slice of lemon in a pretty teacup.
Instant good cheer, especially if you're adding a lot of brandy.
Next, Indigo's annual 30% off all hardcover books sale, where I purchased this (among other things):
While listening to Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky
And enjoying some much-appreciated time off.
PS. Michael S. Smith's books are really very good, some of the best decorating books out there, I think. If only he would hire me as his Paris attaché.