What is it about the holidays that makes that one-upping family member so much more aggravating?
You know who I'm talking about, right? The cousin or the sister-in-law or the fill-in-the-blank who magically never burns a pie crust and who's children never discuss their bodily functions at the dinner table. You'd dislike her if it was physically possible to dislike someone so sweet.
Last year you went out of your way to bring creme brulee to the meal, just to really stick it to her, and she smiled with all the grace of Audrey Hepburn and said: oh this is perfect! I wanted to make something fancier for dessert but I just didn't have time, what with the planning of the Christmas pageant for the Children's Hospital and all.
Suddenly your "fancy dessert" began emanating some sort of "eat me and you don't care about sick children" vibe and no one would touch it. Great. Did I scorch my hair with a mini blow torch for this?
So if it's your turn to host your family's Christmas dinner and you're shaking in your boots thinking about how you're going to match her elaborate meal from last year I may have a small tip for you.
Abode is chalk full of fabulous glassware that will make your dining room look like something out of, well, your one-upping cousin's house.
Gorgeous shabby-chic salt and pepper shakers will distract from the fact that your stuffing is bland, and who could care anyway if you serve it out of this amazing lead glass bowl? And there's plenty more where that came from.
So sleep easy, and if you're at all like me, dream about catching her buying those perfect pies at the grocery store.
Stay glassy Salt Lake.