Monday, December 23, 2013
We got a gift this year from the school district; our last day of school was Friday which gave me 4 days before Christmas to shop and start making the goodies. I'm actually fairly relaxed this year. I was fortunate to get most of the gift shopping done early (and mostly local or at least made in America!) I'm keeping the baking down to a minimum this year. I made a double batch of ginger crinkles last weekend and took most of them to a cookie swap at school. I did come home with an assortment of cookies, none of which include our usually necessary treats. I will make some cranberry biscotti later today if energy allows; they are Elder Son's favorite must have! I am not making my must-have this year, the "Best Buttermilk Poundcake." We don't need it and I have a yummy delicious fruitcake I treated myself too. This family is one of those who ACTUALLY LOVE fruitcake. I splurged and got myself an Assumption Abby fruitcake to enjoy. I did make two new-to-us recipes this year --- from Pinterest, and SUPER easy. I made something called Christmas fudge
and I made peppermint bark.
As far as house decorations this year, I've got the candles in the windows, a wreath on the door, and a beautiful real tree with lights. I don't think the ornaments will make it to the tree this year, but that's okay. For me all I need is a real Balsam fir and multi-color lights - no twinkles!
We will stay with our tradition of Swedish meatballs for Christmas Eve dinner, but we're breaking with recent tradition and instead of a rib roast on Christmas day, we're going to enjoy a Carando spiral ham. It's a lot for the 3 of us, but some of it will go home with Elder Son, and I am looking forward to split pea soup over the weekend. And ham salad!
So it's a fairly relaxed holiday this year.