Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Best of Intentions

I honestly thought that with my baby-sitting duties on hiatus, that I would blog everyday.  NOT.  Oh, well.  I had the best of intentions.

It is just that I got busy with 'life'.  I went to my former week-day yoga classes and caught up with my yoga buddies.  I even had time to sit and have coffee.

I got busy baking my Christmas cookies so that I could drop them off to folks on Friday.  But not content to give away just cookies, I ended up making hot cocoa mix and homemade marshmallows.  (no pictures now, but I'll take some this week).  And more cookie baking and tasting yesterday.  (I was on a sugar high)

The house is all decorated.  Or at least decorated with what I was willing to drag out this year.  The tree is up and all the gifts are wrapped:


I bought this hand-sewn Nutcracker ornament in Moscow when we attended the ballet


and found this carving of Father Frost in St. Petersburg:


The fireplace mantle holds my stone houses from Estonia.  I decided not to put up my Christmas village so these will suffice this year:


The dining room table is set with the good china and a selection of my Depression era glasses:


A few last minute grocery items to pick up and I am all ready to start my Christmas dinner.

Butter Lettuce w Pears, Walnuts, & Goat Cheese
Mashed Potatoes
Three-cheese Polenta
Sicilian Carrots
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
Cannoli Cake w Chocolate Mousse


Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I can't resist bragging....

I just got a Christmas card from my grandson.  Well, his clever parents helped with it.  At the top it says:  'Santa is coming to our house?'  The picture below is attached and can be popped-out to use as an ornament on the tree.


I am sure he will be intrigued once all the decorations are up.  He is already getting around pretty good on his own and learning to reach and touch anything in sight.  Here he is trying to reach the door handle into the pantry:


He will stand up on his tiptoes, like that would give him just the boost he needs.  Just too cute.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Getting Ahead of the Christmas Curve

I am patting myself on the back.  All of my Christmas cards are in the mail.  My cookie doughs are in the freezer.  My gift shopping is done.  My out-of-town gifts are sent.  And I actually have some decorations up.  Not bad for December 9.

My approach in recent years for Christmas cards has been to put one in the mail upon receipt of one. This year I beat all but one sender with my cards.  There was in article in Sunday's paper about the trend now of just emailing, texting or sending Twitter greetings.  Much too impersonal for me.

Whilst writing my Christmas cards, I suddenly remembered that I used to keep one card from each year as a memento of what I sent.  I still have a framed card from the first year I was married, 1970. It has been displayed in my home year round ever since then.



But the box with all those other cards?  No idea.

As I start decorating I sometimes wonder where things disappear to.  The biggest mystery is what happened to the Christmas stockings I made for my boys and myself.  They have been missing for some time and I can only assume that they must have been in some box that accidentally got tossed out.

I still have to pick up some items tonight to make my hot cocoa mix.  You just can't give away cookies without hot cocoa mix.  (One year I even made my own marshmallows, but I do not think that will happen this year.)

I still have gifts to wrap, but that is a quick afternoon event.  And for now, it is easier to keep them stashed in the guest room in their boxes without worrying about them getting in the way if they are wrapped.

All in all, I seem to be on schedule for Christmas day.  And then I get to think about putting all that 'stuff' away for another year.