It’s actually more than just the night before Christmas, but we’ve been busy around here. First there is an FO that is a Christmas present. It was finished last night, starched, and pressed. Now it is wrapped and waiting to be opened. The thread is from my great grandmother and very vintage. The pattern is a copy of an old pattern book with a 1950 copyright date. It took quite awhile for me to figure out some parts as the pattern was a bit vague at times. Unfortunately, there is a mistake or two that I didn’t catch until later, but all in all it turned out fine.
Biscotti has been baked in the last week and another kind was baked yesterday. After it was cool, I melted chocolate chips and a wee bit of shortening together and then added in a bit of powdered sugar to make a glaze. Each biscotti had one end dipped into the glaze and left to dry/set. These are partly for a Christmas gift, partly to be wrapped and put in Christmas stockings, and partly just for the family to enjoy. I don’t imagine they will last long as everyone loves them whether they drink coffee or tea or not. The kids like munching on them.
I finally had one more overripe banana which gave me three to make banana bread with. The other two were in the freezer. I pulled them out, thawed them, made sour milk as I had forgotten to pick up buttermilk at the grocery store, and mixed together the two loaves. We sliced the first loaf to eat after supper last night and the rest will disappear in the next few days as everyone in our family likes banana bread. This is one of the few ways I can eat bananas as I am allergic to them when they are not cooked or baked.
This morning, we pulled out the gingerbread and sugar cookie dough that had been in the refrigerator. I wanted to bake them off and then frost them this afternoon. I called in DS and DD and set them to rolling out the gingerbread dough and using their favorite Christmas cookie cutters to make cookies. As you can see, there was lots of cookies made and eventually frosted. The best part was listening to the kids have so much fun what with laughter, gentle ribbing, and general silliness intermixed with completing the task at hand. This is a memory that I won’t forget any time soon. I also put together the candied yams for supper tomorrow.
After lunch, while the kids were frosting some of the cookies, I mixed up Sourdough Rye Bread and left it to rise. Then I pulled out the ingredients for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies. DH had asked for these specifically and the kids chimed in as well. I only made a single batch as we already had a double batch of gingerbread cookies and a single batch of sugar cookies.
Then a pecan pie was put together and baked off. When the pie came out, the Sourdough Rye Bread was put into the oven to bake. It came out right before we had to leave to go over to GPID’s for supper and opening of stockings. The warm bread was put in a bag and taken over along with gingerbread cookies, stocking stuffers, and various sandwich makings.
After supper and before the stockings were opened, SIL brought out gingerbread house kits for the kids to put together. DD decided she wasn’t interested in completing one this year, but DS put one together. Some of the candy was over a year old so none of this will be eaten. It will eventually be gotten rid of, but DS and his cousin had fun being creative.
When we came back home, DH mixed up and kneaded the rolls for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, he pulls out my grandmother’s roll recipe and gets busy. No one else seems to be able to duplicate her rolls, but before she passed, she was pleased to enjoy his efforts on behalf of her recipe. This year, he outdid himself. After letting the dough rise for an hour, I had the pleasure of working with a soft, elastic, and totally luscious dough to form into rolls. They were allowed to rise for 45 minutes while the oven heated and then baked for 30 minutes at 350°. I can hardly wait to sink my teeth into them tomorrow.
The packages are wrapped, all but the last few dishes are cooked for tomorrow’s Christmas supper, and soon we will head off to bed. I’ve been on my feet most of the day, but the house is full of Christmas food and Christmas smells. It’s a special time of year and while it has been busy the last few days getting everything finished, time has been taken to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! We are celebrating not only His birth, but the sacrifice He and His Father made so that He could come to earth and save us. We hope that each of you take time as you celebrate with your families and friends to remember that Jesus loves you and wants to be your best friend. He wants to be by your side every day as a welcome partner in all your decisions.
We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!