Today we celebrated our first Christmas; with sweetie’s two daughter’s and his oldest’s boyfriend. We spent most of last evening and this morning chopping, preheating, cutting, washing dishes, icing, glazing, baking, mixing, washing dishes, stirring… (the dishwasher is running yet again as I type; not to mention all the dishes we washed by hand). My sweetie does not cook, but he takes direction well, and he’s good at sticking with it until the job is done. Together, we made this lovely brunch, and the Christmas cookies and candy:
A fruit compote (pineapple, bananas, strawberries, and apples)
Chocolate Dipped Fruit kebabs
Pecan Swirl Cinnamon Rolls
Sausage and Apple Quiche
Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Christmas Wreaths (Holly Crackles)
I ate entirely too much — but it was all so good. Incidentally, should you decide to make that Dark Chocolate Cookie recipe, I recommend using your own common sense when it comes to cutting them out and baking them. Martha Stewart must be on crack if she thinks anyone in the real world (read: anyone without a sizeable staff) has that kind of time to devote to one damn batch of cookies. Read the recipe, you’ll understand what I mean. I didn’t spend any of that time freezing rolled out dough, I don’t possess parchment paper, and my cookies turned out great.
Sweetie’s youngest loves to bake (and is GREAT at it); she brought a large tray of cookies to add to mine. I don’t even want to admit how few of those cookies are left on the plates this evening. His eldest brought a gift basket of flavored popcorn, chocolate dipped pretzels, cookies she baked, and some wonderful smelling William-Sonoma hot cocoa. I’m going to need to fast for a few days after the festivities are over…
We gave each of the kids a stocking full of goodies, exchanged a few goodies and lots of conversation; the afternoon was gone before we knew it.
The youngest gave us a “Box of Dates”; to be opened one at a time, any time we decide we need a “date night”. Some are marked for “winter”, “spring”, etc., and others are marked “anytime”. Clever gift, huh? It’s kind of fun to think we get to draw Christmas out by having delayed gratification of one of our gifts…
Winter arrived this week, as well. With a vengeance, I might add… Wednesday and Thursday, we got hit hard with a true, honest-to-goodness blizzard. Trees and wires were felled under the weight of the snow and ice, highways were closed for much of Thursday, and travel was almost non-existant. The result was roughly a foot of snow, and on Friday, some beautiful sights…
Tomorrow is a celebration with my side of the family, more eating, conversation and laughter. It also happens to be the due date for grandbaby girl (our first grandchild). She doesn’t seem to be in a big hurry to join us, but you never know… we’re hoping we get to meet her sometime this week!
A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours…