Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Little Baking, A Little Sewing!

That's my mantra the past few days. Oh,yes and I worked a busy 12 hour shift.  

I do lots of baking during the Christmas season and make quite a few cookie trays.  I am old fadhioned. Mi do not like what the microwave does to melt chocolate.  I have this bowl I got from Pampered Chef and it serves as my double boiler for melting chocolate.
Austrian Chocolate Balls before they go in the oven to bake.  I found the recipe for these the first year Curtis and I were together and living in Germany.  They were a hit and have been made every Christmas since then. 
Always lots of shortbreads, being of British heritage.  The orange cranberry are new this year and certainly are yummy.  The others are shot through the cookie press and one just prays the shortbread gods are with you.  My sister tells me having humidity in the air is a great help with this.  Living in MT
there is almost no humidity, so why I need a prayer or two.
The above are eggnog scones before they went in the oven.  The girls at work appreciated them on Sunday morning.  
First time I have made these in a long, long time.  My favourite for the holidays being mince pies and tarts ! More of my British heritage.  None of my family appreciates them.  Also love Christmas pudding and fruitcake.  Not worth the time and money when my family doesn't really like them.  I wastotally  impressed last time I made the trip to Canada in Oct., and in the grocery store, one side of one aisle was totally devoted to Christmas baking supplies. I spaced it, but should have taken a photo.  I was impressed!!!

The countdown to Christmas is on.  Less than a week.  Cait flies home Thursday evening.  As per usual at Christmas, she is sick.  Hoping she doesn't need urgent care like last year.  And that the rest of us don't get it.  Curtis made the trek to the Flathead, on Sunday to deliver gifts.  Hopefully back today, as I have been without a vehicle.  Quite happy stuck at home.  The wind blew like crazy yesterday, although the temperatures warmed up significantly. You either get cold with no wind, or warmer temps and windy! 

We watched the grandkids last Sat. Evening so the folks could attend Tim's Christmas party in peace.  
There are presents under my tree.  Don't think there are any at home.  Coop thought we shoukd open them.  And Nic's impressed there are BIG presents under the tree.  This time of year is always a struggle for him as it creates stress.  

Working on my last sewing project for Christmas.  Leave the biggest project for last, but it is almost done.  Will have to post a photo after the big day.

There has been no time in my life right now for scrapbooking or creating cards. Imagine that!!
But I did get in my space Saturday and managed to clean up.  
Did this layout of my sister. Photos from Brisbane, Australia.  
Getting very close to the end of my album.  


Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, all of the cookies look so delicious!! You've made me hungry!! And what a gorgeous layout!! I love it!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

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Susanne said...

It sounds like being stuck at home with no car worked out fine. Those cookies look delicious. Merry Christmas to you and yours.