Or kick-back time.
I aim for the last week before Christmas to be quiet and prayerful, joyous and good.
I fail, utterly because I always think I can do one thing more.
The Safety Board would fine us for letting kids bake on chairs.... silly safety board! What's a broken arm among friends?
Not as cool as Edna, this is the Kitchen Aid that my beloved mothers at daycare gave me last year...
This baby (and its trusty still-working predecessor) are at work daily with my little crew.
The Chocolate Chip cookie dough. Dave wanted to make sure everyone saw it.
Sneak peak at Dave's dad, my son Matt... Note that he's searching for food.... He'd just run 10 miles and got back in time to shower and head to the Christmas train show at a great garden center near here.
But food was clutch to a successful afternoon!
So we're busy like everyone else, but that's okay. It all gets done, no one dies and we have a great time.
Most of the recipes I'm using this weekend are already on the blog. We're making Ree Drummond's mother's apple dumplings that are now a family and crowd-pleasing favorite: RECIPE HERE
We're having the stuffed mushrooms that were such a hit at Thanksgiving, and so simple. With a food processor, this stuffing takes minutes to make and my family devoured these babies...
For Christmas Eve, Dave's family comes to celebrate with us. Everybody brings something. I love that!
For our family celebration on Sunday, I do the cooking.... and then we're sending one family on the Polar Express train ride as part of our Make-a-Memory Day.
So we have Make-a-Memory Days and Bake-a-Memory Days because who needs more toys, right?
Then on Christmas, we have a small group this year because some are heading to other places. So that day will be easy: Mass in the morning, Steak on the grill in the snow, baked potatoes, veggies, more mushrooms, pie and we might even do something we've never done before: Go to a movie. Les Mis opens that day... Or The Hobbit, maybe?
Don't know, we'll see how the day progresses! From my heart and house to yours, I wish you the peace, blessings and tidings of this holy season...
A baby, born in a manger.
Keep a Simple Christmas.
God bless you!
Ruthy (The Yank)