Youse guys know me, you know that really doesn't enter the vocabulary.
But simple as in sweet, prayerful, family-pleasing, joyous and relaxing, unlike my former self who ran around like a crazy person, shopping and spending too much money.
This is such a wonderful new tradition! One day a year we gather all the grandkids we can and we spend a day making and baking, to give them a taste of what Christmas was like for their moms and dads, growing up here on the farm.
There were gingerbread houses. Lacey built the basic graham cracker house the night before (after working all day and before spending a day as a track official at a college track meet on Saturday, so the word "simple" will make her laugh! Simple as long as little sleep is required!)
Station One, The Gingerbread Decorating Station is ready for business!
Sugar cookies in the kitchen... we use our favorite sugar cookie recipe (known as Mary's Sugar Cookies, Deluxe Sugar Cookies and Sugar Cookies from Betty Crocker). You'll find it here... and that was our first Bake A Memory Day at the farm!
|Emma and Morgan... Let me just say that Morgan LOVES dumping flour from one cup into another! :)|
And the Homemade Ornament Station manned by the beautiful Mandy (who really, really, really doesn't do crowds of children well, but she knew I needed help because our helper, Casey, was visiting a college that morning.... Like that was more important, CASEY??????)
And this recipe is one that Lacey found on a baking website she loves BakeAt350.com This is an amazing dip you can use for those leftover graham scraps from house building... and just for a fruit dip or bagel spread... It's amazing and easy!
Caramel Cheesecake Dip:
Use two bowls (I know what you're thinking, don't even SAY IT... this is not hard! So just get out the two bowls and stop yer fussin'!) :)
8 oz. softened cream cheese
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 graham crackers, crumbled/crushed/obliterated
Whip these ingredients together until light and fluffy.
In second bowl:
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. white sugar
Whip until firm, soft peaks form...
Fold together. Serve.... or chill until serving time.
And I thought I took a nice pic of the platter filled with broken graham crackers surrounding a lovely bowl of delicious, fluffy dip... but obviously not, because it's not here!
But it was a wonderful and very deliciously appropriate treat to eat while we were hard at work on super fun stuff!
And here's Grandpa, grabbing a salt bagel from Brueggers before the crazy began, because we put Gramps on baby duty....
And that busyness of fun, hectic, delightful crazy is my version of simple... because it is simply filled with love!
AND GET READY FOR NEXT WEEK!!!!! When the gals of the Yankee Belle Cafe begin The Twelve Days of Christmas Treats and Sweets... with daily prizes drawn for our chatty visitors!
Come join us as we welcome the holidays with some homemade, festive fun!
Beloved author Ruth Logan Herne writes stories that touch the heart... and the soul. She's in her northern latitude cave for the winter, hanging with cute kids and writing great books while snow and wind tend to negate her images of climate change.... come visit her website ruthloganherne.com and friend Ruthy on facebook as Ruth Logan Herne... and you can visit her TODAY in Seekerville where she's talking about small town romance... and the classic small town that set the world aright over two thousand years ago....