Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A lovely Christmas

We all enjoyed a really lovely Christmas this year. I hope everyone reading this did as well. I must report that I did manage to finish all my Christmas knitting in time. Yay!!

I really overdid it in the baking department and ended up with way too many sweets. Next year I'm going to have to restrain myself. I don't know why, but I think I have it etched in my brain somewhere that Christmas means lots of food and sweets!
IMG_0825Christmas morning we woke up to a wonderful breakfast of cinnamon rolls before we opened up our gifts. Usually I make the short-cut cinnamon rolls every year, but I can't find the big package of Rhodes frozen rolls in my grocery store any more. Last year I made my own dinner rolls and froze them before assembling the concoction the night before. In doing a google search this year I found a recipe for overnight cinnamon rolls on a blog. I was a tad skeptible because the directions said that the rolls raise in the refrigerator overnight and that you light the oven and let the rolls sit out at room temp. while the oven preheats. I followed the directions carefully. The only thing I did differently was making the dough in my bread machine on the manual cycle and I baked the rolls about 5 more minutes than was called for. They were perfect and were enjoyed by all! It was big hit and will now become a family favorite I'm sure. There are a few variations that I would like to try, but not until all of our sweets are gone. ;)

I made the usual apple pie and pumpkin pie. We celebrated my father's 94th birthday, so I had to make his favorite cake (1-2-3-4 cake with buttercream frosting.) IMG_0812and buttertarts andIMG_0813mini-pumpkin cheesecakes. Then we had IMG_0817chocolate chip cookies, gingersnaps, butter cookies, pizzelles, and Aunt Louise's butterscotch cookies. IMG_0815Plus I tried to make some peppermint bark and failed miserablely. I carmalized the white chocolate chips in my microwave by mistake. Next time I must be sure and use a double boiler! IMG_0809 The peppermint bark tastes good and actually the white choolate chips that caramelized taste pretty good as well, but not very pretty to look at. My husband thought it would make a good topping for ice cream.

All in all we had way too many sweets. I gave away as much as I could. We were supposed to visit my husband's family (2 I/2 hours away without snow) on Sunday, but we had to cancel out because of the blizzard. I was going to bring most of the sweets there, but couldn't. It was very disappointing not being able to go. We toyed with the idea of just going anyways, but realized the trouble would have been in trying to get back home. My husband eventually made the decision to stay home. In our younger days we would have attempted it, but it was better to be safe rather than sorry. We ended up with a foot and a half of snow on the I'm glad we played it safe.

Today my baby had his wisdom teeth removed. My middle son had his done back in August before starting college. He had difficultly with the anesthesia and got sick before we even reached the car....he had a tough time of it. I hoped and prayed my baby would have it easier, but actually he had a really hard time waking up and ended up getting sick on the ride home. He is doing much better now, but I'm tired....running up and down the stairs with the ice packs on and off every 15 minutes. I'm just happy it's over and now hopefully he'll be all recovered before school starts again on Monday.

I will end with my ancient Christmas Angel IMG_0808 that I made I think when I was in junior high school. It's made out of a cardboard cone and wings covered with wrapping paper and yarn for hair with a glittered pipe cleaner halo. One of my old hair bows for a collar.  Every year since I was a kid it has been on top of our tree. I carefully put it away each year and she never seem worse for the wear. I'm always amazed that this piece of my childhood has survived. A crafty recycled  item made before recycling was in vogue. A very crude ancient decoration, but I love her just the same and my boys have never objected to her having that special spot on the tipity top of our tree every year :)

Stay tuned....I'll be having more posts about my Christmas knitting.
Happy New Year with lots of happy knitting!

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  1. You did bake a lot! I am going to try those rolls; they look wonderful! Happy New Year!

  2. All of your sweets look tempting.

    Can't wait to hear about your Christmas knitting.

  3. The topper for our tree is a little red burlap Santa that I got as a gift when I was 5. That means Santa is 50 years.

    One year I put him on a wreath and hung it on the front door. I found Santa out in the yard and the wreath GONE. Someone tried to steal my Santa!

    From then on he stayed safely IN the house.

    Happy birthday to your Dad. His cake looks pretty awesome!

  4. Oh my, but the desserts look delicious!!!! YUM!!!

    Sorry about your son getting sick. I had a rather easy time when I got my wisdom teeth taken out 12 years ago...except for dry socket.

  5. Yum! Everything looks so good, I want to spend Christmas at your house next year! LOL

  6. Oh my goodness, what a tasty post! I love cinnamon rolls, and yours look wonderful! Happy birthday wishes to your dad! I can't wait to see your knitting - will stayed for that. Happy New Year!! (I haven't figured out how to do paragraphs from my phone, yet, so please forgive.. :)

  7. Oh my baking! You won't have to do any for some time that's for sure.

    Your cinnamon rolls look scrumptious!

  8. Your tree is lovely. really did make lots of sweets, that's more then I make in a whole year. I hate to bake, lol
    Happy New Year to you and yours,

  9. Your baking looks so delicious!! I am definitely going to try those rolls.

  10. mmmmm all those goodies makes me hungry!

  11. this year, you can send your excess sweets to me! ;) lol. we overbaked as well but who cares! all the fun is in the baking..nobody thinks about the amount of sweets being eaten. :) i love your angel! peppermint bark is something i'd like to try to make myself. :)


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