Not my favorite brand but will do in a pinch! It is the holiday season and if you have read this blog for any length of time you know how feel about the holidays....... wake me when they are over or self medicate.
This year is a bit different as the weather is warm, scary warm, but we are taking full advantage.
Christmas Eve was outstanding!
We did miss the annual snowbanks to chill our drinks AND what has happened to the tradition of using the porch as a second "fridge" when storing leftovers from Christmas dinner? This year it's no longer possible or safe with temps reaching 50' and 60's routinely. Why is the sweet potato casserole fizzy and bubbling?
Had the last call for mugs on Christmas Eve morning, referred her to a gallery, the studio is on break, I'm baking cookies! I made the mistake of asking the head elf what kind of cookies he wanted this year. He said; CUT OUT COOKIES, DECORATED! Before I could say, NO; he walked out the door to work and waved as he backed out the driveway.
Are you kidding, nobody has time for cut out cookies this time of the year and decorated? BaHahahahaha! I grabbed my car keys at 7:30 am and ran to 4, yes 4 local bakeries! Not a cut out cookie was to be found. I returned home around noon empty handed. Sitting down to dig thorough a dusty recipe box. A hand printed card in blue ink was tucked in the cookie file (dated 11/79 over 40 years ago!) a note at the end of the recipe had three red letters PIA! (code for Pain in the Ass) Had the royal icing recipe too. I hate royal icing, but then these cookies could sit on the counter for months. These cookies took me two days! Told the head elf to keep one for posterity because I am never making these cookies again and next year, call a girl scout! Wait, they don't even have cut out cookies! And they taste like sawdust, IMHO but every night he cheerfully opens the the cookie jar and rations out one cookie for after dinner coffee. Bless him but never ever again! I used to make 12 - 20 different types of cookies in my hey day of baking frenzy, I have all my lists and can't believe I used to do this. Those days are gone and over, pass the carrots and broccoli!
Making cookies reminded me of the other "Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
I love the logo!
"Outsmarting rodents since 1898"
That's a lot of finger snapped since 1898 and how many swear words uttered on a not so silent night!
But alas the basement has been swept clean and the feral cats must be getting old as it was a massacre the first round. Happy to report, this mornings check yielded no lives lost and my fingers are safe today!
Christmas is just a hurdle endured until we can resume indoor sports.
Here we go again, insert maniacal laughing.
When I put the kitchen together I failed to put an outlet between the stove and the fridge. Thought it would be a grand time to move the stove, check for random living things and crusts of bread. Happy to report only cobwebs this year! Winning! I have an unused outlet back in the dark nether regions. Dug out a few tools; drill, bits, hole saw to drill through the cabinet, screws, screw driver, should be pretty easy, 45 minutes tops.
Three hours later......... the leg fell off the stove due to pushing it in and out one too many times. Forgot a flashlight, got the wrong screws to fit the power strip and then hunting for the vise grips and several blocks of wood to prop up the stove while I adjusted the broken leg. Never did find the proper blocks of wood and decided not to haul out the chop saw because that would lead to other projects, many projects. And that my friends is the true Christmas miracle! That sanity took hold before I dug out all the big guns and a cloud of sawdust settled over the decorations and those damn cookies.
Thankfully, years ago my Dad welded a stainless steel roasting pan for the Christmas beast, it weighs 10 pounds and an elephant could sit on.
Flipping it upside down, I picked up the edge of the stove and slide the pan under with one foot. I will be joining the circus if I can stand erect after this home project.
And let's discuss my assistant who is very good and standing on the toe of my shoe while I am on my knees searching for the screw that fell to the floor and rolled under the refrigerator, taking us both down. Yup, there we were gatoring on the kitchen floor.
The power strip also had 3 USB ports so now I have a hidden charging station. I will build a drawer for that stuff later but this cleared a very cluttered counter!
I don't know if he's looking for screws or cookies for doing such a great job as my assistant.
Three hours later the stove was level, the power strip and charging station were installed and I was calling the chiropractor.
But all in all it is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
There is time for hiking, reading, garden plans and just plain old sitting.......