Our holiday traditions have been scaled back this year in an attempt to manage Christmas production rehearsals, athletic events, school schedules, and just life in general. I’m calling it “Holiday Lite”.
For starters, I toned the baking way down and am employing my good friend, the Sprinkle, to make simple things, like these Vanilla Wafer Cookies, look festive.
These are great to make if you’re short on time and/or ingredients. Sprinkles are optional. You can find the recipe HERE.
In the fruitcake department, I didn’t even bother to bake. I just bought one of those blocks-of-fruitcake at the grocery store and called it good.
Ginger saw me eating my daily ration the other day and asked what the “green things” were. I told her they were cherries. “Cherries aren’t supposed to be green,” she told me. She’s right, of course.
We managed to get the tree up this past week. And then it sat for three days before we got around to decorating it.
We told ourselves we were giving it time to “unfold”.
In a few years, maybe we’ll just decorate the sequoias CPT A is growing.
He has two he started from seeds he bought at Yosemite. Both are home for the holidays to ensure they get the care they need while he’s in and out of the office.
Gift-buying took me to Home Goods over the weekend where I saw these on the Clearance rack.
If you don’t mind a headless cookie jar or teapot, they are probably still there – only $29.99.
I also managed a bit of holiday shopping at the grocery store. I found Twister games in the candy aisle and grabbed one for Ginger, who had been wanting one of her own for months… then, I forgot I had bought it and had her help me unload the groceries.
Of course she found it.
Never mind, though. The kids had a good time anyway.
I’m not knitting or crocheting any gifts this year, but Pepper is. She put together this loom-knit hat in an afternoon. It’s destined for a friend in Maine.
What I am currently working on is a scarf. A red, sparkly scarf (though you can’t really see the sparkles in this photo). I started it on Sunday and am hoping to finish it by Christmas Eve. We’ll see….
If I miss my deadline, I can always say it’s for Valentine’s Day. If you’re interested, it’s the Elegant Scarf pattern from Caron.
And, finally – the chickens.
The chickens have been champs this week, braving snow and freezing temperatures and still managing to lay eggs. They are marvels, those chickens. Amazing.
From the dining room table, wanting you to know that I’m the current reigning Twister champion in the house right now,
Tags: Caron simply soft party yarn, chickens, Christmas, Christmas shopping, Christmas tree, Elegant scarf pattern, fruitcake, knitting, loom knitting, scarves, sequoia seedling, twister, vanilla wafer cookies
CategoriesArt Baking Books Brewing Camping Celebrations Chickens Cooking CPT's Lens Crafting Critters Family Garden Ginger's Snaps Hiking Holidays Homeschool House Housekeeping House Plants Insects iPhone photography Kitchen libraries Marriage Mrs. Smythe Mrs. Smythe Stories Museums Musings Old Books On the Home Front Out & About Pepper's Lens Photography Poetry Pollinators Reminiscing Renovations Science & Technology Seasons Shopping Tag Sale-ing Toys Travel Week in Review