Sorry guys. I did it again. I disappeared from the blogesphere for several weeks with no explanation. My only excuse is, it’s a REALLY busy time of the year. Holiday parties. Shopping. Baking. Cooking. Cleaning. Traveling. I found myself with an ever-expanding to-do list and a huge load of stress I didn’t need, so I took a break. I didn’t do any baking pre-Christmas travel. I said, “Mom, I’m really sorry, but I just don’t have time to bake all the cookies myself. We can bake when I get there.” And we did (well, I baked and she ate cookies), and the world didn’t end because I didn’t bring the cookies with me.
So I guess I learned this holiday season that I can’t be Wonder Woman and do everything all the time, and that everything will be OK if I decide to bring Dunkin Donuts Munchkins to the team breakfast instead of baking something. I’m sorry I neglected this blog so much, but it was one of the things that was stressing me out, and I didn’t want something that’s supposed to be fun to be a source of stress.
But now I’m back! And I wanted to share with you a few images from my Christmas, because once I finally gave in and stopped trying to be everything all the time, I actually had a wonderful, relaxing time.
I made chocolate covered pretzel rods for our friends Nick and Nikki’s 2nd annual Christmas potluck dinner. They were delicious and super easy to make. I cheated and broke the pretzel rods in half, then dipped the broken ends in the chocolate, so I got twice as many pretzels! I just used the little candy melt things you can get at Joann or AC Moore. They were a total hit!
I baked SO MANY cookies at my parents’ house. Mom loves ginger snaps and Dad loves molasses cookies. I made about 4 dozen molasses cookies first, and then tried to make ginger snaps, but accidentally started following a different molasses cookie recipe instead, so we ended up with about 6 dozen molasses cookies! Then, the ginger snap recipe I have makes another 8 or 9 dozen cookies, so needless to say, we had plenty of cookies, and then some!
I woke up Christmas morning to a few inches of fresh snow on the ground, this beautiful tree with lots of goodies underneath, and a beautifully decorated fireplace just waiting to have a Christmas fire. Santa brought me everything I could have wanted, including a label maker (be still, my OCD heart!) and an immersion blender (I’m going to make ALL the soups!).
Instead of the typical Christmas ham or turkey, Mom, Dad and I feasted on lobstah! The vegans/veggies had their usual Tofurkey, and my picky older sister had (I think) jalepeno poppers. Whatever floats your boat!
Five days off in the good old state of VT was exactly what I needed to decompress. I had so much fun playing cards, drinking and watching old home movies with my family. How was your Christmas?