Well, its time I got crackin' on this whole Christmas thing. Here is a little guide to our planned activities....I'm hoping to come in at 75%--a gentleman's C, if you will.
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One of these days I will go all out, but mostly I just want my house clean. At this point, it would just blend into the clutter. We hope to buy our 9 foot Frasier Fir this weekend. And maybe I'll get lights on it. We are hoping to avoid last year's fiasco of the tree crashing to the ground multiple times by purchasing a new stand.
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I bought a bunch of garland at Whole Foods that we'll be using too (also, buy it at Trader Joes--1/3 of the cost). It's similar to the picture below. I always cheap out, but one of these days I'll buy some magnolia garland--its my fav. This blog has a DIY, if you live near magnolias.
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I've always heard that you should spray it with water to keep it relatively fresh. Apparently there is a spray called Wilt Pruf you can buy that seals your evergreen and keeps it good for 3-4 months.
I grew up a purist, thinking they had to be made from scratch and then I realized you don't eat them so I save the good gingerbread dough for cookies (there are only so many from-scratch desserts I have the stamina to make in a month). In fact, some blog I can't remember pointed out that you can just hot glue them to a form because no one eats multi-week old cookies with candy all over them.
|See the black? Molten sugar turns dark quickly. #fail|
Homemade GiftsWhy? Compulsion. I don't even know if my kids really care--Charlotte would probably prefer to hit the mall. But I'm in charge, so we are thinking about homemade bath bombs using this recipe, or this recipe.
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This isn't happening until next weekend for sure. I like to make fudge too because when else can you get away with making fudge? I'm devoted to the recipe on the side of the Marshmallow Whip jar, byt the way (I think this is it). I typically use Martha's gingerbread recipe (or get tired and use a mix) and this recipe for Butter and Jam Thumbprints. One year they were the most AMAZING COOKIE EVER. Last year, they were meh (I left them in too long).
I might try making this Rosemary Butter Cookie this year, and these Coconut Palmiers are super easy, egg free, and add some diversity to your cookie plate. Because I have an unexplainable need to have a variety of cookies available. I might enjoy shoving my face full of double stuffed Oreos just as much (or more), but I feel a societal pressure to have an interesting and balanced variety available at the same time. Why is that? (If your answer is good, I might just pay by the hour).