May your Christmas be a filled with love and fun as ours.
I may not be done with all my Christmas preparations, but I feel like I’m in a good spot. I’ve got 2 gifts left to pick up (one of which doesn’t need to be done until next week). I’ve got 2 gifts left to knit – one is a slipper that doesn’t need to be finished until next week and the second is a hat that I can finish up in an evening. Wrapping can be done Christmas Eve afternoon while the kids are at their daycare party. I think I’m done making Christmas cookies. It’s totally reasonable to think that I’ve got this Christmas thing licked. Which should be reason enough for fate to kick me in the butt before tomorrow night rolls around.
My guess is that fate is going to hit me in one of two areas. The first is the giant storm that is supposed to be rolling in. I love snow and I really want snow this winter, but it’s coming at a time when I’m supposed to be travelling to my parents house for Christmas Day! The other way that fate might send me screaming to hide under my covers is that I’m working on a gift for our daycare lady that just doesn’t seem to want to come together. It’s a scrapbook with little things about each kid in the daycare. I’m waiting on photos from the other parents and just hoping that they’ll come in time. I know better than to do this sort of thing at the last minute. It’s craziness I tell you, pure craziness.
Despite the threat of a snow of epic proportions, I’m going to make the bread I promised my Mom for Christmas Day dinner. It’s the bestest, most easiest recipe I’ve found for making bread. And despite all my efforts, I’ve yet to screw it up. It’s from Arisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. You make a giant batch of the dough (which takes maybe 5 minutes) and let it sit in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Any time you want fresh bread you take it out, saw off a hunk of dough and let it sit on your countertop for 40 minutes and bring your oven (and a good quality pizza stone) up to temp. Throw it in the oven and you’ve got awesome bread. I’ve thrown in flax seed for a really yummy change. So even if we get snowed in, we’ll be eating well at the Big Blue House.
Merry Christmas Everyone!