In the Cookie Jar · My Family

Where to Begin?

Well, let’s take it in order…

Thanksgiving went very nicely, with the exception of my husband’s migraine, which finally eased up around 3 in the afternoon…

Other bits and pieces from that day

…not sure which of them it was, but someone in my family taught Alex to say “Cheers!” and clink his sippy cup against another person’s glass…he went around the room, from person to person, saying “Cheers!” and clinking cups…

…my first Thanksgiving turkey came out JUST FINE, thank you, and none of it dry OR undercooked. And the stuffing, which my mom came up and helped with, was – as always – very yummy. My sister was the first to sample it, when the bird was barely out of the oven – she was over there, trying to look innocent…

…my son likes turnips….

The next day – my mother’s birthday. We hosted that, too, and my husband did the cooking – (I had to work) – roast leg of lamb…brussels sprouts…baby carrots…and leftover mashed potatoes and turnips from the day before. Very yummy. I made kind of faux Napoleons of puff pastry circles layered with lemon pie filling and whipped cream and garnished with candied lemon peel.

…it’s not a whole lot of fun having a sinus infection through the holidays…

Over the weekend we got a lot done around the house, and I’ve started decorating for Christmas a bit. I figure I’ll do a little of something every day – a little pre-Christmas gift to myself because I always feel like I don’t get enough time to do the fun pre-Christmas things…I always feel rushed.

So – my Nativity scene is up, and I’ve hung the cutesy snowman advent calendar up AND filled all the compartments with cookies for Alex and my husband to share.

And speaking of pre-Christmas things – I’ve got more springerle dough (made a triple batch this time) on the counter warming up a bit and tonight I’ll form a ton more cookies…and bake them tomorrow.

So – must go. Also made a batch of pfeffernusse – they’re kind of like spicy little rocks…good with tea.

That’s it for the moment!

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