Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Christmas Blooms and A Cookie Recipe

My amaryllis bulb rewarded me with five beautiful blooms on one stem.  The tiny leaves near the base have another bud forming so I am keeping my fingers crossed for another bloom or maybe five.  So different than the bulb I planted last year which sent up several leaves that grew and grew, but never did send up a bloom.

A pretty poinsettia on the kitchen island.
With all the time spent working in the kitchen at this time of year, it makes the tasks a bit more pleasant.  

In my last post I mentioned a new-to-me cookie recipe I had made.  Lorrie asked if I would share the recipe and I am happy to do so.  

recipe from Gooseberry Patch Holidays at Home cookbook

A note on the recipe:  If you don't care for rum extract, these are also good with maple extract as a substitution.


I rather doubt that I will be posting again before Christmas, so I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a most joyous holiday season.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

A Few Thoughts at Christmastime

After Christmas last year I took advantage of the 50% off sales and picked up a Christmas tree for my living room.  Perhaps I should call it my reading room because that is what mostly takes place here.
When trying to decide how I wanted to decorate it, I settled on using the very old ornaments that belonged to my parents.  Many of them are Shiny Brites and all of them are very delicate.  Worrying about them getting broken almost stopped me.  But, when I thought about how long I have had them I decided it was best to put every last one of them on that tree and enjoy it to the fullest.  Which is exactly what I have been doing.  Each morning and most evenings I make myself comfortable in my reading chair and this is my view.  Such a pretty and peaceful way to start and end the day in this busy time leading up to Christmas.

When I think of how old and fragile these ornaments are, it's rather amazing that there are still so many of them intact.  This Santa is one of my favorites.

Last week I was invited to meet a few of the neighbor ladies for lunch.
After lunch I invited them over for dessert.  I decided a variety of bite size choices would be best and baked pecan tassies, chocolate cherry cheesecakes and a new to me recipe, nutmeg logs.
In the morning I set the table with my Christmas china so that everything would be ready when we returned from lunch.
One of our topics of conversation was that the younger generation, for the most part, has no interest in owning sets of china.  When I got married 42 years ago I thought having a full set of china was such a thrill.  It made me feel so grown up and elegant.  Many years later I dreamed of owning the traditional Lenox holiday china.  When it became possible, I enjoyed setting the table with it for our Christmas celebrations.  In my mom's later years she gifted me four sets of it.  
Her last visit to my home was a Thanksgiving visit many years ago.
I decided to decorate the house for Christmas early that year and set the table with the Lenox china.  I know it brought her great joy and it still stands out as our last happy holiday celebration together.

Although both of my parents have been gone for many years, the memories old ornaments and out of fashion china evoke make me glad I still own them.

Our weekend weather has been damp and dreary.
Extra thankful for Christmas lights on days like this.
Today I'll be tackling the Christmas cards.
Probably another old fashioned tradition.  Yet one I will most likely be carrying on until it's obsolete.

Wishing you JOY for the season.