I admit, I have taken the last two years off of baking. The Christmas before last I was pregnant and I had all I could do not to throw up on the 20 lb prime rib I made for Christmas eve. And last year the baby was about 5 months old. So baking took a back seat. I think we might have made chocolate covered pretzels.... but my mind is blurred, I can't remember.
This year however we are back with full cookie power! The kids are loving baking with me. The challenge this year is to actually have some LEFTOVER to give to others, or at least a small plate to bring to my mom's Christmas eve. These people I live with have eaten EVERY cookie I have baked so far. Actually last night was the FIRST night we had some leftover. The kids made some round sugar cookies and I did cut outs the night before so they could frost and decorate them all. Their little friend Olivia came over to help us and had a ball! Let me tell you, I forgot how ANNOYING cut outs are and how they BREAK or stick! That's a whole other story, lol. I was trying to think nice thoughts and not say bad words while cutting them out. I think I did pretty good.
I made a couple batches of ricotta cookies and THOSE are all gone too. Seriously. I had them in the FREEZER and these scavengers I live with are eating them FROZEN right out of my freezer!!! Apparently these came out real good, LOL! I need to make these again and HIDE them, maybe in the shed this time? And I'm going to make butter balls, which are my mom's favorite.
I'm getting the year off from hosting Christmas eve this year. I have hosted every year the last 7 years. It's bittersweet. I like our "tradition" of having it here and the kids keep asking why. But on the other hand it's nice that we will go to mom and dad's and have a nice meal. And I get to R E L A X. I know I have many entertaining years ahead of me (God willing) so I'm going to enjoy this one at my parents house! I usually have an egg bake in the fridge Christmas eve for Christmas morning. We are real LOW key on Christmas day. We open gifts, eat our yummy breakfast, relax and enjoy each other. Around 3 o'clock we go to my parents house (they are doing both this year!) and have dinner. Christmas Day attire usually consists of a jogging suit or something VERY comfortable. I have even taken a shower, done hair, make up and put back on a pair of PJ's and gone over there. We aren't real fancy, but very comfortable :)
It's hard to believe it's Christmas Eve already! I am wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas. Have a GREAT day!