What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today? Today is Christmas Day, my daughter invited us to spend Christmas with her and our granddaughter and her husband. I have been looking forward to this since she asked us several months ago. I think as my daughter has gotten older and her grandparents (my parents have had their share of illness and still living at the age of 91) that she seems to be gravitating towards how important families are. I enjoyed our time together and it just went too fast.
List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper) My favorite spices are cinnamon, cloves. I looked up spices I was surprised to see that oregano, garlic are consider spices I would have thought they would have been herbs. So I would also add Italian Seasonings as they have nice blend that we like to use on our homemade pizza.
When I think of cloves I think of Chai Latte. I got a gift card at coffee shop, but I don’t drink coffee, but they do serve Chia there, so I have been waiting for cold day to go over there so I can sip it while at work. I work at a library in the basement. Normally Monday mornings there is chill as it has been closed since Saturday. But with the holidays we have been closed since Friday, Dec. 22 at 6pm. so it will be colder and will take a day or two to warm up again. So that is when I am going to get my Chia for tomorrow.
What can you always be found with? I would say I can’t talk with out a pen in hand. I like to take notes, or if I learn something new I like to write it down, I love keeping a journal of my coming and goings. Before I go to bed is when I write in mine. So I keep a pen on my night stand. Sometimes at library a title of book will give me inspiration for blog subject to write about. I have often thought if I ever got in an elevator and it would stop for some reason I would want to have pen and paper so I could occupy my time until we got out again.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? When I called my daughter to see if it was alright to bring cheese ball, then I later asked her if she liked homemade cookies, she replied quite quickly with “we love cookies!. So I set out to make more Christmas cookies for her family. I made Spritz like my mother use to make. Then I mentioned a cut out cookie that was wheat cookie recipe. She said she didn’t like whole wheat. But I went ahead a made half the recipe as my husband and I had scarfed down quite a few. I also made peanut butter blossom cookies.
While I was making the cut out cookies (whole wheat flour) I really got into decorating them. I used a paint brush to brush on the icing. Then I started thinking about this and thought the artist was coming out in me. I took a plastic sandwich bag hung it over small jar and filled it with icing. I had gotten the idea from youtube recently and then pulled it up, twisted it and cut a small corner off in one of the corners and used it decorate my Christmas Tress cut out cookies. I have now decided to see if I could take class somewhere, but then my daughter suggested I might be able to check out DVD from anther library or find a book that would teach me how to make decorate cookies or cupcakes. I would like to learn before the next potluck at church.
I needed a tin for all the cookies I made but ended up using a #10 can. I spray painted in a dark red and then used white acrylic paint and an old tooth brush to spray white paint over the can to make it look like snow. I placed my cookies in baggies and lowered them down in the can. I made wire handle and was able carry it in that way.
My daughter mentioned she didn’t like whole wheat cookies but it seemed her husband loved them and half of them was gone. So someone appreciated them. Then we went shopping to pick up something and we ended up at Michaels. I found a Wilton Cookie Press thought it was ideal for making Spritz . I was able to obtain 50% coupon on my phone and went to register and only had to pay $5.99 was a deal. We went home and made cookies us girls. My daughter later mentioned the next day that she was going to make that a family tradition. When my mother was still able to cook, she always made me a tin of Spritz for my birthday in December.
My mother has dementia and is lucky if she remembers who we are. I certainly miss talking to her and sharing her wisdom with me. She has fallen more then she has in her entire life. She fell off her bed and broke her hip in three places. About two months ago, she got up from eating at table in the nursing home and tripped over the table leg and she broke bone in the other hip. This time she will not be able to bear any weight on it for sometime. Not sure what they will do with her. She is petite person to begin with. She only weights about 90 lbs. My sister said she doesn’t remember what happen to herself because of her dementia.
Usually holidays are hard for me. But this year being around a six year old and my daughter, I forgot all about it. I really enjoyed myself and was glad I didn’t have to make dinner at home. It was one of the best holidays I can remember having.