16 December 2016


goodies for the hubs ..
2 trays to share with the folks at work.
with another big tray going next week.
i also put together a few little tins of goodies
for a few folks in our private circle.
looking forward to everything being gone
as it's a high temptation to 
**just have a nibble**
or three.

{cranberry slab pie}

cranberries with loads of sugar and walnuts.. 

almond extract in the batter which goes atop the cranberries..
i may or may not admit to adding a splash more to the recipe.

ready for the oven. 
the original recipe calls for this to be in a cake pan. please know that the cake pan idea is altogether tacky .. in my opinion. if you're going to make a 9" cranberry pie then use a springform pan so the presentation will be .. well .. presentable! but i needed to make a large amount of the cranberry pie so used a half sheet lipped pan. two and a half recipes of the ingredients. as info, i'm not serving it from the pan... 

baked to perfection.. 
the aroma .. oh wow the aroma

after the slab pie cooled i covered it with plastic wrap and popped it in the deep freeze overnight. then i used a very sharp knife to cut it into squares and then in half for rectangles. using plain white cuppycake papers it made for easy lifting .. just right for a couple bites.

between the slab pie and this goodie tray, 
the folks at my hub's place of employ were 
sugared up good and still performed 
their necessary tasks with great success...
so says the hubs.

hoping your day is sweet.


12 December 2016

because i couldn't leave well enough alone..

so i added another deer .. this one with antlers.
and a campfire.
and {empty} packages wrapped and tied.
for looks alone.
and my precious {to me} scrolled step stool
raising the effect of the decor.

so far in the freezer ::

* dark chocolate mint bark
* white chocolate peanut clusters
* russian tea cakes
* chocolate crinkles

today's plan ::

* gingerbread loaves
  ..... full size, mediums, minis

and this week sometime ::

* nantucket cranberry pie(s)
  ..... as in multiple

and i'm doing WELL to keep my fingers away from the sweet junque.
for the most part. no, really!! i'm rather amazed at myself!

***  my mother was released from the hospital (too soon if you ask any of her daughters. grrrrr) and is safely settled at sandy's home. the hospital staff did NOT treat this release with any thoughtfulness or proper planning for my mother nor her care givers. seriously unhappy with this experience. the physical therapist arrives today and home health is visiting soon as well. recovery from surgery itself is no cake walk when you're 85. but recovering from a knee replacement is another animal altogether. poor thing. two sisters are "tag teaming" to help mom around .. hoping the PT can offer suggestions and solutions. and further hoping/praying my mother will experience the strength required for complete recovery. ♥

***  one night this week the hubs and i will be heading up to the city to view Christmas lights. there are a few residential streets of grand vintage homes that decorate beautifully. the years prior we'd (when our family was complete) toodle around our own littler city neighborhoods to view fancy dancy lights. we're unwilling to do that anymore as the memories cause deep ache. so. we'll enjoy that tradition elsewhere. and it's a good thing. this season has a way of tugging the heart more than usual. i become more quiet in my little world .. more introspective. not wanting to be a 'debby-downer' i become less active than usual {which is a rarity anyway} in seeking out friends.

***  found a wonderful youtube video with 3 hours continuous Christmas music. traditional & hymns - all instrumental. thoroughly enjoying listening to this as i bake or tend to keeping the house.

***  yesterday and last night we took turns reading from our devotional(s) and a collection of Christmas stories. sitting in our living room chairs with feet propped up, we read, talked, and quietly embraced the warmth of togetherness.

***  i've been sleeping 7-8 hours a night the past almost week using an over the counter sleep aid. i feel almost human. will be sharing this bit of information with my physician at an upcoming appointment to ensure it's fine and dandy to use this supplement .. or not. and if not, then back to insomnia. for years now. elongated sigh.

***  chicken vegetable soup tonight .. leftovers i froze a week or two ago. do you freeze meals or leftovers for quick meals later? i love to cook but sometimes i daydream of hiring a personal chef. that's usually when the hubs suggests we go out for dinner. he's swell. but he also wants to eat and knows that the treat of going out to eat will spur me into wanting to cook again. he's sneaky.

hoping your day offers gentle warmth, love, and peace.