Christmas Re-Cap

It was a busy few days…baking, wrapping, eating, family-ing…

I felt like the Christmas season kicked into high gear on Saturday night when I spent a few hours wrapping gifts.  Martha Stewart I am not.  But I do like to try and throw my niece and nephew off by packing things in larger boxes so they can’t guess what the present is before they open it!

presents

Sunday I helped my dad make Christmas stollen.  It’s a yeast-bread filled with nuts and fruit and topped off with frosting! I’ve always seen my dad make it but never helped in the process.  He follows my great-grandmother’s recipe from a 1960 church cook book.  My arms are still a little sore from mixing the dough!

stollen

The finished product

Monday kicked off in the spirit of the season of giving

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A little cooking and baking with my helper

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Then I put together a batch of hot chocolate for a construction crew working in my neighborhood.  It was Christmas Eve day, it was freezing, and they looked like they needed to warm up.  I dashed away, though, as soon as they were trying to twist my arms into helping them shovel.

chocolate

Then it was Christmas Eve and time to create more memories with family

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I really do wear my RoadID all the time

The weather has been very Christmas-y–cold, crisp, with lots of snow on the ground.

lakeNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…and ice is starting to form on the lake!

How was your weekend?  Christmas?  Happy Boxing Day today.  Did you see any of the new release movies?

One highlight last night (aside from the delicious dinner of osso bucco that my parents cooked), was that I finished my 50th book.  I feel the strong need to over-achieve and try to get to 51 by the 31st!

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May the odds be ever in your favor

My niece and I went to see The Hunger Games yesterday.  A day later, I’m still stressed out from that movie!

I have not read the books but I knew the general premise of the books/movie.  The whole idea of kids hunting one another is really unsettling to me!

We went to an early show and it was playing in a “Bistro” theatre.  I had no idea what that meant when I bought the tickets.  Guess what?  It means you sit at a long table and can order food.  I felt like I was at a boardroom meeting for 2.5 hours!  And there were waiters coming in and out of theatre the entire time.  The people next to us were chomping on nachos and beer–we were enjoying our bottles of water and Goldfish crackers.

The movie was intense and stressful…we both really liked it but it was so stressful!  I screamed out loud a couple of times and I kept asking Julia (who has studiously read the trilogy) what was going to happen.  The anticipation was too much!

When we walked out of the theatre, it was a beautiful sunny day.  Thank goodness…I needed to surround myself with sunshine, puppies, and babies after that dark movie.

Lots to do today–I have a couple of cooking/baking projects ahead of me to make for Easter.  I’m looking forward to a nice afternoon with my family tomorrow.  And if I’m lucky, I may find an egg in the yard.

I also feel like I need to go and learn how to bow hunt today–you just never know when that skill may come in handy!

Happy Weekend!