Doesn't matter -- this weekend will be spent decorating, baking, shopping, wrapping, prepping for mailing, more baking, more decorating, card-stuffing, crafting (like, when?), cleaning, and did I mention decorating and baking?
This was Gypsy's tree last year -- he didn't like the fact that it blocked the Birdbath Bar and Grill, so this year it will be in a different spot and he'll get the window to himself. (It will also save grief as he tried to wedge his big ol' orange body between the tree-fence and the window!)
All that will keep me busy (along with some scheduled gatherings, like the office Christmas party and the Irish Club party we're going to). This weekend is the 15th anniversary of my dad's death, and busy is a good thing.
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Here's the first of several Christmas cookie recipes I'll be posting. It's a crowd-pleaser and makes a ton if you cut them very small (which is about all one wants -- they're very rich!)
Amazing Peanut Butter Bars
Melt: 2 sticks butter.
Add: 1 c. brown sugar and stir.
Add: 2 c. peanut butter and stir.
Add: 1 t. vanilla
Remove from heat and stir in 1 pound powdered sugar (mix with hands)
Spread on big cookie sheet with sides or bar pan and chill while making topping.
Melt 1 stick butter
1 large bag chocolate chips
Stir till glossy, spread on top. Cool at room temp. Slice. Refrigerate. (Makes about 72 if you cut them small, and easily 60. I keep in the fridge and if I cut them to give away, layer with waxed paper.)