This past weekend we enjoyed trimming Rick's tree... First, the shopping...
We had to pick it out! (Rick is a scotch pine guy. Greg and I aren't. The guy with the cash picks the tree!)
Greg made friends with the dog belonging to the tree guy.
Gorgeous dog -- I wish it had followed us home!
Then on to decorating!
Greg did the angel. As kids, this used to be the highest honor in the decorating scheme and they'd post on the bedroom wall who did it the year before -- just so it was fair!
Later we went to the party at the Irish Club. We aren't Irish or members of the club, but it's a regular thing, I guess, and someone asked us to come. We were thrilled we did! There was music by the Renaissance Singers and a recording group...
Good food and lovely decorations!
Speaking of good food, here is one of my favorite go-to recipes at the holidays because with this basic shortbread dough, you can go a lot of different ways.
1/2 c. sugar
2 sticks of butter
1/4 t. salt
2 c. flour
Put on cookie sheet in balls and press with your palm or a glass just a wee bit, so they're flat but not thin. Or use a cookie stamp to make a decoration on it. Or add decorative sugars.
Bake at 300 for 15-18 minutes (edges should still be fairly "white") Cool 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then on a rack.
(Variations: add dried cranberries -- OR -- dried cherries -- OR -- glaze with a powdered sugar-thinned-with-fresh-lemon-juice glaze -- OR -- add lemon or lime zest and juice to the dough -- OR -- add crushed peppermint candies -- OR (get the idea!)