The In-Between days are good ones for just "being." I've been looking back at a few things I haven't posted, writing thank you notes, reading new books and just enjoying the quiet of the season. So here are a few things that were lost in the shuffle!
This year I made six kinds of cookies, Anno's spiced nuts and Diana's fudge (here's the recipe -- if you like peanut butter fudge, seek no more!) The cookie plate included Cousin Bonnie's Jingle Balls (you might call them "wedding cakes"), Jann Olson's ginger cookies, Drumkikars, a recipe from one of my former bosses, my favorite shortbread, this time topped with maraschino cherry frosting, a toffee bar recipe from a fellow Friends of Theatre board member and Ina Garten's raspberry bars. (Find recipes for Jingle Balls, the shortbread and the Drumkikars HERE.)
|Clockwise from top: Jingle Balls, Ginger cookies, Drumkikars, Raspberry bars, shortbread, fudge, toffee bars|
(I finally froze what was left so we can enjoy something relatively fresh in weeks to come!)
After making all those cookies, I had to get them out of the house. So Rick made baguettes and we made "house calls" to the homes of several friends, singing a carol at the door and leaving goodies behind. We kept distance and masked but actually felt pretty normal, all things considered!
|Making an Elfing visit to Mark and Jan with baguettes and cookies!|
I also left cookies for neighbors and made some of Marie's oatmeal-maple muffins for my next door neighbors who both had Covid.
I said goodbye to my heart monitor on Christmas Eve -- talk about a great Christmas present, getting rid of that itchy thing! We'll get a treatment plan in January, after an echocardiogram and stress test. Meanwhile, I feel fine. Well, apart from every muscle in my back and shoulders aching from when my feet went out from me like a Keystone Cop on a banana peel as I stepped on the ice outside my door.
(However I'm still getting the ears irrigated and am missing my full hearing. Boy, you don't know what you've got till it's gone!)
I participated in a theater trivia contest that is now online. I didn't embarrass myself but I didn't make it to the semi-finals. Like "Jeopardy," where you bet and then answer a question, I bet more than I should have! You can watch my game here -- and if you like theater, check out the other games on the host's page!
Patti of Pandora's Box posted instructions for the cutest snowmen candy bars and I had to do some for Rick's stocking and table favors! Learn how to make Patti's snowmen here!
All you need is white paper, a cheap dollar store wool glove, tape, markers and scrap fabric for a scarf. I loved them -- and Rick thought they were pretty cool, too!
And, I finished what might be my favorite feltie and not for sale! I had a lovely model!
I have never done paperwhites before but I was inspired by Laura from Decor to Adore who prompted me with "there's still time!" Here they are early on...
...and when they began to bloom. I love them and will do them next year, too!
In addition to holiday movies, I've been watching the wildlife outside my window. These two caught my eye, having a chat outside the bedroom window!
This fellow looks rather cheeky! I may have to move the nuts I put on one side of the house over to the other where they seem to like to play.
So that's what has been up in my last couple weeks of December. I leave you with my happy model! (She's a little flirt!)
And I am SO happy to finally have turned the page and opened a new calendar to welcome 2021!