I have been a little into the Christmas spirit (and the alcohol spirits!) this week. First I created a “‘Tis the season to be reading” Christmas reading display in the library, and today I have baked our Christmas cake.
I actually followed the recipe to the very detail this year, something that will stun and amaze my daughters no end! They are used to Mama being a little hit or miss with quantities and the queen of substitutions! This time I made a shopping list, checked it thrice and made sure I had the correct ingredients in the correct quantities. Taste will tell, but looking at the cake on the cooling rack, I think it might be my best effort yet! Who would of thought – maybe being Martha Stewart OCD is a good thing!
I have all the gift shopping completed (online!), with most items hidden away for now. It is Petite Fille’s first Christmas, and she will have both Grandmas at her beck and coo all day long! Along with some young cousins, and lots of gift paper and boxes!
We are going German themed this year. I am “assembling” wurst salad. I have been checking Pinterest for German recipes and have been a little taken about at just how many of the “everyday” meals we had growing up were actually of German origin. I guess my mother grew up with a German grandmother who would have influenced the cooking a great deal. I have even tracked down German tea – East Friesian Tea, The rest of the menu is still in debate as all “bringing a plate” but we are hosting at our house.
Yes, it will be sad without BIL this year, but we have a grandchild who will fill the house with renewed love , and fond loving memories of Christmas past. It is what it is – Christmas!