getting with the spirits

Christmas cake 1

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!

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11 thoughts on “getting with the spirits

  1. Your cake looks delicious! I haven’t even started shopping for Christmas presents yet. I am the type of person who leaves it to the last minute and then whinges about how stressful it is! Maybe this year I will start earlier.

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  2. I have been reminded how the UK and much of the Commonwealth nations do not observe an annual day of Thanksgiving. We North Americans do, however; although Canada had theirs last month, we in the States are still anxious about this dinner which is on the fourth Thursday of November.

    As Cimmy and I chose to host her family this year, I am fretting about how to cook the turkey– I have never cooked one before. Generally speaking, I’m the cook, she’s the baker.

    Now, we shall probably do Kringler (again) for Christmas. My maternal grandmother is of strong Danish heritage, and just about the time I might have forgotten Kringler, I was reintroduced to it by my in-laws. There is a small possibility I may investigate ableskeevers this year as well.

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    • Turkey’s nice if kept simple. We cook ours long and slow, with butter rubbed in all over and some salt, loosely wrapped in tin foil. We tried layering it with bacon once but it didn’t impress. Just remember to open the foil up for the last twenty minutes to brown the skin.

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          • Oh, not too new… it’s the preferred method for infusing flavor when frying a turkey, which is now a rising trend here in North America. One of my brothers-in-law wanted fried, but he neither attended nor bought me a propane gas fryer (hehe).

            The amusing part is some cooks frying their turkeys forget to thaw the bird when getting them frozen. Bad plan because…. BOOM! Frying a frozen turkey can result in an explosion.

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              • Yep… big pots, filled with peanut oil, and usually heated by propane gas, but I am starting to see electric ones.

                I guess this is all done at home because Yum Foods (parent company for Kentucky Fried Chicken) hasn’t figured out how to make fried turkey profitable during the holidays.

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  3. I like your words about the young ones renewing Christmas. So true. Christmas as a Dad is awesome so as a Grandad will be even better …. Only not too soon eh?

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  4. Goodness, you are organized! My grandmother used to make the Christmas pudding in July/August every year and hang it in its calico cloth from a rafter in the laundry. There was a wonderful aroma that used to make my mouth water whenever I went in the room. When she died I took over the pudding making and religiously followed her recipe (complete with the old sixpences we re-used every year). Nan used to also make the Christmas cake and my sister took over making it (not Jane). None of my friends here, nor the manservant, are “into” puddings or Christmas cakes so I am forced to buy little individual type ones if I want to have them.

    I suppose I should start shopping for gifts soon….. especially if they have a hope of getting to Australia in time. I think the cut off date for postage is the end of November.

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