I don’t really have much to say today, but feel compelled to just say ‘hello.’ I’m headed back to work for two days, and then it will be Christmas! Since I have minimized my gift buying to the bare minimum, I really have had a lot of quiet days. Today I spent most of the day cleaning and straightening things up, because my sister and dad are coming up for Christmas. I get to fix dinner! I have a simple menu planned, and am really looking forward to having a Christmas day at home, and especially being in my own house on Christmas night. Being the single person in the family, I was always the one to travel to other people’s houses. I am looking forward to a quiet Christmas morning, with a raspberry scone and a cup of my gingerbread coffee, and a nice walk with the doggies (a la Juice!) I hope to spend some time reading my Bible and worshipping the Lord, and not be so frenetic preparing for the day that I forget the real meaning.
My menu is simple: ham (ended up getting one of those brown sugar spiral sliced ones,) slimmed down buffet potatoes, one sweet potato per Dad’s request, and fresh green beans. I have shrimp cocktail for appetizers. Might do some apple/laughing cow cheese/walnut things also. And for dessert I have some cookies from the church bake sale in the freezer and one of the world’s best pies from Apple Hill–apple blackberry sourcream pie==YUMM!!. I really have held off on any baking this year. If there is time on Christmas, I might make Lori’s ginger cookies, and /or I might do a healthy re-do of my grandma’s cinnamon walnuts. Walnuts are one of my all time favorite foods, and I have been eating a lot of them recently.
I really hope all of you will take some time in the next few days to sit and relax, enjoy the beauty of the season, and reflect on what is important to you. Blow the rest away. Merry Christmas, everyone!