Ah, the Christmas Season

The Christmas or Holiday season, which brings it extra stuff to do. Currently I am too tired to actually write a post. I am exhausted and in a sufficient lack of time. I am that lady in the Kmart ads that Christmas snuck up on. Incidentally why do their commercials only feature women, is this some random thing ladies have to worry about and not men? Ah, advertising.

So here’s a run down of everything I would like to blog about but don’t have the time nor energy.

1) Made a turkey, fattest turkey I’ve ever made. Turkey was made in to various other meals – nothing too spatular. The idea of turning this turkey into freezer meals fell by the wayside for time and we just picked at it until it was gone. The last little bit needed to be used up. I asked Husband if he wanted “Turkey Slop” or a soup. He voted for Turkey rice soup and then when we sat down to eat it for dinner instead wanted to eat “Turkey Slop” over potatoes. I would have preferred “Turkey Slop” and now I have one bowl of turkey rice soup in my fridge. I do NOT like anything rice soup and now I’m going to have to eat it…AGAIN.

If you are wondering what “Turkey Slop” this is basically the recipe:

Turkey Slop:
Left over Turkey meat
Frozen Veggies
Turkey Gravy
salt and pepper to taste
Mashed potatoes, noodles, or toast
Cook turkey and frozen veggies in gravy until warm and bubbly, serve over mashed potatoes, noodles or toast.

2) ‘Tis the season for baking, and candy making. I tried to cut back on the candy making this year because a) I don’t need it eat it b) my kids don’t need to eat it and c) I know we’ll get a slew of candy for Christmas. I asked Husband what kind of fudge I should make he said and this is a direct quote “Don’t make a crap ton like before.” I ask him what he would like me to make He then says “Peanut butter, regular chocolate, chocolate with peanuts, and a peanut butter with peanuts.”

uhhh… I think someone got lost on the “don’t make a crap ton like before” part. hahahaha! I did not make all that fudge. Not saying I haven’t in the past. This year I did peanut butter for the Husband, because it’s his absolute favorite, regular chocolate – no nuts, and one experimental which was dark chocolate peppermint with some crushed candy canes on top. It’s delicious. I have the ingredients to try my hand at peppermint bark, but we’ll see if I actually get around to making it or not. I whipped up a batch of mini-loaf pumpkin break and banana bread. I used to make truffles too but decided that was a no-go for this year as it’s rather time-consuming and I’m already strapped for time.

3) I’ve take on work-work, and it seems I’ll be taking on quite a bit more after the first of year. Yay! since a good chunk of it is paying work. However, I still don’t have my own site put together. Something I have been delaying simply because there is what feels like an insurmountable amount of work that goes along with it. Not just putting the site together but finding all the sample pieces, getting the photographs for ones I don’t already have photos of, editing said photos…and well, you get the picture. My goal is to have it up and running before the first of the year. Since I am so super behind on Christmas-y type stuff the bulk of the work will have to put off until after Christmas. It’s going to be tough to hit that goal.

4) We made “gingerbread” houses. I used graham crackers. A stand mixer and Cream of Tartar is the key to getting Royal Icing to stick like glue. Here’s the recipe I used: 2 lbs powdered sugar, 3 egg whites, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/4 water (or until just moistened). Paddle attachment on mixer. Mix for a full 10 minutes on highest speed. That icing was even better than glue. I was able to make lattice with just the icing, nothing supporting it from behind. My child called it spider webs and the promptly stuck their finger though it. If you want to try the Royal icing bit for holding stuff together that is a campion recipe. I’ve tried using packaged royal icing and making it in the past with no success so the key is really the Cream of Tartar.

5) Grandma is still in the nursing home. She’s on a salt free diet. My mom brought her a salt shaker, mom told grandma to hide it. Grandma got caught with it and the confiscated her salt. My mom seems a bit perturbed about the no-salt diet and I can see my mom’s point. Grandma is 90, a pinch of salt…or hell a gallon of salt at this point is not going to kill her, and if it does at lest she’ll end making that terrible cafeteria-esq nursing home food at least have some semblance of taste. They confiscated my mom’s salt shaker, so my mom seemed pretty annoyed by that. Personally I thought that if she knew it wasn’t allowed already why not hit up the dollar store for some of those little ones you see at events. Easily hidden and it doesn’t matter how many are confiscated, it’s a dollar for a two pack! Grandma requested my mom make some fudge. I told mom not to bother since I had already made too much. I need to make a fudge delivery quickly, but there is a small (or rather large) problem. I can’t seem to get the fudge out of the pan. It’s super creamy but not setting up like it should. I’ve been getting a row out a day with out it falling to pieces. I made the fudge four days ago.

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