Saturday, January 16, 2016

Christmas Happenings


The girls wanted to cut out and decorate sugar cookies to eat for our family Christmas supper. Annie mixed up the dough before she left to spend two weeks in Virginia with her daddy's family. The other three gals spent one afternoon cutting and baking, and another afternoon glazing the holiday shapes. 





A double recipe made plenty for our family and plenty to put on ten cookie plates for our neighbors and teachers. The rest of the cookies we used from an exchange we went to one afternoon. 




We all brought frozen cookie dough balls to bake at our leisure as the need arises. I used over half for our deliveries, but we still have a few dozen waiting in the freezer. It was such a nice assortment: Peppermint, Peanut butter, Monster, Oatmeal, Chocolate, Butterscotch, Sugar Cookie, Red Velvet, Lemon, and more. We played games and ate yummy hors d'oeuvres too.



Caroline performed in a violin concert with the other students of her teacher. She played some carols with her age group, accompanied the older symphony, and sang a song too, in concert attire, naturally.


On Christmas Day (well really, the day after Christmas) we ate our special meals and had a simple family day. Different activities were unveiled. The games and craft was the biggest hit. We had to forfeit the walk because it was so cold outside, but we did the circular back rub.

biscuits & gravy breakfast
wild turkey, smashed potatoes & gravy lunch
snack supper of each child's choosing

Sunday, January 3, 2016

To Be Six Like Cora

If you were turning six years old, like Cora, you would be very excited to be having a birthday.


You would want to decorate the supper table all by yourself. And even tape a pretty party flair to the ceiling. Of course you would want the party hats from the "birthday tin" too!


If you were six, like Cora, you would pick your special supper to be hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, Ranch chips, and pop. Then you would be too full to eat your birthday cake, so you would beg to open your presents before dessert. (Even though you had asked to open a present at breakfast and lunch already.)



You would be tickled pink to have gifts from both out-of-state grandparents and even your big sisters, besides Mama & Daddy. You would promptly put on any new clothing, even if it didn't match.


If you were Cora's mama, you would take a picture of the magazine recipe cake icing because it was so creamy and made so much and wasn't grainy!


But, If you were Cora, you would eat more candy than was put on the snowman cake to decorate it. You might choose a cake because of all the candy on it, or you might choose it because your birthday is in the winter.


You would momentarily pose with your siblings and cake before returning to your presents and declaring that you are still too full for dessert.


So we will all eat chocolate cake and ice cream for breakfast the next day 
and you will smile with your bedhead and say, 
"I can't wait until I am seven!"