Welcome to my blog, all you Jolly Blogfesters!
We didn't do a tree this year.
Who am I kidding? We haven't done a tree in three years because of the cats.
Next year we're getting a FAKE tree, though. How much trouble can they get into with a fake tree? Maybe I shouldn't put that out there.
In the meantime, I have to content myself with decorating the house (because The Hubster won't let me decorate the pets).
This is our entertainment center...
(click to enlarge for better effect)
This is my beautiful grandma. Grandma was such a great cook. She also made killer Christmas treats - not just cookies. My FAVE was her Buttercreams. I would stuff my face until I was sick. Not literally. My tummy ached and I would have to rest before eating more (a few hours later). The best part is - they're super easy to make!
1lb confectioner's sugar
1/2 stick butter
1/4 c. cream (scant)
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt
Line cookie sheets with wax paper.
Combine ingredients and knead until creamy. Roll into balls. Place on cookie sheets and chill in fridge until hard.
In saucepan, melt together:
1/2 lb bakers semi sweet chocolate
1 inch off a block of parafin
Dip balls into melted chocolate, returning to cookie sheets. Refrigerate until hard.
My FAVE drink this time of year is a Peppermint Mocha. I make them at home on rainy days (or evenings). Here is my version of Starbucks famous drink...
2 oz espresso
1 c. nonfat milk (you can use whatever you want)
1 spoonful (LARGE spoon so it's probably a Tablespoon) SugarFree Peppermint Syrup
2 scoops cocoa powder
I have an espresso machine - don't be jealous. I got it at Target for $24.99! Best purchase ever. So I make 2-4 oz. depending on whether I want a Tall or Grande. Then I steam the milk on the side (sometimes I heat in the micro if I'm lazy...okay, I heat it in the micro most of the time because I'm very lazy). Stir in the milk, Peppermint Syrup, cocoa powder of your choice and - viola! You have a Peppermint Mocha and have saved yourself $4.55. Now, you have to play around with this to get it to your specific tastes. My husband likes more cocoa, whole milk and regular Peppermint syrup.
You can add whip cream if you'd like!
I am wrapping for donations tomorrow (for my non-profit) from 9-6pm so I won't be home to blog hop until the late evening, but I promise to visit you all then!!
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
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