Last night I did my last bit of Christmas baking, and made some delicious ginger cookies. They’ve been my “thing” to bring to X-mas at my parents’ place for the last number of years.
Don’t they look tasty? Not very neat, but tasty. You can check out the recipe over here if you want!
Today I’m finishing the last cleaning and wrapping, and then tonight it’s off to my parents’ place to decorate the tree! I can’t believe how fast this month has gone by. Just one more entry and then this calendar is over!
This year I decided to add something new to my usual Christmas baking repertoire: candy cane/mint macarons. I baked macarons for the first time a few weeks back and have been wanting to do it again, so I thought a Christmassy flavor would make sense.
It went so-so… I mean, the mint filling with crushed candy canes in it was pretty dang delicious. But I had some trouble with the actual macarons and several of them ended up both too big and too baked. They still taste okay, but not quite as nice (or as pretty) as I’d’ve liked.
In the pic you can see one of the few ones that turned out small and properly baked. Even those cracked but oh well. Still a half-successful experiment, might do it again next year!
Can you believe it’s already the 20th? It’s been such a quick month! Weird…
Last night I finally remembered to hang some baubles in my tiny Christmas tree, or rather Christmas branch.
They had to cut down a tree at my folks’ house in the countryside, so mom brought little bits of it back home to be little tiny Christmas trees, and I got one. It turned out pretty cute, I think! I few years ago, the same year I bought these baubles, I had a tiny juniper as a Christmas tree. I think I’ll do that again next year.
Witchy, webcomic goodness over at my main blog for #Adventboost today!
How are you all doing with your Christmas shopping? Almost done, or barely started? I am usually almost done by this time of year. To be honest, I’m mostly done this year too, but it’s all due to effort in the last week or two. Normally I start way earlier than that (say, March or April), and am basically done by now. It’s been a weird year…
Tonight I took the time to wrap some of the presents I’d bought. I usually get a bit stressed wrapping everything just before Christmas so I thought I’d get an early start this year. The two matching gifts are store-wrapped. I do love getting that done when I can! It feels luxorious somehow. Plus, I’m not awfully good at wrapping so it lets me get some nice gifts in my pile, too. I just need a couple of more things, and I’m all done… What about you?
Over on my main blog, today I boost awesome writer and editor A.C. Buchanan. Check it out!
Today I want to wish everyone a happy St. Lucia’s Day (or St. Lucy’s Day, as I think she’s more commonly called in the anglosphere). St. Lucia’s Day is a pretty integral part of the holiday season up here in the North, as a celebration of how the light will soon be returning after the solstice. I’ve heard that the 13th used to be considered the solstice and that was why we celebrated on that day, but I’ve also heard that that’s a myth so I’m not sure. Either way, it’s one of my favorite parts of Christmas.
Swedish television always shows a Lucia special, which is mainly music (there’s a whole reportoire of Lucia-specific Christmas songs here), in the mornings of St. Lucia’s Day. This morning, I couldn’t find the remote to the TV, so we had to watch it on the laptop, hah! But it was nice all the same. Not one of the best ones (most years they record a new one, though some years they will air an old one instead) but not bad.
Today is a nice, calm day here in the house. I’m not working, so I’m spending the day tidying up a bit and doing some writing. Hope you all are having an equally pleasant day!
Lol, I almost titled this post Christmas Chicken for some dang reason. Focus, Emma! Anyway, I finally got my kitchen Christmas-ready. Nothing special but I like it:
It’s hard to see on the photo but the curtain has cross-stitch hearts on it. I’m glad I finally got them up, because the room looks so naked without curtains and I’m having guests over this weekend. Which also means I’m baking gingerbread cookies soon! And I’m sharing the recipe with you guys in a couple of days!
Over on my main blog, I have boosted another cool webcomic today!
The field near my house last night after my jog, at roughly ten to ten in the evening.