|A favorite little cookbook from my childhood|
I had already made afternoon plans with our daughter who lives nearby for a decorating project we wanted to work on together -- we were each making our own version of the project. I will hopefully share pictures in the next few days. While we were crafting I had figured that her three kiddos would probably just play with our toy stash, which they dearly love. But, since Mr. T was home, he suggested doing some cooking and baking with the kids, so he had them bring their aprons and chef's hats along. He did make two batches of decadent holiday bark with them, and again, I will tell more about that and share pictures in a future post.
At supper time we picked up our 10-year-old granddaughter who was coming for the weekend. Due to our very busy afternoon, we took her to Subway for a quick meal. Over supper, we talked about the rest of the evening and what she might like to do.
Our Christmas trees (pre-lighted) are up and in place, but no ornaments have been added as yet. So decorating the tree was one option. Another was baking Christmas cookies, and a third idea was to play a game (Scrabble® is her favorite!). So she thought about it and asked if we had put the lighted village under the tree yet. We hadn't, so she chose to do that and also to bake cookies. They opted to bake only half the dough and refrigerate the rest, so there was still time for a quick game of Scrabble® -- which she won. A fun evening!
The cookies they baked were a favorite from my childhood. You can find the recipe for Chocolate Spritz and the story behind them here.
Over the years we've collected a number of inexpensive lighted houses and, some years, we put five or six of them around the Christmas tree like a little village. The grandchildren always enjoy seeing that.
|Our tree and village in 2006. Our living room looks much different today.|
|Last year, the village looked like this. We bought a new log cabin one after Christmas last year at Tractor Supply, so that is under the tree this year with the others.|