Here we are, just 5 days from Christmas! I'm wrapping the last gifts and getting together treats for teachers, bus drivers and all of the wonderful helpers in our lives. I made up a batch of homemade peppermint hot fudge sauce this week. It will be going into a basket for Hope's teacher and to the librarians with whom I volunteer. It is so super simple to make! This is what you need:
Seriously! That is it. Here is the recipe, which I found at Our Best Bites.
Hot Fudge Sauce
1 /2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 C butter
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 t. peppermint extract (if you want to make peppermint hot fudge sauce)
Instructions: Put the ingredients in pan on medium heat & melt together until smooth. Stir occasionally.
Pour into 2 8 oz. jars. They can be at room temperature for the short term, but for more than a few hours, it's probably a good idea to refridgerate.
I sprinkled a little bit of crushed candy canes on top for fun.
Here is the final product, all ready for giving:
I hope that you are enjoying your Christmas preparations!
I thought that it would be fun to put together a little wishlist here on the blog -- I always think that its fun to see what other people are asking for...what can I say, I'm nosy! I'm hoping that some of these things appear under the tree on Christmas morning, though presents for me always are a bit of a pleasant surprise on the morning of the 25th. I mean, I know that people are buying me presents, but when I actually get to open them, I kind of feel like "I got a whole month of fun PLUS presents???!!!! WOW!" The Christmas season is such a wonderful gift in itself. But, if Santa feels compelled to put some packages in his sack for me, he might want to consider.....
Center: Chanel No19 - the scent that I've been wearing since I was a teenager. I love it.
Clockwise from top left:
Mistral - This is my absolute favorite bath foam...the Milk scent is heavenly. I love their soaps too.
At this time of the year, when I'm out & about & sort of worn out, I think "I'm going home to my Christmas House!" and I immediately perk up. Home at Christmas is an even better kind of home, all cosy and bright and cheerful. It just so SPECIAL, every bit of it. Here are a few pictures of my Christmas House, 2012....
We are hosting our annual Christmas party this weekend. The cookies are baked, the decorations are up, and the house is clean. OK, that last one is a lie. The house is filthy. I know what I'll be up to tomorrow! I hope that you are enjoying your Christmas preparations!
Over the past few years, I've collected a lot of vintage ornaments for our tree. I'm always on the lookout for unique ones at a good price. My sister took me to her "secret source" last spring & I loaded up! You may remember from this post that she has a phenomenal collection of vintage ornaments (see her January 2010 blog archives for photos). In addition to clueing me in, she also has given me quite a few ornaments over the years. Here are some of my favorites:
This green one is particularly special to me because it once belonged to my great grandmother. Aunt Kay, thank you so very much for giving this to me!
I absolutely love every vintage ornament that I own, but the most precious ornament on my tree is one that I received just yesterday:
My baby girl's handprint, decorated as snowmen, made in school with love.
It has been a cookie baking factory at my house over the last few weeks. I've been madly prepping for our annual Christmas party, the highlight of which is a table groaning with hundreds of cookies. This year I made sugar cut outs (some with icing, some not), peanut butter kisses, oatmeal scotchies, rice krispie treats, mini pecan tarts, sandies, chocolate peppermint balls and pretzel bark. It sounds like a lot, but it's been so much fun to be baking all of the time.
We are expecting well over 60 people this year & I'm hoping that we have enough room for everyone -- our home is cozy and might be even cozier on Saturday night!
For the first time, we are going to have an advent calendar. I had one when I was a kid & loved the anticipation of opening a door each night. Over the summer, I bought a kit to make this calendar, thinking that it would be nice to have one that we could use for years to come. What I didn't know when I purchased the kit is that when they say "some assembly required", they mean "we haven't assembled anything for you. even those little drawers". Once I got the thing put together, it was fun to decorate.
Since Hope gets so many sweets as it is, we opted to fill about half of the drawers with tiny gifts (erasers, mini lip glosses, etc) & the rest with small candies. Also, that way, she never knows what that day's drawer will hold. She was so excited to open today's drawer that she ran downstairs as soon as she got up. I think that Christmas with a 5 year old is going to be really fun.
I'll be posting more very shortly, but I wanted to let you know about a series of posts that my sister is doing on her blog, The Shy Turnip. She has a truly gorgeous collection of vintage Christmas ornaments & has been showcasing them in the past few posts. My collection wants to be like her collection when it grows up! You should check it out!
We are back from a fun, busy Christmas celebration at my parent's place. The highlight? Seeing family, especially my adorable nephew! Hope posed with him by the tree on Christmas Eve, above. My parent's grandbabies.
Mommy & Hope before church.
Christmas morning was flurry of opening presents, though Hope was funny about it. She wanted to open few & take a break to play or watch tv & then come back to it. When I was a kid, my sister & I ATTACKED the presents :) Here, Hope opens Candyland:
And, Rainer helped in the un-wrapping Other fun moments were Uncle Ezra trying to teach Hope to play checkers:
Seeing a real one-horse open sleigh at an antiques store in State College:
Watching my uncle's vintage electric train & ambulance (on the inner track):
I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!