Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December Doings


Time has been flying lately between work and Christmas preparations.  Our tree (artificial)turned out nicely again, looks so similar from year to year but this year my vintage tree topper was added.



I really love the lights - one of my favorite parts of decorating for Christmas so added a strand to our antique store cupboard.


We have been fortunate to make some very good friends on the Island since we moved here and this past weekend we went Christmas tree hunting with them as we have a truck and they no longer do.  We hiked about 1km up the hill into the back of the tree farm to find the 14 foot tree my friend had been looking for.  She has vaulted ceilings and we found just the right tree.  It was a bit epic getting it out to the road, then having the tree farm pick it up to take to where they permitted vehicles.  Good thing there were four of us.  There was some talk of us getting a real tree this year but I think next year we are doing it for sure.  I am no longer worried that hubby will be allergic - he was completely fine during the whole trip after man-handling it all day and helping put it up.  I would be ok with a much smaller tree though.

There may have been some mulled wine and German Christmas cookies involved at the end of the day as well.  We left before she decorated it so I don't have a picture but I am sure it turned out great.  We will get to see it Friday night at her birthday party so I am looking forward to that.

On Monday hubby had to do two day business trip to Victoria so I took the opportunity to bake 10 dozen cookies and make some Christmas crack (carmel popcorn twists) for family members.  I tried the best fruitcake cookie recipe here but altered to recipe to include 2 cups of pecans instead of 4.  They turned out fabulous!  Hubby and Mom both think so but then again, we are a fruitcake loving family.  I added some Amaretto to the recipe for good measure.  The cookies on the right are mint chocolate chip and while very tasty they are too crumbly to fly with so I will bring them to my friend's birthday party on Friday night as have comitted to a dessert tray.  If you try the recipe it calls for 1 pound of mixed candy fruit and peel - for those of us who don't weigh their food that is about 4 cups.  The hardest part of making the recipe was stiring the fruit into the batter.  It made 6 dozen small cookies. 

All the gifts have been wrapped and all the Christmas cards are in the mail, both personal and business.  Things are getting done and Saturday we fly out to see the kids and my Mother-in-law for a very short 2 night trip.  Next year I don't think I want to do it so close to Christmas though, I really don't enjoy traveling at peak times.  Buddy is headed off to the sitter for the weekend, he gets to hang out with his Mom and Dad and a bunch of other animals so a bit like a weekend campout of fun.  He is always happy to see us when we return and he comes home totally exhausted. 

I bought a utility turkey for Christmas for .95 cents a pound, one less thing to have to worry about finding.  They usually are only missing some skin or a wing, and my family doesn't care what the bird looks like.  I have a few groceries to pick up next week when we get back from our trip and we need to wind business down and then we can relax for our week off.  Two kids are flying in on the 23 and out on the 26 so we will have a full house for a few days.

Somehow hubby and I have misplaced the centre piece to the lid (I remember washing it but when he dried the dishes he couldn't find it) on our 20 year old blender.  After a month of thinking it would turn up I am officially giving up and have purchased a blender on our 24 hour facebook bidding site.  I was thinking of buying a brand new one on boxing day but the better blenders can be pricey and you need a good blender for the frozen smoothies I make.  For the winning bid of $31 I am getting a Kitchenaid blender that is hardly used and only a couple of years old that would have originally sold in the $120 range.  I will thoroughly clean and disinfect it when I get it home later today but - buying used saves so much money people!

I even managed to buy a couple of Christmas gifts used this year - two ancient roman coins for the two kids that are traveling with us to Italy.  A very neat pre-souvenir (much different from the cheap tourist tat they will be selling everywhere) and very inexpensive at $7 each on ebay  from a reputable dealer as apparently Roman coins are very plentiful and therefore not expensive.  I hope they like them.  I also bought a brand new bath and body works set for $3 that retails for $30 in its original box that had never been opened  from the thrift store - in the scent my Stepdaughter loves.  I think people missed buying it as it was in the section of the store that housed Christmas cookie tins.  Anyway, it pays to shop used for both yourself and your family and I saved some money off our Christmas list this year doing it.

Later today I am giving myself a Christmas gift of hair streaks....at 48 my 10 gray hairs(according to the hairdresser) are becoming more noticeable so I am getting some professional streaks done so I look presentable.  We will see if it is worth it as I haven't had my hair coloured professionally in any way for about 7 years.  In the summer it tends to bleach out naturally so you can't see the grey but I got my hair cut 3 weeks ago and suddenly all the summer blonde was cut out and the grey showed - not pretty.

We have had fog off and on for the last several days so I am really hoping that doesn't alter our flying plans as several days in a row no flights left from our airport.  That is one of the hazards of living by the ocean, you sometimes get fog.  All fingers and toes are crossed that our flights go smoothly.  Next post will be after our return.  Have a great weekend everyone!

35 comments:

  1. It was so nice to catch up with you and your going ons!
    Merry Christmas from Texas!

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    1. You were my inspiration for making Fruitcake cookies this year! They looked so tasty on your blog. Merry Christmas Linda!

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  2. Sounds like you are having a lovely Christmas season so far. Have safe travels!

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    1. It has been! Hopefully next week will slow down a tiny bit though, ready for the slower more relaxing part of Christmas

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  3. The tree and the cookies look great. I'm having a hard time believing it is only 12 days until Christmas. Presents are bought but need to be wrapped, the Christmas baking I took to the the office, but I did get cards out this year.

    Enjoy your time with family and friends!
    Eileen

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  4. You sound very busy but very organised. I’m going grey on purpose after over 40 years of dying my hair can’t wait for it all to be through I’m looking forward to a head of silver hair lol

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    1. Unfortunately my hairdresser came down with a bad cold and couldn't reach me before I got to my appt, so we have rebooked for the new year as both our schedules are too busy until then to rebook. A few more days won't hurt

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  5. Your tree looks lovely and your adventure in finding a tree for your friends sounds like fun too. :) I will definitely be praying for good flying weather for you and your family.

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Whatever happens happens with the weather, I have faith we will get there and get to see all of our people, will pack snacks just in case we are stuck some where

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  6. Your tree looks beautiful! I re-gifted a Bath & Body Works candle and gave it to one co-worker that's on a diet and can't have the chocolate gifts that I gave to the others. Enjoy your pampering at the hairdresser and have a wonderful,safe trip!

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    1. Hairdresser got sick so I guess I will start a new year with better hair lol. Thanks!

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  7. Those biscuits look lovely!
    Well done on getting some pressies second hand - we're meeting a couple of friends for lunch today and managed to find her a gorgeous craft book and vintage necklace in a charity shop, he's getting one of my many bottles of birthday rum.
    Have a lovely pampering time at the hairdressers. xxx

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    1. Well done on the craft book and necklace, people who know you I am sure will appreciate them, and who wouldn't appreciate rum! Thanks!

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  8. Efficiency at it's best. My super duper organized list in mid November helped somewhat, but I am far form done, but actually still enjoying all the things around me, which was the point of trying to be organized-better mind set. I'd love to learn more about the popcorn crack.

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    1. A deadline helps and that was this weekend, your deadline is later so you've still got this! In Canada we have Old Dutch Popcorn twists (I checked and you have that company in the States but not sure if popcorn twists are, they are so good). This recipe is on the bag :http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/old-dutch-popcorn-twists-122954 In Canada a lot of people here call it Christmas crack :)

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  9. We will be having the most disorganized Christmas this year. All the fun will be in the final push to get moved into our new house in Duncan. Have a happy and safe trip! The cookies look awesome! The tree too.

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    1. At the end of the day Christmas is whatever happens...just make sure to have a nice bottle of wine ready to toast your new home!

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  10. Love fruitcake cookies but haven't had any for years. Your tree looks lovely. Fingers crossed that all the flights go smoothly, yours and the kids.

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    1. Thanks! The boys are on different flights at Christmas so hopefully that all goes smoothly too, it will be whatever it will be :)

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    1. The fruitcake ones are my new favorite but making it really hard to keep up the commitment to not regain the weight I lost this year..I am hoping to give away a lot of them this weekend

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  12. I really want to have turkey at Christmas but we will be spending the holiday with a friend who has extreme dietary needs. Maybe I can get a breast to fix for myself to enjoy after the holiday. Have a great Christmas. We are off to the States on Sunday. - Margy

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    1. Definitely buy a turkey breast, that or maybe make some for New Years? I can't do holidays without Turkey. Merry Christmas Margy and safe travels.

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  13. I would suggest that you try and use henna dye (produced by Henna Colora in the USA) for your hair. It's natural and probably cheaper than at the hairdresser's.

    My hair is mostly grey (I'm over 70), and I use Henna once a month. I like the buttercup blonde shade.It's a bit of a mess but one gets used and it results in hair with volume and a nice shade.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Duta, I will check it out

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  14. I often find gifts for others at our thrift store. It's a great place to shop and we're doing a small part in helping the planet 🌍.

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  15. The Roman coins sound so cool! I think I remember reading somewhere about them still being plentiful. I guess they did a lot of shopping way back when...lol! Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones, hope you can get out of your airport! It's the same on the east coast - flying into Halifax or Charlottetown is very dicey at this time of year!

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    1. We got out and back without issue, thank goodness, now to get the boys here and out again this weekend. Funny thing about the roman coins, I bought them 2 months ago on Ebay from a Canadian coin dealer. Yesterday on our local bidding site someone was selling them and they went for $22 (with no clarity as to what they were buying). I am always careful about how high a price I pay on that site as you need to do some homework first. I am so happy with what I paid

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  16. Your tree looks great. It is nice to find good items at the second hand stores.

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