Baskets, check. Now on to dinner

December 21, 2018

Now, who’s been naughty and who’s been nice?

Whoo, Lawd. Treat baskets are done, three of them delivered, two more getting picked up tonight, and a few extra small food gifts on hand for for whoever may show up.

Now, I’ve got to contemplate the logistics of cooking Christmas dinner while finishing housecleaning, tomorrow.

I don’t know that I’ve ever been this far behind two days out from a family Christmas dinner. I…have…not…yet…started. Not one damn thing. I’ll get up tomorrow, put the ham in to bake and the roast on to SV, make up a brine for the turkey, let him brine half a day, and then throw him in the smoker. I have pre-cut fruit I’ll use on a fruit tray, I’ll make up an apple salad, mix up a batch of rolls and get them baked. I’ll put together a tray of pickly things with some deviled eggs, and make a salad with veggies and a cooked grain. Must make some kind of dessert. Then I’ll put together a cheese and charcuterie platter and put it out with some crackers to tide us over while we’re opening presents.

Then Sunday morning, all I’ll have to do will be slice up the roast, cut off a bunch of ham slices, slice the turkey, and make a pot of mac and cheese. I should be able to make church, then come home do last-minute stuff while I wait on the kids to get here.

I feel like I need another veggie side of some sort. Oh! I forgot I bought asparagus. That’ll work.

It was a treat-making marathon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and I got everything made I was going to do except for pralines. Pralines always get put off until last, and seems like they always get pushed right out of the line-up. I may make some Christmas Eve to munch on Christmas Day, since it’ll just be the two of us. But I made:

Fudge, assorted flavors.

Holiday coconut macaroons.

Oatmeal Craisin cookies
  • Butter pecan cookies
  • Oatmeal craisin cookies
  • Banana sour cream bread
  • Coconut macaroons
  • Rice Krispy treats
  • More Chex mix
  • More cheese crisps (I rolled these out and cut them out, and that works better)
  • Four batches of fudge (chocolate pecan, white chocolate with macadamias and cashews, peanut butter, and almond chocolate mint)
  • A batch of butter toffee

And I think that’s all. There may have been something else. It all runs together in my mind. I know I went through about three or four pounds of butter, and two full bags of sugar. But my holiday cooking is finished, or at least planned out, save for a breakfast casserole I’ll put together Christmas Eve to cook Christmas morning, and the black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread for New Year’s Day.

I hope you ‘n y’mama ‘n ’em are fed half as well as my crew will be this weekend. I hope you have half the laughter and joy and fun I know we’ll have, watching the AGC’s tear into presents. I hope you have a wonderfully merry Christmas, and a marvelously happy 2019.

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