Hello Everyone....merry Christmas Eve!
I made Christmas tree skirts out of vintage Christmas tree skirts. GET IT???? Tree SKIRTS. I made Miss Onederful's out of a mini-tree skirt. They were just the perfect size. All I had to do was sew on some snaps.
We went to North Pole of Texas with some friends. Who knew we had a north pole? It's located in a teeny tiny spot called Pine Tree, Texas. This is set up in front of someone's HOUSE. This photo only shows a fraction of the spectacle.
Miss Onederful was so excited about riding the train she was jumping up and down yelling, "Choo CHOOOOO!" There were multiple trains running at once. These people have built in tracks permanently installed on their property. Crazy. What must the neighbors think?
Blurry photos...sorry. There was a nativity scene with live people, goats, donkeys, a lake with elves driving boats and jet skis, a huge drive-through Santa's toy shop with living elves and a human Santa passing out candy, elves in mini race cars.....it was sheer madness.
Fake elves always seem a bit sinister to me. You just wouldn't believe this place unless you saw it in person. You might expect this at, say -Disneyland. But in someone's front yard in the back woods of Texas?
I'm glad I got it finished up before Christmas. From the photos she sent, it looked like they had a fun rockabilly wedding. She really liked the painting! She even gushed. It makes me so happy to paint something someone else really wanted....it makes me feel like an Art Elf.
I made a couple of batches of orange jams. (I used recipe #2.) I don't like marmalade because of the bitter peel. So, I made orange jam.....some plain, some with rosemary, some with star anise and cinnamon bark.
So as not to waste the rinds, I made candied orange peel. I dipped half in dark chocolate. I blanch them 3 times to keep them from being bitter. It takes a while, but it's a really easy recipe from Giada de Laurentiis....she's so cute. Grapefruit is really good this way, too. I keep wanting to try Meyer Lemons, but I can never find them around here. I think the bright yellow lemony color would be so pretty with the dark chocolate. You could arrange them with the chocolate in the center on top of a cake to make a big, sugary sunflower.
These things always take longer than I think they will. I really wanted to make them, though. I like to give gifts that are homemade and consumable. That way, you're giving something that won't just junk up someone's house. It doesn't always work out, but I try anyway.
Miss Onederful and I smeared giant pretzels with peanut butter then dipped them in bird seed. We were so happy to see these 3 bright red cardinals enjoying them. We hung them in the tree just outside the window where we eat breakfast. Cardinals are so.....I don't know, inherently cheerful, I guess. It always makes me happy to see one darting past.
I hope you all get some time to spend with your loved ones, snuggled up with cocoa and a good movie or a book, and some beautiful music playing, and bellies full of tasty things. That's my favorite part of the holiday, anyway.
I'm so grateful for all you readers out there....I feel very fortunate to have made so many new friends through my blog. Thank you for sharing in a little bit of our life...I really like knowing you're out there!