Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Let It Snow


I have an extra day off thanks to the government shutting down and the weather forecasters predicting
inches and inches of snow.

We've had inches but nothing to get crazy about, she says from the comfort of her own home while butter softens in preparation of cookie baking, cats sleep and the world's tiniest tree sparkles.




I'm praying the rock filled vase is heavy enough that the two cirque du soleil performers can't knock it over while practicing their routines.

And most of the (few) ornaments are paper or yarn or metal with just a few glass birds and pinecones hung at the top.


Last year my tree wore 1000 lights, this year 150. So I felt free to bedeck the bookcase.




Pretty blingy for me, with acorn garland, lights and a few clusters of vintage or vintage inspired ornaments.

Thank god I had S-man around, because even standing on a step stool, and using a pair of tongs to get an extra couple of inches I just couldn't reach high enough.

And the garland outside? If no one got a video of that adventure I'm very grateful.

Though it would have given you all a big laugh. Luckily help[ was on the way.

Yesterday my friend Ann and GG showed up, busted a moved or two and now I am lit up like high mass, as my mother would have said.

Damn, the butter is ready for use. I have already (tried to) made a batch of chocolate sables from Smitten Kitchen and they are all sand and no shape.

Why oh why did I have to start with a cookie even Deb finds difficult to make?

Fool proof cookie please?




20 comments:

  1. My fool-proof are the oatmeal cookies as outlined on the Quaker Oats lid. I suppose they aren't the most Christmasy cookie, but they are easy and tasty.

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    1. Oatmeal are my favorite. I was just trying to push my limited boundaries. Where's that oatmeal...

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  2. Cookie-clueless here, but I do like your tree:).

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    1. Compliment trumps recipe almost any day.

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  3. Cocoa Crinkle Cookies maybe?

    I'm not sure any size tree is safe from kittens!

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    1. Cocoa Crinkles it is! Report to come.Thank you.

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  4. I'm at home too but I'm working "remotely". I thought of baking cookies but I'm working remotely, I thought of making truffles but I'm working remotely so I can't. I like your tree, maybe the kitties won't notice. Ha ha, that's funny. Back to work.

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    1. So what you're saying is you remotely thought about baking?

      Right, maybe it's not right in their path, because the whole house is their path.

      You shouldn't be reading this comment, you're supposed to be working!

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    2. I hate computers and cell phones, I can work from anywhere apparently.

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  5. Oh, I love your tree and your bookcase sparkles. Christmas tree lights are one of my favorite things. Your comment about tongs made me laugh--When I put lights on the tree outside I use a broom to push the string of lights up to the top.

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    1. I wanted a grabber. But I got a tall man, so it all worked out. I'd send him your way but he;s heading west. :-(

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    2. I was wondering when that was happening. It's going to be hard to give him up. We'll all miss him.

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  6. I absolutely love your sweet little tree. Last year I hung a few donkey ornaments on a candelabra and it was my favorite 'tree' ever.
    If the circus performers don't attempt a tree leap, it won't be a kitty Christmas!

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    1. When that "kitty Christmas" moment happens, you'll be the first one I text.

      Just don't let it happen while I'm sleeping, please god.

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  7. I'm cracking up trying to envision you trying to install Christmas lights with tongs. Such a vision!

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    1. I just needed that extra couple of inches...The roommate tells me you can get a step stool with a 3rd step on it. Might have to make that investment, tongs just don't cut it.

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  8. Love the acorn garland! What a brilliant idea. I will have to try that next year. We have a ton of acorn in our woods. How did you drill holes in them and how did you thread the rope through?

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    1. You can put them in a vise and drill, then glue the caps back on. Then using a lei needle thread the twine through them. You'll have to bring us some acorns next fall,.











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  9. Love your acorn garland!! Easy cookies...shortbread. Butter, flour sugar. I like mine undercooked so they're not browned at all.

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  10. Am so glad you got the day off, too. When I heard the govt. was closed, I hoped so. Were you there the winter of 1978 when we got 22 inches over President's Day weekend? One of my best memories of D.C. living.

    Your tree is darling and I love the garland. Vintage ornaments are my favorite! Hang in ... you will make it! xoxo

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