Well, folks, IT is almost here.
Welcome to Christmas Eve Eve. The day that finds most out and about trying to tie up those loose ends, while those who had their holiday shopping done in July, laugh.
There are a few brave souls who do not even begin shopping until today and some even tomorrow! I am not one of them. Nope, all my gifts have been purchased. They are still scattered throughout my already overstuffed bedroom, unwrapped, price tags intact... etc, etc, etc.... but they are here.
Last week, I volunteered to work today. 9-6. Being Christmas Eve Eve, one would think parents would be dismissed from their daily doldrums of duty. And they were. We had 9 kids, lost one by 12:30. I was down to 2 kids at 4:30.... The last one left at 5:55. Merry f'in Christmas to the glorified baby-sitter, huh.
Now, part of me expected this, don't get me wrong. But I was one of two asst teachers who left last. And she was yapping away on her cell phone.... Some rooms only had 4 kids all day and they all left early. I still had a lot to do at home. Make that still DO!
I can't afford to buy everyone gifts where I work, so I had to make extra candies. I gave 8 boxes away and still have enough for our open house tomorrow night. (Open house is where anyone who has no place to go can show up. We don't make plans, we just have a lot of food and spirits ;) Oh yeah, and candies and cookies, too....
I still have to decorate the sugar and the shortbread cookies. And roll the truffles. This year, I only made two flavors. One is made with a Raspberry liquor and the other is Bailey's Irish Creme. I was out of Kahluha (my favorite!) and Gran Marnier, so I ran with what I had. I pour the alcohol in after the ganache has been heated, so it has its full effects ;)
I dip the Bailey's in powdered (confectioners) sugar and the Raspberry is dipped into unsweetened cocoa powder. Believe me, it needs to be~it is sweet. Typically, I would dip Kahluha in an instant espresso powder mixed with a little powdered sugar and the Gran Marnier in white chocolate shavings.
You're mouths are watering, I know ;)
I made almond brickle, Grams' toffee, and pretzels dipped in melted white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips (separately of, course) Then I roll those in various toppings like chopped almonds or pecans, jimmies (or sprinkles), colored sugars, mini chips, and even one with mini chips and marshmallows (have you ever tried to cut a marshmallow?)
Now, you're hooked!
I have been a busy confectionary cat. Never know, next year I may be able to afford to ship some out to my bestest buddies. Get enough people addicted to my stuff, and I could be in business :)
Almost forgot, I had to make some plain ganache truffles because Grace said "That's not fair. I can't have alcohol yet." Can't deny a 4-year-olds logic.... hope she still says that at 15!
I'm closing with my mother's gift from me this year. You see, she cannot stand for us to buy things for her. She doesn't work like that. The woman has not bought new clothes since I was Grace's age. I am not kidding. She hits yard sales, church sales, Goodwill....
So, anyway, I had this brainstorm. Since she prefers things we do to things we buy. I relined all the drawers in our upstairs bathroom :)
The stuff we had in there was brown and white and old. Very old. Mom had the bathroom redone in a peachy color last summer. I bought contact paper to match from the hardware store (I adore hardware stores :) I did that tonight already.
I believe I finally will make my mother happy with her gift this year. That, my friends, is a grand accomplishment ;)
For those traveling, be safe.
For those gathering, enjoy.
Forthose hosting, relax.
For everyone: Merry Christmas!