It is the final countdown to Christmas and the baby so I have been trying to prepare everything. I am bit slower these days and even though I’d really like to do a lot I run out of steam fast. I should not complain though, I’ve been feeling amazingly well, no aches, no swollen feet, just a balloon belly and less energy.
To start with, the blog fixed itself, all my archives are back and the post writing is back to normal, this made me very happy.
While the hubby has been DYI’ing I set on a mission to produce some Christmas cookies.
I used Martha Stewart’s basic sugar cookie recipe. I split the dough in half and dyed half of it with cocoa powder. Here they are out of the oven.
Let the decorating fun begin.
What I have here are:
hazelnuts and walnuts
chocolate and colorful sugar sprinkles
toasted flaked almonds
melted dark and milk chocolate
I don’t like classic icing so I opted for some good quality chocolate, this can never go wrong!
The ganache was used to sandwich some of the cookies.
Then it was time for a break, this is our garden.
The back gate was so overgrown it was impossible to get out on the Common.
So it was all the way round our street to the woods in search of Christmassy shrubbery. It was beautiful, it kept snowing and we enjoyed a long walk.
My seasonal bunch.
Later tamed into something more presentable.
Back to the cookies. It took hours to do them!
I made another two varieties – walnut and hazelnut super crumbly cookies. These are based on this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, I have not added any of the spices and the sugar coating though. They are super delicious however I did burn the walnut batch a little.
Christmas cards are sent, neighbors cards delivered, presents are packed, Christmas cake and pudding arrived safely from Wales, cookies are ready. Now we only need to create a living room so we can celebrate and de-clutter the bedroom. The clock is ticking away, the baby will be here anytime now. At least the bathroom will be done by tomorrow, we are adding the final touches today, I cannot wait to have the fist room completed.