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Monday, December 10, 2012

Sunday Sundries--Expect the Unexpected Edition

Getting ready for that holiday thing--we get to go visit family this year.We hadn't planned it, but my brother is having a fairly serious medical procedure, so I wanted to be there. Yes, we'd wanted to spend time working around the house, but instead, we get to have an adventure! I have to look at it this way and I hope you all do too. But, it's doubtful we'll have a tree or do the Christmas baking like I'd wanted. That's okay. We'll plan for next year or maybe do an open house or something in the spring for our 25th wedding anniversary.

Here's a picture of another Christmas a looooong time ago:
My brothers Joe and Ed, with Mom and me in front of a very tinsled tree. Yeah, I was the baby.

I have a scene at the end of my second series of books of three of the five sisters enjoying their first Christmas as wives. A fourth sister will marry her lesbian lover before the end of the year. While I haven't written much lately, I have been keeping up with notes and I have many scenes to share and transcribe. Another thing I was hoping to do this week, but that's okay. What was it John Lennon said, "Life is what happens while you're making other plans"?

Here's a Christmas tree we had up at the house when we first moved in, 20+ years ago:

We haven't had a tree up since we first got the stripey twins. They knocked the tree like this one down within a few hours and broke five "unbreakable" resin and wood ornaments. Doesn't keep me from buying new ornaments, though. I probably have a couple of hundred.

Speaking of:

This was titled, "Adjusting the tree topper." Yeah, right. This is more like it:

This is a tree I put up one year at work:

I have a ton of children's books (I used to run a bookstore and grew up in a library) and I brought a collection of kids' books about cats and Christmas. Yes, my geekdom has sub-categories.

This is a tree from a Writers Guild Christmas party a long time ago. I'm sorry, I don't remember the names of the lady standing with me, but I always wanted to have the kind of house where we could have people over for a party.
Prissy was a Christmas present for my 9th birthday year. She immediately jumped out of Mom's arms and ran up the tree, causing it to topple over. Last year I remember a live tree. Here she is in her later years:

The marble topped chest of drawers is in my garage now, waiting for us to organize the dining room. Another thing we'd planned to do this week, but that's okay.
A picture of me with some Christmas haul. Love the train--Dad worked on the railroad--but I don't remember it. I don't remember the politically incorrect "tar baby" either or why Mom cut out part of the picture. Weird.

Here's one that made me laugh:

Here's a recipe I wanted to try this week, but you guessed it, we'll be doing it later:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup yellow cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoons sprinkles
Truffle Coating:
  • 16 ounces (8 squares) almond bark (or white candy melts)
  • 4 Tablespoons yellow cake mix
  • sprinkles

Beat together butter and sugar using an electric mixer until combined. Blend in vanilla.  Add cake mix, flour, salt, and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add 3 Tablespoons of milk or more if needed to make a dough consistency. Mix in sprinkles by hand. Roll dough into one inch balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill balls in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.

While dough balls are chilling, melt almond bark in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir between intervals. Once melted, quickly stir in cake mix until incorporated completely. Using a fork, dip truffles into almond bark and shake of excess bark by tapping the bottom of the fork on the side of your bowl. Place truffle back on the cookie sheet and top with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining balls until finished. {Note: for smoother looking truffles, don't add cake mix to melted chocolate, just leave it by itself}
Chill cake batter truffles in the refrigerator until serving. Makes around 24-30 truffles.
Yummy! I think I might try these with other flavors of cake mix, like chocolate or lemon.

So, because I gotta get to going here, I'll have to make this post a little shorter. Everyone have a great week and enjoy being with family and friends!

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