O Tanenbaum

Spent the afternoon baking 4 sheets of various sized gingerbread cookies for tomorrows cookie decorating-get together. Sean brought E over and helped me install some programs on my laptop. Then we all made little snowmen using Sarah’s instuctional. I’ll post some photos tomorrow of our crazy group of snowmen! Now it is back to working on handmade gifts…I cannot believe I have one week to try and squeeze in so very much!

you’re my cuppy-cake gumdrop

Last night the kids and I got into Christmas mode with a bit of gumdrop wreath making. We (ahem) I followed the lovely directions of Alicia Posiegetscozy…the kids on the other hand had their own ideas about how a gumdrop wreath should look. B decided to make his into a spaceship (very minimal with the gumdrops) and a pilot made of gumdrops and toothpicks. K did a few rings of color ways (leaving parts of the syrofoam exposed) and topped his with a giant gumdrop/toothpick angel (that does not look too steady) haha.

Also last night I followed this recipe for vegan cinnamon rolls. We were planning to go get our tree today and I wanted to have some fun breakfast I could make the night before, and then just cook, eat, and go. These cinnamon rolls were perfect for that. I have had so much trouble lately with yeast based recipes, dough never rising mostly..so I wasa bit worried. My dough took about an hour and a half to double in size…but it did indeed double and gave me new hope for yeast-based recipes!

As the directions say I rolled out the dough, filled it with the cinnamon goodness, rolled it up, cut it…and set them all into a pan covered with plastic wrap and just popped them into the fridge overnight. The next morning the rolls had risen yet again and made me so proud! I made a basic vanilla frosting recipe for the top, and voila quick sugary sweet breakfast. We did go get our tree and decorate it….I love it. Now I finally feel like the house is festive-super-goodness-galore!