Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas (a few days late)

Merry Christmas, everyone (all two of you readers) - hope it was wonderful! Ours was nice and quiet, but fun. Went over to Dad's on Xmas Eve- made a rib roast; came out wonderful. I felt Mum was with us. We had bought packages of socks for the boys and marked them from "Santa" - Mum made a point each year to buy both Dad & Big Bro Dude socks and underwear at Xmas ("anything to make a package under the tree!" was her motto), and she wrote "from Santa" on all her presents. So, when they both got their socks (they're on their own, underwear-wise) and saw the "from Santa," they both laughed. They got it.

Spent Xmas day with Mr T and another friend joined us. This time, we made a ham. I had found a recipe for scalloped potatoes and made that for the first time - came out killer. Another nice, quiet day spent congenially.

Never did get my boxes out - only one to Special K's brother, since he's away from family/friends and on his own. And he got that on Xmas Eve, so very timely :) Hoping to get the rest out this week - I like to think the folks getting them will appreciate another package after the day.

The "S" word is in our forecast - I certainly hope not. Supposed to go to Dad's again on New Year's Eve, but if it snows with any accumulation, we're not going anywhere. Big Bro Dude is bringing his two fellows (he's a caregiver now, for two developmentally challenged men) for New Year's Eve - I have a bag made up for each, so I'm really hoping we can make it. Plus, I'm making the traditional Dutch New Year Eve's pastry (oilieballen) - Mum always did. It's a beer-batter deep fried donut of sorts, with either apple, raisin or pineapple in the dough and once out of the oil, you dust them real good with powder sugar. Major yum! Pop's excited that I'm going to give it a try.

Now, if the damn snow fairies will make sure the roads are clear on Friday, we'll be good to go.

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