27 December 2009

Christmas Weekend

I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. As you may have heard, we got quite a bit of snow in the Twin Cities area. We still managed to do our traditional Christmas activities with only a little bit of traffic/driving related stress. Here are some photos from Christmas morning:



We had my grandparents and the various members of the rude family over for brunch (well lunch - start time got pushed back an hour due to snowy driving conditions). I made quiche and a good time was had by all. Thank you to everyone who came, and for all the lovely gifts! It was really way more than expected.

Andy came over later in the evening after his family day and we went back to my house and exchanged our gifts - nothing big or exciting as our main gift to each other (both for Christmas and our 2 year anniversary!!) is the trip to Vegas we'll be leaving for on Tuesday. Vegas! We'll be staying at Ceasar's Palace as well as with his parents at their condo. No specifics planned yet but I am super excited! I've never been to Vegas - anyone have any tips?

Anyway, on Saturday I had to move my car to prevent Snow Emergency related ticketing/towing. However, I had parked it in some slush/snow mixture on Friday night which had frozen overnight. Andy and I managed to break my shovel and STILL not get it successfully unstuck. Fortunately, 4 different men who happened to be running around the lake stopped to help Andy push. Good thing too - I think we'd still be out there! Other than that, it was a nice, relaxing weekend spent driving as little as possible. The roads are still really gross but that will only be my problem for one more day. Vegas, here I come!

21 December 2009

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

As reported elsewhere in the family blogosphere, I spent all of yesterday over at my parents house getting prepared for the Christmas festivities. I very artfully arranged the Nativity Scene and we even made lots of progress on the Christmas tree. No family Christmas tree is complete without our old favorites, the sheep:

They're looking a little sad in their advanced age, aren't they? Then Mom and I got down to the real business of the day: making a metric ton of cookies. I had a cookie exchange at work today and needed to make 10 dozen cookies to exchange with my coworkers. I chose to make Spritz, which was going to more of an ordeal than originally anticipated. See, Mom got me this fancy new cookie press which we were all excited to try out. Except it broke (faulty, cheap plastic thing) after the first 2 dozen. 2 dozen! So I ran frantically to Target while my Mom searched frantically for her old school metal press. She won the race:

Then they go in the oven for about 6 minutes or so, at least in my mom's oven. Looking good...

Then they sit on the counter to cool. There were lots and lots and lots of cookies:

Finally we packed them up into these nifty tins that I got at Walgreens for $1.09 each. They were a steal!

Full disclosure: the original recipe for the dough said it would make 6 dozen cookies so we doubled it, thinking 12 dozen instead of 10 wouldn't be so bad - that way we could keep some for ourselves. Yeah, that turned out not to be necessary: by the time we were done, we ended up with 20 DOZEN cookies. So yeah, I gave everyone at work 1.5 dozen, left a bunch with Mom and saved 2 dozen for Andy. I may have to carefully monitor my cookie intake or I am going to be on a major sugar high for the next week and a half. Not that that would necessarily be a totally awful thing... I would have to go to the gym a lot more to compensate though...