Louis Dean and I love all the small simple pleasures that make life absolutely wonderful!
Like that first cup of coffee and a hot buttered freshly baked orange cranberry muffin!
It's even more special when we spend our Saturday morning outside in our gazebo!
I am not one to complain and we DO enjoy our time out in the fresh air - but SERIOUSLY!!!
It is really WARM in Texas for it being December!!!
I am ready for a hard freeze and flannel nightgowns and a continuous fire in the den fireplace!
And COATS and sweaters!!! I did not wear even ONE of my fall sweaters this year!
Looks like I won't be wearing any of my Christmas ones either!
While I am ready for WINTER - Louis Dean is NOT!!!
Our gutters have been worrying him because they are so FULL of all the pecans, leaves and debris!
Rain is in the forecast so after our coffee, he headed UP the ladder to the roof!!
I stayed below watching and praying - and taking photos and video!!
He is going to be buying some gutter mesh to prevent the gutters from filling up like this!
Our beloved neighbor, Stephanie, told him about it and he is now a believer!!!
He stopped for lunch - around 3:00 this afternoon!!!
We had Merry Christmas nachos with red and green tortilla chips!!
I cooked up some hamburger meat with onions for HIM since he is such a hard worker while I kept to the vegetarian version!
The sewing room got a lot of attention today. I cleaned Lucy's kennel and vacuumed out all the leaves that sweep in since we keep the French doors open in this unseasonably warm weather.
This is such a BUSY looking photo! It really looks much more peaceful in person!
We have taken to putting Maddie's food up when Lucy is about as we think Lucy has been eating the cat food! It does not always agree with her - shall we say?
Finally! December 12th and the entire house is decorated AND clean!!!
That being done, I moved on to my baking!
It just wouldn't be Christmas without my Fruitcake Cookies!!
I made up the dough and BAKED them all this very day!
Often I will make the dough, keep it in the fridge and just bake them as needed. Not today!
The cookies are a done deal! Tins are ready for gifts and one is wrapped to be mailed Monday morning to a dear friend in Florida. Others will be served at my Christmas Tea on Tuesday.
These are good cookies to bake ahead of time as they keep well.
Especially if fortified by some good Texas whiskey! Normally I use rum but I was out of it so I plopped in a few spoons of the whiskey to keep them moist!
Then I moved on to the Sugarplums!!!
I have been making these since the late 1960's!
This recipe was on the bag of Confectioner's Sugar.
It is - as Sabrina and her family call it - Chocolate BUTTER!
It calls for two cups of butter, and 1/2 cup of cocoa + 2 cups each chopped pecans and oatmeal.
I forgot I needed the pecans so Louis Dean sorted through a bag we had in the freezer from LAST year's crop. He is such a good sport! The dough is now in the fridge and ready to roll into balls. I will keep them there in the refrigerator (the sugarplums MUST be kept cold as they really ARE Chocolate Butter! - until Christmas Eve. After dinner we will all gather around the table and roll the balls in colored sugars or sprinkles! Everyone can then take some home!
We have enjoyed being in the gazebo off and on all day that I decided to do my journal entry out here tonight. Or this morning as it is already nearly 1:00 AM!!
Maddie was ready to go to sleep long ago!!!
I close with these simple thoughts.
I love every one of them!