Late last night - right about the time I SHOULD have been crawling into bed - I mixed up this year's Fruitcake Cookie Dough!
In years past I would make a batch on November first and then another on December first.
We used to take the cookies with us to Colorado on our winter skiing trips.
My Aunt Irene gave me this Hood County Cookbook and I have been making the recipe for many, many years!
It is IN THE BAG! I will bake them Monday!
We finished watching the end of the Christmas episode of Alaska the Last Frontier before we finally went to bed!
This morning it was a frigid 19 degrees when I woke up.
Normally we don't turn on the central heating unit at night - but this night I made an exception!
I left Louis Dean in bed and went on to church by myself.
I put his phone right beside him in case he needed me.
He has had a bout with indigestion lately! Not fun!
After church, I joined Amber and Mike and the kids for lunch at Dickey's!
It's always a party with these kids!!
I love this picture!
Remember when it was hard for y'all to tell them all apart??
My special little Logan!!
Mama and her boy!!
Guess which one went home with me???
We came in and she immediately got into her warm gown and we settled into the guest room bed with its comfy flannel sheets to read our books and take a nice nap together.
Then it was Texas Trash Time!!!
We do it BIG in Texas!!!
4 bags of pretzel sticks
2 bags of mini pretzels
2 bags of buttered pretzels
5 Boxes of Corn Chex
4 boxes of Rice Chex
9 boxes of Wheat Chex (these are smaller boxes)
3 big containers of salted peanuts and 2 smaller ones.
My mother made Texas Trash every Christmas to give all her employees at the answering service where she was the manager. She gave my kids extra big cans of it because they loved it so! She saved her Folgers Coffee cans all year long to fill up with Texas Trash and gift them out. I need to find a Folgers can and fill it for her this year. It's a tradition that I have kept going.
I may need to teach Amber and Summer how to make it some day!
There was a bit of confusion for Kailey about the 'trash' part of Texas Trash!
She crumbled up the first bag of pretzel sticks, poured them out into the trash can lined with fresh double bags, and then tossed the bag in after them. Plus she asked if she could add the seasonings and I said yes. I thought she would sprinkle them on top as she did the last time we made Texas Trash.
NOPE!!! She just took the lids off and tossed the jars on top of the pretzel bag.
She and I had a little meeting and she soon got the hang of it!
She was pretty proud of herself!
The opening of all the boxes, bags and containers was the hardest part.
We mixed the butter and Worcestershire sauce and started baking sheet after sheet of trash!
I timed it perfectly!!!
While the trash baked, we watched the Cowboys game.
I changed out the baking sheets during the commercials. Louis Dean would pause the game if I wasn't back yet.
I am happy to say we WON!!!!
THIS may be the best moment of the whole game!!
Ezekiel Elliott jumped into the huge Salvation Army Kettle after his 13th rushing touchdown!!!
As soon as it was over, I tucked Kailey into our bed and Louis Dean into the guest room.
Then I went back to the kitchen where I have continued to bake Texas Trash.
I'm STILL baking it!!!
It may well be 3:00 in the morning before I finish!!