I have felt a bit out of the whole Christmas spirit this year. Actually, I've really enjoyed shopping (about 75% online) and feel like I've gotten some great gifts for many people on my list that I think that they will really enjoy. But, the tree fell over after we decorated it, I didn't participate in Boomama's Bloggy Christmas Tour of Homes, and I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do about a Christmas card this year.
I mailed off my Christmas cards last Friday, and sent a Bloggy wish to all of you, and my stress level decreased.
I mailed off the three presents that I had to send physically, and my stress level decreased.
I wrapped all remaining presents yesterday, and my stress level decreased.
Yesterday, Amanda and I baked. It wasn't a stress increaser or decreaser, but it was another thing checked off my list. I made Dianne's Ginger Cookies before Amanda got home, and as I was setting them out to cool, I thought I would share this tip with the WFMW folks (see more tips by clicking the link).
Yes, I do have a couple of those nice big cooling racks, but I learned this trip from my husband, which he learned from his proficiently baking mother: set your cookies out on newspaper to cool. A bonus is that they absorb some of the grease as well.
Simple, but even if you are a proficient baker, it seems that you never have enough cooling racks.
We also made toffee, using a recipe from his great aunt that is much like the one that Big Mama shared, peppermint bark, at Amanda's request, and some peanut butter Rice Krispie clusters, and a few white chocolate dipped pretzel rods.
So, I guess that making Christmas treats makes me officially in the Christmas spirit.