Today I have got to get things done. Baking. Making. Wrapping. As it is I am terribly guilty of crimes against house maintenance. On top of that we are currently in the the throes of post holiday mess. Only it’s not the holiday yet. So not only do we have that, we have the pre holiday mess AND the post holiday mess.
We did my side of the family’s Christmas early this past weekend due to another family gathering the same weekend. It just made sense. So now the kids have all of their presents from one end of the house to other, I have bags yet to unpack, laundry trying to overtake us, and my own holiday-type things that I still need to get done before this next weekend.
AND there’s the threat that we’ve been hearing all month, that my in laws may come. We’ve heard this before. Somehow it never happens. We came to the conclusion that they only come for two things: when we have a baby and when someone graduates. I’m no planning on having any more kids, and unless I get very lucky by finding an anonymous donor to send me back to school, no one is graduating in this house for many years. So maybe I’m safe. Though this year is a little unique due to the fact that we didn’t go to their house for any sort of Christmas thing. We were planning on it, then us terrible people had to go and get sick. Germs are not allowed in their house, so the kids and I went to my parents and Evil Genius stayed home and prayed to either get better or die. He got better, thank goodness.
I ended up with nothing but holiday chocolate chip cookies from all of that baking that I had planned to do last week. Princess Christmas helped, and the cookies looked and tasted pretty good. The red and green chocolate chips were a nice touch. I used the Nestle Tollhouse recipe on the back of the bag.
There are other things I wanted to make, but as of yet I haven’t gotten back to them. The pretzels still don’t have any chocolate on them, though last night Evil Genius showed me how to make a double boiler. I had read about it, but just couldn’t picture it in my head. I’m going to have to get on it, because all of the cookies in the pictures were eaten while we were gone. Yes, he ate two dozen cookies. I hid the last four that were left.
The PMS that plagued me during Thanksgiving is back for this holiday as well, so naturally I’m eating everything in sight and feeling very badly about it. Not getting much opportunity to exercise the last few days has me saying in my best King Julian voice “I have the flabby flab.” The night we returned from my parents I ate an entire baggie of my cousin’s homemade peppermint bark. This morning I had the breakfast of champions-turtles. I had no little eyes to witness it, therefore I could get away with it. Now the bark and the turtles are gone, I’m safe, right?
Nooooo. He had to do it. He just had to. He has been threatening me with an evil and heinous act for a couple of weeks now, and finally followed through. He even had two little minions to help him carry his plan out. Yes, there is delicious and festive looking evil in my basement freezer. A double batch.
If it weren’t for these, I sometimes wonder if he would ever speak to his family. I swear he only speaks to his Mom sometimes to get this recipe. And her noodle recipe. And her striped delight recipe. While he was making these, I typed up the recipe so he wouldn’t have to call next time.
RECIPE UPDATE: I was asked to add the steps on how actually to bake these. Mix all ingredients together except chocolate. Press into 13 x 9 baking dish. Melt chocolate in double boiler. Put chocolate on top of ingredients in pan. Add sprinkles to make festive if desired. Refrigerate or freeze. Now you try resisting them!
So today I have cleaning to do, laundry to do, baking to do, and on top of all that I must resist the call from the basement. At least I would have to walk down stairs to get to them. Thank goodness the upstairs freezer was full!