Wednesday, December 12, 2018


During this cold and sunny (just right!) month of December, here are some of the things I'm doing...

Awaiting...the first slice of my Christmas cake, which I made from a different recipe this year, with my own customization. I've been feeding it every two weeks but I'll stop now so it can dry out before I ice it. first attempt at decorating with fondant. I bought a small package of green fondant to use on my Christmas cake. I'm going to ice it very simply with white sugar icing, then cut out some holly leave from the green fondant and put some glace cherry halves with them to look like holly berries. I'm a little nervous...stay tuned.

Sleeping...much better since I put the heavier comforter on the bed a couple of weeks ago. We'd been using our lightweight quilted cover, with the addition of my big hexagon afghan since October, but we were not staying warm enough. I'm so glad to have our warmest blanket back on the bed again. new little alarm clock. I bought this clock about a week ago to replace a big, clunky old clock radio that I couldn't stand anymore. There were too many knobs and controls and it was all I could do to remember how to set the alarm. The radio reception was very poor. I just wanted a simple, basic clock, nothing fancy. I found this one at Target for seven bucks. You can hit the top for a snooze or to turn on the light for 10 seconds. That's it for features. Perfect. new kitchen tablecloth. It's just an inexpensive vinyl one, which I bought from an Amazon store called Deb's Buried Treasure. I'd wanted a durable, easily-cleaned Christmas tablecloth for the kitchen for a long time, ever since my old one finally gave up the ghost a few years ago. I just kept regular cloths on through the holidays, but I missed having something more festive in the kitchen. I'm enjoying it very much.

Assembling...a jigsaw puzzle under the Christmas tree, a longtime family tradition. Everyone wants to be near the Christmas tree, and this is definitely the warmest, sunniest room in the house in winter, so we all flock here to play games, work on crafts and, lately, put together puzzles. December magazines. I've cycled through some of my subscriptions lately, and right now I'm getting Real Simple, Family Circle and Sunset. I love to sit with my tea and flip through them a few pages at a time, trying to savor them over a few days. an old childhood thrill with the Christmas ornaments. I loved to put glass or other see-through ornaments in front of the lights to make them glow, and I still do it every year. Does anyone else do this? Most of our ornaments are opaque painted glass, but there are a few, like this blown-glass angel playing the flute, that I always try to light up. It's kind of a weird obsession.

How is your holiday planning coming along? Are you having a calm time, or a crazy one? It's surprisingly calm here, more than usual. I'm planning to bake lots of cookies this weekend, starting Friday afternoon. I'll give most of them away, as I always do, but we'll keep some too. I can't wait to get started! I think we'll make tamales this weekend too. I still want to make marmalade, especially since I currently have more oranges than I know what to do with, but that may have to wait until next week. Meanwhile, I still have all the gifts to wrap, but I like to do that in the evenings while I watch TV. I find gift-wrapping quite relaxing, as long as I don't leave it so long that I have to wrap them all on one night...a lesson it only took me once to learn. Hope you're having a good week, friends!


  1. I love to light up glass as well, it's so pretty. I love the idea of a jigsaw by the Christmas tree. It's always so cosy at yours. All calm here at the moment, let's hope it lasts... Good luck with the baking. CJ xx

  2. You sound quite serene Jennifer. I am glad because I always feel the hefty emotional weight women put on themselves at Christmas and wonder how the guys get away with it!I like to stay chilled out and if something gets done that I have enjoyed then fine but I am not going to try and be a perfect Christmas organiser - I learnt my lesson a long time ago preparing a for a wonderful Christmas that my in-laws described as unnecessary - oh the hurt! Stay cool and enjoy! Jo x

  3. Hi Jennifer, Your Christmas post definitely makes me happy :) If I lived closer I'd come off and steal a pot of your marmalade... Well done on the Christmas cake. I am skipping it this year but plan a boiled Christmas pudding in a cloth this weekend. That is a beautiful tradition to do a puzzle under The Tree, and one we could think of trying here with young Oscar. Naturally I really like your table cloth, and consider the poinsettia flower a Christmas essential. Happy Christmas prep.

  4. I love your festive table cloth!
    I think we're all ready now. I got everything out for bookclub so now we're set.

  5. Hello! !
    Today I decorated the Christmas tree. I really enjoyed it! Every year I get very excited, I decorate the Christmas tree and it begins to feel like Christmas. I think this year's Christmas tree is also very beautiful.

  6. So many of these things are simple pleasures. Taking note of them and appreciating them shows contentment and happiness. :)
    I do the same with clear ornaments on my trees.

  7. Enjoyed your ings, Jennifer! I also got a chuckle from your opinion of your neighbor's inflatables on a comment you wrote elsewhere :) Got a key for my condo on Monday and have started ferrying stuff over there, furniture this weekend. xx

  8. I love the idea of a jigsaw by the Christmas tree. It's a long time since I've done a jigsaw, I may have to start one that everyone can have a go with over the festive period. It sounds like you're having a nice and relaxed lead up to Christmas.

  9. I've been wrapped a bit for a few days now, nearly done but still have St Nicholas (Dec 19th) gifts + a few Christmas ones (and one for my birthday, a tea I am so excited to have that I 'kind of' bought for myself! ha! :) ) Love the puzzle making and the baking plans and that table cloth is so lovely! and the warmest blanket on the bed, oh bless and bliss! and that clock is so perfect! I just love it! Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings to you!

  10. I just made my xmas fruit cake and yours look delish. Nice tablecloth too xo

  11. Hello!
    I am enjoying my visit with you here tonight.
    I love your cozy, heartfelt Christmas days.
    My planning is quite calm this year, just the way I like it!
    We are baking this weekend too, and started wrapping this evening.
    I like to be finished by the 17th, so we can enjoy the last week before Christmas watching movies, drinking cocoa, and reading books by the tree. It doesn't always happen, but I give it a try! Have a lovely evening. : )

  12. I have a little lantern tree decoration that we had on our trees when I was a child and I always place it in front of a light so it glows, along with any of the other glass ornaments. Your angel looks lovely. You sound calm and content, Jennifer, which is lovely. I'm doing my best to channel all the calm but there are still people to buy for and I most probably will end up wrapping everything in one go. It's not ideal! Hope you have a lovely weekend cookie-baking. Sam x

  13. It sounds blissful, peaceful and serene. Love the simple calm that you are enjoying. We are quite similar, we like it simple and happy also. Have a wonderful time xx


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