I thought that I would make another post before Christmas, as I likely will not be posting again till after Christmas and possibly not until after the new year.
I’ve been busy trying to finish getting things ready for Christmas. Not that I really have to have things ready for Christmas day, our family no longer gathers for the holidays (any of them) so nobody will be coming over anyway. It’s doubtful that I will be going anywhere myself, for numerous reasons. But I still want to make sure things are finished and ready to go, just in case.
Brownie mix in a jar, a gift for my bff. One of her favorite sweets is brownies.
Cookie mix in a jar: standard “in a jar” cookie mix with Christmas m&m’s and since they’ll be gifts for some kiddos, I decided to call them Santa’s Favorite Cookies. Make it fit the holiday.
Some more cookie in a jar mix, again intended for some kiddos so I gave them an appropriate name and called them Reindeer Cookies. They are similar to the cookies above, except the batch is bigger (these are in a quart jar, the others are in a pint jar) and these have the addition of chocolate chips and walnuts. I couldn’t quite get the flour packed down well enough in these jars though, and didn’t have room for the walnuts or granulated sugar. So I put those into a couple cellophane bags that I’ll fasten to the jars when I give them to the recipients.
And not all homemade gifts need to be edible. I whipped up a couple jars of peppermint foot scrub for a couple ladies on my list. It’s a salt scrub made with epsom salt. I didn’t realize that I was out of the oil I’d have preferred to use for this to maintain the white color, for the layering. I had to use olive oil, which left it rather yellow looking. So I had to improvise a little and I tinted all of it pink then layered the scrub with plain epsom salt in the jars to get the look I was going for. Still works, epsom salt on it’s own is a wonderful scrub too.
I made a third jar of the foot scrub for myself. I figure with the year I have had, especially this last quarter, I deserve a little something like that for myself. I’d love to use some of it tonight, however I am going to have to wait to use it. I cut my finger while washing dishes this morning, and it hurts a lot. Got some of the salt on it while I was filling the jars and that alone was enough to make me want to mutter some not very lady-like words. No way will I be using the scrub till that has healed enough I can do so without subjecting myself to some serious pain! Oh and no, I didn’t cut myself on a knife. I never ever put the knives into the soapy water. I put them on the counter by the sink and wash them last, one at a time. No. I cut myself on the lid of the oil cruet I keep my dish soap in. It needed refilled when I was in the middle of the dishes, and I had no idea that the edge of the metal cap was sharp. Now I know. And I will be shopping for a new one asap, and I’ll check in the store to be sure the new one has a smooth edge on it.
I still have many gifts to wrap, which I will try to do tonight. So far I only have my dad’s gifts wrapped, and the man’s gifts as well. I’ve had the man’s gifts wrapped for a week or two. I’ve been so excited to give them to him, and have been so looking forward to spending Christmas with him. Unfortunately some things came up, and I am not going to get to see him for a while. It’s not his fault, and I understand. But I’d be lying if I said I’m not disappointed and just a bit heartbroken over it. With everything I have been through lately I was really counting on some time with my special guy for the holidays to cheer me up… but there’s nothing I can do about it. So I’ll dry my tears, plaster a smile on my face, suck it up, eat too much pumpkin cake, and deal with it. C’est ma vie.