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Dec. 7th, 2007

I still haven’t finished typing up my account of my trip to Rome. This is particularly irritating to me, since I was writing it while I was there.

I'm well into the holiday turmoil. Fortunately, my interest and enthusiasm got a jump start last weekend, when jaedeth and I went with palingyuan and oidhche to pick out their Christmas tree, and then again later that evening as I watched palingyuan decorate the tree. Holiday motivation has been hard to find for the past few years, and with as little time and energy as I've had all this year, I was worried about whether I would get anything accomplished at all. Instead, I'm happy and excited, the way I ought to be.

Of course, my dedication to and interest in my work is suffering slightly in compensation. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. My boss certainly appreciates that I'm letting him leave a little earlier at night!

I have my Christmas cards and stamps, so I just need to print the labels and then I can get them out this weekend. My Christmas shopping is nearly done. Yesterday afternoon I had an hour or so of inspiration, and so I even have things picked out for the difficult people. Everything I can order online has been ordered, and I should be able to run to stores for the rest in the next few days.

I really want to bake this year. I haven't done much baking for a couple of years, because I don’t eat many cookies to begin with. I never even finished the cookies my mom brought me last Christmas. (Note to self: if I do bake, be sure to tell Mom not to bring me any.) This year, I plan to give cookies away as gifts for some local people, and will probably foist the rest off on friends.

At work, I've started the process for getting the Christmas cards approved. I still need to find time to get the tree up, though. I might try to get the stuff down from the attic after lunch today, if there's time before Toni leaves.

My boss already announced that we're going to be closed Christmas Eve. I'm looking forward to that nice long weekend. Of course, I would be even happier to have New Year's Eve off, but somehow I don't think I'll get that lucky.



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Dec. 7th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Holiday cookies - a lot of them can be frozen and then defrost them before people come over. Obviously, the Christmas looking cookies might not work for that if you want to serve them in April, but ones with plain red, plain white, or plain green sprinkles will work fine. And the chocolate chip ones or whatever are all good! I haven't done it, but a friend has done it for years, and if that happens to us again this year, I totally plan to do it.

Also, a lot of cookies if stored very carefully last a long time. My grandma's cookies last at least a year if they're stored in air tight conditions. These days that means that we make sure they've cooled for days first, then we put them in zip locks and press out the air. TP's father sends cookies that are wrapped in plastic, then in foil, then in a tupperware container, and we're still eating the biscotti from last Christmas, and we didn't finish the pazelles until about September!
Dec. 7th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
This works even better if you freeze tubes of dough and then slice and bake in a few months. It's also easier (I find) to get ALL the air out if you just press the dough into the bottom of a ziplock freezer bag than if you are trying to freeze already cooked cookies.

Also, fudge freezes REALLY well. My dad and I make the same fudge every year and give people tins of it for Christmas and we get served it all around town at parties all year.
Dec. 8th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
This just doesn't work with my cookies... Buckeyes are a fast consumption cookie.... As are Swedish Creme Wafers... Although come to think of it Colla your Rum Balls probably have enough alcohol to last forever.
Dec. 8th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
There's not that much alcohol in the rum balls. And they get dried out fast; they don't last nearly as long as the other kinds of cookies.

The buckeyes wouldn't do well in plastic, but they might go OK in the freezer.
Dec. 8th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Dec. 9th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
I do know my mother's mincemeat cookies last forever in the freezer. I doubt I'll ever be ambitious enough to make them myself though, talk about a labor intensive cookie.
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