Christmas Eve Eve

Only two more days until Christmas, and I feel like I’m not exactly prepared. I think I am–The bambino’s gifts are mostly wrapped. Jay’s gifts are on their way, and are due to arrive tomorrow. I do need to thaw the chicken, make a pumpkin pie, make some Cincinnati chili…Figure out what I’m going to make for breakfast Christmas morning. I feel like there’s something else that needs to be done, but for the life of me I can’t think of what it is!

We had our Secret Santa Potluck/Reveal party yesterday. I brought a pound cake:

I brought about half of it home, which was a good thing. I mentioned earlier that I might have to bake a cake for Friday night. Jay’s been reading a book on tempering and dealing with your anger. The book deals mainly with familial or marital anger, which doesn’t really apply to us (he actually bought it more to deal with work-related stress). One of the suggestions in the book was to sit down with your partner on a Friday night (especially if you’ve been fighting), have a cup of tea and some cake, and settle things so that you can start your weekend on a good note. I thought it sounded like a rather cute idea, and decided that as a family, we should have some tea and cake and just vent our frustrations for the week, or simply sit and talk together. Since there was plenty of pound cake left, we had slices of that, so I didn’t have to bake anything extra!

As for my Secret Santa, my suspicions were correct, and it indeed was Sandy. I told her the first gift (my White Russian kit) was just too perfect. All of my gifts were awesome, including the big one:

Lord knows you can never have too many kitchen towels. At least I can’t.

Mini wooden spoons! I’m sure they have a specific purpose, but I told the bambino he could use them any time he wants to help me bake.

Sprinkles! I’m already thinking about using the caramel or cinnamon ones to make rolls…Possibly even for tomorrow morning, since I have to go into work for a couple hours. Or that could be what I make for Christmas breakfast. I just don’t know yet!

And because of working tomorrow morning, I got to leave a little early today. Which was nice. I don’t know if it’s because of the holiday or what, but I’ve been feeling like my brain has been fried all week. That’s kind of why I was so looking forward to tea and cake and decompression. But first, we had to have dinner. I meant to make pasta last night, but our department went out for lunch, then there was the Secret Santa potluck, so by the time I got home, I wasn’t hungry in the least. Jay said he was most in the mood for a frozen pizza, so we popped out to the store to pick one up, so he and the bambino would have something to eat. I ended up with a PB sandwich and about half a bag of salt & vinegar chips.

Tonight, though, I wanted to eat a proper dinner at the table.

Sausages and Cream Sauce.

With more ciabatta dinner rolls from Buttercrust. This is the second time I’ve made this, and this time I used some sweet Italian sausage, and it still tasted somewhat like breakfast sausage. No matter. I like it, and Jay seems to, so I’ll keep making it. Once we were done, I got our tea:

(English Breakfast for me, with cream and sugar)

And some cake:

And it was rather nice kick-off to the weekend. The bambino was being rather silly, and we just sat around enjoying some family time. Jay and I agreed that it was a nice way to end the week and start the weekend on a positive note. In the meantime, though, I have more of this to attend to:

I do believe I only have a couple more things for the bambino and then I’m done! Well, until next weekend anyway. I’ll wait to wrap presents for the bambino’s cousins for a few more days since we’re not going to see them until next Saturday!

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