Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know that my sister and niece moved here from New Jersey a couple of years ago. Since they’ve been here we’ve started some new Christmas traditions. Last year we drove around looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve, and I think we’ll do the same this year.
And last Saturday, for the third year in a row, I went to my sister’s house to help with her Christmas baking. My sister definitely got all of the baking genes in our family, and basically there were none left over for me. She loves to bake, and she makes a ton of cookies, quick breads and candy at Christmas.
Let’s face it, I really just go over on baking day to hang out, watch Christmas movies and eat cookies. I do however have one official duty. Ball rolling. I wrote about discovering my mad skills at ball rolling the first year I helped Debbie with her baking.
Apparently no one really enjoys this part of the baking process. My niece made up some lame excuse about being the godmother at a baby christening back in New Jersey just to get out of it. So this year most of the ball rolling fell to me.
And although my sister cut down on the number of kinds of cookies she was making this year, apparently most of the cookies that require ball rolling remain on the list! That includes Snicker Doodles, Almond Cookies, Ginger Cookies and Peanut Blossoms.
And this year a new task was added to my to-do list, Hershey Kiss unwrapping.
Yep, I can handle that one too, no problem. Although now that I think about, maybe that is a bit of a demotion from ball rolling.
When I’m not rolling balls, or surfing Netflix in search of Christmas movies, I play around taking photos with some of my sister’s vintage cookie cutters (even though we really didn’t use these to make any actual cookies).
With all of this going on last weekend, I didn’t have much time to paint furniture or even finish the final post about my tour of Jodie’s house. But I hope to be sharing that by Friday, and maybe this coming weekend I’ll find time to paint some real furniture. I’m starting to suffer from withdrawal.
Oh, and one quick public service announcement. If you’ve been thinking about painting your own gift boxes …
Or maybe even just a decorative hat box or two …
the plain cardboard boxes are 50% off this week (thru Saturday, 12/16) at Hobby Lobby making it a great time to stock up.