Pre-and-Post-Christmas Randoms

Hello, Friends! I pray that you all had a wonderfully joyous Christmas weekend–I know that we did.  Of course with a few days off comes a build up of random thoughts swirling around in my head:

  1. Be A Good Cookie Week was a fantastic kick-off to the ridiculous amount of baking that I did leading up to Christmas.
  2. The boys and I had a great time making graham cracker houses with friends.  We use to make a family house each year, but have opted to decorate gingerbread cookies for the past few years, instead. This explains why the boys didn’t realize that the more candy they iced onto their houses, the more candy available to pick off to munch on later. Read: the better their chance of eating any of the candy on their houses before Bacon Slayer plucked it off and ate it himself. Mom! Someone ate all of the Junior Mints off my house! I didn’t even get one!
  3. I may or may not have blew through 5 pounds of butter, 4 pounds of granulated sugar,  8 pounds of powdered sugar, and 10 pounds of flour in less than 10 calendar days. It happens.
  4. None of the above ingredients went toward the cinnamon rolls that I wanted to make as gifts for my neighbors, but didn’t because I ran out of time.
  5. Now my post-holiday-sugar-coma’d self is dreaming about cinnamon rolls, even though the thought of making them, much less eating them, is very unappealing.
  6. I still have 5 pounds of butter in the ‘fridge. That is a normal amount of butter for me to have on hand. Clearly, I have issues.
  7.  I am not afraid to create a list of tasks, with self-imposed deadlines, that far outweigh the available amount of waking hours necessary to accomplish them. I am also not afraid to drastically slash items off that list in the 11th hour of holiday preparations.
  8. Thankfully, my Bonus Mom kept us all from the caloric deficit sure to be caused by a lack of cinnamon rolls by making my Grandmother’s Danish Pastry. Fact: You can smell the all of the butter in this pastry just by being in the same room with it.
  9. This is what the Danish Pastry looked like approximately 15 minutes after we six, presumably responsible adults, cut into the pastry before playing cards. Fact: None of us was the least bit sorry.
  10. Since Gram’s recipe makes 4 pastries, we repeated this debacle the following night. Facts: My boys didn’t see, much less sample, a single slice of pastry–they didn’t even know of its existence. And we still weren’t the least bit sorry.
  11. Red Velvet Cake Balls are pure evil. Purely, deliciously evil.
  12. It should come as no surprise that over the weekend, I ate my weight in Red Velvet Cake Balls, Danish Pastry, and Butter Toffee.
  13. It should also come as no surprise that I’m prone to periods of food excess. So much so, that I Ate My Weight In… may become a new category here on Comfortably Domestic.
  14. Existing almost exclusively on butter and sugar for four straight days necessitates that I make myself at home in Jessica @ The Novice Chef Blog‘s aptly named Ass-Friendly Recipes category. Yes, that is really the name of her healthy recipe category. Yes, part most of me loves the fact that she calls it that, and not only for the Truth-in-Advertising factor.
  15. My parents are awesome! All 3 of them. They have been divorced/re-married since I was a little girl, yet they all venture Up North over Christmas and stay under one roof for the festivities. My roof. Everyone gets along famously and has a great time. If any of you comes from a divorced family, has ever been divorced, or knows anyone that has ever been divorced, then you can understand what a monumental celebration that is for me. I am so glad that my parents all get along so well. Did I mention how awesome my parents are? Because they are indeed awesome.

Your turn! Spill it! For those of you that celebrate Christmas, what made your weekend memorable?

Did you eat your weight in anything this weekend?

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  1. Maggie says

    I thought for sure celebrating Christmas with just my small family would cut down on the calories….but I think it just amped up the food factor. Turns out since I made the same amount of food and goodies it was left to me to scarf it all down….I just hate seeing food go to waste so I had to do my part to ensure that didn’t happen! My most gluttonous time came on the 26th for leftover dinner. With beef tenderloin and mashed potatoes left what is a mom to do but make beef stroganoff over potato pancakes!! Mmmmm…those yummy leftovers combined with more butter, heavy cream and flour was heaven….filling and fattening but heaven! Somebody get me a treadmill and 10 pound weight quick! Happy holidays!

  2. says

    Glad you had such a great Christmas celebration! When hubby & I got married 4 1/2 yrs ago, I decided we would start hosting Christmas & inviting all our divorced parents. Since my Brother & sister got married 2 years ago we have started switching who hosts Christmas, but the inviting of all the parents is still the same. I’m glad for parents who can suck it up for the holidays :)

  3. says

    #10 makes me so proud to know you.

    I ate my body weight in everything this weekend and since we celebrated Christmas and Hanukkah, we did a full five days of celebrating with family. I think I’m…really good until next year on just about everything.

  4. says

    We had a fabulous Christmas with our daughter, son-in-law and the grandbabies. So much fun with little ones in the house. Santa was really good to all of us and the entire long weekend was a blast from start to finish. I didn’t eat my weight in anything, but I would have loved to have had a shot at your grandmother’s Danish pastry. Just pass me that pan and a pot of coffee, and I’ll check back with you in about 6 hours. Right after my nap. Looks SO good. I’m in awe of your butter usage. You are a goddess, my friend. A goddess my butter-lovin’ husband worships from afar (and so do I). Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us. Your family sounds like a lot of fun!

    • says

      So glad to hear that you had a great time with your family. You tell TCP that the next time he wants to smoke a side of tasty mammal in that fancy smoker of his, I’ll be there bearing butter-laden Danish pastry for dessert. 😉

  5. says

    Happy Christmas to the baking pack in the sky! Christmas was fabulous, it was hard to come back to Seattle afterwards. But onto new year and new adventures (like, getting married in August!)
    And as for my weigh in – I ate my weight in sugar cookies. Seriously my future sis in law makes an epic sugar cookie with frosting. It was the frosting that killed me dead.
    But I lost a couple pounds before Xmas so I came out even. FTW!

  6. says

    Well, my Christmas weekend was a little bit less interesting than your Kirsten. I had my mother-in-law staying with us for the weekend since my father-in-law as you know has passed away last April and since I live next door to my parents, we all had a big Christmas lunch. Just a family thing. It is very important that your parents are so good between them. I do not come from a divorsed family but I have many friends who’s parents are divorsed and I know what it would mean to them to have a family like this! I wish to you a very Prosperous and Loving New Year!

  7. says

    I have to show this post to my husband. He thinks nobody in the world buys more butter than I do.

    And what a great family you come from. That’s the best Christmas gift they could possibly give you.


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