a week from today

Open House is getting closer. We’re counting down. Just a week left. Today our older son and his family came to help with decorating and cleaning. Along with our two daughters, DH, and my sister Genny, a lot was accomplished! The downstairs is almost entirely ready. Besides the kitchen, of course. Cleaning it for company has to wait until I have more baking and candy-making done. The front porch needs some decorating, too.

Hard to believe the temps reached 68 this afternoon. And will drop to 23 tonight. The twins took the opportunity to play outside for a while.

 last nice day?

Today, I made the dough for Icebox Oatmeal Cookies. Tomorrow, I will cut and bake the rolled cookie dough.

I finished the Mocha Truffles today, dipping them in dark chocolate.

Mocha Truffles

Then drizzled them with some light chocolate and some white candy coating…

Mocha Truffles

The Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread cookies are in the freezer. They will be thawed the day before the Open House and then frosted with green frosting and drizzled with dark chocolate.

I tried a new recipe today. Cranberry Orange Cookies. They have a nice orange holiday flavor, thanks to the amount of orange zest in the recipe. They are packed and ready for the freezer. I am wondering if the flavors will mellow a bit once frozen and then thawed.

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Genny worked on the chalkboard tree.

Chalkboard Christmas tree

When we got it to this point, DD told us “no more tweaking.” I think it’s done!



DD used a chalk marker to draw snowflakes on the dining room windows. She is going to do the top half of the window later.


More updates soon!


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