monday before the party

A few highlights…

I baked.

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Rolled them in sugar mixed with orange zest.

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Then I shmooshed them with a fork. Shmooshed: technical term.

On winter afternoons, the sun pours through our south-facing kitchen windows. It can be difficult to wash dishes between 1:30 and 4:30 because of the angle of the sun. Blinding. It made the cookie balls look pretty, though. They sparkled in the sunlight.

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies

These are good. Crispy sugary coating. Softer center.

Cranberry Orange Cookies

I baked more cookies.

Peppermint Meltaways. These will get a dollop of frosting and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint the day before the party. For now, they wait in the freezer.

Peppermint Meltaways

I printed more pictures for the wall in the kitchen.

DH put them up. Gotta love Command Picture Hanging Strips.

Kitchen photo wall

OK. I confess. The part of the table you can’t see is knee-deep in stuff that needs to be put away… We just shoved it back for the picture. And moved the cat food bowl. And closed the pantry doors. And cleared off the dresser.

Kitchen photo wall

I also pondered eggs. So pretty. Great packaging. So good for you. Versatile. Tasty. The incredible, edible egg. God’s handiwork is amazing.

the incredible, edible egg

Winston loves Christmas. Or at least, loves sleeping under the bubble light tree. Looks like he’s trying to stare down the goose. Or he’s thinking about Christmas dinner?

Winston loves Christmas

DH worked at checking things off the list. I took a nap. He rode his bike. I supervised some decorating. He painted a few scrapes on the wall. I made large Putz houses for the cookie table. We’re getting there.



  1. Posted December 3, 2015 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    I love reading about your preparations for the party. It is exciting. I’m sure it is a lovely party every year. You sound so organized!! I really admire that. Lucy

  2. Posted December 4, 2015 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Lucy, thanks so much for you post! I wish I had time this week to post more info. Very busy right now, but having fun! ~~Rhonda

  3. Sandra L.
    Posted December 4, 2015 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Just love your blog but especially the Christmas Open House posts. I could live on desserts so reading about all the divine goodies your are baking makes my hungry for something sweets. Well a lot of sweets!

    I think I will add these two recipes to my cookie list for this year. Your open house must be amazing for all who are lucky enough to come.

    PS…love it. You take a nap and give DH honey to do tasks.

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