I Think I May Actually Be Ready.

by Jen on December 19, 2011

Good morning!  Wow…less than a week until Christmas!  Let that sink in for a minute.

Okay.

I think I’m actually ready for Christmas.  I had a pretty productive weekend.

It started on Friday, when I decided to make the Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares.

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If I could actually eat peanut butter, these bars would be my favorite; they are so moist and delicious.  I suppose I could have substituted the peanut butter for almond butter, but this way, I’m not tempted to eat them!  Actually, I can’t really eat any of my Christmas baking because it either contains peanuts or eggs wlEmoticon sadsmile I Think I May Actually Be Ready.

On Saturday, it was bake until you drop.  I baked from 9:30 until 3:30, but I managed to get it all done!  Now I don’t have Mark asking me everyday, “when are you going to make my favorite cookie?”

First up was the sugar cookies.  I baked the cookies in the oven, iced them, and then let the boys decorate!

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I asked Mark to supervise, but I’m pretty sure he was the official taste tester.  The boys had a great time decorating.  But who wouldn’t when it’s “one Smartie for the cookie, and two Smartie’s for me!”  Let’s just say they didn’t want any lunch.

I think the cookies turned out great.  In that gigantic pile are snowmen, stars, and Christmas trees.

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After the sugar cookies, I moved on to the Mars Bars (which literally only took me 10 minutes to make) and Mark’s favorite, Chocolate Mounds.

This year, I doubled the recipe for the Chocolate Mounds because each year Mark complains that he doesn’t have enough cookies to eat.  Oh sorry, I didn’t know you were in a cookie eating contest!  However, I didn’t mind doubling the recipe since they are so easy to make.

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On Sunday, it was time to wrap all the gifts, my favorite thing to do wlEmoticon annoyed I Think I May Actually Be Ready.

Originally, all 3 boys were supposed to go to their grandparent’s house for the day, but Caleb has a bad cold, so I told him he had to stay home and rest.  I had to be a little sneaky in wrapping gifts, however, I did manage to get it all done by noon.

I would have loved to relax on the couch in the afternoon and catch up on some Real Housewives, but I’m pretty sure Caleb wouldn’t be into that.  So, we watched the movie Curious George instead.  I sure hope his cold goes away before Christmas.  Last Christmas he had a nasty cold.  So nasty that he wasn’t in the mood to even open presents.  I just hope that doesn’t happen again this year!  I’m feeling slightly under the weather, so I hope I’m feeling better soon as nothing slows down at this time of year…or ever when you’re a mom!

I’m still trying to decide what to make for Christmas morning brunch.  Every year, my parents come to our house on Christmas morning where we open gifts and then have a nice brunch.  Normally, I have no problem deciding what to make, but this year, after being diagnosed with an egg intolerance, my choices are limited.  Why does everything brunch related have eggs in it?!

Question: How was your weekend?  What do you do for Christmas morning breakfast or brunch?

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1 Jen December 19, 2011 at 8:36 am

Those are my favorites cookies too!! Except we don’t call them chocolate mounds…although I can’t tell you what we call them…they don’t really have a name, but every year my mom makes them and I love them. She uses cashews instead of peanuts though. My other fav that she makes is pecan tassies…yum!

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2 Jen December 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I’ve heard them called Chow Mein Cookies as well. I like the cashew idea…that way I could eat them too!

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3 Danielle S December 19, 2011 at 8:47 am

The treats look yummy! For breakfast we do back bacon, croissants & mimosas – everyone is usually too busy checking out gifts to even eat though!

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4 Jen December 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

That sounds like a yummy breakfast….a great idea! Especially he mimosas ;)

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5 Lori@ Teacher Turned Mommy December 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

this weekend we went to my sister-in-laws to help with her new house and Sun the boys went to a free soccer clinic. I finally started wrapping gifts too. I still have a few more gifts to get for the boys and hubby… stocking type things. We won’t do a big breakfast this year since it will just be the 4 of us. usually if people come over for Christmas morning I make monkey bread and then just have juice and such. nothing major

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6 Jen December 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I’m thinking of making something similar to monkey bread…so yummy!

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7 Jennifer December 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

sounds like you are on top of things! no eggs for a brunch dish is tough! hope you all stay healthy! so do Santa’s gifts come wrapped or unwrapped? we don’t wrap santa’s gifts but most people I hear complaining about all the wrapping do.

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8 Jen December 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

Yep…I wrap EVERYTHING! Perhaps I shouldn’t…

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9 Leslie December 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Gingerbread has no eggs :) and my lemon angel wings don’t either. I have one more recipe and a bunch of seeing left and then cleaning house of course :) I’m not nice enough to let Grady ice the cookies :)

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10 Jen December 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

LOL…I can’t imagine the mess if I let the boys frost the sugar cookies! It was messy enough just letting them decorate. Lemon Angel Wings sound divine! Care to share the recipe?

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11 Leslie December 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I should do a blog post on it! :D thanks for the idea.

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12 Jen December 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

You’re welcome…I can’t wait!

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13 A.E. December 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

For Christmas morning we would always have crepes with strawberries and whipped cream for brunch, but those are mostly eggs. Hmmm……..

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14 Jen December 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

LOL..I think I would suck it up for the brunch!! Sounds delish :)

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