Christmas Eve Eve
You know it’s the day before Christmas Eve when my kitchen table looks like this:
You probably recognize these since I just made them a few weeks ago. ‘Tis the season to overdose on lard and sugar, is it not? I made four dozen cookies (not counting the “snowballs”) and plan to bring 2 dozen to my parents’ tomorrow and 2 dozen to Husband’s parents’ on Christmas. They are loved by young and old alike! Really, the true test of a good cookie is my very picky 9-year old niece. She has a very refined palate (i.e. is picky), and this is one of the few things I bake that passes her barometer of tastiness.
Speaking of tastiness (nice segue, eh?), last night I tried something new! Angie brought over Halva:
I’ve seen this before in the cheese section of my grocery store, but never thought to buy it. When Angie described it as a flaky, less sweet fudge, I knew I’d like it, especially since tahini is the main ingredient.
It was delicious! The tahini gave it a real “heft”, which is probably not an adjective one wants used when describing their ideal dessert, but I am a huge fan of heft (my thighs can attest to this. Badump cha!). It was sweet, but not overly so like fudge. It was flaky and delicate. In conclusion, I am now a fan of halva (bonus is that it’s fun to say. HALVA HALVA HALVA).
Well, the wee man and I are getting ready for Christmas today! Now that the cookies are decorated, our next step is to pack our overnight bag. We will spend Christmas Eve day and night with my side of the family (it’s also my dad’s birthday!), we’ll spend the night there (Henry’s first night away from home!), and then drive to Husband’s side for Christmas day. A lot of running around, but I wouldn’t have it any other way (…says the person who doesn’t do the driving!).
Since I won’t be blogging until after Christmas, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! Remember: the frugality and fitness can wait until December 26th (or January 1st if we’re really being honest with ourselves here).
Henry says: “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Now change my diaper, Woman”.