Last night, I made all sorts of Christmas treats. Tonight, I finished up with peanut butter kiss cookies, and gingerbread shapes. I had the dough on hand, so they were both quick and easy, but took up about 2 hours in the kitchen.
I made the gingerbread cookies first, in snowmen, star, and tree shapes. The last two batches (I made 40 total, about 10 to a cookie sheet) I sprinkled with colored sugar, so they are pre-decorated. The other half the kids will decorate tomorrow evening. We usually do sugar cookies, but I didn't pick up sugar cookie dough.
The peanut butter kiss cookies are just regular peanut butter cookies with a hershey's kiss pressed into the middle when they are done baking. So very good!
Tomorrow we'll attempt to drive up north to see Nick's family. It's just over an hour drive up there in good weather. We're supposed to get slammed with freezing rain, though they've now held off the forecast until tomorrow evening. We are due in Mt. Pleasant at 3. Mt. Pleasant isn't due for freezing rain at all as of tonight.
Down here, it's supposed to start around 6-6:30. I've decided that no matter what, we'll tell them we are going to be on the road by 5:30, to avoid the worst of it. We should have good driving until just before we hit Lansing, then slow, but managable from there to here.
I'm hoping the roads will be good, though, as I have no desire to postpone the trip till later.
Gifts are wrapped, sorted, and waiting in bags for taking with us. Cookies and treats are even sorted into containers to take with us. I'm just so organized, right? -eyeroll-
If I don't get back on between now and late tomorrow evening, just know I'm going bloody nuts with my inlaws. Life is good, isn't it?
Oh, and did I mention I have a small shopping list for tomorrow? -sigh- Yep. Well, it's pay day, so I've been holding off, but we are in charge of bringing drinks to the party tomorrow. We also need paper plates & napkins on hand for around here for dessert & left overs. Then, we need both soup and fried onions for the green bean casserole.
Then, I think we are set. Nick finally did his shopping for me tonight. He even cheated, and bought gift bags to wrap them in. ;)
I was supposed to pick Raegan up tomorrow, but due to the storm forecast (see above), my step-mom and I opted to meet today, instead, in case we get stranded due to weather. It wouldn't have been much fun to have Christmas morning without Rae home.
We met half way between where we each live, where Mona (my step-mom) treated us to lunch at McDonalds. After we visited for a bit, I took the kids to Dollar Tree. Raegan hadn't picked up sibling gifts or her dad gift, and none of the 3 kids had picked out their Mom gifts (I know, Dollar Tree... but, it's the thought that counts, not the dollar value). I sent all 3 in together to pick out Mom gifts, then the younger two gave them to Raegan, and came out to wait with me, while Raegan did the rest of her shopping and paid.
When Nick got home, he and the kids all took turns sheltered away in the den wrapping those gifts.
While Raegan was over in GR, my mom decided she needed a new coat. When it started getting cold, I knew Rae could use a new one. The one I bought her last year was just too small this year. On Black Friday, I picked her up a cheap $7 jacket at Walmart. The zipper has given us problems almost from the start, getting stuck, not sliding easily, and getting caught in the fabric flap behind the zipper (anyone else really hate that flap?). Well, last Friday, Nick was helping her zip it up, and tore the tab right off- the whole mechanism, not just the tab you use to pull it up.
I sent her to GR with her old jacket, and we were going to replace her new jacket this week anyway. Well, now we don't need to. My mom got her a nicer 4-in-1 jacket like we had gotten Gillian on black Friday as well. It has a zip in fleece lined inner jacket, which is reversible. She can wear the outer jacket alone, with the liner, or the liner alone. The liner also reverses.
That was a nice surprise, since finding a jacket this time of year in the right sizes and price range is difficult enough.
Anyway.. the kids are settled in front of the TV watching Mickey's Christmas Carol. We are going to watch the Muppet's Christmas Carol next.