Christmas Cards

Last call for address changes- I’m planning to do Chistmas Cards today!

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Monday Morning

Just after the cake wreck, the virus I’ve apparently had became symptomatic… so, except for going over and feeding Mom’s cat and laying out her pills, I’ve been in bed. I would not have done that except the cat would have had no food. I told Emily and Mom that they would have to take care of themselves for dinner and went back to bed.

Emily did, I don’t know if Mom did or not… and Emily also put the food away for which I’m grateful.

Around midnight, I started being able to hold down ice water… and at 3:30 I woke up ravenous. So far the crackers aren’t making me ill, coffee is a go (thank goodness!) and I’ve managed to clean up the kitchen and start the laundry again. (Since I didn’t get it in the dryer, it’s sure to have soured.)

I am very very grateful that a) I’m on vacation so I could just lay down and be ill and b) it seems to have run it’s course in just about 12 hours.

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Cake Fail

I should have used a sheet cake…

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Advent 2016

Since I have so very many Advent Calendars, we obviously don’t use every one every year (or any year unless I get really wealthy and have lots more room to display them!!) So here are our picks for 2016:

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I let Emily and her friend Ara choose most of them but I did insist on SR #50 and I added in an Eric Forsman and the Garpens calendars because they’re really old and have never been used. That’s so sad… so they’re getting to show off this year.

I have to say, I’m not loving the nutcracker calendar and the art for the black house is only meh for me but I am loving the Troll calendar!

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Not-lazy Sunday

Today is the day after Emily’s birthday and usually the day I start all my Christmas decorating and so forth. And I am on vacation so I can actually DO that… which is nice.

For her birthday, we went to see Fantastic Beasts- a lovely movie- and now I want a niffler! Also dinner at 5 guys which was expensive but also meant I didn’t have to cook.

However, because we did that, I did not make her cake (and really, I’ve been too tired and still was yesterday) so I’m making it today. Her only request is that I suprise her… and I think I can do that.

What I’m planning is a chocolate cake with cherry pie filling in the middle… but without the cherries. The idea is that when you cut the cake, it will ‘bleed’- we’ll see how that works. For the top, I’m going to frost it in white and silver glitter it… but there’s going to be a hole in the middle with cake crumbs mounded next to it, a cookie headstone (with some snow icing on top) saying RIP 18 and a 3d cookie coffin.

Now about that coffin- I found a 3d cookie cutter coffin… and a wood grained silicone matt to impress into the dough… and recipes for cookies that don’t spread out when baked… and all of them would take several days to get here so I’m going to have to cut out the coffin pieces with a knife and draw wood grain with a toothpick. Pfft! If only I’d planned ahead! But that would have meant coming up with a cake idea sometime before I was falling asleep last night, which I didn’t.

Wish me luck! Pictures later…either way. (I feel like I’m on the Best British Baking Off and Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins and Mary Berry will be showing up any miniute. You have 5 hours. Ready… set… BAKE!)

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More Fast Notes

Mom is back home… not sure if she should be but she is some better.

Inventory last night and truck today so I’m still quite tired but I intend on resting tomorrow.

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On second thought…

Tiffany is not done… the close-up photos showed that I needed to touch up the base and remove a “stain” where I got too enthusiastic with the blue wash on her dress.

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