Counting down the days and a Recipe too!

Everyone around here is counting down the days.  Different days!  I am counting down to the 20th when Husband returns.  Benjamin is counting down the days to the 23rd when our festivities begin!  Rachel, well Rachel is like her dad…laid back and watching everyone else get crazy!  Hannah is counting down the days until her trip to Miami on the 29th.  If I don’t get myself in gear I am going to miss something! 

I am putting the final touches on a very special apron I am making.  It is for a customer who has never had an apron and like I said before I want it to be perfect.  Or as close as I can get!  It will go out in today’s mail. Rachel has a library program today and I am going to take it with me and let my friend try it on (she’s about the same size as my customer) and see how it looks on a real person and not a size 2 dress form!

I made a little road trip by myself yesterday to get this huge co-op I have been working on to the Fedex office and to have an eye appointment to see about contacts.  Hold up…CONTACT.  He prescribed ONE contact.  Weird but I will give it a whirl.   I am going do my best but I’ll just bet I end up staying with my glasses.  My eyes are a bit dry and that and contacts dont mix well…or so I hear.  

 Now for your recipe.  I called my brother next to me (cooking show niece’s dad) and asked him what he wanted me to put on the list for Christmas food.  I feel like I really have to step up here.  Every Christmas for the past 30 years was at my parents house and there are just certain food items that need to be present when everyone gathers at my house this year.  I said to him I had plans to make him sweet and sour meatballs – something my mom made for him several times a year.  And then he says there are two things he wants : Date Nut Roll and Martha Washington Candy.  Can do.  Will do.  He was very specific about the Date Nut Roll.  No slicing and putting in on a plate or something silly.  It has to be left in the refrigerator rolled in a damp dish towel.  We are to unroll it cut off a hunk, reroll and put it back.  Can do. Will do.  Here is the recipe for

Date Nut Roll

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. evaporated milk
  • 1 tbs. butter
  • 8 oz. dates, seeded and chopped
  • 1 c. nuts (black walnuts or pecans), chopped
  1. Combine sugar, milk and butter. Cook until soft ball (230F). Add dates and nuts. Stir.
  2. Let cool. Pour out on damp cloth and roll up. When firm, unroll and cut into small pieces. (we wont be cutting it of course!)

While I was out in town yesterday, I bought a few tins for cookies and candy.  I will begin those things Monday and will do my very best to post recipes and pictures as I go.  There are a few families I need to make a goody box for. My brother’s family being one of them.  I want to send them home the night of the 23rd with some thing they can have for their own Christmas.  My dear sister in law works and doesnt have a lot of time for baking.  And their family loves cut out cookies so those will go in the package for them. 

Let’s see what else…we have missed a couple of nights for our Christmas movies.  We had a couple of Christmas cooking shows Ben and I wanted to watch.  That boy loves cooking shows.   Especially Good Eats with Alton Brown.  And last night my son Nathan and his wife came to exchange Christmas presents.  She is going to Washington to be with her sister.  And my son wont be home for Christmas.  The kind of work he does, he is only home about 5-7 days a month.  And this year it wont be on Christmas.  They brought me the coolest LCD scrapbook! I would love to tell you what we got them but some of it is the same that we bought for others who read this blog and either they will be mad we didnt get it for them…or they will figure out that we did! So…that will be for a after the holiday post. 

I guess I better get myself up and at it.  Apron to finish, kitchen to clean, ONE more batch of soap to make (special order…someone’s dad LOVES Farmgirl Clean™!) 


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Busy, busy, busy!!!


Wow you’ve been busy! How sweet you are, too, to take special requests for your Christmas dinner. I love the traditions we start here, especially the food ones. My kids each have something they just have to have over the holidays.

Enjoy your busy time!