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We have touch down!

Husband is home safe and sound. A very uneventful trip home – plane was a little late coming in from Atlanta but that is not too unusual. We are going to take part of the day to hang out but do have some work to do today. He told me on the way home last night he is going to make mini meatpies for our party. Happy for him to do it but as Oldest Daughter can tell you, they arent easy to make. To me, that is the hardest dough I have ever tried to master. I will type up his recipe for you later. Its a good one – just know going in, the dough is a challenge. For me anyway.

And I added a little something to my pre-meal menu. I am going to make a corn chowder for folks to snack on as they come in. I know my brother and others will be here a good bit early especially if there is a football game on that afternoon.

That’s all I have for this morning…got tons of things to do today – Have a great Friday.


Counting the hours now! And up to my eyeballs in cookies!

It is to the point now that I can tell you if all well and on schedule I will pick Husband up from the airport in 25 hours.  I spoke with him a couple of times today. He was settled in his hotel in Tunis trying to get some rest for a very long day tomorrow.  His plane leaves Tunis at 5 minutes until 2 in the morning our time.  And he wont arrive until 10 tomorrow night.  LONG day. I will hear from him when he reaches Paris and Atlanta and then we can talk as much and as often as we like – free calls within the continental US.  Poor man will pretty much have to hit the ground running as we have our big party on Sunday evening – the guest list keeps growing and that is great.  The more the merrier! We have fed 40+ in this little bitty house and the lights were out due to bad weather!  But we still had a great time.

I have baked almost all day.  Cutouts, super dupers, working on more…Cranberry Orange Oatmeal, Chocolate Chips, White Christmas Cookies.  Plus I have a birthday cake to bake for a customer from way back!  In fact she was a customer of my mother in law’s (G-d rest her soul) when she catered back in the 70’s.  It is her only grandchild’s first birthday and I am honored to make her cake.

I have worked on and off on the house too.  With that many people here it might be a moot point to do a real floor scrubbing but I will at least mop them before Sunday!  It is actually not too too bad even as busy as I have been.  It helps that I dont do laundry which as we all know is a never ending, thankless job.  The girls take care of all the laundry.  Rachel washes it all, Hannah folds and hangs up and Rachel and Ben put it away.  I have to admit I have done very little laundry in the past 20 years.  I started teaching my older kids how to do laundry when the oldest was about 9-10. And the job just keeps getting pasted down to the next ones as older ones moved out.  Dishes are another story!  Not a one of mine likes to do the dishes!  But, nonetheless, it is Ben’s job to keep the dishwasher unloaded.  And ready for the next load.  As I type this I realize I have an awful lot of help!  Rachel keeps the bathroom and the schoolroom kept.  I do the kitchen (except for putting away dishes) and who ever is up last is supposed to pick up thru the living room etc before going to bed.  We have a pretty good system.

I might be scarce for a couple of days with Husband coming home and all the party prep.  But I will be back with pictures of the festivities and more recipes!


Gingerbread & Red Ticking Apron

 Isn’t Benjamin a good sport?  This is Sid’s apron I just finished this morning!  I think it turned out so cute.  I love reversible aprons.  I might have to make myself one.



I wanted to answer a few of your questions about the meal and all.  We will have between 20 and 25 people.  They will start getting here as soon as they think there is food ready!  And the actual meal will be supper.  After supper we will do a gift exchange with those who are here.  Husband wants to save most of our Christmas for Christmas morning.  He is never home for Christmas and wanted to make the most of it.

Stay tuned on the France stuff.  I am working as I have time on our April in Paris blog.  I have lots of updates – just cant find time to write it all up.  But I will.  We are all getting really excited.  I will post on here when it is up and running!

Have a great Friday and even better weekend…its almost here…better get busy!