I am finally starting to feel better, and the things that I cannot wait to do are all Christmas-related!
Last night we decorated the tree. The bare tree had been setup inside for two days, and I was so sick that I just didn’t have the gusto to decorate it. It was depressing staring at that naked tree, sprawled on the couch covered in snotty tissue. Finally, last night, I was feeling good enough to tackle it. After the yearly “how to put on the lights” miscommunication, Dan and I hit our stride and the decorating was in full swing. We used clear/yellow lights, gold tinsel, vintage colored ball ornaments, and a collection of special ornaments. We get a new special ornament each year, and this year’s was a white ceramic ball with our Christmas card photo on it. On the treetop, we placed two little silver bird ornaments.
The best part of decorating the tree was turning off all of the lights when it was done and plugging the tree in. The warm glow of the tree with Andy Williams singing in the background was so peaceful. Dan and I snuggled on the couch, listening to music, in silent awe of how lucky we are.
Today I felt even better than yesterday and decided to whip up my first batch of Christmas cookies. I have been craving peanut butter, so I decided to make a cookie similar to the Hershey’s Peanut Butter Blossoms. Let me state right off the bat that I never follow recipes exactly. In almost every case, I reduce sugar, substitute things, etc. In this case, I knew that I wanted to make this type of cookie, but I wanted the peanut butter portion to be really good. No offense, Hershey’s, but you’re not my trusted source for baking recipes.
Instead, I turned to one of my favorite recipe sources, allrecipes. Here, I found a recipe that looked good, Classic Peanut Butter Cookies. The only alteration that I made to this recipe was to reduce the amount of sugar, both white and brown. I am not a fan of overly-sweet things, so usually about 2/3 of the recommended amount of sugar is plenty for me. Once the cookies were baked, I plopped a Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Kiss in each one. Super easy!
When I took a plate of warm cookies downstairs to Dan in his office, his remark was, “ooh fancy!”. Actually it was more like, “ooo, thaney!” as he was too busy devouring them to speak. That made me smile, as they are very basic cookies. I guess the addition of the candy in the middle makes them seem more sophisticated than they really are? Either way, they are yummy and are sure to become an annual holiday tradition.