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It Was Snowing Just Now!

Just a few flurries, but it was very seasonal for the Winter Solstice today.

We'll have a late Hanukkah celebration with my sister Amy's family and our stepmother tomorrow. There will be cheese (goat brie, lemon Stilton, mustardseed gouda, and cordobes) and crackers with fig jam and red grapes; latkes (shredded potato pancakes) with applesauce and sour cream; beef brisket made with beer; fresh spinach cooked with scallions and parsley; cucumber sunomono (made by smillaraaq); chocolate Hanukkah gelt (coins); and iced gingerbread cookies (made by The Young Lady) ... .

The smell of the gingerbread is killing me ... soooo good! It's a Smitten Kitchen recipe, which was in turn adapted from Martha Stewart. (No, they are not directly on top of the newspaper ... there's a sheet of waxed paper under them.)

And yay for holiday cards! Many thanks to everyone who's been sending them!

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Dec. 21st, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Enjoy your Hanukkah get-together! The gingerbread cookies look fabulous; I'm sure they smell even better.
Dec. 22nd, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)

Cara just gave me a bite of the one she was eating for dessert. In the way of gingerbread, they're getting even better.

She's getting very confident in her kitchen skills, which is nice to see.

Edited at 2012-12-22 02:25 am (UTC)
Dec. 22nd, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Heh, her first name is the same as my sister's.

It was nice to see Ally get more confident in her kitchen skills as well, but they don't extend to cookie-baking.
Dec. 22nd, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Ah jealous of the snow! I was just two minutes ago saying to a Northern VA friend that I am more than ready to see some snow!!!

Your gingerbread is gorgeous and makes me nostalgic. I have a favorite recipe, and used to make it every Christmas. The last few years of my friend Tom's life, when he had little appetite and most food did little or nothing for him, my gingerbread was one of the few things he'd eat, and I'd always make it for him. Have a lovely time at your Hanukkah party - kind of cool that it ended up being on the Solstice! Enjoy!
Dec. 22nd, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)

Well, truthfully, the snow was just flurries. There were whirling flakes on the way home from the grocery, but not enough to even dust anything, really.

Hanukkah actually ended a week ago! But Amy was very miserable with genuine influenza last week, so we put it off a week. I still haven't decided whether it's really appropriate to light a menorah ... . And I'm still wrapping packages.

Edited at 2012-12-22 02:30 am (UTC)
Dec. 22nd, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
Ugh. Don't even go there.... All the stuff I ordered in a drugged stupor earlier this week is now sitting in piles of cardboard boxes (mostly from Amazon) in my foyer. Now I have to uncrate and sort it all, hoping I can make sense of what goes to whom, and that I didn't order anything too strange in my painkiller-haze... And then I have to wrap it all, tackle the cards, and make pies & mashed potatoes for the family feed Christmas Day. Fortunately the hubs is off between now & Christmas - little does he know, he's going to be pressed into service...... *rubs hands together evilly*
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Dec. 27th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
It all sounds delicious!
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