Yep. The tree's up, the presents are all wrapped. All my baking (which is to say, "None,") is finished. To be fair, I did make a scrumptious apple/apple sauce cake. Mom used to make these awesome "Wacky Cakes" – chocolate cakes you mixed, baked and served from the same pan. They don't use eggs or milk, so they're perfect for all the kids. Over the years, she has tweaked it – chocolate chips on top, chocolate bars on top, chocolate pudding inside or on top. And she turned it into a wonderful applesauce cake. Here are the recipes, if you're interested. They're easy enough for kids to make; my little brother made them all the time (without help) starting when he was about 10 years old or younger. There's very, very little mess – which is my favorite thing.
Anyway – that was the extent of my Christmas baking, and it was gone within 12 hours. We do, however, have lots of grapefruit and oranges, so they can eat those.
Unfortunately, I have about 100 or more Christmas cards on the shelf that haven't been sent out yet. (Having the cards isn't unfortunate; having them on the shelf and not in the mail is!) I'm going to try to mail them by tomorrow. I'm really, really tempted to send addresses of my blog sites with all the cards to my friends and family and tell them, "Pick the one you like best. Merry Christmas." But I guess that's not in the spirit of Christmas.
I used Mike's fancy schmantzy camera to take the pics today. He was peeking over my shoulder as I moved the files to the computer (and for someone who absolutely hates change, having to use the computer with Vista – since the Windows ones are in the unheated room!! – did not put me in the best of moods. Bill Gates seriously blew it with this one.) — and as he was peeking at the pic, he said, "Wow, you can't even tell it's leaning." We've had this tree for years, and, since I live with 3 Scrooges, the only living creature in the house who will help with the tree is the dog. And he's not a lot of help. (Ok, the boys did bring the tree and all the decorations down from the attic, and they put away the empty boxes, and they'll take everything back up after Christmas, so they're off the hook.) Anyway – when I put the tree up, I got it as straight as I could, but I'm thinking it's on its last legs. Or limbs, I guess. It's listing a little to the left. The first thing all the guys said when they saw it was, "It's leaning." Well, yeah, Captain Obvious. But other than that, what do you think???
I did manage to squeak out a card this morning before taking Wesley Christmas shopping. Can you say, "last minute??" Here's one with Flight of the Butterfly (I always want to say, "Bumblebee….") and some of the new Designer Series Paper that will be in the Spring/Summer catalog – Raspberry Tart.
Ink: Old Olive, Rose Red, VersaMark
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Vellum Card stock; Raspberry Tart DSP
Accessories: Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Scallop circle punch, mini glue dot, Stampin' Dimensionals, heat tool
I'm thinking instead of the scallop circles, it would look better with a strip of Rose Red card stock. The circles do kind of look like wings, though…..
So that's it for today. This will probably be the last post until after Christmas, but we'll see! Have a blessed Christmas/Hanukkah.