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22 December 2010 @ 08:27 pm
Happy Holidays!  
 In case I don't get back on LJ beforehand, you know. :)

Everyone ready for the holidays?  I'm FINALLY getting over the stupid cold/flu bug that struck me down almost two weeks ago.  Hallelujah!  Played heck with things like school, Christmas preparations, and the Christmas cards that didn't end up getting sent.  *sigh*  Stupid flu bug.  

BUT, at least I am going to be (mostly) healthy for Christmas.

Had some friends down for an early 'Christmas' weekend last weekend.  They were down with or getting over colds, too, so there was much sitting around together doing nothing, but it was fun all the same.  We finished decorating our Christmas tree, exchanged presents, tried to do a  special Christmas dinner that mostly worked, and then played with our new gifts.  The husband got Donkey Kong Country for the Wii, so that was fun.  I got a new Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer!  It is AWESOME.  My old one had something wrong with the sealing part, and so about half the time my seals didn't stay.  I never realized how much I had stopped using it because of that.  The new one is shiny stainless steel and sits out on my counter in easy reach.  I have already used it more in the past three days than I think I'd used my old one in the past six months.  Leftover spaghetti sauce - frozen and sealed.  Leftover roast beef and potatoes - frozen and sealed.  Lettuce in the crisper - sealed inside a container, wherein it will hopefully last longer.  Extra ground beef - sealed and frozen.  I am now gearing up for the family events on Christmas Eve and Christmas, and as that's usually a very busy time for me, I'm considering making my dinner rolls ahead of time and freezing them, then vacuum sealing them to thaw, warm and serve on Christmas day.  It will save me approximately three hours of bread making on the day, which means I can relax more.  Anyone ever tried anything like this?  I could use some tips.

In other cooking related things, I recently made some superbly yummy honey-butter, and thought I'd share the recipe:

Spreadable Butter Recipe (with optional honey-butter addition)

1/2 pound salted butter, warmed to room temperature
1/2 C canola oil (or vegetable.  DON'T use olive.  I tried it once, and it was VERY olive oil flavored.  I like my butter butter flavored.)
1/2 C water, room temperature
(optional) 1/4 C honey

Use hand mixer, and whip first butter, then slowly add each ingredient in order, mixing the whole time.  Once butter is smooth and well mixed, scrape into preferred container and allow to set up in the fridge for a couple of hours before use.  Yummy!  They honey-butter is like nirvana, it is so good.  I'm making some homemade sweet bread to go with it right now.  I may experiment with freezing and vacuum sealing it to see how that goes for the Christmas rolls, which I would like to make tomorrow.  (If it works, kistha , I wonder if the frozen/vacuum sealed rolls would make it okay to you if I sent some?  Hmmm.  After Christmas, of course.)

I hope everyone's holiday week is going well.  I'm officially on break from school for two weeks.  The husband is using his Christmas break to put together the 5000 piece Lego Millennium Falcon he's had for two years sitting in a box.  He and his Dad worked on it literally ALL DAY today, and put together they estimate about 1500 pieces.  I have pictures, but the husband would object to pictures of him being posted online...hmmm.  Anyway, it is IMPRESSIVE, to say the least.  

 

 
 
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Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on December 23rd, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Happy Holidays!
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty": Winter Forestkistha on December 23rd, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Merry Merry!
And yes, if it works, I will totally whore for home made rolls!