Finally finished up ALL the shopping & wrapping, thanks in part to a healthy dose of amazon.com. I am so all about online shopping. I wish they would offer more free shipping, but it beats having to fight the crowds at The Godforsaken Mall. Now all that’s left is cookery!
Mr Fab & I will spend Christmas Eve at his parent’s house, Christmas brunch at my mom’s house, and Christmas Day lunch at my grandparents’ house. Whew! I think I gained 5 pounds just thinking about all that yummy food. Most of the big cooking will be done by mom, MIL, and grandma, but we are still making goodies to take.
Today, I made white chocolate covered pretzel candy (I’m sure it has a name; we just call it YUMM). Tomorrow, we are making candied pecans, cinnamon rolls, stuffed mushrooms, and (God help me) a pecan pie. I really don’t have the patience to do much pie-baking, what with the crust and the filling and the baking. Uh. It makes me need to eat cookies. (The kind that come already baked!) But Mr Fab is actually quite an accomplished baker, and this is his genius idea, so I’m going to let him take the reigns on it.
In other news…I did a little bit of housecleaning today…some laundry and general containment of the clutter. And I vacuumed. God help me, but I do love to vacuum! It gives me such great joy! I think everyone has their household bugaboo, like the one thing they just cannot tolerate. You can pile magazines & bills up to the rafters and I won’t bat an eye, but I DO NOT want to see any schmutz on the carpet. I love the noise the vacuum makes and the lovely little tracks it makes on the carpet. I even love the word vacuum. I heart vacuuming.
I also love my own special home made version of Carpet Fresh. I can’t deal with store-bought carpet fresh; the fragrances they put in it are seriously noxious. So I make my own out of baking soda & Bath & Body Works body spray! I know, is that ghetto or what!? (All my smell-goods around the house are the Midnight Pomegranate smell from B&BW, but I don’t like actually wearing the scent.) (I’m sure if you’re not quite as tacky as I am, you can use any sort of smell-good you like, be it essential oils or, God forbid, some sort of made-for-your-house room spray!) So, I fill a glass jar about halfway full with baking soda & pour about a tablespoon of body splash into it and mix it around. Then I punch holes in the lid of the jar, either with nails or a small drill, and use it as a shaker. Shake it all around the carpet, then go visit the Wal-Mart or chase after your kids, or just sit and listen to your own thoughts for five dang minutes, God Almighty, the point is to let us sit and soak up the dog-kid-husband odors in the carpet. Then vacuum (ah there it is again!) it all up and you are good to go. It’s basically free, non-toxic, and it matches the smell of your house already. So get after it already!
Happy Monday, y’all!