This past Saturday, I made my family traditional cut-out cookies and decorated them, along with my favorite cookie, which some of you might know as a snowball, and per Little Helen's request, some fudge. Years ago I made about 10 different types of things but that's' more than enough for us now.
Based on last Sunday's shift I expect I'll be straight out until the mall closes and I walk back out to my car. I sort of dislike being that busy as I feel I don't even make eye contact my with customers, but rather just stare into a computer screen processing gift cards and collecting money. Oh well, that will be wrapped up after tonight as well, then I get four whole days off from both jobs.
We're having our luncheon at work today and then tomorrow we work only 4 hours during which mostly nothing gets done. I was tempted to just take it off but since the other 4 hours are a 'gift' it's worth it to come in and not have to use vacation time, as I plan on using vacation time for January 2nd to have another long weekend.
I've got my menus together and a game plan to execute them - thankfully I can do quite a bit of prep during my free Christmas Eve afternoon. Biz, I know it will make you happy to read what I'm doing!
Christmas Eve we will have my famous to my family Chicken Parmigiana with Angel Hair Pasta, Marinara, Salad, and Italian Bread. Christmas morning, I am going to make homemade cinnamon rolls that I prepare the day before and just bake off. I'm using my own recipe, but Alton Brown's method, which you can see here. We always open our gifts leisurely so I generally plan to have an appetizer style lunch - just a few nibbles to get us through to our main meal. This year we are having shrimp cocktail, an olive display, proscuitto and mozzarella roll, and Ina Garten's Parmesan and Thyme Crackers. I started making these crackers a few years ago and now they are a must for us! I generally serve my signature Champagne Cocktail with the appetizers.