Dec. 13: A morning spent saving Christmas by sourcing obscure presents. A thrill to be able to find them in my own city, rather than having to buy it online and pay shipping. A quick trip to the mall (it’s only 5 minutes away) lead to some incredibly impulsive purchases. Suddenly, December 13 is now our Annual Rempel Christmas Cookie Baking Day. It was was a whole lot of fun, and resulted in gingerbread, with royal icing that almost didn’t set. 24 large cookies made for the bake sale at school the next morning, and some gingerbread pigs.
(According to my incredibly resourceful and inventive husband, this baking day is a century old family tradition that we couldn’t resurect until our youngest turned 11. Because that’s the tradition, and no, (ha, ha) he’s not making it up; and of course, has nothing to do with the fact that I impulsively bought overpriced Christmas aprons from a vendor in the mall that very day. And, oh wait, because it’s Rempel Christmas Cookie Baking Day, we should have some eggnog and Toblerone chocolate to go with the cookies. Because that’s the tradition.)
And by now, it’s also tradition for him to take my topsy-turvey and turn it into special and memorable. I love him.
Dec. 14: More baking, so I can make these for teacher gifts. Less water in the icing this time! And a little bit of wrapping might happen today, too.