Gathering Graces 12/22/2017

*Everyone is home!!! Everyone is home!!! Throughout the evening, the family arrived and are now safe and sound in their beds for the next week or so. Molly, Travis and Cosette arrived early in the evening. Cosette got a ride to Worley from Moscow from her friend Gail, and Molly and Travis picked her up there. Paul and Zoe flew to Spokane from Boise, arriving in Spokane at around 8:30 a.m. They made it home around 10 p.m. I love having everyone home for the holidays.
*Jackson came over for a little Christmas celebration this morning. He read to me How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and I read to him a few Christmas books as well. He made me a cute ornament with a snowman on it. The snowman was made with his thumb, pointy finger and pinky finger. He opened his gift, which were three books in the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey. He also wrote the popular Captain Underpants books, which are also a favorite of Jackson. We enjoyed some hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. Then it was time for Jackson to go. His mom told me when he got home, he curled up on his bed to read his new books. I love it!!

Jackson looking at his new books.

*Christy arrived around 1 p.m. so we could partake in a joint venture of baking and making Christmas treats. We are going to take a few plates of goodies to the nursing home here in Kellogg tomorrow as a gesture of thanks for all they did in caring for Mom last summer between the beginning of May and the middle of August, when she passed away. I baked chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal scotchies and spritz cookies. Christy made all kinds of delicious bark and pretzel goodies. We will deliver the goodies tomorrow.
*One of the things my dad did during the Christmas season was make Tom and Jerry batter. He was a bartender at the Sunshine Inn, and would make this batter to make drinks at the bar as well as share with friends who would stop by for a nice warm drink on a cold, wintry day. The odd thing about Dad making the batter was, he would actually spend time in the kitchen at the standing mixer making something. This batter involves separating eggs, then beating the whites until they are very stiff, then mixing the yolks with sugar and spices, and then folding the two mixtures together. It was always seemed like it was quite a production when Dad would make the Tom and Jerry batter. I can’t remember how long ago it has been since we last made Tom and Jerry batter. But I found a recipe online similar to the one Dad used to make, and whipped up some batter. It is similar to Eggnog, only lighter in taste. It was delicious!! And I served it in Mom and Dad’s Tom and Jerry serving set.
*The weather has been perfect these last two days...the perfect set up for a White Christmas. The now has been lightly falling. The weather has not been too warm to make the snow all sloppy and icky. But it hasn’t been too cold either. It has been beautiful.

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