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End of the Year Catch Up

Hello. As you may have guessed, it’s been so busy here on my end. Let’s catch up!

Christmas Gifts

While I had less gifts to worry about this year, I did have to do some baking.

I prepped the doughs last Tuesday, the 22nd:

I baked all three off Wednesday, the 23rd, to create cookie boxes:

I had ordered these bakery boxes on Prime. I was going to go to Michael’s but I figured the store had long lines and since we’re supposed to technically stay-at-home, I wasn’t going to deal with that.

This is what each one looked like. I used some stamps to decorate the top of the boxes. The ribbon is from Prime as well.

I made an apple pie for my daddy. I used Sally’s Baking Addiction recipe for the pie crusts.

My mama took this picture. I had plenty of crust for the bottom and my crusts this time were moist; I was really happy with the outcome. I will have to try with my pie dish which is deeper. I made a lattice top and used small, Christmas cookie cutters to cut out little men and trees. My parents liked the pie.

Christmas Meals

I had gone with the husband on one Costco trip and picked out some scallops for our Christmas Eve OMAD. I had always seen them when I used to do the run. I thought to change it up a bit.

We had the seafood with linguine and Alfredo sauce. The Caesar Salad is from a mix.

On Christmas I made my very first, rack of lamb!

I chopped up rosemary and thyme and mixed them with EVOO + S&P. The rack was baked in the oven. So yummy!

New Year’s Eve

And now we’ve caught up to today. I told the husband to get more scallops during his yesterday, Costco trip:

Fluffy, mashed potatoes, oven-roasted vegetables, and scallops. There was only a pack of bacon so about half of the seafood had been wrapped up. Yep, our crew eats good in this house.

Well, I need a cat nap right now and then afterwards, the four of us will be watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; our annual, Harry Potter marathon is off to a slow start but it’s movin along; lots of Christmas movies were watched first by yours truly. Have any of you seen Dash & Lily? The Netflix series is based upon a book, one that the junior and I plan to read together in the new year. I’ve also been getting in some knitting and cross stitching here and there during all of this TV time.

Off I scoot. Happy New Year to all of you. Thank you for your support and comment cheer. Here’s looking forward to a brand new, blank year.

14 thoughts on “End of the Year Catch Up”

  1. Stef,
    In this time of so much pain and uncertainty our blogs can bring a smile to each other. Im thanking your for your amazing posts. Your letting us see your life in a very personal way. I have been giving thought to how many leave comments and so many who don’t. We , I think, are a good group and what makes it good, is that we are real. Here’s to 2021. I hope we all get the vaccine soon. Your knitting, your COOKING, and your extended family gatherings make me smile. THank you

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  2. Oh my that food looks so good. Good food is a delight and you have mastered the art. Love those cookie boxes. Wishing you a very happy 2021 Stefanie and all you family.

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  3. Happy New Year Stefanie! 🙂 Look at your gourmet baking and cooking! Scallops are not easy to make, if you cook them slightly too long they are a ball of rubber, you did so well! 🙂 It all looks so yummy! The cookie boxes are beautiful and congrats on the rack of lamb!!! 🙂

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    1. Happy New Year, Rain. I only cook the scallops 2 minutes per side. I think we’re a bit scalloped out now, LOL. They’re good sized too, like silver dollars.

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  4. The pie and cookie boxes are gorgeous! I’ve had good luck with Sally’s Baking Addiction recipes but I don’t think I’ve ever tried her pie crust. And it’s been way too long since I’ve had apple pie. Love the look of the scallops and congrats on your first rack of lamb. Sounds yummy! That’s definitely a cut of meat that terrifies me more then a little.

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  5. We have a roommate that is a professional chef. He would approve of your rack of lamb & bacon-wrapped yums.

    He made prime rib on Christmas Eve and we did steaks last night for New Years Eve. Otherwise, we’re keeping everything low-key. All is well.

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