Monday, December 25, 2017

And then I burned my hand

Just popping in to say Merry Christmas to everyone here at Hugs!

Thank you Wrona for the beautiful card

...something I wanted to do so much, I'm typing with all of the fingertips I have that aren't burned.  But more on that later.

It's been a lovely first Christmas for us back at the new/old house, complete with snow covering every horizontal surface outside, especially on the cedar trees beyond our living room windows...

and lots of baking that happened at the very last minute... naturally!

I wouldn't have bothered at that late date only I wanted my one aunt to have a treat given that she was stuck in hospital for Christmas Day, and the family of the other to have one for the same reason (that aunt is sticking with pudding.)

Of course, three different batches of cookies (chocolate chip meringues not shown) plus brioche buns for Christmas morning plus some handsewing of ornaments to top the odd present means No Sleep For Tired Girls.

Kinda worth it though?

Then of course,  there's 'Making Supper While Exhausted..."

The potato ring keeps the sweet potatoes from burning. Wish I'd had a potato ring...

Here's what happened with all that.

This afternoon, we went to see my aunt in the hospital to bring cookies.  No time for turkey when you do that, so it was Festive Pork Tenderloin on tonight's menu.  I had the idea to save time by searing it in a deep frying pan of stainless steel that can go right into the oven.  Sear with olive oil, add apple juice and put on the lid, cook it in the oven, then return it to the stove to make a sauce with the drippings while the pork rests. Forget the pan's been in the oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes, shift it by the handle with a bare hand, and enjoy Christmas Dinner while standing at the sink running cool water.

In other news, Pete and I got our new-to-us 1950s cast aluminum lounge set home and onto the porch:

The cushions are in the attic. There's also a pair of club chairs, the ladies' one a little shorter in the seat. So cute!


Sock photos coming to this space, eventually.

Yeah... It's my right hand this time so I guess it'll be a week or two before I can knit, or type with two hands, or paint?

Next Christmas I will have to wrap myself in cotton wool because I don't want a third festive hand injury after the last two holiday mishaps!

Pale blue bird of hope on our new artificial tree. Thank you Balsam Hill - looks almost real doesn't it?

Hope you've all had a marvelous holiday! with no burns because Ooooowie.


Laurinda said...

Merry Christmas! I'm sorry to hear about the burns- they're the worst because they never stop hurting until they're healed {{HUGS}}
I have to agree about the sewing (up until 6 AM sewing soft fuzzy pajama pants for my Hubby) He likes them, & that makes them worth it! And I'm STILL not done with the Christmas sewing...

Mary Keenan said...

Laurinda did you finish your Christmas sewing?? Mine has a new deadline of Valentine's Day ;^)

Laurinda said...

I still have not finished. One of the problems is that I have grandsons, & I made a stuffed car pattern. While cute, they're fiddly & I have 8 grandsons!
Another problem is that I birdsit (yes really) & the owners always go on vacation right after Christmas. I'm hoping to get some done on the 3rd...
But my husband likes his fuzzy pajama pants & matching handwarmers!

Mary Keenan said...

I love the idea of eight boys all getting the same handmade gift! They will value that so much and it will be something for them to talk about together all their lives :^) And PJ pants, and handwarmers! that is a fabulous gift too!