What we've been up to in December....
A Weekend at the Farm with Grandma
Making Roshky and Sugar Cookies with Matka
|Apricot filled Rosky|
|Nut filled Rosky|
|Decorating these cookies takes some serious concentration.|
|We decorate cookies for each person in the family. These face cookies are our sugar selves.|
|My Aunt tried to share a cookie tray with Matka. Matka kept stealing the cookies that Aunt Deb planned to decorate. It was very funny.|
|It was a rainy day, so Farmer Dan was not hunting. He got creative with the cookie dough and did some free hand sculpting until we chased him out of the kitchen.|
Fun Days at Home
|Latkes and Apfelpankuchen (German Oven Apple Pancake)|
Santa Lucia Day
Solstice BonfireAnother new event was having a bonfire on the night of the Winter Solstice. It was a very cold and windy night, but we enjoyed time around the fire with friends drinking hot wassail. Then when we got too cold, we moved inside, turned off all the lights in the house (with the exception of the Christmas tree lights) and lit all of the candles. It was a delightful way to kick off our holiday celebrations. I think we'll be doing this one every year too.
Winter Crock Pot WassailAdd to crock pot
4 beers (I used 2 Harp and 2 Pumpkin Wheat because that's what we had).
1 bottle of sweet red wine or port
1/2 c. (or 1 c. if you like things sweeter) of brown sugar
1 orange sliced
bag of mulling spices (if you don't have mulling spices put in fresh ginger and a few cinnamon sticks)