John's sister posted the following picture on her Facebook page recently. It makes you think, doesn't it?
Don't hate me but I'm pretty much done with my Christmas preparations. It's kind of funny ... most of us run around like chickens without heads (forgive me Trace) prior to Christmas, but no matter how much we fret about how quickly time is passing by & wonder how in the world we're going to get everything done in time, we always somehow get enough done to be able to sit back & enjoy the day. Our Christmas will be very low key this year which I'm sure has helped me feel as relaxed as I feel right now. No one is coming to our house & we aren't going anywhere. A huge amount of baking was not done ... just one batch of gumdrop cake, most of which was given to the local post office crew. We had so much turkey left over at Thanksgiving that I froze a good part of it. Our Christmas meal will consist of leftover turkey, a precooked ham, & homemade potato salad. Christmas breakfast will be our traditional orange rolls which are delicious & easily made from refrigerated biscuits. We didn't do a lot of shopping. The cleaning was minimal ... not the usual "spring cleaning" type cleaning as in days of old. As a result I can kick back these next few days & watch a Christmas DVD or read a Christmas book or do some stitching & not be consumed with guilt that I should be doing something else.
I will leave you with our traditional orange rolls recipe. My mother told me about these years ago & gave me the cookbook they were in (Better Homes & Gardens Bread Cook Book) sometime after that. If you decide to give them a try I hope you will enjoy them : )
Speedy Orange Coffeecake
1 package refrigerated biscuits
1 stick of butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) freshly chopped walnuts
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) grated orange peel
Dip biscuits in butter, then in mixture of sugar, walnuts & peel. Overlap biscuits in a circle in a 9-inch pie plate placing one of the biscuits in the center. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until done. Serve hot.