BLOGMAS 2016 - Day 21 and 2212:19 PM
I missed yesterday, AGAIN hahaha
I am trying, I really am, but life is busy as heck and I think I bit off more than I can chew. Have a lot to do and not quite sure how I'm going to get it all done, but nonetheless I will try my best and by the time the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, I WILL have everything done, and I'll be sitting with a glass of wine watching the family open their gifts :)
Anyway, I'm combining the two days into one, they kind of go together. I've talked about our family traditions in a previous blogmas post so there is no need to repeat.
I'll just talk about what I've been doing to get ready for the big day.
#1 LISTS.....yes lists of Christmas presents and places to go and get them etc. I am super late with gifts this year and as I've said before, I have to get everything done tomorrow. It's going to be insane out there so I plan on knowing exactly what I'm getting who and which store to head to so we can get in and get out as fast as possible.
#2......grocery list and menu planning for the next 2 weeks. Yes, because even though it's Christmas, it has fallen right in the middle of my two week grocery plan. I actually think I may try to do shopping for one week at a time again and see how I do. If it doesn't work, I'll go right back to the usual two weeks.
#3......baking and more baking. I've been in the kitchen for days getting things done, I plan on having most of the food ready before Saturday. I won't have time to do anything tomorrow and Saturday I need to wrap, wrap, and wrap.
This takes me right back to my childhood. I was thinking a few weeks back, that I would love to make this Meat Bread for Christmas, but I couldn't remember the recipe. About a week ago, I was cleaning and reorganizing and found one of my folders with old recipes, some handwritten. In it was my dad's recipe for this Bola de Carne. It is a bread that has ham, bacon and chourico inside. It came out exactly like my dad's and I couldn't be happier. I'm planning on making another one either tomorrow night or Saturday morning.
Here's the recipe if you want to try, it's super simple.
A Portuguese Christmas wouldn't be real without a Bolo Rei - King's Cake on the table. I made two smaller ones this year, but they are fantastic. Another dish that takes me back to my childhood. :)
I've also made my usual Fruit Cakes, the Rissois are all made and frozen just ready to fry. I am currently in the process of making some South African Koeksisters.
I have a house to clean to be ready for guests, and more baking and cooking.
Just a really busy time for me. How are you all preparing for the holidays?
Day 1 - The Christmas Tag
Day 2 - Christmas Movies on the Must Watch List
Day 3 - Christmas Wishlist
Day 4 - Christmas Playlist
Day 5 - Pictures and Memories of Christmas Past
Day 6 - Pot Simmer Recipes
Day 7 - Cookies to be Baked (can be a recipe you make every year, or some you want to try)
Day 8 - Favorite Family Christmas Recipe
Day 9 - How do you decorate?
Day 10 - Real Tree or Artificial Tree
Day 11 - Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Day 12 - Quiet Christmas or Family Filled Loud Party Christmas?
Day 13 - Christmas Cards (do you send them, show us your favorites this year, or tells your favorite cards to send whether vintage, or bright and colorful)
Day 14 - Advent Calendar
Day 15 - Christmas Party Food Ideas
Day 16 - Winter Tag
Day 17 - Christmas Wishes
Day 18 - Homemade or Store Bought (What are you giving this year)
Day 19 - Recap of Christmas 2015 in pictures
Day 20 - Christmas Decorations Reveal (show us your tree, your home decor, your mantle, anything you want)
Day 21 - Holiday Family Traditions
Day 22 - Preparing for the big day (show us your wrapping skills, are you making lists, getting the house ready for guests?)
Day 23 - Post whatever you wish
Day 24 - Christmas Eve (Are you opening presents tonight, is this your big celebration, what are you doing)