The Christmas celebrations are in full swing. I would like to say that I have all of shopping done, but I don't. I would like to say that I have all the gifts thus far purchased wrapped, but I don't. I would like to say that I have all the baking done, but I don't.
But the tree is decorated and the house is in order.
Snow Man Pillows: Courtesy of Kohls.
The Barbies have come out to dance the Nutcracker and show off their holiday fashions and give Santa a helping hand.
The children anxiously await a special visit.
HO HO HO
Santa's Helpers. (always one has to make a make a goofy face)
Merry Christmas to One and to All.
Mo. One of my helpers.
County. Helper # 2. Cats love boxes and containers, don't they.
Lucy is my little baker. She takes baking very seriously.
Perfect little Christmas Trees.
Part of the audience at the Christmas Program. Mom Jennifer chaperons.
Angels in the making: dip ice cream cones in melted white chocolate. Chips work great. Cool in fridge. Make heads out of almond marzipan.
Halos: vanilla waffers dipped in white chocolate. A bit of white chocolate to glue on to the body. I let it dry a bit before glueing the halo in place. A bit tricky to get it stick, though.
Wings: pretzels. I hand dipped these this year, but you get nicer ones if you buy them already dipped.
I am not an artist, but I used black icing gel to pain the faces.
Hair: dyed coconut. The silver dragees are edible, but not sold in California. You can find the complete instructions for these little angels by going to foodnetwork.com and searching cone angels on Sandra Lee's page.
Finally, the new oven. Bakes very evenly
Little Angels ready to go.
With the Santa party over, the grandkids gone home, I am resting today. I will wrap packages and just hang out to gather speed for the next gathering Christmas Eve. The grandkids will return. It is Jen's birthday, too, so it is a big party.
A Merry Christmas to all.
May your holidays be blessed with good cheer, joy, and peace.