Practice run

I did a little pre-Christmas baking.

I wanted to see if I still had enough manual dexterity to decorate a batch of gingerbread people. I think I’ve still got it – what do you think? I started by added gold candy stars, but moved to red and white mini candy canes when I ran out. I think I prefer the gold stars… maybe time to get some more, for the next batch?

We had the SILs around this morning to strategise Christmas day catering. They were happy to help us with our slight excess gingerbread problem… Thankfully, Christmas is going to be nice and simple; the Dowager will be on a cruise, so everyone else will be happy with a buffet meal, but lunch (rather than dinner) was preferred so that some of the younger members can spend time with other family in the evening. It means we probably won’t eat on the deck, as it’ll be just too hot at that time of day, but we have enough comfy chairs for inside, and doggo will have to give up his sofa just for the day… There will be lots of reproachful stares and starvation impersonations, but so long as there’s a steady stream of treats and bits of chicken, he’ll cope.

So far, my catering is limited to roasting a couple of chickens, carving some ham, making a salad and some cupcakes and arranging stuff on platters and in bowls. I think I can cope with that, and anything else I want to add is a ‘nice to have’ and not necessary.

Now, that sounds like a restful Christmas!

30 thoughts on “Practice run

  1. Your Gingers look fabulous… an auspicious start to festive season preparation.

  2. Marty K says:

    Adorable cookies! I’d certainly be willing to help you with your excess gingerbread problem. I’m going to try to make some pumpkin bread tomorrow if my sweet and rambunctious foster dog will chill out for a while. (I can tell that she’s feeling much better because keeping her still and off her post-op knee when she’s out of the crate is like trying to stop a train with a rubber band!😂)

    • katechiconi says:

      Funny that, the SILs were helpful in that respect too! I wish you lots of luck with doggo; sometimes the only solution is even more crate time, but that’s not great for them either. Not sure what I’d do if Mouse needed to be held back when he wanted to lark about…

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Oh yes, still got it. They look just perfect. Sounds like the family have got it all sorted for Christmas, and not to onerous for anyone.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, it won’t be too tiring. It seems I’ve married into a family that doesn’t really ‘do’ Christmas, but I’m reserving the right to hold forth in the kitchen if I want to. Strangely, I’m not getting any complaints on that front…

  4. Cute! I love the little stars, hooray for manual dexterity, you’ve definitely still got it!!

  5. Your gingerbread people look stunning – will these keep until Christmas or will taste-testing be underway….?

    • katechiconi says:

      Taste testing is over… Between the Husband, the SILs and me, we finished the lot. Doggo volunteered but was informed these were not hound-friendly. Huge dudgeon ensued… There will be another batch for Christmas.

  6. Dayphoto says:

    I love the holidays—company always over-whelms me, but I still love the holidays.

  7. Emmely says:

    Your cookies look so much better than anything I would make. Looks like a successful practice run!

  8. The Gingerbread looks super !! My baking has started as well. A big batch of Fruit Cakes made for presents… going to do some sugar cookies today if I have time. There’s a meet with the club on Saturday so packing will be in progress 🥳

  9. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Your gingerbread people look lovely! If you have to entertain then sharing the cooking out sounds a brilliant idea. I find the notion of it being too hot on Christmas day hard to get my head round even though I know that is how it is for you. Whatever the weather and the arrangements have a good time and put the lights up whenever you feel l;ike it – mine stay up all year – just get augmented at Christmas.

    • katechiconi says:

      I got the front lights done yesterday, but since we’re not sitting on the back porch in the evening, no one will see any lights in the back, so I might just boost the front ones with the second lot of lights! Another upside of people bringing dishes is that they take their own leftovers and dirty dishes home with them!

  10. anne54 says:

    These are so cute! Together it looks like they are all doing happy dances 😊.

  11. magpiesue says:

    Your gingerbread people are (were!) way cuter than mine ever had a chance of being. Sounds like a perfect plan for Christmas Day. 😊

  12. Debbierose says:

    I love gingerbread, my boss makes yummy GF ones. I’m trying the recipe tomorrow. Will make stars instead of people this year

  13. For some reason, I can’t get the like button to click today. Having a tech problem day as it goes. Love all the work on the gingerbread men. Saw some on Facebook that reminded me of yours but had a funny slant to it. I have not made cookies this year so you are well ahead of me and Christmas is over already. I just baked banana and pumpkin bread but have already given away a great deal of it. Christmas comes and goes so fast that I’d better start now or I’ll not be ready again next year. I love your gingerbread men and your plans on how to spend Christmas. Ours was quiet and simple too.

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