Friday, December 23, 2011

It's a Wrap

I could have titled this post "A Day Late and a Dollar Short", but really I have one more day to be ready for Christmas, right? I have procrastinated long enough. I have never been this late for Christmas prep, ever! My list of to-do's was a mile long. First on the list was a trip to the Polish deli. I always go to the deli to get the dried mushrooms, imported from Poland, to make my mushroom soup for Christmas eve. But I usually go earlier in the week, not on December 23rd! The line was out the door. It literally took me an hour to stand in line to pay for the mushrooms, and other things I discovered while perusing the shelves in the tiny little store. It is the only place in my area to buy real imported Polish specialty foods. But it was a wonderful hour. I spoke with a man  and his wife the entire time I was in line. Walter was from Krakow. He was giving me lots of information for our trip next summer. By the time I got up to the cash register I didn't want to leave. I wanted to talk with Walter and Nancy longer. We exchanged phone numbers and plan to get together again in the new year.
Then it was a trip to the grocery store. But today, nothing is quick and everything is crowded. I finished all my errands and was home to bake the final cookies and wrap gifts with Mr. R.
I baked these cookies and they are both delicious and pretty. White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread cookies dipped in white chocolate and red festive! If you turned them so the sprinkles are on the top they could look like a Santa face, don't you think?
I made the  mushroom soup and baked a batch of Cranberry Pistachio biscotti. The day was progressing nicely and I was crossing things off my list like crazy.
The amaryllis our friends gave us as a gift is blooming. Another Christmas beauty.

Then Mr. R and I finished all the wrapping. It's so great to have an extra room right now to spread out, leave a mess and be able to go back to finish. This is my new sewing room, which I hope to remodel next year.


 Mr. Romance changes hats at Christmas and becomes one of Santa's elves. He's a great wrapper!

 A simple box from H&M and a ribbon from Costco make a beautiful presentation.
 I've also decided Costco has the best wrapping paper. I love this harlequin plaid.

 So we are basically ready.

There are still a few gifts that won't be wrapped that need to go under the tree. But I am sure Santa will do his magic and make it all look really pretty.
Christmas Eve day I just need to make the potato and ham casserole for Christmas breakfast and a jello for Christmas dinner. We'll go to mass and then head up to our son's for our traditional Polish meal of Pierogies and Mushroom soup.
I am saying it now, and you are all my witnesses...I WILL NEVER LET MYSELF GET THIS FAR BEHIND ON CHRISTMAS AGAIN! NEXT YEAR, I PROMISE TO BE MORE ORGANIZED! Please remind me of this next year when you are all talking about Christmas in July and I am going to the beach, laughing at you all and wondering why you are talking about Christmas in the summer.
I plan on doing a post next week to show you some of the secret sewing I have been doing over the last month. 
I'm off to take a nice warm bath and watch my favorite Christmas movie, WHITE CHRISTMAS, an oldie but goodie!
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas or a Happy Hanukah and I pray you all have a blessed holiday and will be surrounded by those you love.

Thanks for stopping by,



susan said...

Gosh, you've been busy. The cookies look lush! The deli sounds fab, and the presents look very tempting! Di, have a fabulous Christmas because you have earned it!

Danny said...

Holy cow, girlfriend! You're tree looks great with all those gifts! Mr. Romance needs to teach my hubby how to wrap!

Dianne Neale said...

Everything looks wonerful an worth the hard work. Have a wonerful Christmas with the family. xx

Patchwork and Play said...

WOW! a male who can wrap presents!!! That's one husband you have there!!! Merry Christmas! Make some wonderful new memories together!

Flying Blind... said...

Wow-wee look at all those gorgeous pressies!

I still have a tonne to do tonight!

Have a wonderful Christmas Di xxx

Tiara said...

Merry Christmas!

Katy Cameron said...

Hee hee, love the idea of picking up random strangers in the deli, it's the kind of thing that happens at Glasgow bus stops and things all the time! I'm sure your soup will be wonderful and well worth the effort, and I haven't had pierogies in years (although I had them often when I lived in Canada). Glad your wrapping elf was able to help, you both did a fab job, alas, my family will be making do with gift bags - I'd like to say it's because I can't wrap to save myself, but really it's more that I can't be bothered to learn to wrap well!

Have a wonderful Christmas and new year, and hope Santa brings you something nice!

PS, we've worked out the Christmas cake packaging, so I'll post it out on the 27th/28th

Helen in Switzerland said...

Happy Christmas Di - it looks wonderful.....and between you and me, you're ahead of me! Love Helen xx

Leanne said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me, engaged in lovely projects for the holidays! All the best to you and your family, enjoy!

Sara said...

Everything looks gorgeous!! Enjoy yourself now. Love those Pierogies!!

Annabella said...

The tree looks amazing Di and you have such a lovely elf to help you! Enjoy the day - I know you will, and I shall wish you and your family a very merry Christmas Di! xx

Cindy said...

Have a great Christmas with your family. We are in Seattle with our family. Feeling blessed that we are all together with Scott being home from Afghanistan and enjoying our grandsons!

Beata said...

Thank you for your visit and Merry Christmas to you Diane :-)))

Geri Centonze said...

A great behind the scenes post! Love the pic of Paul wrapping - what a great guy! Those cookies look yummy too! I love shortbread in any form. I will hold you to your promise and use a cattle prod if I need to next year - ha ha! Love you!!!!