Friday, December 24, 2010

making things specialer

So we're trying to focus on making the holiday season fun, exciting, and rich in memories. Or, as the biscuit says:
The only thing I want for Christmas besides presents is LOVE.
Here are some things we've done.
1. First Annual Pajama Jammy Jam Portable Picnic and Parade
That's where we put on pajamas at dusk, get grilled cheese sandwiches and apple slices at Sonic, and drive around to look at Christmas lights while gorging.
Outcome: Big success. New family tradition.
2. Christmas Eve Dinner at Our House
Turns out no one else is coming, and I bought a whole bunch of food for nothing. But my family is going to have one hell of a feast tonight and plenty of leftovers.
Outcome: Day-long depression followed by an overwhelming appreciation of my husband and children and the joy of being our own family unit.
3. Visit my grandparents
Um, we visited my grandparents. t.rex treated them to his favorite song, Baby Jesus. It goes a little something like this: BABY CHEEZITS! BABY CHEEZITS! BABY CHEEZITS!

Outcome: Indigestion from eating too much spicy Chex mix and peanut candy.

4. Family Christmas Eve Eve Movie Day
We gathered together in bed to watch Revenge of the Sith, a heartwarming holiday space drama about a guy who went evil and accidentally killed his pregnant wife and ruined the galaxy.

Outcome: Awesome, especially when the biscuit asked if, much like George Michael, Padme had given Anakin her heart, and he had then given it away, and that was why she died.

Further outcome: This year, to save her from tears, Padme should give it to someone who isn't Darth Vader.

5. Eating One-Bowl Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting
Exactly what it sounds like. I apparently still eat my feelings. But here's the recipe, courtesy of Allrecipes and the empty spots in my cabinet.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 pan.


2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, and oil, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer. Stir in the boiling water last. Batter will be thin. Pour evenly into the prepared pan.

3.
Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cake tests done with a toothpick.

4. Frost. I also made a random frosting by combining about 3T butter, 3T shortening, 2T milk, and a bunch of powdered sugar. Then I boiled 3T butter with 3/4 cup brown sugar and added that in. I frosted it and sprinkled coarse sea salt on top.

Outcome: It's cake, and it's FREAKIN' DELICIOUS.

So from us to you, HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

Also, if you like 1980's holiday TV specials, be sure to check out BetaMaXmas. It's awesome.

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