Thursday, November 02, 2006

TT #9, 13 things I love about November 1st to January 1st

Thirteen Things Mary loves about November 1st to January 1st

1. Sweaters, sweaters, sweatshirts and sweaters! I am a fall person, but I love the comfort that sweaters bring- not to mention all the stuff that sweaters can hide.

Making John's Aunt Issy's famous *PB&J Coffee cake*. OK, it's really a Bisquick recipe... but it's a tradition. I always put extra pb, and everyone raves. :O) See below for recipe

Putting up the tree on Thanksgiving. We have a 3 day cycle: the tree goes up (along with our door wreath and misc. Christmas decorations), the next day lights, and the day after ornaments.

Making gifts. I love crafts and making something with my hands really relaxes me.

Making cookies with Anna. October officially marks the beginning of cookie season for us, and lasts until about Valentines Day.

Christmas shopping. I know most people hate it, but I love to Christmas shop, especially at night. I don't know why, but coming out of store with my arms full of crinkly bags on a cold night always brings me joy.

Sharing the anticipation with my kids. Emma isn't really into it yet, but I love the itchy, squirmy, can't sit still moments that Christmas brings. Anna is flying by the seat of her pants with giddiness and excitement.

Guessing what's under the tree. This is a new game Anna likes to play, but obviously we never tell her if she is right.

Sitting with the top button of my jeans undone with the ones I love. There is nothing like the satisfaction of a well made and eaten meal.

Left overs! need I say more?

Making Gingerbread houses. Last year we started a new family tradition, and we all had a lot of fun coming up with creative ideas for candy decorations.

Taking time out of the a busy holiday to watch the parade with Anna and John.

The uncertainty and promise of the New Year. Every year I am alive is like winning the lottery. :O)

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*** Aunt Issy's PB & Jam Coffee Cake***

2c Bisquick
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c creamy pb (I usually use 1/2 c and it comes out more moist)
3/4 c milk
1 egg
1/2c jam (I use apricot, but you can use your favorite)
  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Grease round or square pan.
  • Mix Bisquick and sugar.
  • Cut in PB.
  • Beat together in separate bowl milk and and egg.
  • Stir milk/egg it into the Bisquick PB mixture, dont over mix. You still want to have clumps of PB.
  • Pour into pan, and spoon jam in rows over top of mixture
  • Bake at 400 for 25 minutes, or until browned.
  • Drizzle the top with glaze.

1c sifted confectioners sugar (I am too lazy to sift, I never do)
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp water (1 at a time to thin, repeat until you get the desired coconsistency)

Remember that the glaze will melt and run on the warm/hot coffee cake. I usually make it about the consistencyf honey. I usually double the glaze recipe and leave a bowl out as extra glaze for whoever wants it. This helps in case it comes out a little dryer than expected.


DKRaymer said...

Mert! We were thinking along the same lines today! We have the 3 day decorating tradition at our house too, but sometimes it stretches to a week, if I can't find all the decorations! Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by this morning!

twiga92 said...

Sounds like some really great traditions! I love snuggling up in a comfortable sweatshirt and sweats with a cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows. 2 cents said...

A great list! I have never made a gingerbread house before, but it sounds like fun!!

Jenny Ryan said...

I really enjoy this season too!

katie said...

Great list! This is also my favorite time of year.

Brony said...

Great to see you focusing on the positives. It is so easy to be down this time of year.

Happy TT!

kailani said...

This is definitely my favorite time of the year! I try to get my shopping done early so I can just enjoy everything around me!

Caylynn said...

Great list. :) Putting up the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving would have it up way too early - but then Canadian Thanksgiving is in October. :)

Happy T13. :)

semitough said...

Wonderful list. I love the fall/winter season as well. Fire in the fireplace, having the family over for Thanksgiving, when the family leaves after Thanksgiving.....

Thanks for stopping by my TT. Come back soon.

kailani said...

Whoa! Where am I? Thought I was lost there for a second until I saw your smiling face in the sidebar. Cool holiday design!

Michelle said...

LOL! #9!

Yes in deedy!

Pass The Torch said...

Check out this GORGEOUS look!!! I'm totally impressed! Feeling very in the mood for winter, are we??

Crazy Fat Chick said...

What a really great list! When I think about some of my family's traditions (like putting up the tree) I love them and wish I had kids to share them with. But, in the midst of them, I really hate them. I think I will try to look at them in a more positive light this year.

Mert said...

Thanks Kailani and kelly, yup I'm in the mood for winter and the holidays! It's a template I downloaded from I really love it, but I tell ya, figuring outwhere to put all the code so it shows up correctly was a chore! :O)