This morning, the birds outside our window woke me up, a pleasant surprise because I had completely forgotten about the three Blue Jays flying around Watson Park that we had seen while we were walking Jack, Lulu and Stanley with Nathan yesterday. I keep forgetting that we are in fact in winter right now, the Winter Solstice was two days ago and Christmas is tomorrow! The birds are confusing me, they normally are long gone by now, I only get woken up by their sweet song sometime in April and their presence is throwing me off what the calendar is telling me to expect.
It’s weird, I am not complaining because I am enjoying popping out of the house minus my coat, but it is still weird and when you read the theories and the conjecture, it makes for some creative almost science fiction reading in some publications. I am going to go out on a limb and chalk it up to a strong El Ninio which is keeping the polar currents safely ensconced near the Artic Circle, we will eventually get our cold weather, but I am so hoping that we will escape the Polar Vortex this new year.
Other than that today will be busy, there is wrapping to do, presents to hide and food to prepare and then eat. The dogs will be underfoot in the kitchen as usual because the focus of the day’s events will be there as it should be, because what is a holiday without goodies and delectables?
I know that many of you are having lavish feasts this Christmas Eve, but today I was more focused on dessert than anything else. In celebration of our daughter’s arrival, I made another batch of Fleur de Sel caramels and a cheesecake, both her favorites as a homecoming surprise which just so happens to be Christmas Eve.
My husband outdid himself with the appetizers this year, they are really considered as hors d’oeuvres, but we treat them as first courses in this house. He laid out a sumptuous feast of different cured meats, different cheeses, caviar and foie gras along with specialty cracked black pepper water crackers. I have been picking relentlessly at the duck saucisson, it is one of my favorites.
I wish everyone a very happy Christmas Eve and until tomorrow.
I wish everyone a very happy Christmas Eve because without Christmas Eve, we wouldn’t have Christmas morning. Personally, I think that I prefer Christmas Eve, it is so full of potential and hope, a beautiful and exciting feeling that can’t be recaptured once Christmas morning rolls around. In terms of celebrating and food, it is just as special as Christmas Day dinner.
Tonight’s menu is simple this year, it’s just the four of us so we are starting with shrimp cocktail, pate and French bread and then we will have rack of lamb with asparagus. There is salad and cheese if we want, and for dessert there is cheesecake, but I’m fairly sure that we will wait until tomorrow to dig into the cheesecake, it always does better with an overnight set in the refrigerator. If we want dessert, there is ice cream in the freezer and my hubby bought me Nestle cookie dough, my Kryptonite. We got home from last minute shopping and I put everything away and got to work on the cheesecake, in the back of my head, there was a voice coming from the refrigerator, it was saying “this is your cookie dough calling, come and slice off a big hunk, I taste so good, you know that you want me” And what do you think I did? Just like in the cartoons when you see the hapless person following the floating tendrils through the air to the refrigerator, I succumbed to my weakness, raw cookie dough. For shame, oh well, it’s not as if I do this everyday. I still have a little bit left. It just tastes so good going down.
We are enjoying our quiet Christmas Eve, Jack is hopping back and forth between each of us, depending on who has a smackeral in their hand, the little scamp.