Christmas on Cobb was great! It was peaceful, though rainy. While it wasn't a white Christmas, it did snow in between rain showers! It was too wet for the snow to stick but it looked pretty falling with the trees as a backdrop.
In preparation for the holiday, I helped Lissa make all sorts of goodies! With each of her gifts this year, Lissa gave a jar of Chai Tea Jelly that she learned to make in her culinary preservation class. She loves to put it on English muffins cooked in
butter on a griddle.
She also made Persimmon Spice loaves, another goodie she learned to make in culinary class. These included persimmons picked from the college's agricultural department's garden. They are studded with persimmon chunks, raisins, and pecans. Yum! She put
a small loaf on the goodie trays she was bringing to each Christmas gathering. Luckily she made extras for us to enjoy too!
We spent plenty of time in the kitchen during my visit. I helped her make dinner a lot. She was trying out new recipes and made this one to use up some of that leftover turkey she enjoyed with her parents. She had to tweak it to get it where she wanted
it, but in the end it turned out good.
Turkey Medley. There's just something about leftover turkey and creamy sauces, mmm.
She also made oodles of cookies that she arranged on the goodie trays. Tray after tray of cookies went into the oven, along with other goodies that occupied space in the fridge to set.
She made Pecan Shortbread (which she adapted from
another shortbread recipe),
White Chip Orange Cookies,
Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies,
Butterscotch Haystacks , and
Cherry Fudge. All of the recipes, with the exception of the shortbread, were part of her
Allstar activities for December. I'm glad she had a lot of goodie assignments because I got to try everything!
On Christmas morning, Lissa, her husband and the kitties put on a Christmas show and exchanged gifts in front of the tree. They also made French Toast and bacon together for breakfast. Matteo-kitty was kind enough to let me wear his Santa hat so I could
feel festive too. He secretly told me he can't stand when Lissa puts it on his head. Miyu happily wore hers though.
Lissa's big Christmas dinner was spent at her mom-in-law's in the afternoon after visiting at her father-in-law's during the day. Along with the goodie tray, she brought
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes, green bean casserole made from scratch, and apple pie from scratch with pie dough she learned to make in culinary class. Mom-in-law's husband prepared a ham and a turkey, and there was also dressing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.
Everything was tasty!
When we got home for the night, we watched another Christmas show and had a piece of pie and a glass of eggnog with freshly grated nutmeg. It was a wonderful Christmas, and Cobb was a lovely place to visit. Thanks for having me, Lissa. Till my next adventure...ciao!