my belly and soul are fed.
5 days of family time, alone at home, was really good for me. i like having all of my chickens under my roof, with nowhere much to go. eating good food. spending time together and making memories. if my husband could quit his job and my son never go back to school, i’d be in heaven. (i think. maybe for a few months. unless they’d help keep this place clean.)
thanksgiving break was simple and easy. i worked my tail off, cooking, cleaning, and decorating. but it was doing all of the things i love. and those things for the ones i love.
i was really excited to decorate for christmas this year. last christmas we were moving. we spent the holiday surrounded by boxes, movers, and chaos. the christmas before, my husband was deployed. we spent that holiday in texas with my parents. so this is the first, in two years, that we can celebrate properly together as a little foursome. in a great old house that begs to be fancied up.
years ago, when i was young, single, and very poor, i bought a tiny tree for my apartment at christmas and had very little to hang from its branches. i easily solved the problem with two simple kitchen ingredients…. cinnamon and applesauce. together they make an easy-to-roll dough, simple ornaments, and one delicious-smelling home.
those ornaments lasted for years and years… with careful wrapping for storage, i used them for a decade, i swear. they still grace my trees and my home. i did freshen the stash and have made new ornaments.
they’re also a great project to complete with kids… simple ingredients, simple steps, and homemade ornaments they can remember through the years. would make great package adornments, pretty wreath additions, and great air fresheners! (but terrible desserts… do not eat!)
- 2 cups ground cinnamon
- 2 cups applesauce
- Preheat oven to 200°.
- Combine cinnamon and applesauce in a medium bowl. Roll mixture out to 1/4-inch thickness between two pieces of parchment paper with a rolling pin.
- Cut out with cookie cutters. Place on a cookie cutter lined with parchment paper. Make a hole in the cookies with a straw or toothpick.
- Bake at 200° for 2 hours or until dry.
- Loop string through ornaments.
- Enjoy the sweet smell of Christmas!