Blogmas Day 24: Plenty

Today is a day of plenty.

My tummy bug seems to be on the mend, but I am being cautious about overeating, or overindulging in Christmas treats. So far, so good!

Attila is wrapping gifts for the grands, who we hope to see them sometime after Christmas. Attila is wrapping a gift for me. My gift for Attila is waiting to be wrapped. My Mom sent along a gift for me, and it sits under the tree. Although gift giving is important to us, it isn’t the main event as far as Christmas is concerned, we focus on food, and light in this, the darkest time of year.

I, in the meantime, have been busy baking goodies for my daughters, using the last of the Mincemeat we made when we lived in the country house. They like my homemade Mincemeat, so every Christmas I bake Mincemeat Squares for them to take home with them, and enjoy when the mood strikes. Next year they will be getting my Green Tomato Mincemeat, that I made this last autumn.

mincemeat squares
Two trays of Mincemeat Squares for Luna And Terra, and a wee one in the middle for us.

Early this morning I started to prepare a Christmas Pudding. I love Fruitcake and Christmas Pudding. I didn’t make Fruitcake this year, it needed to be started in September or October, when I was busily and happily canning. This year’s pudding will be steamed in the crock-pot for eight hours, and will be ready just in time for an after dinner treat tonight. I serve it with a Brown Sugar Sauce, which is homemade, of course. My Mom served Christmas pudding for dessert on Christmas Day, such a fond memory, one that I carry in my heart, the pudding is special beyond its delicious taste.

The Christmas Pudding, a modern version of “singing in the copper”,

We have plenty of goodies. Attila made Chocolate Chip Cookies on Saturday. He made Christmas Hermits on Sunday. I have to keep myself from overindulging.

I will be cooking Christmas Eve dinner, a roast of pork in the Instant Pot, one of Attila’s favourite meals. It will be accompanied by roasted potato wedges and green beans.

Tomorrow Attila will cook a Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings.

One thing that Attila and I share is a love of home cooked food, and Christmas is a perfect time of year to celebrate with food.

Wishing all who read this, peace, and joy, and love, and a special hug to anyone who is having a solo celebration.



Date: 2:00 PM EST Monday 24 December 2018
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 101.6 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: -4.7°C
Dew point: -6.3°C
Humidity: 89%
Wind: ENE 11 km/h
Wind Chill: -9
Visibility: 13 km


“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”
Ivy Baker Priest
1905 – 1975

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Merry Christmas Eve, Maggie! Sounds like you folks are having quite a celebration. I had intended to make my great grandmother’s peanut butter cookies yesterday or today but instead I’ve come down with an off and on cold. One day I could feel it coming on, the next I felt great, and the next I was worse than the first day. Today, I’m not too bad but I’m tiring easily and didn’t sleep well, and since today is our anniversary I’m not going to push things.

Tonight, we’re going out for dinner. Since our anniversary is on Christmas Eve there aren’t that many times that we get to celebrate just the two of us, but with grandkids down with bronchitis Christmas visiting has been put off until later in the week.

Enjoy your treats!


Merry Christmas to you and your family, Maggie! Hope your tummy bug goes away so that you can enjoy all the holiday goodies. 🙂


So glad to read that your tummy has recovered. All the best to you and Attila for the holidays and for the coming year.