I really love December. Everything we do as a family just seems more festive this time of year, even me making a special breakfast. And my definition of a special breakfast is something other than toast, cereal, or a frozen waffle. Yesterday I made baked oatmeal. My husband and I love it. The kids still turn up their noses at most things I make, but someday when they actually put it in their mouth, I know they will love it too. I don't eat bananas so I just used apples instead. My favorite was to make it is with peaches but we were all out.
We finally finished decorating out tree. I love love love our Christmas tree. Some people may find it a little sad looking because the branches are a little scarce in some areas but it is our tree with our collection of ornaments and colored lights so I think it is very special. I love our tree skirt. My Grandma Joie made it when I was a child and I always had it on my tree growing up. My grandma always made lots of Christmas items with sequins and I always thought they were so beautiful. I still do. My mom gave the tree skirt to me many years ago and it always make our tree so special. This year I put it on with a heavy heart. My Grandma Joie passed away in August. I am sad but know I am lucky to have so many beautiful things she made to remember her by.
Baking is something we do all year round. And I love that Luke can help me with it and look forward to baking with Stella too. Baking this time of year is just extra special. Yesterday was a first for me and for Luke. We made dog biscuits. We made them for our neighbor dog and for my step-brother's family's dog. I chose peanut butter banana ones. I won't the link the recipe because the dough was just so awfully sticky that I am not making those again. We still had a great time. The best part was walking next door and having Luke deliver them. It was so cute. Here is a picture of the mess.
I have made Luke an apron but he uses it in his play kitchen. I don't
like him to wear it when we bake because I don't want it to get dirty.
That doesn't really make sense. I think will have to make him another
apron for the purpose of getting dirty.