Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Christmas Solution..



None of us have been exempt from it.  It has bombarded us from 


all directions.  The hype of Black Friday with its countdown making


headlines everywhere.  The Christmas tree lots packed with "fresh"


trees since before Thanksgiving.  The greenery and lights gracing 


every street corner in every small town.  And special Christmas programs


on television expounding on ways to create that wonderful holiday feeling


in your own home for a fraction of the cost.  After a week of observing and


absorbing all this I wondered- why is it when we were kids, the time


between Thanksgiving and Christmas day dragged on ... f o r e v e r!  But


as an adult, you are late in getting things done by two weeks ago?  Between


the hype and realizing "kid time" is not "adult time", I have been having


a full blown panic attack.  You see ... brace yourself! .....


I DO NOT have my Christmas cards done ...


I DO NOT have any shopping done ...


I DO NOT, yes, DO NOT have the house decorated ...


I DO NOT have one Christmas cookie baked ...


I hear all of you gasping!!!! I almost feel like packing it in and saying I will


celebrate Christmas next year!  Breathing.... breathing.......


There is a one solution for my "did not" list.  I know where I can get 


killer cookies, breads, and brownies!  And they ship!!






I had the pleasure of volunteering, with this lovely group of women, at 


Misericordia's, Hearts and Flour Bakery here in Chicago. What a great day


it was!  Misericordia is a residential home for some 600 people with mild to


profound disabilities.  On site, is a bakery operated by volunteers and 


residents, and their profits support the facility.  The pride in their work and


the quality of their product is amazing!  Shall I tempt you????


                             moist and flavorful irish soda bread


                                           candy coated Christmas tree shaped pretzels


                                           cinnamon apple bread


                                           brownies dusted with confectioner's sugar


                                           check out this tray of goodies!


The online store is open 24-7 and they ship the very day it is ordered.


Phew!  So my "baking" (also known as speed dial) is done!  And come


to think of it these will make a great present to send to my mother.


Ok!  So, some shopping is done, too!  Maybe things aren't as bad as it


seems.  Maybe I can do this!  Now to tackle the boxes of Christmas


decorations in the basement.... gotta go!!! 





4 comments:

  1. wow, those look fantastic. Great suggestion, I also have none of the above done with the exception that my kids dragged my husband to target to get a small tree and put it up and decorated it themselves. Ok, and a few presents but I ordered all of those online. Have fun! I better start working on my cards today.

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  2. What a nice bakery. It is heartwarming to see that there are still people and organizations that do good!

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  3. Yes, Shawn, you're right! There is one man who volunteers every week. I wish it was a bit closer so I could commit on a regular basis. It was a 45 minute drive discounting rush hour. On Monday, I am going to place that order for mother.

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