Deck the halls with hunks of holly,
Fill the cup and don't say "when."
Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens,
Mix the punch, drag out the Dickens,
Even though the prospect sickens,
Brother, here we go again.
- "A Christmas Carol," Tom Lehrer
Yesterday CR and I went into the attic, dragged out the Christmas decor, inspected the roof, and had an asthma attack which knocked us out of commission. It was very dusty in that attic.
I managed to bake one batch of Alton Brown's sugar cookies. The recipe is available on the Food Network site, but let me just say that eating them as they come out of the oven is not a good idea. Even if they are cooled off. In fact, don't eat them for several hours. Wait a day if you can. Why? For some reason the cookies are really bland until a day has passed, and then they are really good. Like how some people view cold pizza, I guess. I will also complain "yields about 3 dozen-2 1/2 inch cookies" is an exaggeration. I maybe got 20 out of the entire batch.
I also have discovered our local Giant Food store does not carry waxed paper. Waxed paper is now only sold at "specialty cake stores" and the like. I had a choice of parchment or "non-stick foil" which I raised an eyebrow at. I have never used "non-stick" foil, and weighing the two choices, I decided to go with parchment, because I felt if it wasn't very non-stick, bits of paper are far more digestible. This worked out fine, as no paper stuck to my cookies.
But all my Christmas cutters were missing. Well, the big ones at any rate. I had a few small ones of angels and reindeer, but my only large cutters were assorted Halloween and sea life (really). I decided to make Christmas Bats, and then I just made the rest round with a the rims of a drinking glass.
I am SURE Christmas Bats are a tradition somewhere. If not, I am adding them to my growing list of treats for Mabon (pagan Holiday) that Brachs/Hershey haven't gotten to yet (so now we'll have Sugar Bats *and* Caramel Crows).