AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: December 9, 2013 | COMMENTS: 3 Comments
T-minus two weeks and counting and I’m happy to report that being laid up with only one useable leg has brought a new perspective to holiday crunch time for me. Of course, I knew I was going to be out of commission for the first half of December which forced me to run around like an obsessed and somewhat unstable elf during the month of November. (Let’s face it…If I had been unexpectedly bedridden during this time of year I would probably be in need of heavy sedation and/or some heavy mental-emotional interventions.)
But I knew this downtime was coming…and I prepared.
As my early Christmas to-do list started to become an “already-done-list” I actually found myself looking forward to surgery thinking I’d get to lay around for two weeks and rest. Which, I’m happy to report, has kind of happened. But, there’s also been an unexpected perk. The gift of time spent with my kids. We’ve been reading stories, working on Christmas crafts, playing manger and making plans (elaborate plans, folks) for the holiday baking that will be coming next week. We’ve watched Christmas classics and snuggled under blankets on the couch in front of the fire. I’ve also watched a lot of exciting football games with my men which never happened in the past. Always one more gift to get…or one more present to wrap…or one more card to address…or one more something to do. Not this year.
I think I may be on to something.
I have a friend who has preached the advantages of pre-Thanksgiving Christmas shopping and wrapping for years. Amy would tell me it allowed her to just, “enjoy all the holiday stuff” with her family. It wasn’t that I disagreed with her. I just couldn’t see it happening. I guess it took a medical “sit your ass down for two weeks” order to make me see the sheer genius of her plan.
And God as my witness, I’ll never go back.
I’ve written before how after the birth of the twins the holidays have kicked my ass. In fact, the past three Christmas’ have found me huddled on my bed come the 25th night overcome by sheer exhaustion. I don’t think that’ll happen this year (I am knocking on wood). The concept of having the errand running behind me has given way to a calmness that I haven’t felt years.
So as hard as it is to just be laying here, I am grateful for the lessons this two week timeout has provided. It turns out planning and earlybird shopping does have a huge payout. Time spent with my family …which is the greatest gift of all.
One of the things I’ve been passing time with is surfing my favorite cooking website, Allrecipes.com. where I stumble over most of my holiday recipes. One I’m going to try out as soon as I’m given the green flag is a recipe for Make-Ahead Cinnamon Bun recipe for Christmas morning. Sean’s mom makes amazing cinnamon buns. I’m hoping my efforts will rival sweet Kate’s. We’ll see.
Recipe can be found here.
Video for cooking cinnamon rolls can be found here.
The Make -Ahead Part…
So, according to the comments on this recipe once you get to the part where you’ve cut the buns you need to place them on a cookie sheet and freeze them. Once frozen solid, throw them in a ziploc bag. When ready to use them, remove them from freezer, thaw in buttered dish covered with plastic wrap overnight, and bake according to recipe in the morning.
How easy is that?
Can’t wait to try them!