Highlight of the night was talking to the grands on the phone over their generous family gifts of hot cocoa and cute ornaments. Wow!
The story was "Grandma's Christmas Gifts"... It's about a generous grandma who went out of her way to gift two neighborhood kids the sleds they wanted for Christmas.
So... instead of the failed petrified cookies, you get to meet the very cute duo of our home; Mr. Man and I-Dude, with our diva cat, Cece. Love them!
For most of the day, we were out shopping- not for gifts, but rather for our Filipino traditional feast. And since we are having our Christmas dinner on Christmas Day instead of Eve, I again have that extra day to plan out the whole scrumptious menu. I was so homesick after seeing all of the ingredients and foods that I grew up with. *sighing deeply*
Tonight, it's a batch of Rugelach; a SOFT pastry treat that I got from Food Network, compliments of Ina Garten. But since I didn't have any preserves or dried fruits, I made a creamy chocolate filling instead! Heavenly!
The filling is blended cream cheese, cool whip, brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate chunks (Hershey's Dark) and chopped walnuts (except I-Dude's- allergies). I used the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and baked for 8-10 minutes on 350F. I cooled it for 3 minutes then arranged on a platter before a generous sprinkling of chopped milk chocolate (Hershey's bar).
I waited to serve it after listening to "Angels We Have Heard on High" off the church website, LDS dot org. Each crescent was still slightly warm and the chocolate pieces slightly melted on top, making it doubly delicious!
Enjoy your Sabbath!