Jennifer Lyon

Monday, December 19th, 2022
Late Weekend Roundup

Sorry I’m late, the entire weekend passed in a blur and Monday showed up before I wasn’t ready :-) But I’m here now!

So Friday afternoon we headed out to Turbo’s preschool play. We left an hour and half before the show to give ourselves plenty of time, and got stuck in traffic from a bad accident. However frustrating it was for us, it was a lot worse for the occupants of the cars, and their loved ones. Anyhow, we arrived on time and the play was too cute! And lasted maybe 30 minutes with four different “classes” of age groups. Then we went to dinner with Turbo and his parents. It was truly nice, especially since it was Grandma’s night! Turbo hugged me, kissed me and chatted to me nonstop the entire evening. Poor Grandpa was stuck on the other side of me and got the left over affection and chatter, LOLOL.

Saturday I did more baking — I think I made 7 double batches of cookies? I think the faves I’ve heard so for have been the pistachio cookies with brown butter icing, thumbprint cookies with raspberry or lemon filling, lemon cookies and the chocolate mocha peppermint. And then I made the cake — it’s my first cake in something like 9 months or maybe even a year. It took a while it get the hang of it again, and it came out okay but not as good as I could have done with more time. But for better or worse here’s a pic:

Sunday we had the family party. There were present mix ups that were hilarious — everyone laughed because we are all trying to juggle too many things and sometime the wrong present is wrapped for the wrong person. Turbo had a great time and showed so very nice manners and graciousness. I was impressed.

Today I’m trying to regroup mentally and physically for this next week.

How was your weekend?

7 comments to “Late Weekend Roundup”

  1. Silver James
    December 19th, 2022 at 1:31 pm · Link

    Big hugs for all the busy! 🤗 And this hasn’t popped up in my RSS feed so I’m glad I came looking! Dang, you are a cookie-making monster! And that cake is FABULOUS!!! Yay for Turbo and family time. That little bugger is too cute!

    We’re mostly battening down the hatches for the Siberian Slam that’s headed our way later in the week. Saturday, I worked on my annual “free” Christmas story to release on Wednesday. It’s finished as of about an hour ago but I need to proof/edit it. And I made a “cover” for it on Saturday. Stormy had soccer Saturday night. His team lost but he scored one of the two goals so yay.

    Sunday was quiet–more work on the story and then Stormy arrived for a sleepover. Baseball Boy scored tickets to a comedian they like so he and Only had a date night. Stormy played nerf guns with Big Daddy, after they went shopping for a little bit. We watched Sonic the Hedgehog movies 1 and 2. Well, I watched the end of 1 while we ate and managed to miss most of the second. LOL

    He’d convinced Big Daddy that he wanted orange rolls for breakfast so BD bought a can at the grocery store yesterday and I baked them today. He got to take the leftovers home.

    Mostly quiet, some fun family time. Last bit of Christmas shopping today, groceries tomorrow, and at some point, making rolls and wrapping packages while trying to stay warm!

    Have a great week, all! 🎄

  2. Silver James
    December 19th, 2022 at 3:35 pm · Link

    And…it finally popped up in my RSS feed. Yay!

  3. Viki S.
    December 19th, 2022 at 4:11 pm · Link

    When you said you got stuck in traffic with an accident I was worried you missed the play. Glad you made it in time. It sounds like so much fun. And extra happy for it being Grandma day. All those hugs are the best! I feel for Wizard because I know he’s like my hubs and really loves that guy time.

    Wow! you did quite a bit of baking. The cake looks wonderful. Do you have a link to the mocha peppermint cookie recipe?

    The mixed up presents must have been a fun time. It reminds me of when I was little and my mom left my brother and me with my grandparents on Christmas Eve (no idea where she went) and in the morning Santa had come but put all of our gifts in 2 large bags. The problem was Santa hadn’t put our names on them so grandma took a chance and did it herself. My poor brother (2 years older than me) got a baby doll and paper dolls. I got little army men :).

    I had to cancel hubs trip. He still has the cold.

    My mom had a fall while youngest and I were driving up to NY. She hurt her back and isn’t moving very well but refuses to see anyone. We did fix several things and I cleaned again. The drive was only awful with snow around Buffalo.

    Saturday night John’s sister passed. We still don’t know what is going to happen because her kids want to wait until after Christmas so their children have a nice holiday.

    Well it’s getting really cold for the holiday. Time to do more baking and warm the house up.

    Have a fantastic evening!

  4. Jenn
    December 19th, 2022 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Silver, if I was smart, I would have taken pictures of all the cookies and breads too :-) I’m slowly rotating them out in gift boxes. We delivered two more today.

    That weather coming your way looks wicked, so I’m glad to hear your getting ready. Plus I know you’re experience at this, so you know how to prepare.

    Yay for finishing the free story! Hope your edit goes fast. You’re awesome for doing that for your readers!

    Great job Stormy on two goals!

    LG and Stormy playing Nerf Guns is so cute! Turbo is into nerf guns right now too. He and his dad keep ambushing his poor mom, LOLOL.

    Hope you get everything on your list done, and stay warm! Hope all the feral cats do okay too. I’m sure Pete will be cozy in the garage or in the house.

  5. Jenn
    December 19th, 2022 at 6:05 pm · Link

    Viki, as it turned out, Wizard got antsy and we left a half hour earlier than we normally need to, and that’s what saved us. After that, we got lucky on Friday afternoon not to hit more bad traffic, so it worked out. But we really wanted to be there for Turbo. The trip home was even worse, but Maggie was at boarding so we didn’t have to worry about her.

    Yep, the link for the Peppermint Mocha Cookies is This is one of my go-to sites for baking.

    So I take it your brother didn’t want baby dolls for Christmas??? LOL! I’m sure you were both confused at the time, but it’s a funny story now! I think all of us adults understand how easily this can happen when we’re all juggling a 1000 things.

    I’m sorry for hubs and Harrison. Hopefully hubs can reschedule soon.

    Your poor mom! I can imagine how much you worry since she lives alone. But you and your son did all you could to help while you were there. And you braved the snowy weather to do it. I’m so glad you could get there. I hope she isn’t too sore from the fall.

    I’m so sorry about John’s sister. She’s in a better place now, but for all of the loved ones left its very hard. I just had this conversation with my sister in law whose sister is in hospice now. It’s so very hard, and I hope you all can have some Christmas joy while being able to grieve for her too. (Also I can see the kids POV for their kids on the holiday too). Hugs to all of you.

    Hope you enjoyed baking!

  6. Viki S.
    December 20th, 2022 at 10:32 am · Link

    Thanks Jenn! I just printed the recipe. I am not a fan of white chocolate so I’m thinking of making 1/2 with melted dark or milk chocolate along with 1/2 white chocolate.

    I heard there was an earth quake this morning. I hope all is okay with you and the family.

  7. Jenn
    December 20th, 2022 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Hi Viki, you’re welcome! Any chocolate you like will work, I think. Or you could drizzle with a little icing if you prefer. The cookies are also good without being dipped.

    The earthquake was far north of us, so we’re fine, thank you! That earthquake was big though, so I hope people in that area are okay.

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