On the Eve of Christmas Eve

I have a new job skill for my resume.  I will call it Marker Tester.  Tonight I went through no fewer than 200 washable markers, to throw away those which are past their prime.

And to the makers of these so called washable markers, you owe me a new kitchen table.

I’ve asked the children to perform this arduous task, but not only do they lack my joy of organization, they cannot bear to part with anything.  And btw, Cailey is still mourning the loss of our old van. Therefore, I spent Christmas Eve Eve, testing markers, and banishing those which did not perform up to my high expectations.  Then I got out my label maker, and labeled the plastic bins to indicate where the markers, crayons, and colored pencils should live.  Because I’ve had just about enough of fishing stray writing utensils out of shelves, off floors, and from between couch cushions.

Tomorrow morning, I will give the children a tutorial on where everything is located, and how to make sure that everything is placed back into the correct box.

I expect that all my efforts will last a good 45 minutes.  Before I find a marker in the CRAYON box.  Wherein I will retreat to the corner, and resume rocking myself while in the fetal position.

When what I really ought to be doing is preparing the annual Rum Ball Recipe.  Fiddledaddy has a large family, and they all live here in town.  Some years ago, we used to buy gifts for EVERYONE in the family at Christmas.  When we finally came to our financial senses, we began to draw names.  This year, we have taken it one step farther, and not only have we drawn names, but the rule is that the gift must be either homemade or home baked.

We drew the names of Fiddledaddy’s older brother and his wife.  Their children are grown.  So it is safe to give them the Rum Balls.  Not that they need them, mind you.  They have the quiet house.  It’s the rest of us with CHILDREN STILL AT HOME that really need the alcoholic treats.  But, whatever.

Generally, at this time of year, I re-post the recipe for my infamous Rum Balls.  And that is how I will leave you all, on this Christmas Eve Eve.

Rum Balls

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 T. White Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Rum
  • 2 1/4 Cups Vanilla Wafer Crumbs
  • 3 T. Cocoa
  • 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts

Combine vanilla wafer crumbs and pecans.  Combine with other ingredients and mix Thoroughly.  roll into 1 inch balls then roll in extra powdered sugar or finely chopped nuts.

It’s a good idea to make these up to a week or so ahead of time and seal them in an airtight container.  They “age” that way.  I have never ever been able to do this, as they have never lasted more than a day in our house.  And make sure you eat them in secret, so the children won’t be tempted.  They make an awesome gift for your adult friends.

My friends, have a very Merry and blessed Christmas!  You all are such a gift to me.

December 23, 2010

7 Responses to On the Eve of Christmas Eve

  • What a great tradition, to give homemade or home-baked gifts! I love it! 😀

    I am soooo with you on the frustration of the markers in the crayon box. Drives me crazy! I just want to scream, “DUDES! I know you can read! The box says C R A Y O N S for a reason!!!”

    Phew – thanks for letting me vent that one out. 😉

  • Those sound yummy! My aunt told my mother that she’s made a rum cake for us and that if you squeeze it just the tiniest bit, it’ll be like a rum shower. Therefore, my aunt is bringing it by Christmas Day for fear that if she brings it any earlier there will be none left for the rest of us. Haha!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Sounds yummy!

    Mery Christmas to you and your family. And here’s to GOOD HEALTH in 2011!

  • We call these Whiskey Balls, because I use whiskey and a half a cup is never enough, so I keep adding dry ingredients until the consistency is right. Several years ago, I put a few in a goodie bag and slipped them to my Pastor’s wife between Christmas Eve services. She looked like she needed them.

    Merry Christmas~ and a healthy and happy 2011!

  • Merry Christmas Dee Dee! I hope you and your family have wonderful holiday. And dont’ forget to make enough Rum Balls for you too!

  • Merry Christmas to you and your family. May you all prosper and may good health lurk around every corner. God Bless!

  • DeeDee, are you sure you and Michelle weren’t separated at birth? You sound JUST like her (and it’s a good thing, because there would be no organization in our house without her). I would pounce on the recipe, but my mother used to make them, and I never liked them because of the rum, but hope you all enjoy!