Wednesday Hodgepodge questions that Joyce From This Side of the Pond asks each week are not surprisingly Christmas themed in December. Here we go…
1. What do you think it means to have the holiday spirit?
Going deep on this one and deferring to my hubby:
“It’s having the Spirit of Christ, who convicts of sin and enables faith in that Jesus is who He says He is and has done what He has says He has done. Without the work of the Spirit of Christ we would have no hope for forgiveness, for eternity with Him, for glory.
Romans 5:1 (ESV)
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
2. What’s one thing you’ve baked this month?
I baked a Chocolate Decadent Bundt cake last week for our card night.
Have you eaten the finished product?
Yes, at the card night last Friday night. It got very good reviews from those who ate it.
How much baking do you do around the holidays?
This varies from year to year. Some years I don’t make any cookies…shock!
What baked sweet something does your family insist is on the menu during this season of the year?
Roolyet is a Russian treat our mom would make every Christmas. A yeast dough rolled with a walnut filling (walnuts, sugar, egg whites and vanilla). Now that my sister and I perfected the recipe I should make it every Christmas, too.
3. Your most recent ‘half-baked’ idea?
How about thoroughly baked. In January I clicked on the buy button for plane tickets from Seattle to London for September of this year. Then COVID-19 struck us all. Plane tickets, Air BnB deposits and many plans made that had to all be cancelled. Thankfully all was refunded.
4. Where were you the last time you ‘baked’ in the sun?
In my own backyard pulling weeds.
The top ten sunniest destinations in the world (most sun from January-December according to this site) are Dubai, Bali Indonesia, Los Angeles CA, Miami FL, Barbados, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Mauritius, Antiqua, and the Canary Islands Spain. Have you been to any of the cities listed?
I was born in East Los Angeles and raised in the “burbs” of Los Angeles and spent many summers baking on Southern California beaches slathered in Coconut Butter. Craziness!
Which one on the list appeals to you the most?
We do not choose sunny destinations these days. We do not lay in the sun. We look for shade and head straight to an umbrella when the sun is out and the air is hot. The only reason L.A. is appealing these days is because of our loved ones who live there and who we enjoy spending time with.
If the world were not upside down crazy and you could lie on a beach anywhere right now where would you go?
Never mind lying on the beaches, I would choose Jolly Old England any time of the year, walking down a lane instead of lying on a beach!
Now that said, we do enjoy walking on the beach at dawn in the summer and any time of day in the Winter.
5. Today I wish I had more _____________________.
Options for shopping in my little town of Colville.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
This past Sunday to Monday we enjoyed a 46th Anniversary night at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Dinner at Beverly’s on the 7th floor made us feel like normal before all this craziness came upon us all.
Our complimentary Anniversary dessert! Vanilla ice cream wrapped in cotton candy with some fruit and dessert bark.
When the Christmas cards are all signed, sealed and delivered to the Post Office I feel like I should get an award. Do you still send cards?