|Photo credit: Katydid|
The ice storm turned out to be much less serious here than it was elsewhere -- in Texas and Arkansas -- but during the second round of ice, early Sunday morning, some of the trees and power lines finally gave way, and we woke early with JM to the sound of exploding transformers. Fortunately, our power never went out, but I was still happy that I had bought that extra firewood on Thursday when everybody else was buying bananas.
(Seriously. Usually I avoid grocery stores on the day before a winter storm, but at the time I thought that I was going to have to feed everybody for several days of ice and potential power outages, without Andy, and we were nearly out of fruit. Apparently so was everyone else in northwest Mississippi, because there was not a single banana in that store. Also, there was very little bagged salad. And if the carts of the people in line with me were any indication, mostly people were going to eat their bananas and salad with frozen pizzas, Little Debbies, chips, and beer.)
|When I saw this on the photo download, it took me a few minutes to figure out that it was a tangle of frozen old asparagus stalks!|
We used the same recipe as last year, with a few modifications. This year I substituted my own GF flour mix (2 1/2 c oat flour/1 c white rice flour/1 c tapioca flour/ 2 tsp xanthan gum) and we had to consult The Joy of Cooking on whether or not I could add milk, since the dough turned out too crumbly. I think my GF flour blend works well enough to sub for wheat flour cup for cup, so for future cookies, we're just going to start out with The Joy of Cooking.
Bit of a side rant: why did I toss out the Christmas cookie magazines when I learned I needed to be gluten-free? Why, why??
Anyway. Back to St. Nicholas Day.
Notice the thermometer on the table? Everybody but Gareth had a cold. Including the baby.
It didn't stop him from enjoying the Little People Christmas Train St. Nicholas left for our own little people. He's just pretty sure his mother is insane when she gets behind a camera.