Saturday, I had one of those days when I didn't feel like doing much of anything. I spent a good portion of the morning and early afternoon on the computer. Later, I did a load of laundry (and then forgot to take the things out of the washer for about an hour, after they were done!). I watered the houseplants, cleaned the top of the entertainment center (it was very dusty!), and took the trash out. I had wanted to go to the pharmacy, but I didn't feel like going! I'll go tomorrow, instead.
I needed to make a dessert to take to the rosary prayer gathering, but I didn't feel like baking the cake I had planned to make. I thought I'll buy a dessert from the grocery store, but I felt lazy to go grocery shopping. I had made French toast for my brunch, earlier in the day, and as I was putting away the leftover egg & milk mixture from the French toast, I had a brilliant idea! I thought I'll make a bread pudding for the dessert! I had everything I needed - bread, eggs, milk, and sugar - already on hand! It didn't take long to beat up 3 eggs, some milk (I didn't measure), and about a cup of sugar, add a little vanilla essence, pour the mixture over the bread I had cut into cubes, toss in a handful of dried cranberries and top with some pieces of cashews. In the oven (at 350F) for 30 minutes and I had a bread pudding that just about everyone raved about at the rosary! One person told me that, if I want to give him a Christmas gift, to make him a bread pudding and Aunt T said she would like me to make a bread pudding when she hosts the rosary in January! There were several other desserts, too, but the bread pudding was a big hit! There was nothing left in the dish, when I went to collect my dish before leaving!
I was given a ride to and from the prayer gathering by cousin P and her daughter. I wore my ugly Christmas sweater and I was complimented on it! Several people asked me if I had made it and said it was very creative. After the prayers were said, we had dinner, and then, there was a white elephant gift exchange. We each took a turn to select a gift, either from the pile or something that someone else had received (in which case, that person had another opportunity to pick a gift). I received a gift that was a set of two stemless wine glasses, which was funny because I don't drink wine (or anything alcoholic); but I could drink any other beverage from them. One of my cousins had received a wall clock, earlier. Now, I needed a new wall clock, since my one wasn't working properly, even after I replaced the battery, and I had written it down on my shopping list. So, after the gift exchange was over, I offered to exchange gifts with my cousin - I took her clock and I gave her my wine glasses (she had admired them and she drinks wine). It worked out well for us both!
After I came home, I video chatted with my daughter. She had gone out to dinner and a concert with some of her friends. So, we both had a fun evening.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to make an easy dessert that was quite a hit!
- Cousin and her daughter giving me a ride to and from the prayer gathering
- A fun evening with family and friends
- Receiving the clock I needed!
- Daughter had a fun evening out, too.
Sunday To Do List:
- Put away laundry
- Weekly phone call with neighbor T
- Pharmacy for refill
- Tidy the kitchen!
What is your favorite dessert to take to family gatherings?