Today, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my daughter decided to bake some cookies! We are calling them almond cookies because they have ground almonds in the dough. She found the recipe online, but, then, proceeded to modify it, substituting all purpose flour for cake flour, half and half for skim milk, vanilla essence for vanilla beans, salted butter for unsalted butter (and omitting the salt called for in the recipe) because that's what we had! Plus she shortened the chilling time for the dough and decreased the oven temperature! LOL. She left a few cookies plain, but, topped the rest with melted chocolate chips, melted chocolate and almonds, cranberry sauce, cranberry frosting (powdered sugar mixed with cranberry sauce), and Nutella! She packed up a dozen or so of the cookies in a container to give to a friend of hers who had texted her, earlier in the morning, to ask if she'd like some Vietnamese spring rolls.
At first, her friend had said that there were spring rolls leftover from their Thanksgiving dinner, which they had yesterday, and would we like to have some? Daughter replied, yes, please. Her friend was going to drop off the spring rolls in the early afternoon. Then, her friend texted her to say that his aunt had been upset that he had offered leftovers to us and was now insisting on making a fresh batch of spring rolls to give us, so, he will bring them over a bit later! A couple of hours later, he dropped off this feast:
|Vietnamese Meat Pies, Rice Paper Spring Rolls, Peanut Sauce, and Fruits|
Freshly made spring rolls (rice noodles, slices of cooked pork, lettuce, fresh mint leaves, and shrimp, wrapped in rice paper) with peanut sauce for dipping, meat pies still warm from the oven (the friend's mother and aunt had remembered that I really liked them and made some!), plus guavas and lemons from their garden! I called the friend's mother and thanked her for the feast they had sent us! They have been such wonderful friends to us over the years (we've known each other since my daughter was in 4th grade).
While my daughter was busy making cookies, I busied myself making more holiday gifts:
A set of four snowman coasters. I had just enough black embroidery thread in my stash to finish this set! I made a similar set back in 2019, too.
Later in the evening, my daughter and I gave ourselves facials as a mother-daughter activity!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Good friends of many years
- The delicious meal from my daughter's friend and his family
- The yummy cookies my daughter baked
- Being able to make gifts from The Stash!
- Being able to order groceries online
Today's joyful activities included enjoying some really delicious food and facials.
Plans for tomorrow include video chatting with a friend, picking up the groceries, and making more gifts to give.
How was your Saturday? What are your plans for Sunday?