08 December 2011
i'm making a list, and checking it twice...(or more!)
Christmas suits my slight OCD* nature to a T. All that list-making, matching gift to person, taking 3 hours to just dress up my Christmas tree, more list-making for the bbq on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day brunch and dinner, scouring shop after shop for just the right ribbons to match the wrapping papers and wrapping the gifts. Seriously, I have lists for the lists I made. There's even colour-coding on my grocery lists!!
I spent most of this afternoon gift wrapping. Which gift is to be wrapped with which paper and with which ribbon. All very important stuff. (yes, yes, it's only brown or red paper, but still very important!) All corners neatly folded and tucked, seams and ends hidden, and no sticky tape can be seen.
So therapeutic. So OCD.
And tomorrow, it's exactly that slightly obsessive nature that will see me trawl through over 60 cookie recipes that I've bookmarked, so that I can choose just 3 to bake for Christmas gifting. Oh, and there's a small stack of cookbooks on the dining table with post-its as well. :-)
I've handmade things in the past for Christmas gifts (non food related), but I've never baked cookies to give away before. I've never been brave enough nor sure enough that my cookies were any good for consumption, other than by myself and 'S'. See with cookies, you can't tell how it'll all turn out until you bake them. By which time, it's all too late if they suck. But this year, I've decided to forge ahead and just do it already.
Let them eat cake I say...err...wait. I mean cookies.
But why stop there with cookies, right? I've also decided to make chutney, onion jam and orange marmalade! You know, I'm going to be able to tell exactly who my friends (and family!) are by the end of Christmas, because only the ones who TRULY love me, will still want to know me after they've eaten their gifts.
Actually, I've already made the chutney about 2 weeks ago. But as Christmas draws nearer and nearer, I've been stressing about the jars of chutney in the cupboard waiting to be wrapped. I've put a little jar aside for ourselves in the fridge and have been having it with some of our meals. Not convinced. And each time I eat some more, I more unconvinced. 'S' says the chutney is yum. I say a do-over. If I could. There are 10 jars of chutney in the cupboard. Maybe not. Stressing... OCDing... Why do I do this to myself?!
I'll try and get a post or 2 up before Christmas to let you know how the cookies, onion jam and marmalade turned out. If nothing else, I'm sure it'll be a bit of a laugh as I bumble my way into the realm of domestic goddessing - i.e., homemade foods as Christmas gifts! I know we all can't be Nigella, Donna or Martha. But surely, we can try!
*As I understand it, OCD is all about obsessions and compulsions. My bestfriend thinks I'm a tad bit OCD. I think she's right.
Case in point: I butter my toast 1/4 at a time, rotating my toast 90deg butter, then 90deg again and butter, and so on. This way, I make sure every surface right up to the edge of my toast is buttered. Then, it's the same process again with whatever spread I add to it - peanut butter, jam, Marmite, etc.
Case in point #2: I stop and remove my shoes to rearrange my socks if they've slid past my ankles or if I can feel the joining stitches at the top of my toes.
Case in point 3#: Laundry is pegged up with the SAME coloured pegs - I can't bear using a pair different coloured pegs.
I'd say all that ticks both the obsession and compulsion boxes. Don't you??
Are you a little 'special' like me? :-)