It's Christmas Eve. To me, this is the most magical time of the year.
Tonight is the night of magic. I treasure memories of candlelight services, and our new tradition of a Pajama Ride to help calm the kids before they need to curl up in bed (Although this year it was hard to convince them we needed to wait until dark before setting off. The lights look better in the dark, and it's closer to bedtime.) We were disappointed to see that our favorite house was toned down a lot. I suppose after 10 years of awards, they deserve a rest!
But I suppose the best part, at least for some of us, is the baking. This year we attempted to resurrect one of my very favorite childhood memories and create a variety of treats. (Quite the challenge when you're working with rice flour, oil, applesauce, and eggs. With sugar. And that's about it.) But we managed. And surprisingly, we even had a delicious surprise with the pinwheel cookies.
Santa is going to be one happy man! Although we have it on good authority that he has a few gluten free elves, which Mrs. Santa busily prepares allergy friendly goodies for. We think these look good enough that he might, just might, slip a few in his pocket to bring home. :-)
After 4 years on the gluten free bandwagon, maybe I'm starting to get this thing down?
Merry Christmas everyone!