Christmas is nearly here and our oldest, Sean, is home from the Navy this year! It’s so good to see him again and watch him and Max exchange teases! Sean arrived around 2 in the afternoon after a long grueling drive from San Diego. He was wearing his new Navy uniform, which is a blue cammo! Pretty spiffy! He said he wore it because the matching raincoat was so nice and he thought he might need it.
The boys played pool a while before coming in and dragging out their musical instruments. What fun to watch and hear the two of them playing together in front of the Tree! Sean brought his old metal clarinet and sounded spectacular with the bass accompanyment.
After Christmas, Sean will head on up to Bremmerton, WA, where the ship is in dry dock, in his car. That way, he’ll have his car there. He has a cute one-room, furnished apartment that is rented on a month to month basis, so he can easily leave when he needs to. He’s only stationed up there until sometime in the spring, when he will go to China Lake, CA. Dates are not certain yet for when that will happen.
Oh, and I promised to put up my recipe for Meringue Cookies:
Preheat oven to 350. Beat 2 egg whites until stiff, then add
3/4 cup sugar slowly, beating it in thoroughly before adding
1/8 t. salt and 1/4 t. vanilla (or mint). Mix in a 6 oz. (approx. 1 cup) package of chocolate or mint chips.
Then, on a sheet of parchment paper (or an old paper bag cut to fit your cookie sheet), spoon by teaspoon onto sheet (can be close together). Put tray in oven and TURN OVEN OFF. Leave in over-night. In morning package and freeze or refrigerate. If the cookies come out soft and chewy, freeze---the meringue will harden just right! Enjoy! I always make a double batch and still they disappear fast!!!