Showing posts with label family meals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family meals. Show all posts

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Whirl Wind of a Christmas

Christmas, one of the most anticipated times of the year, was gone in an instant.  December itself, with each passing day, left us with that feeling of where did the week go?  Yes, yes.. Being adults, we don't pay attention to the details of our day to day lives, which contributes to this phenomenon, lol.
It was definitely a merry Christmas.
We went that little extra this year since our Daughter and her family were coming in.  She has not spent Christmas at home for 7 years and now along with her fab self has 2 beautiful daughters adding to the mix.  The addition of little people always adds that extra awesomeness!  
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Alice and Elly 
This was Alice's first trip to Pennsylvania.

Alice Jane and her Mom




Prepping for Christmas with some cold smoked cheese and pepperoni

An open house was held for Christmas Eve.

Friends and family Christmas Eve

Princess Elly and Kallie Christmas Eve

Christmas morning stockings

Christmas night @ my Mom's opening gifts
Finishing kitchen trim/new bathroom and laundry doors, baking cookies and cooking supper together when they first arrived from Illinois

Celebrating at my Father's for his birthday.
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Around the house.
new trim- wonderful gift from the husband

wall tree with decorations the daughters made through the years


a favorite paper cutter! 


doors and trim finished- yes

A sweet gift from my eldest, Larissa-  a camper bank under the pot holder kitchen tree, for saving money towards summer camping trips.
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Christmas Eve- dh and I  :)

Another year under our belts!




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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holidays- revisiting last year's Thanksgiving


I keep the menu simple with some of my childhood favorites such as dried corn, coleslaw, candied sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.  This year instead of the cabbage style slaw there will be a broccoli style slaw on the order of this recipe including peanuts or sunflower seeds depending on which I find first.  I am also baking an apple instead of pumpkin pie, I know how terrible but, we have been apple crazy this Fall with going through I don't know how many gallons of cider, crisps and just fresh cut apples of all types.  No candied sweet potatoes with instead baked butternut squash on the dinner table.
My Grandmother Agnes would have lost her cool, for the woman needed to have the same dishes at every holiday not deviating from those sacred entrees, sides and desserts.  One year for 4th of July, before my dh and I were married, I dared to bring over a seafood pasta salad and she went ballistic.  This simple addition caused years of her reprimands, not to mention the Easter ham where I did a spice rub along with the mustard/brown sugar glaze.  My Father also jumped in on this occasion...crrrr-azy around the Easter holiday table that year.
I forgot about the little bacon addition : - )  Sage under the skin, stuffed with onion, celery, an orange, garlic and various herbs stuff last years bird.  
It is my call now, I do what I want with whatever I want in my kitchen these days.  My girls also bring to the table some funstuff for they have freedom to play in the kitchen making some pretty amazing sides.

my daughter stirring gravy, dried corn simmering with turkey resting before the big CARVE
day after game playing with youngest dd snacking on frosting and saltines
Every year we usually put a fresh, newly found and purchased puzzle together Thanksgiving morning while watching the parade, football or perhaps a binge of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Star Wars.  We are still in the Doctor Who mode so this year's will be a Whopuzzle with this one coming tomorrow from Amazon.   Amazon Prime is super for those last minute wants or needs!!

What will be on your Thanksgiving table this year?  I posted this query on my facebook wall this morning, if you want to take a gander, please do. 

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving !!!

*** I needed to include a friend's fun find.  Did you realize that this year's Thanksgiving falls on the same day as Hanukkah?  This great fusion make for Thanksgivukkah! Thanks Stacie!! hoot, hoot...funstuff!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Brussels sprouts w/apples&bacon

Brussel Sprouts w/apples and bacon
2 pounds cleaned sprouts(deleaf, destem ends and cut in half for ease in cooking)
a good toss in olive oil, salt and pepper
about 6 strips of bacon cut up
2 cooking apples peeled and diced
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I toss sprouts in olive oil and then top with apples and bacon.
Place in an aluminum foil covered dish for about 1-1/2 hours
goodstuff....
325 degree
The roasting adds an entire other dimension to them of mellow sweetness

I really, really love brussel sprouts roasted!!!!
I am definitely making these for Thanksgiving this year for it has been forever and a day since the last time they were on my table.

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