This year we celebrated Christmas Eve in our pajamas, a change up from the Ugly Christmas Sweater of last year. We share the night at my daughters’ home. This is us trying to get a good photo, it took a couple of tries but in the end I think we got a good one. What do you think?
We were all comfy cozy in our PJs’, honestly I think it was a great idea and the kids looked so cute. The grown ups looked pretty cute too. Everyone was wearing brand new pajamas, what a dreamy feeling.
The traditional meal for Christmas Eve at our house is a Seafood Pasta a salad and some fresh Italian bread. My daughter makes a wicked baked macaroni dish for the kids and who ever does not like seafood. There was one 🙂 and we love him anyway.
The favorite part of the evening is opening the gifts. The kids ask all night long “When are we opening the gifts”? I just love watching them open up the gifts and throwing around the wrapping paper and getting so excited. The boys loved the walkie talkie set “Hello….Hello” Please don’t ask me what else they got because I haven’t got a clue.
Lots of home made goodies this year. My granddaughter made Snow Ball Cookies just like her mom used to make as a little girl. Veronica made these amazing peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that we all went crazy for, love the way she decorated them!!! Finally we got the family group photo we were aiming for all night long.
The best gift is the family wrapped up with each other. Peace to you at Christmas and all through the year.
Categories: Family · recipe · Time of the Season
Tagged: Christmas, grandchildren
Here is the perfect gift for Thanksgiving that will delight your friends and family. Thanksgiving – The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience by Melanie Kirkpatrick.
The book covers all aspects of Thanksgiving, including:
- Feminist roots (Sarah Josepha Hale, the godmother of the holiday, was an abolitionist and a feminist who championed the egalitarian values to which we still aspire…she’s also the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”!)
- Recipes that have survived the test of time (and are still delicious today)
- Top Thanksgiving myths debunked (Puritans didn’t really wear those drab clothes and stupid hats!)
- Fantastic poetry and literature connected to the holiday
There’s something for everyone in this amazing little book!
Categories: Book · community · product review · recipe
Tagged: Bookworm, cookbook, holiday, Melanie Kirkpatrick, Thanksgiving
The other day I was rummaging through my recipe book, you know that book that holds all those recipes you print out because you want to try it but never seem to get around to making.
Well, in this book, all folded up, I found a print out for Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Soup.
I quickly scanned the ingredients and knew this soup would be perfect to make for these Fall days.
One chopped onion, garlic, saute…in go the potatoes, cauliflower and the broth. Bring to a boil simmer 20-25 minutes( till vegetables are tender). Done! Using an immersion blender to blend all vegetables till smooth. Oops! I didn’t have an immersion blender but my trusty Cuisinart blender will do.
Well, as you can see soup did not come out 100% smooth and creamy…no matter Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Soup tasted just like I hoped it would.
Tagged: cauliflower, Cuisinart, Fall, Hello, recipe, soup
I love pies. Apple, pumpkin, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry….place a slice of pie in front of me and I am in dessert heaven. Just one slice all it takes. Out of all the pies apple pie is my favorite.
I never considered baking a pie because buying a pie was easier than making one. Until my daughter dropped off a bag of apples (the apples were handed picked), and said, “Here mom, make an apple pie.” At first I shook my head and said, “NO!” However, after looking at the apples just sitting inside my refrigerator, I thought, what a waste of apples, I should try to bake an apple pie with them. And so I did!
I searched the web for an easy recipe and found one – Apple Pie Recipe from Taste Of Home.
At first I couldn’t help but feel that I was taking on a big baking responsibility. I quickly shook that feeling off and began gathering the necessary ingredients. The most tedious task of making this pie was peeling the apple skins and cutting them up into bite size pieces. I only had to buy the ready made pie crust ( package of two crusts). You didn’t think I would attempt to make a pie crust? No way. 🙂 The second pie crust was placed over the filled bottom crust. Preparation done, now the baking.
I could not believe my eyes as I removed the pie from the oven. There it was my very own home baked apple pie. WOW! I did it. I made an apple pie.
Thanks Taste Of Home.
Note: I omitted some of the suggested ingredients. I added more cinnamon in place of the ginger (didn’t have ginger in the house) and omitted adding the egg white and sugar on top of crust (did not want a sugary crust).
Now if you will excuse me, I need to pour a glass of milk and enjoy my homemade apple pie.
Tagged: apple, fresh, healthy, homemade, pie, taste of ome
I got this idea from Pinterest and I knew I wanted to let my grandchildren have some fun while I babysat. This is a very easy DIY fun Halloween project. All you need is some doughnuts, any candy eyes and plastic vampire teeth.
Then let everyone make their own Monster Doughnut – so much fun. Gently press in vampire teeth and add as many eyes as you like.
Some monster have four eyes
Natalie wore her vampire teeth too!
Do you know the best part of making Monster Doughnuts? We get to eat gobble them all up!!
Categories: arts/craft · recipe · Time of the Season
Tagged: DIY, halloween, Monster Doughnuts, pinterest