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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This was my kitchen island today... it's hard for you to tell, but there are five different cookbooks in play here, all opening to different spots and being used for different purposes.
In the last week, I've found peace with my cookbooks and have fallen in love all over again with cooking. Planning our Christmas dinner was just the start, but then I began planning what we could have for Christmas breakfast and Christmas Eve night and Christmas Eve morning and that morphed into, "Oh, Adam's home early today, what can I whip together for lunch?" It's been a lot of fun digging through my cookbooks again, finding recipes I haven't yet tried and foods that tantalize the taste buds.
One of my goals is to try a number of new recipes before Adam leaves for Siebel. I think we can have a lot of fun with different meals in the month or so before he leaves, before it's just me and the kids and before we're on a skinny grocery budget.
One recipe I found today that sounded promising was for poori. From the description of the recipe, it reminded me of Indian (Native American) fry bread, but upon further research, I found that poori is Indian (from India) fry bread... the main difference between the two being the use of sugar in the Native American version.
Regardless, I whipped these puppies (see below) up in a short amount of time and between the four of us, we tried all sorts of concoctions... horseradish, cheese, jam... and Adam and I turned a number of them into tacos. (If you have ever had Tasty Tacos fried tacos in Des Moines... well, have I got a treat for YOU. Heh.)
So... what's on the menu for the next few days?
Breakfast tomorrow (Christmas Eve) morning... Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. (I taught myself how to make "pie filling" from a few glaze recipes I found and was able to use some frozen fruit that I had instead of buying a can of pie filling.) I'm very excited to see how this turns out... I've been wanting to make a coffee cake for some time.
Tomorrow night... ha, well, I still don't know. I have some ideas. We'll see.
Saturday (Christmas) morning... fried donuts. Yum! Tomorrow I will be preparing the dough... Adam and I have discussed turning this into a Christmas tradition.
Saturday evening we are having some friends over for dinner, and the menu that night includes...
Turkey (made the Alton Brown way, and bought from our friends Ryan and Janice of Wild Rose Pastures)
A Corn Casserole (provided by our friends Derek & Ann)
Mashed Potatoes (again, another Alton Brown specialty)
Gravy (no idea on the recipe yet... I'll just pick one out)
Stuffing (the only way to go is Stove Top... ha!)
Cheesecake (again, thanks to Derek & Ann)
Mile High Peanut Butter Brownie Pie (requested by my hub; I'll make this tomorrow)
We also are having slush (a Draeger family tradition that we've brought to Iowa) and homemade Irish cream. The slush still isn't... slushy frozen yet... so that could be interesting. I don't have room in the freezer for it, so I've had to set it out on the deck hoping that the temp drops enough in the next 48 hours to turn it semi-solid. The Irish cream... I'm looking forward to making that tomorrow... I found it in a recipe magazine at my Grandpa John's over Thanksgiving.
I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas holiday and enjoy any food you might have as well!
Yes. I know. One of my kids is going to be missing some hair. Sooner than I would like. Heh.
We started our day with Cut-out Sugar Cookies. My mom gave me her recipe a few years ago, and while mine still aren't as puffy and moist as hers, but they still taste great! (I will say that my frosting is pretty much right on the money, though!)
I let Julia help me decorate... she tried very hard to frost the cookies with the small knife I gave her, but quickly she went from frosting cookies to licking... as you can see in the blue teeth and lips. (We made some blue frosting in memory of Grandma Muriel Rischette... big inside family joke.)
This afternoon we did a few craft projects... started a few, anyway... they aren't complete yet, but I'll show you what we've done so far.
First... felt stockings... these stockings have two purposes... for one, my children are three- and one-year-old and I still haven't made stockings for my kids. For two, each year since Julia was born, I've done something to show the size of the girls' hands or feet or something... this year I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone by putting their hand prints on felt stockings. I still want to make the girls some "real" stockings, but these will suffice for this year.
(As you can seen in Raven's, we had to do a second print... Raven was really good at opening her hand when I asked her to, however, as soon as she put her hand on the felt, she balled it all up into a fist... pretty funny, actually.)
Then we began making popsicle stick snowflakes with buttons... an idea I found on the web... Julia had a lot of fun picking out which buttons would go on the sticks... after a few times of getting glue on her fingers, she would pick out the buttons and ask me to place them in a certain spot... so cute!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
We celebrated Julia's 3rd birthday in Wisconsin this year... also experiencing our first snow of the season which prevented a number of people from being able to journey to Grandpa and Buscha's house for Julia's party. But, we all had a great time, and everyone listened when I told them they all had to eat four bowls of soup... ha, some people did!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
"I hope your husband appreciates you."
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
As mentioned in a previous post, Raven can go up AND down the stairs now, and she likes to do it BY HERSELF. Here is a picture of a regular occurrence in our house... Raven standing at the top of the basement stairs, readying to come down... yes, my heart often leaps into my throat. Heh.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
So a note on Christmas cards... ours obviously aren't out yet... but hardly any one's are! It is December 8th and we have yet to receive a Christmas card from anyone we know. (We have received Christmas cards from Adam's chiropractor and our Sunday paper carrier.) I am a little surprised... I mean, I can't say much, as mine aren't out yet, but it is for good reason (I wanted to order them AFTER our family pictures, which were November 26th, and hopefully the cards will be here this week yet.) How about you? Have you received a bunch or does it seem that Christmas card sending is less and less of a priority for people? Or, maybe we aren't on people's lists this year... hmm. Food for thought.
I love a good Christmas card. There are some I absolutely look forward to receiving every year... it's a little added spice to our holiday season. I also love sending them, and I seem to send more and more each year, but it's a fun and endearing way to let people know what has happened in our lives. I recently heard of a great tradition from a good friend of mine that I hope to start carrying out... ever since her children were small, she has placed a letter and photo in an album, and the kids are able to look back and see pictures of their family as it has grown over the years, and also reread the letter about what they've done that year. What a great idea!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
We went to Wisconsin... "home"... for a long Thanksgiving the 20th through 28th of November. We were excited to spend time with both my and Adam's family while we were there.
(I need to go to bed. Heh.)