TIS THE SEASON!!!!

Tis the season for wonderful, exciting things to happen.

Since I’ve been sort of busy these last few months, and have let my little baby blog sit to entertain itself, I will try to give you some wonderful, exciting stuff today.

It’s been the season to mess up the house, the kitchen, the basement rec room.  It’s Christmas!!  Time to have the grandgirls over for cookie making and decorating:  aprons, butter, flour, eggs, sugar, food coloring, cookie cutters, gingerbread house kits with all the itty bitty candies that go with it, gingerbread men full of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves.

WHAT A MESS!!

WHAT A MESS!!

cutting out the cookies

cutting out the cookies

measuring, mixing, stirring...

measuring, mixing, stirring…

cookies and cupcakes to decorate!

cookies and cupcakes to decorate!

my sweet Kate

my sweet Kate

taste testing

taste testing

making the gingerbread house

making the gingerbread house

building her house

building her house

We’ve decorated the grandgirl Christmas tree down in the rec room with all the fun ornaments: soft ice cream cones, all the characters from the Christmas cartoon movie Rudolph, red-nosed Rudolf,  right under the manger scene ornament, colorful beads.  There was Christmas paraphernalia from one end of that room to the other!!

my little elves

my little elves

Kate

Tis the Season

one of her favorite gifts!!!

one of her favorite gifts!!!

they love to rip off the paper!!

they love to rip off the paper!!

ready to go to the next phase of Christmas.  Kate says Christmas is busy!!!!

ready to go to the next phase of Christmas. Kate says Christmas is busy!!!!

We still have to catch up on our Advent Soldier.  He needed a little repair this year, and hasn’t come back from the Old Soldier Hospital yet.  (I HAVE GOT to do that TODAY!)  The reindeer with the bells on his antlers is sitting patiently for his turn to get new batteries so he can sing and jingle away.  We’ve already got the manger scene out front; the girls carrying all the parties to that wonderful event out to the stable, placing them just so-so, right where they thought they should be.  Baby Jesus getting the center spot, of course.  They have oohed and aahed at everything else I’ve done without them.

This is the time of year to give to those people who are down on their luck, feeling hopeless, lost their jobs, have no one.  It’s the time to give monetarily as well as personally, with time to do something for someone, an ear to listen, a piece of wisdom to let them take to heart, a homemade goodie for an empty tummy or an empty soul.

It’s the season for snow!!!!  We got at least ten inches!

let it snow... let it snow.... let it snow

let it snow… let it snow…. let it snow

Tis the Season

Tis the Season

blading the snow off the driveway

blading the snow off the driveway

it looks a lot different in the summer!

it looks a lot different in the summer!

the stable was blown down; we fixed that.  Then the snow covered them.

the stable was blown down; we fixed that. Then the snow covered them.

It’s been a good Christmas.  Gifts!  Snow!  And…

Steve and Brenda Wood

Steve and Brenda Wood

I got married!!!

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Our Best Gift for Christmas this Year!

Some years are just better than others.  This is one of those years.  Good things are happening to make us smile.  And this little gal is one of the best:Nia Nia, Maci, Owen

Her name is Nia Martin, the daughter of Wes and Amanda Martin, born the 6th (I think) of November.  She has grown so much in just a month!

We love her beyond words.  Her brother and sister are totally in love with her!  The cousins especially love her.  Sam told his daddy that he is even willing to give up all his Christmas presents this year if they can get a baby like Nia. As the boys were discussing this with their Mawmaw Dar, she pointed out that not all babies are as good as Nia is.  And Jack piped in that they sure wouldn’t want to end up with one like Maci.  The screamer.  Ms. Bossy Britches. Lover of Little Nia.Maci and little Nia

Maci and Baby NiaWho knows?  Maybe with a little tutoring Nia will turn out just like her big sister Maci, and the boys won’t quite be so happy with her then.Owen, Sam, and Nia

 

Cooking for the Hogbottoms

WOW!!!!  What happened while I was away?  My last post was November 4.  Since my stats haven’t been all that great, I just don’t check them like I used to check them.  So today when I got on here and did a quick check, it said my highest day was 408!!  Say what?!?!  That was on November 15, a Thursday.  Normally, it’s around 100.

So what happened?  I didn’t get Freshly Pressed.  Or if I did no one left any congratulatory messages on my email or post.  Was Momma’s soup so tasty looking that people all over the world were referred to my blog to look at the photos or try to get the recipe?  It’s crazy good!  I love love it!

And playing off the fact that just maybe it was the dandy soup that did it, here is the recipe in my Aunt Biddy’s handwriting:The Aunts' Soup Recipe

The Aunts' Soup Recipe 2This is just the BEST soup ever!!!

And since I’ve been cooking (my friend tells me I’m nesting) (will explain that another day), I had the Hogbottoms over for a book club breakfast this morning.  We ate heartily and discussed heartily which books we are going to read next year.  Below are the recipes from the breakfast.  They were all great!

Lemon Blueberry BreadThe last thing to do for this bread is make a glaze from confectioners’ sugar and 1 TBSP lemon juice.  Drizzle over cooled bread.

We had Sausage, Spinach and Swiss Strata which was also very tasty.Sausage, Spinach and Swiss Strata

I used 8 eggs instead of 4 eggs and 4 egg whites as well as some whole wheat bread.  The only spinach I had was fresh, so I cooked that and added what I thought was a 10-ounce package and added an extra bit of the turkey sausage as well.  I also topped the strata for the last ten minutes of baking time with halved cherry tomatoes as well as the Swiss cheese.  Turned out just right for a Christmas breakfast.

These Ham and Egg Breakfast Cups were a big hit… and so so easy to make:

Ham and Egg CupsLast but not least were the steel cut oats.  The easy method, and my only method, is 1/2 cup per 1 cup of water and stick in the microwave for a couple of minutes.  Deeelish!!  Pour some Savannah Bee Orange Blossom or Tupelo honey over it and double YUM!!

Add some bananas and red seedless grapes and orange slices along with milk, o.j., and coffee for the final touches.

And a good time was had by all… especially since the Hogbottoms did my dishes.  I love those gals!!