What to do with leftover ham?

Ahhh…the hustle and bustle of the holidays may’ve subsided for now, but the busyness in your fridge probably hasn’t. I, for one, hate dealing with leftovers. I like the idea of using up everything we have and not wasting a thing, but I don’t exactly like eating leftovers. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few things I will eat leftovers of, like chili, stew, turkey dinner, and ham dinner, but you can only eat so many meals of high-carbs without becoming slow and lethargic, so something has to be done with those holiday leftovers.

This post will be dedicated to a few of my favorite ideas for using up that holiday ham this year.

Obviously, (as evidenced by my blog counter,) everyone thinks of ham and beans. This is a great idea, especially using the hambone up as well.

Next, I like to cut up (dice) some of the ham and use it in my macaroni and cheese.

Another option would be ham sandwiches, another popular choice. Especially with homemade rolls or homemade bread, yum!

When that gets too familiar, try grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, possibly paired with some tomato soup. A great way to make these is to grill the ham in a skillet, butter one side of each slice of bread, keep your skillet or griddle on medium heat, and place the bread buttered-side down in the hot skillet. Squeeze some mustard on one side of the bread, and add one slice of cheese to each piece of bread. (Velveeta works nicely, too). Then put your warm ham slices on top of half of the bread slices, and make sandwiches. Grill till lightly brown on both sides of sandwiches. Cut in half and serve.
The mustard really adds something to a grilled ham sandwich.

Another option, as with any leftover meat, is to make it into a casserole or other one-pot meal:http://food.yahoo.com/recipes/taste-of-home/114765/hurry-up-ham-n-noodles

This one looks pretty good, how about ham ‘n noodles?

Another one I would try, cheese ‘n ham scallop:

An oft-overlooked idea is a nice ham ‘n cheese quiche-we would make this one, sans onions, b/c we don’t like ’em:
Ham or bacon quiche is often the only kind of quiche you can get a man to eat. The meatiness of it all helps him think of it as “manly food”, so if you’ve ever considered a quiche, but weren’t sure how hubby would react, try one like this, and either serve it as is-name and all, or just rename it to “Ham ‘n Cheese Egg Pie”, and the stigma is gone.

How ’bout a simple chicken cordon bleu? It takes more effort to say the name than make the dish, I promise!

Don’t forget easy things like ham omelets, or just a simple slice of ham with eggs and toast, either!

Along the breakfast lines, there’s also things like a Ham Breakfast Braid:

Throw some ham in your broccoli cheese soup to make it heartier, too!

There’s also baked beans, which benefit nicely from some ham instead of bacon, and don’t forget breakfast burritos or breakfast sandwiches (like at McDonalds). Ham also makes a nice pizza topping, as you’ll see in my previous post about homemade pizza!

Still got leftover ham? How about dicing it into tiny pieces and toss it in your potato salad, macaroni salad, pea salad, etc.?

And here’s just one more recipe I plan to try this year, which uses up leftover mashed potatoes, too:

Even with all these fabulous ideas, you are bound to get sick of ham after a couple of days, so be sure to freeze some of the ham in small baggies. Dice some small and put in a baggie, rough chop some larger and put in a baggie (like for casseroles and one pot dishes), Slice some and put 2-4 slices in each baggie (for sandwiches or breakfasts), use a biscuit cutter and make ham rounds and put in baggies (like for McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches at home), and be sure to keep that ham bone for ham and beans! Also, use a sharpie to label the ham baggies, so you know what you are thawing!

Enjoy those leftovers till you can’t be creative anymore, and then just toss them in the freezer for a nice quick meal at a later date. May your leftovers be as yummy as that very first holiday meal this year!


Thou Shalt Not Raise a False Report…

First, let me say this. This is a rant, I’m not writing to seek others’ opinions, nor am I writing to “argue” with anyone. Secondly, if your children are in the room reading over your shoulder, you may want to excuse them at this point. Third, if you do not believe in God, then this does not pertain to you…of course you are welcome to read on, but please understand that this is not directed at you, and I have no intention of trying to preach to you, so please do not become offended if you choose to read on. And fourth, if you are a Christian and you “go with the flow” in today’s society, you are likely to be offended, but really, the Word of God shouldn’t offend you as a Christian, so I’d think carefully before becoming irate.

Okay, warnings over, let’s get down to business. Y’all know me, I don’t “preach” on this blog, I really don’t, but I am so disgusted right now that I had to share my thoughts somewhere, and where else but my own blog, right?

Exodus 23:1 says: Thou shalt not raise a false report; put not thy hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” Exodus 20:16

And one of my favorites:
Colossians 3:9-10 says, “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”

Now, of those of you who are Christians, can we all agree that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God? Can we all agree that if God says it, it must be true? Can we all agree that if God calls something an abomination, we should try our best to avoid that thing or behavior? Is it not pretty obvious through both the Old Testament and the New that God tells us NOT to LIE?

I thought so. Now that we have a solid Biblical belief going here, let’s move to the next step. What is a false report? Strong’s Concordance tells us that false means:
emptiness, vanity, falsehood

a) emptiness, nothingness, vanity

b) emptiness of speech, lying

c) worthlessness (of conduct)

and that report means:
1) report, a hearing

So, in conclusion, a false report is a lying report or a worthless report, empty speech, or a falsehood. So it means lying. Lying is bad, we all know that, right?

Okay, so now we have a Strong understanding (pun intended) of what the Lord means when he says “Thou shalt not raise a false report”. By now, many of you are saying, “Duh, Jessica, we know we aren’t supposed to lie!”, but bear with me for a moment, because this obviousness is here for a reason.

The heart of my message is simple. When is it okay to lie according to the Bible? Is it okay to lie to save our lives? Is it okay to lie to make someone feel better? Is it okay to lie to each other? Is it okay to lie for fun? Is it okay to lie because it’s something we’ve always done? Is it okay to lie because our ancestors did? Is it okay to lie to make ourselves feel better?

In case you need a refresher, the Bible says NO, it’s not okay to lie for any reason. In fact, the Bible is clear once again when it says, “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” Mat. 5:37

So there is no reason under the sun that it’s okay to lie in God’s eyes. Got it.

Why, then, do MILLIONS of people claiming to be Christians (many of them legitmately trying to follow Him) lie to their children, while at the same time trying to teach them not to lie to them (the parents)? If you are still in the dark, we’re talking about Santa Claus, folks. Do you believe in Santa Claus? That he is a real magical being that goes from house to house each Christmas delivering toys to all good little girls and boys? Do you believe that he lives and works in the North Pole and drives a sleigh around the skies on Christmas eve? Do you really believe that Santa “sees you when you’re sleeping” and “knows when you’re awake”? If you DO believe this, then you either are reading this from a padded room, need to be reading this from a padded room, or are even lying to yourself-now that’s talent. No, seriously. We all know that Santa is not real, he does not have magical reindeer, he does not deliver presents, he is not omnipotent, omnicient, or any other word ending in “ent”, really. So why, knowing what God says about lying, while trying to instill the value of honesty in our children, do well-meaning parents LIE TO THEIR CHILDREN EVERY YEAR?

I can hear the groans now…hey, maybe I’m santa claus…cause I heard that! But seriously, folks, stick with me for a second. I’m sure you are thinking, “but santa isn’t really a lie, it’s innocent fun, my parents did it and I turned out okay, they know it isn’t real, etc.” I once again would like to direct your attention to when it is okay to lie…found in the previous paragraph. Go ahead and scroll back up, I’ll wait. Patience is a virtue, ya know.

I understand your thoughts and concerns. I know you “just want your kids to fit in”, I know you “don’t want to spoil their fun”, and I know that you “see nothing wrong with it”, but I’d like to remind you that the Bible tells us in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
You can have fun, awesome, joyful holiday celebrations without lying to yourself or your children. And it really doesn’t matter if YOU see nothing wrong with it, the Bible tells us that GOD sees something wrong with it-because it is lying, which again, is not okay. It offends God. Do you really want to offend God on the day we celebrate as His son’s birthday? Then why do we continue this ridiculous man-made charade…really, why?

I’m going to now address those who would say, “but we want to teach our kids about the charity work of St. Nicholas, what a great man he was, and that THAT is the spirit of Christmas”. Your intentions are good, I get where you are coming from more than any other Santa-lovin’ household, I do. But here’s the flaw. We already have an amazing example of Love and Charity in our lives if we are Christians. His name is God. Need I remind you that He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that you and I might have a chance at eternity in heaven? He is the only perfect man to ever walk this earth. He has a pretty cool story, too. Hey, in Revelation, he even has a white beard. He’s not dead-always a plus, right? He wants you to teach your children about Him. He told those around Him to bring the little children unto Him…and He requested this way before this santa dude ever even lived on this earth. He showed us the TRUE meaning of love and gift-giving, He gives us eternal life in a mansion on a hill. Really, God’s the REAL superhero, here folks. He manages to live each day in our hearts while being everywhere at once, answering trillions of prayers each day, and the guy doesn’t even need sleep. Now that’s something to celebrate. Why is it so hard to say, “We give gifts in the tradition of Christ. God gave us this awesome gift 2000 years ago, and we want to imitate that as best we can, so we give you cool toys, and share what we can with others during the Christmas season.” I mean really, it’s a pretty cool reality, so why do we need this fake superhero to have a “fun Christmas”?

There’s one other thing that bugs me about this whole santa thing, and it’s the reason for this post. See, I came across a woman today who has a 20 yr old son, an 8th grader, and another smaller child in her care. She is irate at her 8th grader’s teacher for assigning the teens a journal entry on “How you found out santa isn’t real”. This woman is irate because she, like many other families in the United States, teaches her children that “if you don’t believe, you won’t receive” in reference to santa and his gifts each year. She claims her 20 yr old “still believes” as does the 8th grader, who came home all upset because she believes the whole santa thing. This mother is ANGRY at a teacher for telling her 13 yr old that there is no santa. Did the teacher lie? Was he to expect that a 13 yr old didn’t know that this was all a falsehood perpetuated by tradition? I think not. The parent lied to her kids, who in turn believe that they need to lie to her, saying, “Of course, Mom, I believe in Santa!” even at the ripe old age of 20. She encourages this behavior. I realize that most family’s belief in santa is much more short-lived and a lot less extreme, but this story really gets to the root of the issue. Why does God hate lying so much? Because it leads to pain, sorrow, and MORE LYING. No doubt that not only will these children of hers continue to lie to her each Christmas in order to receive gifts, but they will pass on the tradition of lying to their children, and then someday my grandchildren will be forced to make the choice to either “go with the flow” of American society or to follow their God in His commandments. What a lovely tradition we pass on to our children, don’t you think?

As an additon, I should add that if you choose not to lie to your children as is commanded in the Bible, you should also have the respect for others to teach your children that other kid’s mommies and daddies tell them about santa as if he were real, and that it is not their place to set them straight. You really don’t want to be the parent of the kid who “ruins santa” for the whole class, so teach your children some tact when dealing with this sensitive subject, please. It can be done, really. Just tell them to change the subject or say nothing. Don’t teach them to lie, b/c that would defeat the purpose, just teach them that it’s not okay to go around telling their friends that their parents are lying to them, it’s something that their mommy or daddy needs to tell them, and it’s not our place.

Also, I am not a part of the whole “santa claus will send you to h*ll” group, and I find those type of people to be equally if not more offensive than those who choose to lie to their children. Santa won’t send you there, but unrepentant lying, well, that could.

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 3:17 am  Comments (8)  

Homemade Blackberry Jam and Lazy Chocolate Pie

Sometimes I feel like I’m an oxymoron. In one day I may make something totally from scratch and time consuming and also make instant mashed potatoes, lol. I’m just weird like that. I love convenience, but recognize that homemade is better. I think it is because of this that somedays I’m so tired from making something very labor intensive and time consuming that I settle for whatever is the quickest and easiest option for dinner that night. Today was just such a day.

I spent my day today making homemade blackberry jam, canning it, making 2 loaves of wheat bread for a customer,  and making homemade mixes for gifts (which included decorating the bags by hand using scrapbooking supplies). By the time my poor husband came through the door, I realized I made nothing for dessert. Sure, I had cheated and used the crockpot and canned veggies for dinner, so that was ready, but I had to scramble to make instant potatoes and a dessert. Checking the pantry and freezer, I realized I could make a lazy chocolate pie in about 15 minutes, so I went for it.

Lazy Chocolate Pie

1 Pre-formed pie crust or graham cracker crust

2 pkgs. Devils Food pudding mix (or chocolate)

2 2/3 milk

1 carton Cool Whip or other whipped cream

Some Chocolate chips for decorating

Blind-bake crust as per directions, combine pudding mix and milk, beating with whisk for 2 minutes. Pour pudding into cooled crust. Put whip cream on top of pudding, and sprinkle chocolate chips for decoration. Done. Now wasn’t that easy?


Here’s a pic of my blackberry jam:

And finally, a pic of some of my homemade mixes/food items:

Now it’s time for me to go to bed and get ready to do it all over again tomorrow, lol.

Easy Homemade Biscotti Recipe

Okay,  I admit it, I’m a coffee nut, but I hate biscotti. Well, until today that is!

I needed to make some to go in Christmas baskets along with some homemade creamers and other goodies, and my first attempt went really well.  I took one recipe and made it into two kinds. One was Double Chocolate, and the other was Cranberry Almond. I have to say, both are good, but the cranberry is the BEST!

Here’s a pic of the dough, both kinds:

Double Chocolate

Cranberry Almond

And the finished products:
Double Chocolate

Cranberry Almond

Here’s the recipe, with changes below:

Italian Biscotti

  • 12 ounces butter
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 8 ounces chopped almonds
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F ( 165 degrees C ).
    2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time; beat until fluffy. Stir in the anise and vanilla extracts. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; Add them to the egg mixture along with the chopped almonds. Stir with a spoon and as the dough comes together, Knead by hand.
    3. Divide the dough into 4 parts. Roll each piece into a log about 15 inches long. Place logs onto cookie sheets, 2 to a sheet, the long way. Flatten the logs out until they are about 3 inches wide with a slight hump going down the middle. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, loaves should be firm. Cut the loaves into diagonal slices 1/2 inch wide, place the slices onto the cookie sheets and return to the oven. Toast on one side, then turn them over to do the other side. This will take about 7 to 10 minutes.

    First, I didn’t use anise, I used 2 tsp. vanilla, and 1 tsp. almond extract. I don’t like anise, and vanilla and almond extracts work nicely together.

    I split the dough into 2 sections right after the kneading part, one section I used 1/2 pkg. Craisins and 1 of those tiny $1 pkgs. of slivered almonds. The other one I put 4 Tsp. of Cocoa Powder and 1/4 bag of milk chocolate chips. I mixed the ingredients in by hand, pretty much kneading them until they looked pretty, then split each kind into 2 loaves, and proceeded with the recipe as written. Well, I baked them for 5 minutes each side, but other than that followed as written. It was sooooo easy, I really suggest you try it!

    Christmas, Christmas…everywhere!

    Have you ever had one of those years where you try really, really hard to be in a festive mood and you just aren’t there, yet? Have you ever had what seems like 45 Christmas parties to attend before you even are ready to “get in the mood” to be Christmassy? That’s where I’m at this year. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas, both the Christian aspect of it and the commercial side. I love giving and receiving, I love the smell of hot cocoa and peppermint, musty old Christmas decorations, and of course the food…holiday baking is one of my favorite things to do all year long! All that aside, some years it’s just a little harder to find yourself humming those old Christmas carols, isn’t it? I’m consistantly amazed by how one year I can be planning Christmas in August and bopping along to Jingle Bells in July, and another year it can be halfway through December and I’m already dreading the remainder of the holiday parties I need to attend.  I’m sure this mood is simply coming from the fact that our weekends are just not our own at this time of year, and the economic crisis has hit here just as it has many other households…but then again, I KNOW that as a Christian household, we don’t believe that you need money to be happy-in fact quite the opposite, money usually gets in the way of finding true joy and contentment in life, so it’s not really that…hmmm. Well, I’ll keep thinking, but in the meantime…I guess I’ll go pick out my outfit for yet another holiday party, and prepare my cheery holiday smile…as I’ll be getting up at 6 am in order to drive halfway across the state for the next Christmas party. One can only hope for a yummy meal and connecting with old friends to put that pop in our step this year, because for some reason popping in the latest Christmas Hits CD just ain’t doin’ it around here, lol.

    Published in: on December 6, 2008 at 8:35 pm  Comments (3)  

    Christmas Breakfast Spread

    We celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve so that we could have our special Christmas breakfast that we had planned for the past few months (scheduling issues prevented us from doing it on Christmas morning).

    Our Christmas breakfast was a breakfast buffet of sorts and we chose to eat it while unwrapping presents, which turned out to be a very smart idea! It allowed us each time for bites while the other people were opening presents, since we open them one at a time-taking turns. This year we put numbers each member of the family’s gifts (like say K’s were numbered 1-12 or whatever, Bryan’s were numbered 1-whatever, and mine were 1-whatever), and before opening each present we had to draw numbers from our individual bowls so we knew which present we could open next. K handed out the gifts as needed. It was a really neat system, and I highly suggest it!

    Anyway, I thought I’d give y’all a few pictures of our breakfast buffet:

    Sausage Gravy:

    Bacon and Orange Juice:

    French Toast:

    Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Pizza:

    Chocolate Waffles (a la hubby):

    I’ll post pictures of the gift opening when I decide which ones I want to show you, lol.

    Published in: on December 26, 2007 at 10:13 pm  Comments (2)  

    I’ve been busy baking!

    Hi all! Just wanted to let you know I’ve been a busy girl in the kitchen lately, baking up goodies for our church’s play. We’re having a sort of after-party and everyone’s bringing something, mine is a holiday tray of yummy Christmas candies and goodies! I’ll try to get a pic of the finished trays, but I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing so far.
    Peanut Butter Haystacks:

    Hershey’s Secret Kiss Cookies:

    Stained Glass Cookies:

    Holiday Fudge Bon-Bons:

    I’m also going to make another batch of Peanut Butter Balls and a couple other things, but that’s all I have pics of for now. Have a wonderful Christmas, y’all, and spend some quality time with your loved ones this season!

    Published in: on December 22, 2007 at 12:28 am  Leave a Comment  

    Peanut Butter Balls, Sugar Cookies, and Video Games, Oh My!

    During the holidays we try to make it a point to spend even more time together as a family than usual, and I try to learn to relax a little and realize that everything doesn’t have to be picture perfect…this is a struggle for me, but it’s for the good of the family and I do what I can…You’ll see what I mean a little later.

    We have another Christmas party with the National Guard this weekend (different unit) so we had some holiday baking to do and instead of trying to make it all absolutely perfect (which is what I really wanted to do), I decided it would be much better to spend some quality time with my favorite hubby and stepdaughter and let go of the “perfection” goal I so earnestly seek when bringing food to events like this…

    So we started with peanut butter balls. Truthfully, I usually hate making these, but I love eating them so alas, we made them.
    Dad pouring the Rice Crispies into a measuring cup.
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    K measuring peanut butter-don’t mind the mess, lol
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    Jess taking out a little holiday stress on the peanutty mixture…and in the process, breaking her FAVORITE spatula. Services to be held Monday at 2pm at Spatulas Were Us Funeral Home…please no monetary donations, flowers and tears will suffice.
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    Dad and K rolling peanut butter balls.
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    Dad dipping his first pb ball…not bad…hey, maybe this isn’t so bad when I get to share the “joy” of making these with family.
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    I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure K is only in it for the chocolate dipping toothpicks, what do you think?
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    And lest you think we spend every waking hour in the kitchen and nowhere else, I thought I’d throw in a pic of my two favorite people playing video games. K’s Grandpa got her this new video game for her birthday and she just LOVES it. It’s a fun one for all three of us to play together, so Jess and Dad are happy with it, too!
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    Remember how I told you at the beginning of the post that I have to remind myself that it’s about the fun and togetherness and NOT about turning out perfect goodies? Yeah, well, here’s how this was demonstrated to me this weekend. We made sugar cookies, right? We made the dough, let it chill, made the icing, bought the holiday colored sprinkles and then what happens you ask? Ummm…can’t find the Christmas cookie cutters, ANYWHERE. Trust me I spent a good 10 minutes looking for them as did everyone else. I can, however, find the biscuit cutters (round) and the Noah’s Ark-themed cookie cutters and one lone heart-shaped cookie cutter. Oh, and a cross one, too. So, I’m thinking let’s do round ones like an ornament, right? The Munchkin had a different plan-she thought it best to use the animal ones b/c “it’ll be more fun”. Fighting every instinct I have to go for the prettiest option, I smiled and said “Sure, let’s do that.” And thus, here are our “Christmas cookies” which look more like a Barnum and Bailey’s Assortment than anything remotely Christmassy, but we really did have a blast making them as a family and in the end I was so thankful that I didn’t push for my way, because doing it together was so much more important! Some days God just kind of slaps us upside the head with the obvious and today was one of those days for me…sometimes simpler is better and family is the most important thing in this world! So go bake some lopsided cookies with your family, and enjoy every moment of it!
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    Published in: on December 16, 2007 at 12:10 am  Comments (4)  

    NG’s Christmas Party…

    As y’all know, my husband is a Chaplain Candidate for the National Guard, working towards his Chaplaincy, and as such-we are a military family. This was our first Christmas with the Guard and we were pleasantly suprised with the Christmas party…it was fun, family friendly, and the food was awesome! It’s so nice to meet and reconnect with those in a similar situation as yourselves, and that is precisely what made this so much fun!

    There were crafts for the kiddos:
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    Caption should read: “Excuse me, K, can I use your foot to draw my reindeer head? It seems my clogs make a funny shaped head…”

    There were presents to be opened:
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    Do ya think she liked the cookbook we got her? LOL

    And when all else failed to keep the kiddos busy and having fun…we brought a game which K (and us from time to time) played with her new best-friend (isn’t it cool how kids make instant friends at things like this?) during any and all free time:
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    I didn’t get any pictures of the cookies we brought, but we had fun making those, too! We let K decide what kind of dessert she wanted to bring and I told her what all we had in the cupboards (we’re all stocked up for Christmas baking so she had a lot to choose from)…from that, she decided she wanted to make up a recipe…and it turned out awesome!
    We made Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Peanut Cookies…and Dad helped us which is becoming a regular occurance. I mean Dad has always been involved in stuff, but it is only in the past 6 months or so that K and Jess have “allowed” him into their sacred space of the kitchen very often…it turns out he can be really helpful and we have a lot of fun together while cooking. I think K’s favorite part is reminding Daddy to wear an apron or wash his hands or “behave” while he’s in the kitchen, though…she’s so easily entertained.

    Published in: on December 15, 2007 at 11:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

    A whirlwind of activity!

    We have been so busy lately! I have been trying to take and upload pics, but they are kinda few and far between since we’ve had so much to do this month. So to catch you up a little, here’s a post with a little bit of everything in it.

    As the last part of K’s protein unit in her cooking class, she made deviled eggs (okay, so we all helped, it was kind of fun!):
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    And then, even though I had already made a very cool cake for K’s birthday party, I couldn’t have her without some candles to blow out on her birthday, so I made her a giant cookie that said Happy Birthday for the actual day. I made it in my cast iron pan, and lemme tell you, that was sooooooo easy, and much appreciated by the birthday girl…she’s always wanting one of those giant cookies for her birthday (she’s not a big cake eater-she’ll eat mine, but that’s about it), so it was a very fun suprise for her. We also bought a couple extra birthday gifts to give her on the actual day, because both parties she had were before the actual birthday and it just seems wrong for a kid not to have birthday gifts to open on the big day, you know? Anyway, here’s the cookie:
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    The day after her birthday was Christmas Decorating Day at our house, so I made some of my famous Double-Chocolate Hot Cocoa with extra marshmallows for all to enjoy, here’s a pic of our mugs all together:
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    And one of Bryan and K doing some work with the lights:
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    And one of the tree…this was our first year having a “blue” Christmas, so after finishing the tree, we realized we didn’t have a silver topper and that the tree was still missing something so we ended up purchasing a new silver tree star and some sparkly silver and blue ribbon (it was fun picking it out together-we were already planning the next themed tree we want to do). Anyway, all that to say, this isn’t the complete tree, but this was taken before we got the star and the ribbon on the tree. I’ll try to post a completed tree picture later.
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    And the tree skirt-isn’t it the prettiest?
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    And our couch, newly adorned with the beautiful fleece blanket a friend of mine made and gave to me through a Christmas Gift Exchange at the church…we are just so blessed!
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    K, I have more photos to share, but I’ll save that for a later post. Hope y’all are enjoying the holiday season as much as we are!

    Published in: on December 15, 2007 at 11:04 pm  Comments (1)  
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