Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Along with the meat, there was sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and some yummy rolls that our previous night's guests had made and left.
I confess, I ate all that you see on this plate!
My son gives his approval.
We had these cute name cards in the Christmas box from a previous year and I had forgotten about them. They added something special to the table.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
This well known painting is one of Norman Rockwell's. It is one of four he painted to depict the four freedoms spoken of in a speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and portrays our freedom from want in America. One of the most special things about celebrating holidays is the preparation, serving and eating of good food, as shown in the painting...along with enjoying it with family and friends.
Today I want to give thanks for the abundant food GOD has provided and list the various menu's I have planned for our holiday this year. (I will be cooking most all day today and preparing) We will be hosting company for the next few days and this is what I have planned for our holiday feasting...
Christmas Eve dinner
Prime Rib Roast
Creamy potato casserole
7 Layer Salad
Christmas cookies and candy for snacking later
Pecan Tea Ring (Recipe courtesy of my good friend Nancy)
Christmas Day Dinner
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with apples
Peppermint Torte for dessert
Christmas evening we will be enjoying ham sandwiches and leftovers...with snacks we have made up. It is always good to remember and help those who have so much less...but it is also good to enjoy with pleasure what God has given.
Julie and her family have eaten a good Christmas feast with company yesterday...and she planned the following menu:
Creamy Chicken Pasta
Individual Rice Puddings for dessert along with Christmas cookies
Today on Christmas eve they will be preparing and feasting on a full turkey dinner with the trimmings and enjoying the left-overs tomorrow on Christmas Day. (I can hardly believe I am writing that tomorrow is Christmas Day and that it is already here).
God has so richly blessed us as a family, and we want to celebrate Him in all we do and eat for the next couple of days. May God grant a special time of family and friends, and a rich holiday honoring Him and His amazing gift of so great a salvation.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
This is a photo of me on Christmas morning, 1952. This was the year I got my first doll, and received another doll each Christmas for many years. She came complete with a doll buggy (we didn't call them strollers back then.) That was an exceptionally large tricycle, and I rode it until I was past 5 years old. They don't make 'em like that anymore....The tree looks mighty skimpy and I have no idea where my parents got it. We lived in Seattle, they were poor etc. But the decorations are beautiful, and many are still hanging on my tree today, labeled 'great vintage ornaments'. The days of real tinsel made a tree so lovely...and my Mom hung each piece individually. What patience!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We always enjoy the music of Christmas to listen to: on the radio, in stores, on the CD or tape player, or at Church. I especially love the vintage recordings to listen to.
This year my insurance man, our daughter JoAnn and I have been practising and singing in our Church choir. I have not sung in choir for many years, and this has brought a special joy to the season. I have always loved choir music, either to play or to sing...and this year is no exception. We are doing a selection of 5 individual songs...and my favorite is 'Immanuel' by Paula Stefanovich. Some of the words are: "Immanuel...Immanuel, sons come worship and daughters sing. Immanuel...Immanuel, a virgin bears a King." Our daughter JoAnn has a beautiful voice and it is a rare privilege to stand next to her while we practise and sing.
Yes, the music of Christmas is the music of the Christian Church worshipping their Savior's birth....enjoy!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Our garden bench will only have birds and squirrels on it for the next few months...
and our beautiful junipers and pines are arrayed in their winters decoration. I love the sights, colors and peace of winter.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
This little gem was in a library discard pile. It is a leather bound copy of this classic in a very Christmasy red.
My copy was published in London in the 1800's with the original hand-colored illustrations by John Leech. Dickens financed this book himself, due to conflicts with his publisher, and ordered it with lavish red binding and gilt edged leaves. He then proceeded to sell it for only 5 shillings so everyone could afford it. Mine has the gilt on three sides of the leaves, but it is mostly worn off now. My copy was published by Bradbury and Evans, Publishers, Whitebriars, London.
On the flyleaf is one of 4 of the hand colored illustrations, and the credits.
Mr. Dickens wrote the following preface:
"I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D." December, 1843
No one has wished to lay it, and it continues 150+ years later to haunt our houses quite pleasantly. Our granddaughter Kory was a very beautiful 'Ghost of Christmas Past' this week in yet another rendition of this favorite tale.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
I have certain criteria for choosing pillowslips: they have to have that soft cotton feel of age, they have to have embroidery AND crocheted edging, and be of a pleasing color (to me) which is usually white edging and an embroidery pattern where the colors match the motif. In the case of two of the above pillowcases the embroidery is leaves and the colors are beautiful for fall. An added bonus, one rarely found, is that there were two matching slips. I had to search through several piles before finding the mate...but what a treasure!
These lovely pillowslips are so much cheaper than the modern varieties sported in the big box stores and these were even an additional 20% off. There is something very comforting to me in putting my head on a soft beautiful pillow at night.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
3 T. (real) maple syrup
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1 t. dijon mustard (or regular works too)
1/2 c. good oil (I use safflower)
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper, freshly ground is best
1 t. minced garlic
Shake all together and serve...that's all there is to it. Soooo much better than store-bought. It is on the sweet side (but I like sweet) so for you folks who like a dressing on the bitter side stick with oil and vinegar. Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Running in it is just magnificent!