I’m remembering what Christmas is all about and dreaming of a Smokey Mountain Christmas today!
Love you all!
I love Christmas…it is by far my favorite holiday.
And Christmas Eve is my favorite part.
I live for the anticipation of it all.
Today I make my first Christmas Eve lasagna dinner for my family.
If all goes well we might have to make it a tradition
Lasagna, the annual opening of one Christmas present, monkey bread and Smokey Mountain Christmas.
What’s not to love?
One of the newer Christmas traditions is cookie baking with Leah.
Do you notice anything different about Leah?
Maybe something different about her midsection?
My friend Leah…not me (lets get that straight).
Yeah she is growing a baby!
And the word on the street is that her baby girl could come ANY DAY!
How much would I love my 2010 Christmas tradition to be holding a sweet baby Hoover?
A lot, I would love it a lot!
Although, I’m not sure if Leah is up for that tradition EVERY year
Lots and lots of baking!
And some really fun Christmas present creations that I can’t blog about just yet…don’t want to ruin the surprise for the last few recipients
But I will share soon.
And here are the three recipes that have kept my oven and I real close over the last couple days.
Might be helpful for those looking to squeeze in some last minute Christmas baking.
As always, they are husband approved
Spicy Molasses cookies – tip: I don’t do shortening…I always use butter instead (I refuse to believe real butter is bad for you). However, butter causes the cookies to come out much more flat than shortening (bummer). So to help the cookies rise stick the dough in the fridge for about a half hour before baking. It has something to do with the rate at which butter melts. It works and even makes them easier to roll.
Snickerdoodles – my least favorite cookie…but everyone else loves them and Husb really liked this recipe. He said “they have just the right amount of snicker to doodle”…oh brother
Homemade marshmallows – were easy and turned out great! Idea courtesy Darby.
of this real housewife.
Last week I decided to document my day in pictures to share on this here blog.
Hold on to your pants cause your about to be blown away!
8:30am – packed husb’s lunch
9am – bible study lesson
10am – started making and baking salt dough tree stands for homework club
12pm – checked email, Facebook, bank account, Google reader while salt dough baked
12:45 – assembled craft example
1pm – lunch (salami sandwich on delicious olive loaf, apple slices, Satsuma)
And that my friends is where it ends.
It ends because, for the next 6 hours all I did was bake salt dough.
So I guess this was a half day in the life of a real housewife
I told you to hold on didn’t I!
Now I’m craving salami!
My husb can’t keep a secret…so I received my Christmas presents on December 8th.
I love him to pieces…not only does he buy awesome gifts but he also gets really excited to give them to me.
I can’t complain.
It’s also a good reminder that December 25th isn’t about opening presents.
Ya know…since I won’t have any to open
I love my new pots tho!
That dutch oven cooks wonderfully and is super easy to clean!
So far…nothing sticks to it and it is dishwasher safe.
I love that about it.
So I suggest you continue trying to win one on PW’s website…there is now one less person entering the giveaway