from the camera
My next trip to NYC will be in the month of December so that I can see this!
from the kitchen
Carol served these potatoes (her sister, Mary Ann's recipe) once and I could not believe how incredible they were! When she gave me the recipe, I knew why. DO. NOT. JUDGE. These will be served on Christmas Eve at our home, but Doug will not be watching me prepare them and I will only be having a small serving!
8-10 very large potatoes
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
1 - 8 oz. cream cheese
1 - 16 oz. sour cream
2 cups shredded cheese
1 finely chopped onion, sauteed
1 pound of bacon, fried and crumbled
1 cup whipping cream (NOT COOL WHIP)
Boil the potatoes and mash them as you would regular mashed potatoes. Add butter, cream cheese, sour cream, onion, cheese and bacon. Whip them until smooth and creamy. Place in a 9x13" pan and there will be enough to also make an 8x8" pan, as well. Whip the cream until smooth and frothy. Use a knife to make "slits" in the potatoes and pour the cream over the top. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Let set before serving. Carol says that the cream will be runny until it "sets" and that they are even better the second day. I've only tried them once, but seriously, they are heavenly... possibly because of the heart attack you may have after eating them and finding yourself in heaven. SO GOOD!
from the heart
Today's challenge is simple! Two weeks ago, a man in the neighborhood came up to me and said, "Your tree looks so beautiful when we drive by at night!" It made my day. Today, I challenge you to let someone know that you appreciate their effort to decorate for the holidays. We have a lady in our neighborhood who does not attend our LDS ward. I've never even seen her, but, every time we drive by her home, since she moved in, no matter what the season, she's made an effort to have it tastefully decorated for the holidays. Today, I happened to see her walking outside in front of her home as I drove by. I stopped, got out and asked her if she was the owner of the home. I introduced myself and then told her how much I appreciate the effort she puts into her yard decor and that I've loved it ever since she moved in! I was so glad to finally meet her by chance and tell her so, without walking up to her door and knocking like a total stranger to say so! She smiled and said a most gracious "THANK YOU!!! You just made my day!!! You have no idea how much that means...especially today." I have no idea what was on her plate, but I was glad to have had the opportunity to make a difference and that I'd stopped the truck and gotten out to say so!
I love the simplicity of this beautiful, festive decor. I'm all about white and snow and frost and anything cold! BUT, this is too simple and something that most everyone has in their kitchen. It would be adorable on a Hot Cocoa "bar", which we keep hopping all winter long, even after the holidays! LOVE the white on white on cream on white on glass on...!
from the Spirit
I shared this on Facebook today. This has to be my most favorite virtual Christmas message yet!
Here's the link.
from the Corbridge's
Carol called this morning and we had a good long chat. We were talking about the fact that I'm done... totally done... with everything for the holidays. I confessed, "And actually, I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. I guess I'll just read or watch another Christmas movie." It gave us both a good laugh. But, it has been nice to just sit back and enjoy! Again, I keep wishing I was sitting back, watching it snow!!!
Denise and I went out for lunch to a new place in Logan. I'll pass on a repeat. We didn't sit and gab, we just ate and left. Oh well. There are plenty of other fish in the sea.
After school, I rushed Quayd to work and then back home to see the girls off to their Young Womens activity. They went to the temple for baptisms this afternoon. I'm always happy to see them happy to go to the temple!
Dinner was mustgoes and we visited a bit and headed to bed. I guess that's the kind of day you have when you are done and have nothing pressing left to do. Tomorrow, I'm going to do some service of some type. I'm not sure what yet, and I won't be telling anyone what I'm doing, but I will find something positive to fill my hours!
One of the kids' teachers sent home an email that next week, they will be just watching movies and playing games on Monday and Tuesday, there will be no assignments. The girls have been asking, "WHY do we have to go if we aren't doing anything?" So, I've told them that if, on Friday, they can show me that all assignments are done and accounted for on the Power School (computer access to teachers reports), they can stay home next week for the extra two days. Oh my word! SCREAMS of joy and delight! They are hustling to make sure they get to stay home! Quayd, on the other hand, wants to go to be able to hang with "the bros" and not have any assignments. So, the girls and I will have to plan some fun of our own before the "official" break begins! I'm looking forward to that!
I'm looking forward to having Doug home, the kids home, the event days, the undecorating, just as much as I love having it. I just love the "downtime"with the fam!!! I've promised the family that I will attempt to watch/endure the entire Star Wars series during the break. One a day, not in a row!! They are most excited. I can't even remember the first three which are now the last three??? I think??? They love to mock me about my lack of "Warsy" enthusiasm. This may put an end to that!
OH! And Dad's package! I took it to the post office today and mailed it in a plain manilla envelope. FOUR stamps. That beats the heck out of ELEVEN DOLLARS!! It will be there by Saturday. ;)
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!!! Live joyfully!