First, a good laugh. Liza called me just laughing out loud. She said she'd been catching up on my blog and read the recipe for that Candy Cane Punch that I'd shared a week or two ago. Well, we made it while she was here. It was AWFUL! NASTINESS! It had lumps of Strawberry Jam floating in the bottom of it. It was so sweet that it was unbearable. It was "chunky". Even the babes were not big fans. So, why was Liza laughing so hard? She said, "Um, Mom. You might want to read the recipe and directions next time." The recipe called for 20 ounces of strawberry jam to be boiled in Sprite. I'd not read the instructions and had dumped the jam right into the punch bowl. No wonder it was chunky! Oh, for the love of Martha! Note: Even with the jam boiled, I'm thinking that this would be a great punch withoutthe strawberry jam. We couldn't even taste it since it was so chunky. So, there's 20 ounces of sugar that wasn't even necessary. Way too sweet! And no. I won't be trying it again, even now that I do know the right way. Oopsie.
And another quick chuckle...One afternoon, while Liza was here, we made a Hot Chocolate Bar. Zaylee, 3, who always wants to be my little helper, had put Reeses Peanutbutter Chips, Red Hots and Marshmallows into the little cups of this snowman dish. The next day, she opened some Hot Cocoa packages in her little 12 days of Christmas gift from Buddy's sister. Immediately, she neededsome Hot Cocoa. We poured the milk into the cup with the mix and put it in the microwave. Zaylee was very concerned. "But, Gwammie. Look! There's no treats in the snowman's feet." She must think that this was a snowman with clown feet. Aren't 3 year olds wonderful!?
Heaven, help me! I made a giant batch of white chocolate covered Chex Mix and it just keeps calling my name from the kitchen. Sometimes, it screams, "Get in here right now!!" Other times, it softly whispers, "Sophiaaaaaa. I'm waitinnnnng." I am drinking ice water with it, does that counteract the calories? If you've not made this holiday treat, race to the store and pick up the ingredients, whip up a batch and just watch the five pounds gather on your hips tomorrow.
White Chocolate Chex Mix
1 Box Chex Cereals (I prefer rice or corn chex)
1 large bag of holiday plain M&Ms
1 can salted peanuts
1/2 bag of pretzels (the curly kind, not sticks)
2 bags of White Chocolate Chips
Mix all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips in the largest bowl in your kitchen. In a smaller bowl, melt the chocolate chips...Place the bowl in the microwave on the a low setting (I used 3 with a 10 being high) and melt, taking out and stirring every minute until they are melted. The chips will be almost pourable. The simplest way to spread the chocolate is to put it into a ziplock bag, seal the bag shut, then snip of a tiny corner of the bag and squeeze it onto your dry mix, stirring and tossing gently. Store in a tightly covered container, if it lasts that long. MMMMMM!
A quick sentiment that I shared on Facebook Wednesday morning. "Let it Go, Let it Go, Let it Go!" Tis the season to be FORGIVING! I've been thinking about this all morning...Most people are genuinely good and well intended. Give someone the benefit of the doubt and forgive them today. It will be the best gift you give to them and YOURSELF all season! Just sayin'. I was quite surprised by the private messages and emails that I received about this status update. Apparently, there are lots of people dealing with "issues" and wanting to let them go but not knowing how. Seriously, Doug says often, "Just lower your expectations and let it go." It's not always that simple, but why give your energy at this wonderful time of the year to anything but the good stuff! Let it go and move forward. That's not to say that you have to let it go and jump right back into the fire. But, let it go, move forward, with caution if necessary. Life's too short to carry unneeded burdens! Enough said!
The kids are out of school! Doug gets off today at 3 and let Christmas Vacation begin! Life is good!Merry Christmas Adam Eve!
In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed. Gordon B. Hinckley