A few holiday ramblings and I'm aiming for 7 hours of sleep!
Fun Paparazzi party! I have to laugh because we accidentally discovered a new treat. And it's a strange one. Chow-Chow and Cream Cheese on crackers. Oh, how my hips will regret that discovery!
A fun little Christmas idea that I just heard. A couple, who could afford generous gifts, choose to spend $20 or purchase four $5 gifts for each other. They have a great time coming up with thoughtful, personal gifts for each other and spend the rest of their Christmas budget on their children and others. And they stick to it and enjoy the challenge! I thought that this was a super idea, especially for a couple of newlyweds or students. Whatever the dollar amount that could be set, it would be a fun challenge. Love it!
Wendy made these cute little "Kissmas tree" gifts with the kids last night. It's an ice cream sugar cone, covered in a frosting (like the kind you use for gingerbread houses) and then Candy Kisses. It couldn't be more simple and they are darling!
Here's a knock-off of my favorite item on Chili's menu. Sad to say that it will be removed from their menu in January. But. This will do! As cold as it is, every day is a soup day, but this is so quick and easy that it would be a perfect dinner over the next week while the kids are all home! Cook simple, Play with the kids more!
Chili's Chicken & Green Chili Soup
3 chicken breasts
70 oz. chicken broth
2 cans cilantro and lime Rotel
1/2 - 3/4 medium onion, finely chopped
1 7 0z. can green chilis
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup lime juice
q bunch cilantro leaves only
1 cup uncooked rice
salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt, pepper and cumin. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Shred or chop. In stock pot, cook onions in olive oil over med-low heat for about 8-10 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook for one more minute. Add broth, rotel, green chilis, lime hiuce and cumin. Bring to a boil and simmer for ten minutes. Add cilantro and chicken, simmer another five minutes. Season with Salt and Pepper, and more cumin to taste. Cook rice separately. Ladle soup into bowls and and a spoonful of rice and avocado to the soup just before serving.
Another great Christmas breakfast treat and an oldie, but more than goodie recipe:
I use my own roll dough, but Rhodes Frozen Dough is what the recipe calls for.
2 loaves Rhodes frozen bread dough or roll dough
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 package of non-instant vanilla pudding
Thaw frozen bread overnight, then cut into pieces. Scatter the bread pieces into a well-greased 9x13 pan or a bundt pan. Cook butter, brown sugar, milk, cinnamon and pudding. Bring to a boil and pour over the bread pieces. Set in the fridge overnight and back at 375 for 30-35 minutes. Serve warm!
OH! I made the candycane punch that I posted last week on the blog, while Liza was here. Here's a note to self. Read the directions first! I didn't boil the sprite and jam. It had lumps of jam in it and was far too sweet for our tastes. Next time, I'd completely leave out the jam and it would be pretty tasty.
A friend shared today that her married son and his young family were at Village Inn having dinner last week. When they asked for their check, the server told them that someone had paid their check already. They didn't know a soul in the building, but whoever did this had no clue that this was a struggling young couple! Here's a little challenge... Even if it's just to pay for the gallon of milk that the woman in line behind you at the grocery store is about to pay for, try it. You'll find that you'll feel better about that random act of kindness than you would opening any present under the tree! Just sayin'.
Last day of school for the babes. One more for Doug and we'll all be home together for almost two weeks! And the shocker: Not one thing, other than church is on our calendar! We plan on keeping it simple through the holidays. Life is good!
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.