It doesn't matter.
Tree or not, I've got Christmas. I have a roof over my head, wheels to get me from point A to point B, a job/business I love, amazing friends, and family who loves and accepts me. My blessings exceed my expectations - and I can expect a lot ;-) Though this year's holiday celebration is more low-key, there will be no lack of fun, love and joy.
Christmas Eve we'll hold our annual junk food and poker fest - while they all try to skin each other, I'll be working on food prep for the big day. I'll make up a batch of my breakfast burritos, then prep the cucumber dip, the spinach - artichoke dip, chop the veggies, check on my roast, figure out the glaze for the ham, get the bacon-wrapped green beans ready, and finalize my cooking timeline. On the WOOOHOO side, this will be the last year I have to prepare a big meal on this stove with only 1 1/2 working burners and an oven that can't keep a consistent temperature. Say it with me - WOOOOOHOOOO!! ;-)
Christmas day food... what do you serve? Here's our lineup... I've got breakfast burritos for the morning, then spiced olives, cheese and crackers, cucumber dip with chips and veggies, spinach - artichoke dip with sourdough bread for munching. Dinner is roasted prime rib, honey glazed ham, bacon-wrapped green beans, mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, rolls, and a green salad. Dessert is choice of pie: dutch apple and razzleberry. If you've followed my blog for long, you know that normally, dessert is my homemade caramel apple pie and my killer white chocolate, raspberry, fudge cheesecake (takes 2 1/2 days to make). But, since most of my equipment is packed, I went store-bought this year.
Here are some photo updates on what's happening here...
Sadie doesn't fight the barrier in the car, she just wiggles her head around it to lay it on Bill's shoulder...
My incredible bath tub is in!!!
The kitchen is looking amazing!!! The counter tops should be poured this week, then the rest of the cabinetry can go in, then the crown molding and hardware. The two under-counter refrigerators are sitting in the garage waiting for the flooring to go in, then they'll be installed (see the empty space at the end of the counter? That's where they go). And... my Dad got this incredible button for my in-sink disposal... it'll sit right next to the sink, built into the counter top! No switch to accidentally flip, lol, and he pointed out that it's air-pressure where I'll be touching it so I don't need to worry about electrocuting myself. Huh. Think he knows me, eh? ;-)
|12 ft x 5 ft counter. YES!!!!|
Getting closer!!! The tile guy is finishing up today, and the paint should also be done this week. Then flooring!
Then of course... we have our resident reindeer...
FYI, if you're interested in such things... her current diet is a 'casserole' of meat, chopped veggies, eggs, rolled oats, and fruit. She loves it! We found that the oatmeal helped reduce her, ummm, stanky butt burps. ;-) Sometimes I mix in, depending on the day, coconut butter and/or apple cider vinegar, ground flax seed, or cheese. I might add...This is also quite tasty human food, lol, as Bill discovered when he snuck a few bites. I think it's funny that my dog is on a bulking diet. ;-) bwahahahaha!!! Seriously though, once she reaches her ideal weight, I'll adjust the foods I give her and the amounts. In the meantime though, here's her current food...
by Chelle Stafford
1.25 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 lb lean ground beef*
6 mini colored peppers*
2 cups baby spinach
2 cups rolled oats
In a skillet, brown the turkey and beef until nearly cooked through.
In a food processor, chop the zucchini and peppers until fine (small pieces).
Add the zucchini/peppers to the skillet and continue cooking until turkey is no longer pink.
While the meat & veggies are cooking...
Core (discard) and dice apple (with skin).
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, spinach, banana and apple.
Stir in cooked meat/veggie mixture.
In skillet, scramble 6 eggs.
Add eggs to bowl and stir until well blended.
Allow to cool, then store in airtight container.
Sadie size serving (she weighs 130 lbs) - 2 cups every 3-4 hours.
*Feel free to substitute veggies. I've also done frozen green beans, peas, carrots, and beets. I've also subbed stew meat for the ground beef. Other additions she's enjoyed include chopped chicken or beef liver (1/4 cup added to ground meat).