Monday, December 23, 2013

Got Christmas?

Ya'll ready for the big holiday? Got your tree up, lights, decorations? Sugar cookies & egg nog? Bully for you. Lol! Seriously though, I've got a wee bit of Christmas envy going on. No lights here, no decorations (I bought a very cool light up Darth Santa but his light saber was broken - boo!), no tree, no sugar cookies. I do have egg-nog in the fridge for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. That's a start, right? With the house we're in mostly packed up, and the house we're moving into not quite ready for us yet, I'm relying on neighbors and shopping centers for my sparkly light fix. ;-) We're not sure yet if we'll pick up a tree or not. And really...

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...
Mom and I had a fun girl's day and got our hair done by the amazing Daniel...
We ran out of trim for the shower, and learned that it's been discontinued... ARGH! After 4 trips to home depots, 2 lowes, and back to a final home depot we snagged the last 5 pieces in existence. LOL!

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!!!!
Here's a view from the back door in...

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...
Sadie is doing great! While she didn't gain any weight in the last two weeks, she did fill out and firm up. The vet saw a visible difference in her, so I'll take that as a victory. Her body is becoming accustomed to healthy, regular food and her coat just glows and is so soft! She's such a love, and spends the majority of her time staying close to mama ;-) We definitely need to work on leash skills, lol, and her ability to be around other animals, but overall, she's adjusted well and loves fully. Can't imagine being without her!

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...

Sadie's Casserole

by Chelle Stafford

1.25 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 lb lean ground beef*
6 eggs
1 zucchini*
6 mini colored peppers*
2 cups baby spinach
1 banana
1 apple
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...
Chop spinach.
Mash banana.
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).


  1. My dog has really really dry skin. Would this work in that area? I might make this and try it with him. He is only 22 pounds so I am thinking 1/2 cup twice a day. Also, do you give it to her cold?

    1. Yes, oatmeal is wonderful for their skin and coat! Plus, add in 2 Tbsp of coconut oil or butter to the casserole after you've cooked it - it's another wonder-food that is amazing! 1/2 cup of food, twice a day sounds right for your dog's size. :-)
      Happy Holidays!

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