Saturday, December 31, 2011
|Our Christmas card|
We have some how lost the battery to our camera with all the Christmas pictures on it so here are just a few iphone pics from the Christmas weekend.
It's amazing how much we do to prep for a day that feels like a heart beat of a second. This Christmas I did get to enjoy for about 3 heartbeats though. Having a sick parent definitely puts things into perspective. Lets be real, we all know that we are going to loose our parents one day but somehow when the unknown is brought to light you see every moment with them a little different. Cancer changed me that way. In that I am so thankful. It's sad that sickness/death/tragedy is what it takes to open our eyes but maybe thats why its there. Needless to say my eyes were open and my heart was full this Christmas. We had 3 days of fun down at my parents house and we were all in the holiday spirit.
Cheese danish on Christmas morning.
With all the chaos Penny got really excited and had to see everything that we opened. Here, she was fascinated with my stocking and kept trying to help.
Dad as an Elf done by Brad and some iphone app.
Books for Christmas are my fave!
No my brother was not in a fight while wearing this shirt, he was trying to be festive with the red.
My sister and Mother-in-law face timing on Christmas morning. Thank God for things like this! You don't feel so far away.
Christmas time "double guns" shots.
This year we did Christmas dinner the day after Christmas and I have to say I loved it! It was nice to be able to spread out the holiday cheer for one more day. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday that warmed your heart and made some lasting memories with you and yours!
4 years ago when my Nene died my brother and Aunt flew in from the east coast and we spent the weekend celebrating and mourning my Nene and doing things that she would of loved to do. Making gingerbread houses was one of those things and now we do it every year as a family. The last few years we have done it on Dad's birthday (December 18th) as we usually all get together to celebrate my old man! So I know I'm a little late but Happy Birthday to my dear Dad! We had so much fun celebrating you and I think you had quite the time as well simply based on the house you made and how much fun you had making it!
The Birthday boy and his house.
Hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps for Christmas light gazing
You will need:
-Air dry clay
-Raffia or twine
-A rolling pin
Step One: Roll out dough and cut out shapes
Step Two: Place on wax paper and cut out hole with a straw
Step 3: Allow to dry (about 48 hours) and tie on a piece of raffia
|Picture By. Food and Wine|
- Season the pork with salt and pepper. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the pork in a single layer and cook over moderately high heat until the pieces are golden brown all over, about 12 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, onion and garlic and cook until softened and browned in spots, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices and bring to a simmer. Add the red wine and thyme sprigs and cook over high heat until the wine is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the pork is very tender, about 2 hours.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pork and vegetables to a food processor; discard the thyme sprigs. Pulse just until the pork is shredded. Scrape the shredded pork and vegetables back into the casserole. Stir in the chopped parsley, oregano and crushed red pepper and season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the orecchiette until it is still firm to the bite, about 5 minutes; drain well. Add the orecchiette to the casserole and toss with the pork sauce. Scrape the pasta into a very large baking dish and sprinkle all over with the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Bake the casserole in the upper third of the oven for about 35 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling. Let the baked pasta stand for 10 minutes before serving.
|My pork slowly cooking. The smell is incredible!|
Monday, December 19, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
November's Craft, well here is a twist on that. I used white felt only and made a pattern of a holly leaf, strung it just the same as the garland, draped it around the tree and voila. Happy crafting!