Was your Christmas as crazy as mine? I’m sure it was!
We started off with Addy’s school Christmas party…
Umm.. hello twinsies.
We had Claire’s Christmas party on Friday…
And Christmas with Dad and Karen.. I swear he’s not holding me hostage.. the picture was my idea!
Dad and Karen did great.. a Princess crown medal hanger!
Dad is not a fan of toy boxes…
We had two parties Sunday, before heading to my cousins.
Christmas Eve always starts with brunch at my Granny’s and Christmas with Mom and Bill.
The girls at MeMac and Poppy’s
Love my shirt from Jo Jo and Tracie!!
Claire digs her iPad and ear phones from Nana and her pink case from MeMac!
Christmas morning here was a blast.. Addy woke the house up at 5:45 to see what Santa brought.
A WiiU was their big gift, but they also got new pajamas, Toms, a bunch of reading and writing skill books(review to come!), and a bunch of other little stuff.
Addy already put Siri to good use, by asking her to help spell words.
Christmas Tradition with Hubs… champagne and Christmas lights!
I got a bunch of my Philosophy stuff, a bike computer, an electric wine opener, a BCS Championship shirt, and Just Dance 4 for the Wii U!
Did everyone have an excellent Christmas?! What was your favorite gift?
Every once in a while, I will get a crafty surge and I have to succumb to it. Yesterday’s was Christmas pillows. SaSa came over and I was setting up Christmas decorations and telling her how I thought I might make some Christmas pillows to match the tree skirt and she spotted my table runner and matching cloth napkins I had yet to put in their home. She told me to make that into a pillow.. I had two- I could make a pillow! I told her that if I used a different fabric for the back that I could make two! I also had the perfect cream to match the stripe. When I went to my fabric tote, I found a bunch of fabric that I could use in my pillow making. I decided to try to do and put together what I could so I could wait on going to Hobby Lobby just in case there was something else I ran across needing.
These past couple of weeks have been nothing but craziness for us/me. Being sick hasn’t helped. I am also sick again… Sarah said I needed some pro-biotics. We shall see… I was busting my hump this weekend getting orders finished and tying up loose ends since we left on Sunday for the BEACH. Yeah.. nothing says “Thanks Pilgrims for the turkey and sweet potato pie” like a trip to the beach. Now, why the beach, you must ask? In case you were wondering, John’s dad’s family is Catholic, which means he has like 5 brothers and sisters. And you know how those Catholics are about breeding.. they just don’t stop. I’m pretty sure that MeMac knows more about Poppy’s family than he does. Everyone is scattered, so every other year, the family gets together at the beach and everyone comes down and it’s super awesome with 50-60 Catholics, bloody marys, sand, turkey and more children than you can imagine.
My Nanny feels that it is important for my sister and I to at least know how to make her dressing for Thanksgiving, if not the whole meal. And let’s be honest, we are NO Martha Stewarts, but I have been known to rival Rachael Ray. Sarah, though? She is completely hopeless. Tuesday was Thanksgiving 101 from Nanny. Now, Nanny is an old school, country cook, so, THIS. IS. NOT. DIET FOOD.
And here is my attempt at a Ree Drummond-type post. God have mercy on my soul. I may lose some followers after this post, but, please, give me another chance!!
First things, first for my Nanny, is to put on your wig.
I’m not kidding.
Nanny had already made the two pans of cornbread also.
The meat. I should probably put the disclaimer in here, that I am a slight vegetarian and DO NOT deal with raw poultry well, at all. Eggs? Sure! Ground white turkey? Bring it on! Chicken on the bone? I will vomit in my hands.
I wanted as far away from this as possible. I cannot describe to you how disgusted I was at this product. John said I would never make it on Survivor, and he is right!
You will want to save some of the meat for the giblet gravy. (Vomiting some more)
Sarah, crumbling the cornbread. Nanny also says to do some loaf bread in there and she even threw in some biscuits she made for us. Nanny had also already boiled and peels 7 eggs and you just crumble those up with the cornbread.
Finally! Something I am completely at home with! Chopping onion and celery. Me and fresh veggies are BFF. This was right before Nanny informed me that my hair “looked like a cow had sucked on it” She is sweet like that. She would never want us to be self conscious in any way.
I debated on telling you this. But I am all about full disclosure and have total blonde moments. But, if you can’t love me for me and all of my hair-brainedness, then it’s probably for the best. I totes thought( but since, I would NEVER boil a hen anyway, how was I to know?) that a hen and turkey were the same thing. Hello? It’s poultry! Anyway, I understand if you leave me.
- Boil fat hen until tender( approx. 3 hours.) Don’t forget the celery and onion to keep the stench away! Keep the broth!
- Crumble two pans of cornbread and about 1/4 of loaf bread.
- pick the meat off the bones and save some meat for the gravy.
- Boil and peel 7 eggs and crumble with bread crumbs.
- Chop 2 cups each of celery and onion and boil until tender or translucent. Add to mixture.
- Add 2 cans cream of chicken soup.
- Add approx. 6 tablespoons poultry seasoning and half a bottle of poultry seasoning.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the broth to the mixture until the right consistency.
- Bake in the oven at 350 for 1 hour.
Hey parentals! Not sure what to get your favorite daughter? Well, have no fear.. I am here to help you out with my Christmas List!
I am always in need of some running gear!
Here’s the conversation with my Dad this morning:
Me:” I could always use some running shorts. I really like the Nike Tempo shorts”
Me: “No! TEMPO!”
Dad: “Ohh.. Pempo! Like P as in, Paul!”
Me: “No… Tempo. T. T as in……. TALL!”
Dad: “Yeah, Pempo”
Me: “No! Tempo, T as in TREES!”
Dad: “Oh.. TEMPTO!”
Geez… here is a picture of the shorts, Dad.
Here is my number one gift on my wish list:
A little nano with the Nike + system.A pink or red one would nice. I also need a nice arm band that won’t get on my nerves, but I’m not sure which one that is…
Of course… I am always in need of some photography stuff! Here is my wish list for that!
A nice diffuser!
A white/sunlight reflector
A 1TB external hard drive
A backdrop stand
An Incident and Flash Light Meter
Or.. a lens cleaning kit could come in handy the next time one of my children spills the grape juice on my camera…
I could always use some of my Christmas China!
Or how about this cute jacket in white from The North Face?
So… who’s got an extra 2 or 3 grand lying around to spend on my Christmas?
Hello? Is this thing on??
Our Valentine’s Day was pretty good around here. We went to a gymnastics birthday party in the morning and Addison LOVED it!! I guess I am going to have to call about getting into classes. We took a family nap when we got home, dog included. Then, BoomPa and GiGi( my dad and step-mom) came to watch the girls so we could enjoy a night out. John and I decided at the last minute to go to Huntsville to eat dinner and watch a movie. We got there about 4:30 and didn’t think getting a table would be a big deal. WRONG! The wait was already 2 1/2 hours! So, we went to watch Confessions of a Shopaholic. I had REALLY been looking forward to this movie because I love the books so much.
Christmas is SUCH a busy time for us, as it is for everyone else, so I am apologizing for this extremely late post. Christmas Eve was spent going from Christmas with my Granny and cousins to my Mom’s for Christmas with my sister and nephews to church( which we made about half-way through until Addison started telling the choir “No!”) to John’s family Christmas then home to get ready for Santa! The kids had such a great time at Mom’s. The Barlow’s came this year and Addison followed Avery around like a little shadow.
You get to tour Santa’s house while your waiting, and they had posted Mrs. Claus’ Christmas cookie recipe, and John made me take a picture so we would have it on file, so, I am sharing it with all of you!