Celebrating and Enjoying Today

What’s life without celebration?  We celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, weddings, births, so many things.  All these times are special, set apart, times for celebrating.  What if we were to celebrate ordinary days, ordinary things that make our lives richer?

I’m just beginning to realize how much my children would love more celebration.  Our family has been going through very hard times over the last several months.  My husband has been unemployed since the beginning of November.  Praise God in Heaven, He has miraculously supplied rent, gas, utilities, food, etc.   Our life has been hard.  I want to spice it up a bit with little celebrations.  I tend to be more on the serious side, which has tended to mean worrying.  God forgive me; I’ve got to change.  Our children don’t have a lot of toys; they don’t get to go and do many things (unless they’re free-wink); but, there’s no reason we cannot look for things to celebrate and enjoy.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about this, especially if that’s your thing, or you have some ideas. 

I think what it comes down to is living in the present, enjoying and being thankful for what and where God has us now.  Just something to think about….

 

Laura

Thankful to be at Home

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A Christmas Weekend Menu & Cooking Schedule

Season’s Greetings!  Having a well-planned menu and cooking schedule for the days just preceding and including Christmas is so helpful for me. I created a plan a few years ago; and, I update it yearly. Here’s what this weekend looks like for me. Perhaps you can adapt it to help you in your home.

 

Saturday

Breakfast

Cereal

Lunch

Tuna Sandwiches

Fruit

Dinner

Potato Soup

Cheese biscuits

Sunday

Breakfast

Malto-Meal

Lunch

Egg Salad Sandwiches

Canned Peaches

Supper

Chili with Fritos

Dessert

Cookies and Milk

Christmas Eve Day

Breakfast

Oatmeal

Lunch

Canned Soup

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Christmas Eve

Cocktail Meatballs

Veggies & Dip

Queso & Chips

Rice Pudding with One Almond

Fudge & Peanut Brittle

Christmas Day

Breakfast 9:00

Breakfast Casserole

Banana Bread

Orange juice

Dinner 2:00

Turkey

German Apple Stuffing

Scalloped Corn

Potatoes and gravy

Green bean casserole

Black & Green Olives

Little Vlassics Sweet Gherkins

Angel Eggs

Dessert

Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie

 

COOKING SCHEDULE

Spend 15 minutes at a time. Do not crash and burn!

2 Days Before Christmas Eve:

  • Make candies.

Day Before Christmas Eve:

  • Make chili.
  • Make meatballs & fry them.
  • Bake cookies with Grandma.
  • Mix veggie dip.
  • Banana Bread

Christmas Eve Morning:

  • Finish anything left from yesterday.
  • Mix sauce & put meatballs together in crock pot & put in fridge.
  • Make pie.

Christmas Eve Afternoon:

  • Cut up veggies & put in fridge.
  • Mix up stuffing & put in fridge.
  • Mix up breakfast casserole & put in fridge.

Christmas Eve- Early Evening:

  • Heat meatballs.
  • Put everything on dishes & serve.
  • Cookies for Santa.

Christmas morning:

  • Put casserole in oven.
  • Put turkey in oven.
  • Peel potatoes for mashed potatoes & refrigerate in water.
  • Set table for dinner.
  • Put green bean casserole together.
  • Mix scalloped corn.

Christmas Afternoon:

 

  • Bake everything.
  • Carve turkey.
  • Mash potatoes.
  • Make gravy.
  • Warm rolls.
  • Serve.

 

 

Christmas Night

  • Serve pie.

 

 

Easy Morning Breakfast Casserole

This yummy dish is straight forward and to the point!

It’s got a down home flavor my kids really like!

1 lb. Sausage

6 eggs

2 cups of milk

2 slices of bread

1 cup of shredded cheese

Add some chopped green peppers and chopped onions if you like, we always do!

Brown sausage and drain well. Beat eggs, and add the milk. Gently stir in the shredded cheese, sausage, and torn up bread pieces. This is the time to add the green peppers and onions if you’d like. Put it in 13 x 9 pan which has been sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate overnight.

Put it in a cold oven the next morning and Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Insert a knife in the middle to check doneness. It should come out clean. This is great with salsa.

I like to have hot buttered toast and orange juice with it.

Trimming the Tree

Ah, what a wonderful weekend.  Saturday dawned cold and snow soon began to fall, slowly blanketing the neighborhood with a pristine white.  It was a perfect day to trim the tree.  The children were absolutely delighted with the Frazier Fir my Honey and I chose.  They could hardly wait to get started.  It took me over an hour to get all the ornaments ready to deck the tree.  In the meantime, my Honey went to pick up his momma so she could join in the fun. 

My Honey and I have a long standing tradition for decorating the tree.  The very first ornament to go on the tree is an old gold tinsel wired “I love you” that he fashioned for me way back in 1983 when I had my first tree in my own apartment.  I saved it; and, we use it every year.  I keep it because it’s a symbol of the enduring quality of our love. 

Next we jump ahead to 1986, the year we were married.  We have two “First Christmas Together” ornaments.  The first was given to us by Lowell’s momma, a little ceramic box with a boy & girl in it, from Precious Moments.  The second is a glass ball from Hallmark.  It’s always so heartwarming to hang those on the tree knowing we have such a lot of history together. 

Then, year by year we add our yearly ornament.  The children simply observe with growing anticipation as we near the years of their births.  They each also have a yearly ornament to add to the tree.   If they want to help before we get to their birth years, we just tell them, “You’re not born yet!”

Finally, we reach the current year.  Each child then unwraps their first gift of the season, their new ornament.  They are always so thankful and blessed by their new ornaments.  I love it.  They love it.  Honey loves it. 

Best of all,  as we go through each year, we talk about some of the things that happened that year.  It’s a great way to remember some of our family history. 

Build some new traditions this year; but, keep the ones that bring you and your family joy. 

May God bless you!

Merry Christmas!

Laura

Happy at Home