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Archive for December 2010

December 8

Christmas has always been magical to me.

The wonder of the lights.

The smell of the tree.

The presents under the tree.  Definitely the presents under the tree!

I like to keep that magic fresh, and so as to not get desensitized to the season, I like to wait to put the tree up till at least two weeks before Christmas, and I don’t decorate till a day or two before we get the tree.

Some people call me a Scrooge, I like to think of myself as being a protector of the magic of Christmas.

No one believes me.

Superman on the other hand wants everything up on Thanksgiving day.

We compromise by doing it my way.

Until this year.

Sunday afternoon, Superman and the girl came down the stairs wearing Christmas hats and brandishing swords and machetes, and committed mutiny on me.

the mutineers

The traitors!

tying on bows

Don’t let this face fool you.

They were vicious.

PS.   It was GREAT!  I didn’t have to do a thing!   Now if they would just mutiny when it is time to take them down.

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Wednesday,December 8, 2010 at 7:08 am

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December 6

Hey there Internet.

It is Monday, and I am nosy.

I rarely do a meme on my blog.

But today I am.

I’d love it if you’d join in.


1. Hot Chocolate or apple cider?

Hot chocolate!!!

2. Turkey or Ham?

3. Do you get a fake or real-you-cut-it-yourself Christmas tree?
Real tree…must! have! real! tree!!

4. Decorations on the outside of your house?
Sigh….yes…  Superman would wrap the entire house in lights if he could.

5. Snowball fights or sleddin’?
Snowball fights.  When I was little, mom would tell Sister and I that dad was getting ready to go to the store, and to hurry up and get our coats on, sneak outside and surprise daddy with snowballs.  I don’t know about Sister, but it is one of my very favorite memories of my childhood.

6.  Do you enjoy going downtown shopping?

7.  Favorite Christmas song?

Handles Messiah…I know…I know…it is a whole bunch of songs, but I like them all.

8.  How do you feel about Christmas movies?
It depends.   I love White Christmas, I can not stand It’s A Wonderful Life~~that movie has always depressed me~~

9.  When is it too early to start listening to Christmas music?
December 1.   Don’t start with Christmas music till at least the 15th.

10. Stockings before or after presents?

11. Go to someone else’s house or they come to you?

12. Do you read the Christmas Story? If so when?

We always read Luke 2 before opening presents, to remind us that Christmas isn’t about gifts, it is about the gift that we received 2,000 years ago.

13. What do you do after presents and dinner?
Go to my parents, play games, ogle all our loot.

14. What is your favorite holiday smell?
Fresh pine boughs

15. Ice skating or walking around the mall?
How about curled up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate?

16. Do you open a present or presents on Christmas Eve, or wait until Christmas day?
Christmas day.

17. Favorite Christmas memory?
One of my favorite Christmas memories is one of the very first memory I have of Christmas.   I remember being at my Grandparents house, sitting on a black ottoman leaning against my Uncle Jimmy.   He was rubbing my back.   The room was toasty and filled with family, laughter, and the soft glow of the lights from the Christmas tree….and I fell asleep lying in my uncles arms.   I think I was 3.

18. Favorite Part about winter?
How beautiful the snow is before everyone tramples it all up, shovels it away, and it gets all brown and gross.

19. Ever been kissed under mistletoe?
uh huh.

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Monday,December 6, 2010 at 6:30 am

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December 5

Today I want to share what I am thankful for.


♥ My girl being home, of course

♥ Friends like you who have come along side of our family and prayed

♥ Time spent with the boy and his wife

♥ Time spent with cousins and their families

♥ Lucky Charms~~they hit the spot

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Sunday,December 5, 2010 at 7:56 am

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December 3

Hey Internet.


The girl is home.


The end.


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Friday,December 3, 2010 at 11:30 am

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December 1

Have y’all ever heard of a runza?

I hadn’t till the parents came home from helping Sister moved to Nebraska.

The Mother fixed these runza thingies and I was smitten.

Not because they tasted good, they did, but because of the total ease of making something so fun and so tasty so quickly.

I googled runza when I got home and it seems that the runza came from Nebraska, via the Volga Germans, via the Russians.

And quite simply they are a meat pie filled with ground beef and cabbage.

Yep…that sounds very Russian.

I am not so very into cabbage so I made my own filling.

rolled up
And I didn’t make the dough, I used canned pizza crust.

Easy peasy!

My filling is shredded chicken, cheese, onion, a wee bit of mustard, mayo and some garlic powder.


Plop some in the middle, wrap it up, bake for 15 minutes and voila….fun supper.


Or you can use crescent rolls.


Or you can fill them with cheese, scrambled eggs and your favorite breakfast meat.


Or pizza type fillings.

Or dessert type fillings.

Or whatever your little heart desires.


My heart desires seconds.



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Wednesday,December 1, 2010 at 8:04 am

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