Sunday, December 30, 2007

Twelve is a memory I can't remember...

One of the greatest traditions that we have at Christmas is one that was started by Granny. My mother keeps a journal that is just about our Christmas gifts. Every year she writes down all the gifts that everyone gets. It is so much fun to read through the book and remember the doll I got when I was six or the book that Noelle gave me twelve years ago (cold mountain.) It is lovely to have something that remembers the things I no longer can.

Eleven makes music...

My favorite Christmas album of all times is Soulful Strings... I love this thing it instantly takes me back to my childhood and watching the lights on the tree. It is one of those funny things that unless you grew up with it you can't really understand how a jazz flute version of a Christmas standard can be so great.

ten is the tree and we did have a lord leap...

Okay I know I have said it before but I loved the Christmas trees we had in Virginia. Only a thousand or so lights to decorate it. Ten feet is about how tall we managed to get and well the lord a leaping ~that would be Neal-Paul that kid is crazy when it comes picking out a tree at a farm.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Nine is for dancing...

When I was a Junior in High School I desperately wanted to go to the school dance with Bryon so much so that I dropped a huge hint in front the entire seminary class about how much I wanted to go. So Chris quickly asked me... That dance was a lot of fun even if I didn't get to dance with Bryon. Maybe I didn't mind so much because a month later Bryon and I did get our act together and make it to a school dance.

Eight is for staying up late...

In my dad's house growing up Santa always came to visit on Christmas Eve ~as kids we would beg to have this tradition continued but our mom would have nothing to do with it. There was one exception. One year when I came home for the holidays from DC only the singles were coming home, the weather was horrible and my flight coming from Minneapolis was late ~I was worried that I wouldn't make it home. Jason who was only coming from Seattle had even more weather trouble than I did and although he was suppose to arrive a couple of hours before me even with my flight being late he arrived after me. Mom and Dad sent Noelle and I to the airport to pick him because of the lateness of the hour. When we arrived back at home Santa had visited and although technically it was Christmas morning we got to see what Santa got us and open all of our presents before heading to bed for the night. I loved it ~ It only happened the one time ~Mom still refuses to let Santa in the house until after we all head to bed for the night...

Friday, December 21, 2007

Seven is not for swiming...

My Junior year of high school the last two days of school before Christmas break were canceled for snow! When the big storm hit I was at a friends house in the foothills and to this day I am not quite sure how I made it home safely but that snow was the best present a girl could ask for that year ~snow days mean the world to you when you are in high school.
~funny side note about those snow days there was a huge term paper due in english just before the break and Tobias Reed got in trouble for turning it in late when his family returned from Christmas vacation a week into January. Mrs Yarnot thought he should have been more responsible and given it one of his fellow student to hand in for him.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Six Geese a Lay’n and eggs mean baking

At our house growing up there was a whole array of baking that only occurred around the holidays and one of those things were water chestnuts in bacon. My mom would take this appetizers that took hours to make to at least two parties a season and if you were lucky enough to be standing right there when she was plating them she would give you one ~this means that every December I would eat two of these ~I was always right there. A couple of years ago I made these and sat down and ate as many as I wanted to ~I just had to get it out of my system. So if you are up for it and want something so lovely it deservers a snowy backdrop whip up a batch of these and be sure to share.

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts.
1 can whole water chestnuts
1 pound bacon
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
Cut chestnuts and bacon strips into thirds. (If some of the chestnuts are tiny just cut them in half). Wrap each piece of chestnut with a bacon piece and secure with a toothpick which goes through the water chestnut. Stand these in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Bake for 1 hour at 250°. Remove from oven and drain off as much of the grease as possible.
Mix the sugar and ketchup together and spoon over the bacon wrapped water chestnuts. Put back in 250° oven for 1 more hour. Serve hot.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ringing is only something I hear not wear...

This is a bit more embarrassing than the last entry about how I can ruin a holiday. I am sure you are wondering how anything can be worse than slitting tape ~thinking you will get engaged. When I was 20 and a junior in college and thought all the world was mine I was dating a boy I loved ~maybe the only boy that I have ever said that to and meant it.
So shortly after thanksgiving we were in the bookstore and he bought me a snowman ring ~it was really cute and I wore it everyday on my ring finger ~when he gave it to me he called it a place holder. I being insane insisted that we give each other gifts "that showed our love" ~don't worry I won't puke on my computer but still to this day I hate that those words came out of my mouth. So with crazy schedules involving finals and separating for the holiday we decided to exchange gifts when we got back to school. I got him this dumb 12 days of Christmas thing I came up with. He got me several gift one of which I still use to this day. He handed me one gift then another ~one was one of those awful posters of the kids with the roses (I did not think that fit the rule.) The last gift he gave me was a little black velvet box ~just what I wanted, until I opened it. I was presented with a small crystal turtle in a ring box. I was told it was like our love slow and precious ~or I am not ready to propose but I will break up with you in six weeks just before valentines day.
I hold this memory dear because it was a lesson learned. I no longer come up with crazy expectations for the holidays. Holidays are what they are and I have learned that with this attitude they are almost always perfect ~at least in memory.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Four calling birds can't lie...

When I was eleven I slit the tape on all of my packages under the tree and knew what I was getting. That Christmas morning was the worst ever it even beat out the year I had my wisdom teeth taken out three days before. I am no actress and I could not pull off pretending I was surprised or excited about any of my gifts. I now won't even so much as shake or pick up and feel a gift in case I can recognize something from my list and ruin the surprise for Christmas morning.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Day three and not a french hen in sight...

FELT SWITCH PLATE COVERS!!!
I am sorry but I had to get really excited about this memory. At our house growing up my mom had made Christmas switch plate covers that went on all of the light switches. They were made by Bucilla. One looked like a Christmas tree, one was a giant ornament, there were bells and other crazy Christmas stuff. Nothing says Christmas to me like sequined switch plate covers...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Day two, and not a turtle dove to be had...

I love advent. From the paper chains we would make in school to our families advent calendar. A million years ago when the Boise North Stake had to raise money for the building fund they use to have a Ward Bazaar and my mom bought an advent calendar for the family. It has 24 pockets 12 on the top and 12 on the bottom with this crazy felt Santa and tree on it. I loved every morning reading the note that was left in the pocket. Some days it would let us know we would have a treat, or we would put up some of the decorations or bake. Advent was always the best all the kids in the family have their own version of the calendar ~but me, maybe I am holding out for the original...

Friday, December 14, 2007

12 Christmas Memories...

So for the twelve days of Christmas you get twelve Christmas memories...

Growing up our big holiday meal was always eaten on Christmas Eve on the good dishes ~by candle light. I love how special I always felt at that meal, it's silly I know but I loved it.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ann of Green Gables...

Alright take a good look because you are seeing the only sweater I may ever knit...

Pattern: Green Gables by Zephyr Style
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece ~Salmon Berry
Made for: Selfishly for me
Needle Size: US 6 circular
Date Started: February 2007
Date Completed: October 2007
Number of Mistakes: 100's

Thursday, December 06, 2007

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas...

If it all goes well these will be Christmas gifts.
If things go wrong these will be birthday presents... in July, September & November.



It's about Pie Time...

Okay so I love Pumpkin Pie ~I use to trick Tate into sitting down and eating a whole pie with me. I miss those days. Well I know this is going to sound silly but I made my first successful pumpkin pie this November ~I have made them before but they have been a little under cooked ~oops. As they say the proof is in the pudding so here you go...

Monday, December 03, 2007

Alright already...

Okay so I was told that all I had to do today was post something ~anything. so here you go...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCwSz1jwumU

because everyone has feelings.