Every year since I can remember my family has done the real Christmas celebrating on Christmas Eve. We go to a Christmas Eve candlelight service, eat dinner, and then open all of our gifts. Not one, all of them. Yes, you heard that right, we open all of our gifts on Christmas eve. Okay, I suppose we save our stocking gifts for the Christmas morning, but all of the big-ticket good stuff is received on Christmas Eve. Patience is not a family virtue.
This year for dinner I volunteered to make the same ham I feasted on at Thanksmas. The rest of the meal was left to my mother. I’ll take the rest of this post to share our meal and the semi-homemade cooking style she exudes. Continue reading →
Say Hello to Kissa, the newest roomie. Kissa Bear is five years old and is such a happy addition to my life. She is the prettiest and the softest kitty I have ever met. Her adoption papers actually say, “Has … Continue reading →
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I’m pretty sure you understand that if you read any of my Thanksgivingassociatedhttp://wp.me/p2UOdB-1U. The sadness that accompanied the end of my Thanksgiving leftovers was just too much for me. So I decided to celebrate Thanksmas! I was so proud of myself thinking I made this up, but I didn’t. I suppose everything can be found on urban dictionary these days. For me, Thanksmas is that special time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas and is meant to be spent with those special friends that aren’t family, but might very well be more fun to hang out with.
Christmas and Thanksgiving can be stressful, that is not what Thanksmas is about. I am a virgo, so I can have a hard time letting go of control sometimes. That’s why I usually make everything for my dinner parties. Everything. You can’t have a coursed meal if someone might be bringing some random crap. Okay, it’s not crap. It’s just not what I can work with when planning a nice meal. Well I decided to throw that psycho attitude out for Thanksmas and have a potluck! Each person was asked to bring a traditional holiday meal side to accompany the main courses I made. I am happy to report that no one brought any crap, just amazing food that I’ll share with you! Continue reading →
On this cold and rainy Portland night I bring to you my first from scratch pizza dough. I do believe it is the first “bread” I have ever made from scratch! I got the recipe No knead pizza dough. It’s … Continue reading →