We're in the throes of holiday cooking and baking, so I'm doing all the old favorites... Thumbprint Cookies and Sugar cookies, and pies and quick appetizers....
Last night was tuna sandwiches.... the night before we grilled a frozen steak and tossed a couple of spuds in the oven....
I'm not even sure there WAS a Monday night, LOL! So funny! Right now we're busily doing kids' Christmas projects and lessons during the day, working at night, writing in the middle of the night, and although I loved that Myra gave us a permission slip the other day to forego the crazy of Christmas... the baking, the caroling, the decking of halls and putting up lights, etc.... I love it! Yes, I am that crazy person!!!! :)
But today I took the time to throw together a fun take on a recipe I saw first on facebook from my friend Sherrie. She's Casey's mom... You know Casey:
1 envelope Italian dressing mix
1 envelope Ranch dressing mix
1 Tablespoon Beef base (or an envelope of beef gravy mix)
1/2 onion, sliced
Put chuck roast in big roaster.
Sprinkle with onion, seasoning mixes and beef base.
Roast at 350° until meat is tender. Add water if necessary.
Peel half a dozen potatoes.
Do the same to a clutch of carrots.
Cover and roast again until potatoes and carrots are tender....
While that roasts, check the snow:
Yup! Still snowing! :) And this morning when we were talking about our favorite Christmas hymns, we checked out Cee Lo Green's "Mary, Did You Know?", the trailer for "The Bible":
This is a gripping rendition.... Just look at these faces as they watch....
Raising awareness... Over cinnamon bagels. Oh, God is good!
We're planning a day-long "Help for the Homeless" next week on Saturday. We were talking a week or so ago and the kids and I realized they really had no idea of what life is like for those who go without.... and so they came up with a PLAN...
A day outside, in upstate NY in December. Dave will make them a fire in the fire pit, we'll pitch tents to block the wind, we'll make ramen noodles for lunch and we'll spend the day cold, without our "screens" or cushions or central heating and wood stoves... and raise money for a couple of the local shelters.
Raising awareness... and helping others.
So while I'm loving stringing lights and hanging knitted stockings in tiny window panes, and listening to beautiful Christmas music, I'm also loving this amazing opportunity to shape (or ruin, I guess!!!) little lives in my care.
Oh, God is good! :)
We bake cookies... and we talk about mean King James and mean King Herod and young mothers and homeless people and twinkle lights.
And somehow it all comes together!
Oh! God is good, LOL!
Pot Roast is DONE!!!!! Pull out of oven, realize we'll be eating this for days so it better be good...
Dave dishes it up.
Fork tender, oh, so delicious! Lots of beefy juices, great seasonings, who'd a thunk that tossing ranch and Italian dressing on the meat would be so wonderful, but it was!
And in keeping with this beautiful season, here are a couple of nighttime shots... The Nativity set spotlighted with a few bright lights behind!
Santa and his sleigh and 9 reindeer, led by Rudolph!!!! How fun is this, right? Great Grandma and Uncle Charlie (Chuck) made this set. It's just an absolute pleasure to own it now (it takes one whole shed to store these guys, so I can understand why the rest of the family wasn't jumping up and down to take on the crew!) But isn't it wonderful? I love using twinkle lights as the tracers!
It makes folks smile, and that right there is reason enough to light up the dark December northern nights...
I love to make folks smile!!!