Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2 New Recipes

I tried 2 new recipes tonight. First off: Baked-Skillet Spaghetti. This was SUPER easy. It all cooks in one 12 inch skillet. I was able to trim a few calories by using lean ground sirloin and turkey italian sausage. Other than that, it's a can of crushed tomatoes, garlic, herbs, noodles (Barilla Plus), half & half (instead of cream) and a cheese blend. Easy peasy! Incredibly tasty for how easy it is to cook and how simple the ingredients are.

Look at that spinach salad..so proud of myself on that one.


Then I promised my various co-workers at the 3 places I "work," that I would bring in some tasty morsels. My December/January issue of Cook's Country has a recipe for Blackberry Bliss Bars. These are addictive. Very bad since I've been trying to be good lately. They are essentially a Dolley Madison Bar or Magic Bar. It's a crumble type crust (with oatmeal and toasted coconut) with blackberry jam spread on top, then sprinkled with chocolate chips, toffee bits, toasted walnuts and some reserved crumble. Wow! Good thing I have 3 tupperware containers packed for my co-workers and David's. Like I need 24 chocolaty-blackberry goodness squares sitting around.

Mmm..you can see the jam oozing through the chocolate. It adds a fruity zing to the richness.

Christmas Decorations

I L-O-V-E Christmas decorations...David does not. So it's my job to pick stuff out and create new things. This year we added a couple of ornaments from our recent trip to the UK. Plus some tatted snowflakes that I made and a Santa Gourd from a craft sale.


A thistle from Scotland.

And Sherlock Holmes from England.

One of my tatted snowflakes.

Hand-painted Santa on a gourd.

Oh and my Candle Village with a wreath I decorated (the wreath was assembled by the folks at the tree farm).

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Tree Farm

Yesterday we went with some friends of ours to a "Choose and Cut" Christmas Tree Farm. It's become a tradition since we've been up here. We head up to the mountains to Jim Frazier's farm. This year there was the added bonus of snow from the previous day. It was so pretty to see the trees with real snow highlighting their branches.

The scenery really made it feel like Christmas!

Debbie and I scoping a field of trees.

Brian in snow almost up to his knees.

David and I sharing a sweet moment.

Delicious dinner we had after we got back.

The coolest Christmas decoration ever! It's a ceramic tree that lights up. Love it!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

First Snow of the Year

What a pleasant surprise to look out the door while running errands...and see snow! When we got home, we decided to to Asta out to romp in the snow. He seemed to like it. :-)

Isn't he handsome!

And um...I made him a Grinch dog antler. Hehehe!!!!