26 December 2011

Christmas Wrap Up

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Christmas Eve Morning

We woke up early and packed up the car in order to drive to Marceline.  We stopped for breakfast at BK Bakery and then proceeded up to Moberly to do a small bit of shopping at Randolph Mercantile.  We got to Marceline around 10.  We opened gifts and then ate lunch.  Bob and I bought Taco Soup and mom made Vegetable Soup with Beef.  We had cookies and candies and of course, eggnog!  Afterwards we went into downtown Marceline to shop at the new shop Curiosity and to Debbie's shop Simply Made.  Found adorable things in both shops!



Christmas Eve

Santa Sack was opened to reveal our Christmas PJs from Target, Zingo, and Christmas Karaoke.  We had pan seared scallops, baked goat cheese and red sauce with crostinis, homemade meatballs, bratwurst wrapped in croissants and various cookies and candies.  We watched The Sound of Music (the ending) and played our game and then went to bed!



Christmas Morning

Ashley was the first up, as usual!  Santa had come and so we sat down to open stockings.  After the stockings we open presents and then had breakfast.  This year I made a breakfast ring, a cranberry cocktail and gingerbread cake pops that looked like reindeer!  We all admired our gifts and then Ash and Eric left for Christmas at the Hasty's house.


Christmas Night

The Hasty family came over for a visit and for dinner.  Bob made a pork loin roast marinated in Dr. Pepper and herb encrusted.  He also roasted Brussels sprouts and made his wonderful Gratin Dauphinaise potatoes.  It was such a great meal.  My dessert was Oreo stuffed brownies. Yummy.  Renee gave me a candle and I gave Renee a wreath from Debbie's shop.  We had a great visit with Renee, Bob and Evan.


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25 December 2011

Merry Christmas

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From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


04 December 2011

Nutella Cookies

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The Steffes women put together a last minute cookie swap when I found out that we were mostly all going to be together in Macon this year.   Jeanne and David celebrated in Nebraska this year.  I put together an invite and put a plea on the Keep Smilin' Project page and off we went!

Ashley and I baked our cookies when she got home on Wednesday.  Ashley baked a simple but delicious Nutella cookie found first on Pinterest.  I baked a Weight Watcher Strawberry Angel cookie.  

Joy's Popcorn Cookies

Our containers, ready to swap!

This year's participants!

Nutella Cookies


1 c of Nutella
1/2 c white sugar
1 c flour
1 egg
1 T milk


Preheat oven to 350 F.
Blend all ingedients together well. Form into 1″ balls. Place on a cookie sheet. Press down firmly with the bottom of a glass. Bake 7-8 minutes or until set. Cool.

Strawberry Angel Cookies


1 angel food cake mix
3/4 c sugar free strawberry preserves
1 egg white
1 T milk
3 T mini chocolate chips


Heat oven to 350.  Spray a cookie sheet with Pam.  Blend all ingredients together with a mixer for 1 minute.  Beat one additional minute.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  Cool on cookie sheet.  Store between layers of waxed paper.  Cookies are chewy with the bite of angel food cake.
























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01 December 2011

A Study in Tradition, part 2

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Last year, I took you through a photo journey as Bob's cousin Dianne made the traditional mincemeat pies here and this year I am showing you how my sister, Tammi, makes the rolls that have been served for our Holt family for many years.

My sister agreed to this photo essay under one condition:  I could only photograph her hands.  No other parts of her body.  I signed in blood. Ok, not really but it sounded very dramatic.

Yeast, oil, water

Add in some sugar...

Oh yea, baby, the yeast likes some sugar!


Add in a little flour....

Oh no!  How did this picture get in here?  {snicker}

Work it, Tammi!




It's magic!  That gooey, sticky mess is now a smooth ball of dough.
Rise, oh master, rise!

Even though its the next picture, 20 minutes or so elapsed...



Make into little puffs of goodness, and bake.
These bake in the oven and smell up the kitchen with a warm, yeasty smell that drives us all nuts!  As soon as they come out, someone who remains nameless (Chris) (Ben) (Ashley) (Bob) (Tammi) (Terri) grabs the center roll, butters it up and shares it with the rest of us.  Mmmm.

Grandma Holt would be so happy to know that her yeast rolls continue on.  As Tammi was making them, I overheard Kassie say, "I can't wait for Grandma Tammi's rolls."