We Are Deep In the Heart of Texas

Nomadic seasons of farming adventures with nature thrown in to include; a pinch of family, snippets of friends, counting our blessings, paying IT forward, home school, and the spicy things I decide to rant about.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Leaves, Gifts, Dinner Oh My

Merry Christmas to all who pass, we have been enjoying the time hubby has off from work.  We have him home another week ---- yeah. 

Cubby Bear has already used his tool set Grumpy Gramps to put together the bird house you sent him.  I will take pictures of it after he paints it.  Those are real tools, Dear Reader and not plastic.  A truly inspired gift for a hard working Cub. ~:> 
I believe all was excited by their gifts.  We had fun watching the boys zip through the wrapping paper and such while drinking our morning coffee in front of the tree. Yesterday, I spent the day baking and made: 6 buttermilk pies, 3 pumpkin cheese cakes, 2 lemon angel food cakes and 4 dozen cookies.  Then today, we shared our table with Mrs. Lily and her mom both are excellent friends and I hope this becomes a tradition for us.  Our Christmas dinner was as follows:
I made 'Dana' the duck and the spiral ham Grumpy Gramps sent to us as our main course.  Doesn't she look absolutely yummy?  She has a orange glaze and was stuffed with mushrooms, apples, carrots, oinions, celery, and spices from Flartopia. 
Our side dishes were: a kicked up Stove Top Stuffing with Dana's leftover diced items, mashed sweet potatoes, Greek salad above, 3 veg medley, tsatzki, hot crab & bacon dip,  
Deviled eggs provided by our hens, biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and rolls served with iced tea.   It was such a good meal and so special having the ladies over we sent them each home with their own pies.  We also gave the neighbors two pies, a cake, and cheese cake since, they had family coming in for a visit.  My motto -- "Take care of your neighbors and perhaps they will take care of you when help is needed."

Tomorrow will be another long day for hubby and I since, we are going to a car dealership to buy a new car.  Hubby's has 240K miles on his Honda so it's best to get him a car since he puts a 1,000 miles a week to and from work. 

Whelppers peeps, I am eggshausted.  I just wanted to wish all who pass this way a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Much love and well wishes I send to all on this most beautiful night.



Sharon said...

Glad you had such a plentiful Christmas and that everyone was plenty full after that feast!

troubadore9 said...

Dinner looks so good.Throw the dishes out in the garbage and make everybody eat out of a trough.They will then be willing to help out with washing the dishes.

Thoser boys are growing up so fast.

Cat said...

Neat pictures, and they look so happy to be doing! And dinner looks good, too! Merry Christmas, and I hope to see the birdhouse soon!


Judy's Corner said...

Ahh, Mal... those are wonderful experiences which I am sure will be part of the "favorite memories" bank for years to come.

Beautiful photos of a beautiful family celebrating beautifully!

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

lovely to see your family christmas....
have a great boxing day mal

Melodie said...

Looks like a wonderful day! The duck looks good..I have never had duck but have been tempted to try one,we have quiet a few,lol!

Nekkid Chicken said...

Sharon, Thank you, hubby and I had fun watching the boys eyes light up with their surprises. Merry Christmas

Grumpy, Thanks for that ham; we ate it all down to the bone which I promptly put in the freezer for beans at another time. I snuck downstairs to wash the dishes later to give hubby a respite. He does so much for us during the year. He usually does the dishes after watching a ball game on Christmas day. Merry Christmas

Cat, Cubby finished building the birdhouse with his dad's help. Now we just need to paint it and hang it up outside. I wonder what bird will fit in there right now all we really have hanging about is doves, quail, and naughty green jays. Merry Christmas

Nekkid Chicken said...

Judy, Good Morning! I hope they remember as well as I will. It was so much fun putting together such an event for them. Now I have two months before the next birthday. So a long break in the kitchen though I have a few plans for the boys to learn through doing. Merry Christmas

John, Thank you so much. Merry Christmas back at you. :O)

Nekkid Chicken said...

Melodie, It was the first duck I had cooked for hubby. I loved it; she turned out so tender and juicy. Very simple to make just like a roasting hen. I packed up all her juices & bits in a freezer bag for later. Merry Christmas

Jabacue said...

Are you for hire?! Now that was a lot of baking!!!! It looks so good. This post is proof that Christmas IS for kids. Look at the their faces! Love your posts Mal! All the best.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! I hope you and your family have a very Happy New Year too!

Janet said...

Happy boxing day- looks like you have had a wonderful time- love the photo`s of the boys with their pressies ! lol xx

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

sounds and looks like y'all had a grand time. Ho, Ho, and Merry, Merry

Nekkid Chicken said...

Jim, Thanks they will only be kids for a little while. Hubby and I both tend to go a little over board but, it is worth it. I do love to cook; hee hee I think that is a contributer to why hubby married me. :O) Merry Christmas

Jennifer, We are enjoying our holidays. I would like to wish the same to you and your family. Merry Christmas

Nekkid Chicken said...

Thanks Janet, Your holidays looked very enticing too. I bet all those jolly folks were a pleasure to be around. Merry Christmas

Joanna, Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas right back atcha.