Wednesday, December 19, 2007
What's a food blogger to do???....
What is a food blogger to do when they cannot write a post on any recipe of anything that they have cooked or baked in the last week? Maybe no longer call themselves a food blogger? Okay, maybe I am being a little bit hard on myself and it is the holiday season and all! Last night we had pizza and tonight it is Costco's Rotisserie Chicken. I almost can't wait to have another home cooked meal. I have a new recipe to try. It's Paula Deen's Baked Ham and Cheese Chicken. I can't wait to find the time to try this but alas it will have to wait as does everything else right now!
I have been so incredibly busy. The girls have their Holiday Shop at the school all this week and once again we are short volunteers so I was there all day Friday, Monday and Tuesday. My Mom just flew in for the holidays (Thank you Mom!) so I realized that I had really run out of time. I had not even started my shopping until today. I think though now I am under control. I got all of my cards sent off and all of the little things taken care of. I ordered our fresh Turkey to fry once again and my Honey baked Ham (The girl's school does a fund raiser every year so I almost have to have one and everyone does loves them!). I had also run out of clothes...my Mom is doing my laundry as I write this. Don't we just love our Moms!!!
For Christmas this year my sister and her husband ( and 2 dogs) are making the long journey from Toronto by car. They expect the trip to take them 2 days (stopping over night) but it will be so worth it. We have not all been together for Christmas in about 6 years. The girls don't know that they are coming so it will be a total surprise for them!
I have at least gotten my Christmas Scent Pot going. This is a tradition is our home and something that we have done every year for the last 15 years. It is simply a pot of water on the stove with slices of orange, lemon, and lime, a small handful of cloves, some star anise, allspice and cinnamon sticks. I keep this on simmer on my stove throughout the holidays. Everyone who walks into my house is treated the the wonderful smells of Christmas!
I hope your holiday preparations are well underway!
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Well, this is exactly how I've felt since August! So busy with hubby and his health and all the kids and all their "stuff"--I haven't had time to post about really good food--and it makes me sad.
That ham and cheese chicken looks deeeevine! I'll have to come back to check it out.
Oh Anne...I can only imagine! I have been following your blog!
Judy, Judy...help! Have you ever baked shortbread? I have a mess on my hands and I'm wondering what I did wrong. I was trying to make an "iced lemon shortbread" but when I pulled out the shortbread after having cooked it for 35 minutes, it just fell apart. I let it cool extra long and, even then, when I tried to frost it, the knife just stuck and pulled the whole thing apart. :-( Lots of wonderful ingredients and great smells, but a big mess. Any thoughts?
Ugh!!! I have no real idea. Unless the butter wasn't cold when you tried to cut it in? If you had to speed thaw it or something? That would be the only thing I can think of! That sure does suck though...
Last year I had 40 dozen cookies in the freezer by November 15th. This year I haven't baked even a single chocolate chipper. Somehow life has gotten in the way of my usual holiday activities! Humbling experience...
I think we are all in the same boat this year. My motto right now is "if it doesn't get done...maybe next year!".
Judy--SO happy that your sister is coming! What a long drive, but totally worth it. And happy that your mom is there, too. Hello, Judy's mom! Your daughter is such a sweetheart!
I do the same thing, too, with the pot on the stove. Full of good stuff, and it makes the house smell wonderful! Who needs artificial air fresheners when you can rummage through your spices and fruit and have something natural, right?
Love this christmas pot idea!!! WOw I never thought of it yet its so easy!! .. Definetly making this everytime !
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