Saturday, December 19, 2009

Early Christmas Lunch and It’s No Step For a Stepper

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        Today has been a day of cooking, as I prepare for Sunday ‘early’ Christmas lunch for my father, brother, and my nephew.  I won’t be here Christmas day to cook for them.

        We are leaving Tuesday to spend Christmas with all of our daughters, my son-in-law, and my grandsons. I can’t wait.

        I am going to teach them to play Barrel of Monkeys and Go Fish, and  we are going to bake cookies, and I hope to create a GIANT mess.

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        I have made 2 pecan pies ( I made Pioneer Woman’s pie crust), oatmeal cookies, a pan of broccoli cornbread, sand tarts, chocolate peanut candy, and scalloped pineapple.

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        My menu for tomorrow includes:

Spiral Sliced Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Scalloped Pineapple

Green Beans with Brown Sugar and Garlic

Mashed Potatoes with Butter and Sour Cream

Broccoli Cornbread

and

Pecan Pie

       These three men in my family, including Daughter #2, will be waiting for us as we arrive home from church. Everything will be warming in the oven.

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        I used this sifter to sift the powdered sugar for the sand tarts.

Note to daughters:  I LOVE this sifter.

        I also love my pyrex bowls.

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        Today I must say I am humbled by everything around me, around you, and around the world at large.

        Today I also want to send out a word of encouragement to anyone/everyone who is facing a scary challenge.

        Just remember the words of my mother, as she faced her own health challenges:

It’s no step for a stepper.”

         

16 comments:

trash talk said...

With just a little twist on the words..."ain't nothing for a stepper"...that is one of Cat Daddy's favorite sayings and mine now!
Have a wonderful day with your family.
How do you make your sand tarts, if you don't mind me asking? I've lost my recipe sometime over the past year and those are something I always look forward to at Christmas!
Debbie
P.S. Thanks for playing along with my p.j. party. It's always more fun with y'all humor me.
P.P.S. I'm thinking you're letting your girls know that shouldn't bother hiking a leg on that sifter...it's yours to keep for a while...right?

Preppy 101 said...

Such a lovely and encouraging post! You are one lovely lady. Your family is ever so fortunate and blessed to have you! Merry Early Christmas Day! xoxo

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Laura. I'm a follower of A Day In The Life and have seen your comments and am always touched by your sweetness. I just wanted to stop in an say hello and wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope you enjoy your time with your family. It's sounds so fun. I love your post. Your pictures are so pretty. And the pies and cookies look delicious. Do you know, if I'm not mistaken I have that same sifter. I believe it was my MIL's who is 89. I look forward to visiting again.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Great post! I will remember the "step" phrase - it's a good one! Oh, I have a sifter almost like that.....had it forever....couldn't imagine a new one. Love the painted enamel and whatever the design is - Merry Christmas! Linda

Theresa said...

Sweet, heartwarming and perfect for my Sunday morning:) Enjoy your day, dear Laura! Big hugs from Georgia to you and your family! Be safe on your journeys and take plenty of pictures.

Lisa said...

What a menu! I know the men in your life are in hog heaven right about now. Pun intended. :)
I love your Mom's encouraging words of wisdom.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Laura, my mouth is watering!!!!! Yummy!

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas....stay safe and enjoy your family.

Sending you my blessings and thanks for being such a kind lady.....you are!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Blondie's Journal said...

What a lovely menu. What are sand tarts?? Wow, I am so curious!! Scalloped pineapples also sound like an intriguing dish.

I wish you the best of time with your daughters and grandkids...those games bring back great memories. Next it will be Candyland, my favorite.

Love your mother's sage words, will have to remember that when the going get's rough!!

Happy holidays, Laura! :-)

xoxo
Janie

LuLu Kellogg said...

What a lovely post. I hope your holiday will be filled with love and magic :)

LuLu Kellogg

Deb said...

thats a phrase my husband uses all the time...everything looks great...enjoy your family!!!

Jo said...

I hope this finds you enjoying an early Christmas celebration with your family. Wishing you safe travels and a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy every second with your grandchildren ~ sounds like you have great fun planned.

Jo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything looks and sounds so good!! I keep saying I am going to make the scalloped pineapple, but never have. Enjoy the holidays!
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

My husband and I are drooling over your pecan pies and your cornbread. Your food always looks so yummy, Laura! And what a sweetie you are for fixin' the men their Christmas Dinner early. Have a wonderful Christmas week!
Hugs and Blessings,
Debra

Lenore said...

Your pies look delicious and beautiful.....I'm drooling.
Your dinner sounds wonderful and I wish I could join you!
Have a wonderful day with your family.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

June said...

Pecan pie...oh my! I love it. Your list of goodies sounds divine!
Merry Christmas to you as you enjoy the day with your family.
hugs

Beth in NC said...

You are so sweet. I pray you have a wonderful time!

I have never heard of broccoli cornbread!

Have fun!

Merry Christmas!
Beth

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