Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sharing some Holiday fun

Here we are in 2012 already!  Wow.  Hope ya'll had a lovely Holiday.  We surely did. 

Luna needed a rest after all her new toys were opened
We spent Christmas with our daughters and son-in-law in St. Louis this year.  After Katie's final exam, she traveled here, then we all drove to St. Louis.  It was a delightful week and the pups are nearly full-grown now, but just as sweet.  Isn't this a cute shot of Luna-girl and her brother, Argus.  She really laid claim to this toy and her stocking.  Argus, well he's down with any kind of play.

Can't get a good shot of this "action-packed" pup, arghhhus
Besides the pictures of Luna and Argus, I wanted to share a couple more pictures, too.  I'm so proud of my DD, Julie.  She cooked the whole Christmas meal essentially by herself (and from scratch, to boot!) all in her small apartment kitchen in a shoe-splint suffering from plantar faciitus.  What a spread she worked up!

Julie, part chemist, part baker....ah but I repeat myself ;)

Cheese-y Biscuits before the oven (oh yeah, they were yummy)

Green Bean Casserole for her sister, Katie, and cranberry sauce for the rest of us
She's always loved baking and is turning into quite a wonderful cook. This is good news for us all ;)

We're also so very proud of our son-in-law who graduated the weekend before Christmas with his doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine with a specialty in sports medicine.  He graduated from Logan College which is on the outskirts of St. Louis, and they had quite a lovely ceremony.  They brought in a troupe of bagpipers and drummers to pipe the faculty and grads into the auditorium, and at the finale, they piped them out again.  Ben said it was quite a surprise to see them there.  What a great touch.  Afterwards, his two sisters and two brothers-in-law, a niece and nephew, mom and dad, and the three of us went to their apartment to spend the weekend eating, drinking, and general merry making.  At one time there were 13 of us in's still a puzzlement how we all fit :)  Here he is getting hooded....   

We had a great time with the kids, but it IS really nice to be home again.  Sleeping on an air bed for 10 days isn't as much fun as it may sound.

Today we went shopping at Kohls for some end of the year "deals".  Yup, went a little crazy because it was "Senior Day", and my husband qualifies for a 15% off, plus another 15% off due to a special Senior discount just today.  I don't know how he does it, but he can pick out these bargains like no one else I know.  We picked up a couple of gifts for both girls' birthdays which will roll around in a couple of months.  Yay!  Plus, I picked up a serving tray by Bobby Flay that was marked down 70% on close-out.  I've been wanting one for a long time, so I gave in and got it....a little extravagant, but it will be used well, I promise. 

I  also want to share with you a little recipe.  With the coming Super Bowl, I thought you might like a new recipe we picked up at a grocery in St. Louis.  It was one of those in-store demos of yummy stuff that I just couldn't pass up trying.  Oh Boy!  It's called Laredo Casserole, but when we made it, we thought it was best as a "dip" for taco chips -- perfect for a football party (wink).  I was going to take a picture of it, but alas, it was gone before I got a chance to get my camera ready!  I'm tellin' ya, it's pretty good and super easy, too!

Soooo....(Imagine here a picture of a glass casserole filled with yellows and greens and reds of lovely cheesy yumminess)

Laredo Casserole (from Schnucks)
1 pkg         sharp cheddar, shredded
1                whole roasted chicken, BBQ or herb, meat shredded (about 4 c.)
1 can          red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can *       Mexican style diced tomatoes, drained
1 can *        condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 Cup         frozen whole kernal corn
1 Cup         frozen peas
1/2 Cup      sour cream

* if you want a dip, leave out the soup and substitute Salsa to taste for the diced tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Set aside 1/4 cup cheese.  In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients.  Spread mixture into 2 1/2 Qt. or 11 x 7" glass baking dish.  Sprinkle with reserved cheese.  Bake 30 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Serves 6  (about 360 calories per serving)

Lastly, I want to tell you of a new project I'll be working on for the next few months.  It's my second attempt at a quilt, so I'm looking forward to it a little anxiously. It's named "Borders and Promises" and involves 9 blocks with an embroidered frame and a bible verse inside. Jenny of Elefantz is offering this design to her followers and anyone interested, so I'm going to give it a try.  If it turns out well, I hope to give it to my daughter-in-law who just lost her baby last November (born in October).

Recently I've started hand embroidery again and have been following Jenny's blog because she does some beautiful things.  If you haven't visited Jenny of Elefantz, then you're missing out on a real treat.  This month she's starting a new BOM (Block Of the Month) and a give-away at her site.  The BOM is called "Promises and Borders".  If you like hand embroidering and piecing, you're bound to find something from Jenny that will inspire you...just click on her button below to launch a new window to her site:

'Til we meet again.....


  1. Looks like you had a great holiday, girl! Congrats to your son-in-law! The casserole sounds delish. I'm doing that one from Jenny too, I'm really looking forward to sweet that you're giving it to you daughter-in-law. I hope it brings you comfort while you stitch it, and brings her comfort when she receives it.

  2. Congrats to your SIL, what a great accomplishment.

    Great pics of Luna, is that a candy cane in her mouth?

    Will wait to see your progress on your new quilt attempt and your hand embroidery.


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