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Happy Day After Christmas! – Free Recipe Printout

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great Christmas Day. We had a wonderful time watching little man open all his presents. We also enjoyed a low fuss Turkey Dinner. Stay tuned for my Turkey Dinner Survival Guide. In the mean time, did you get any great kitchen presents? This year I gave some jars of my Italian Seasoning Mix with printouts of a few recipes it can make. Keep this seasoning in mind for a quick gourmet gift for every foodie all year round! Just make up a batch of the Italian Seasoning Mix and store in a spice jar. Print out the Recipe cards and cut them to 3×5 size (one would be folded in half). Wrap up with a pretty bow or in a nice bag and you have a wonderful gift!

Italian Seasoning Recipes PDF

5/365: Spice Girl 1/5/10

5/365: Spice Girl 1/5/10 (Photo credit: @aerial_m)

Christmas reflections

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Its time to get back to writing again. We had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We opened a few presents early like the recordable book my parents gave little man “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a very noisy learning farm sit to stand walker from my sister.

Christmas day started with the opening of the stockings. Our pups loved their treats and so did my husband. He got some delicious Walker shortbread cookies and chocolate. We talked to family and I got the turkey in the oven. Then it was more phone time. We were all set up for Skype but we never did it.

Our wonderful dinner consisted of a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and rolls. We were too full to eat the pumpkin pie so it will be enjoyed tonight instead.

I’ll be home for Christmas

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This is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. While we won’t spend the holidays with our parents and extended family, I’ve thankfully never had to spend a holiday alone. Birthday yes, but no holidays. My wish for everyone is to be home for Christmas. Each year so many people are away from home for the holidays. One of my childhood friends was deployed last Christmas. While the family was sad he wasn’t home, I don’t think any of us could imagine how sad he was. This year, my grandma and my husband’s grandpa will both be spending Christmas in the hospital. She is in her late 80’s and he is in his early 90’s. I don’t know how many Christmases they each have left.

This is my son’s first Christmas and I hope that he will always be home for Christmas. Maybe one day we will live close enough to the rest of our family to celebrate each holiday with them. We are already lucky that my parents and my husbands parents, and most of the extended family, live fairly close together. This makes visiting very easy. But due to the cost of airline tickets, dog boarding, as well as getting time off; I haven’t spent a Christmas with my parents in 6 years! Time sure has flow by and I get sad thinking about not seeing them but I only have to look over to my son to smile again. He is my family, and my husband too of course, and we will spend this Christmas together. Our first as a now larger family and I love it!

We won’t have snow for Christmas, we haven’t had one since we left Utah (snow all winter long). We also won’t have mistletoe. I’ve actually never had mistletoe before. As far as the presents go, they are all under the tree waiting for Christmas morning. Except for 4 presents that is. One my sister got for my son is waiting all assembled and I’ll bring it down Christmas morning. One my mom got for my son has the instructions on it to open Christmas Eve. I’m really curious as to what that on is. The other two are in transit and I’m hoping they get here by Christmas Eve so we can have them Christmas morning. Otherwise, we will have to wait until the day after Christmas (or later) to get them.

I’ll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree

Last minute shopping?

Are you one of those last minute shoppers? Or have you been done for awhile?

While I had most of my shopping done by December 1st, some of it did wait. I bought the last of the stocking suffers a few days ago but they were food items so I’m giving myself a free pass on the timing for that. However, even though I bought my son a Christmas ornament, we did need to get him something else. It is expected to arrive Christmas eve. Please oh please let Amazon get it here in time.

I am also hoping something else gets here on time, that would be my Christmas present from my husband. He decided to start shopping today from my Amazon gift list. While I do want a laundry room rug, I’m not sure if it could be considered a Christmas present. I’m anxious to see what he picked out for me. I promised him I wouldn’t read any emails I get from Amazon until after Christmas.

So I wonder if getting ask the Christmas shipping done early is a woman thing or if I have been trained by the fact that I generally have to send 75% of the presents to family around the first to ensure that parcel post gets everything there on time. I really hate using the post office but the nearest UPS store is just too far.

I’d love to know how everyone else is with regards to their Christmas shopping. Am I the norm or all on my own? For all those hoping to grab a last minute deal or just plain procrastinators, good luck. And for everyone, have a great evening.

~ Marie

Its that time of year – Almond Rocca

Every year I make Almond Rocca. I started making it when I was around 10 years old. My mom taught me how to make it. When I was younger we use to sell it at craft fairs. I have even sold it through a local coffee shop. Each year I make at least 3 batches. In years that I sell it I make at least 10 batches. Almond Rocca is the go to gift for my husband’s coworkers and my in-laws. The recipe is fairly easy and the list of ingredients is small. However, there are very few people who have successfully made it (from the people I know). Nonetheless, I’ll give you the recipe to try out for yourself.

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My first batch this year turned out great. I was a little late getting started (my in-laws will get there’s after the new year) due to little mans constant distractions. While it is sol very early to think about, I how that either our next child (still a ways away) is a girl or that my son learns this recipe. I want it to be passed on like it was to me. We have to keep the family tradition of Almond Rocca alive.

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If you like my almond rocca, you’ll love my other recipes