I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...


Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Menu

I am decidedly a "Merry Christmas" kinda gal - not "Happy Holidays." But this year, Christmas day will just be a relaxing day with the four of us. It looks like we'll spend Christmas Eve at my mother's. Then Aaron's parents will most likely spend the weekend after Christmas here. Sometime the following week we'll make the rounds elsewhere. All that being said - my boys would be far happier to have pancakes for Christmas morning than some elaborate concoction. So, I am planning a "holiday menu" - one that will be prepared and eaten throughout the remainder of the season.

I finally got my list of "potential" recipes together today. After a quick shopping trip this weekend, it'll be time to start testing the recipes. Yummy! I think the testing process is even more fun than cooking the real meal. After all, meals are supposed to be balanced - and when testing, it is perfectly fine to make and eat five kinds of dessert all at the same time! (And I know my stomach will thank me, even though my ever-expanding thighs won't.)

Ham, Spinach, and Gruyere Bread Pudding
Praline Pull-Apart Bread
Sausage Cheese Muffins
Golden Potato Pancakes

Parmesan Cheese Bites
Cheese and Pesto Layered Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Creamy Dreamy Spinach, Onion and Bacon Dip
Pizza Crust Dippers

Creamy Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Hot Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Lime Flank Steak Skewers
Zuppa Toscana
Chicken Chili
Citrus Cranberry Sauce
Seasoned Crescent Rolls

Christmas Coffee Cake
Snowmen Cupcakes
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Pomegranate Punch

(All photos courtesy of Martha Stewart Living)

I think I just gained 10 pounds, but it's gonna be so worth it!

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