Saturday, December 19, 2009
For Saturday, December 19th, 2009
a pictorial journal
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
It's SUPER SATURDAY…
The day of our family Christmas is here and it looks like we should have snow.
The weather man said snow showers over night and light snow today…
DD and her hubby will be over later this morning to pick me up and take me and all my stuff over to DS#5’s house. It’s a good thing they have a truck!
Advent is the time of hope, a time to renew the light of Christ in our lives.
As He came to bring us the light of eternal life, we hope to share our light with others.
O Antiphon for Today
O Radix Jesse: O Flower of Jesse, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid
Isaiah 11:10; Micah 5:1
NEW IN THE KITCHEN
Since I’m fixing a nice spiral sliced ham for today and I know there will be leftovers I thought I’d share this delicious soup recipe with you.
HAM, CHEESE AND POTATO SOUP
In a large stockpot or Dutch oven sauté over medium heat about 5 minutes:
2 tablespoons vegetables oil
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/ 4 diced red pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Sprinkle over and stir to mix, cook an additional 2 minutes:
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
Gradually whisk in to blend and thicken:
2 cups canned chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk
Reduce heat, add to pot and simmer for approx. 20 minutes:
1 large russet potato, peeled and sliced or diced.
Add in thirds:
1 cup packed shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
1 cup chopped Honey Baked Ham
Hot pepper sauce, A dash of Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper to taste
Ladle into bowls and garnish with: Chopped fresh parsley or snipped chives
ATTIRE FOR TODAY
Snow accumulation around an inch. Highs in the lower 30s.
I’ll be dressed appropriately with my snowflake fleece shirt on today. I think I’d better have my boots handy too.
Holy Spirit, nothing can compare with your wonderful plan for us. Help us to remain open to You so that we can see more of Your will for our lives.
Please pray for God's protection of
our troops and HIS wisdom for their
Lord, hold our troops in
your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the
selfless acts they perform for us
in our time of need. I ask this in the
name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
I’m getting my ham in the oven soon and have a veggie tray to put together but that is about the sum and total of what I have to do here this morning before going over to DS#5’s house for our get together today.
Everything is ready and I’m ready for lots of smiles and laughter today as my children and their children get together. It’s always a happy time when they are all together. We’ll be missing DS#2 and DS#4 and their families. They are the two furthest from home and out of state so it makes it difficult for them to be home.
No matter how far away or close together my family may be they are always in my thoughts and prayers. Growing up they were all so very close and I hope they are able to remain that way where ever life may take them.
This is DS#5 and his wife who will be our hosts for today. Graciously they have taken over the task of having everyone together at their house, which is much larger than mine is and it enables us to gather without having to rent out a hall just to be together.
My family now numbers 25 and next year we’ll be welcoming another babe into the family when DS#6 and his wife have their baby. With a group that size you can imagine that some space is needed. With those missing this year our number will be 17 which is still a pretty big group for sure.
I do hope the roads stay clear and everyone is able to make it safely home today.
COUNTING THE DAYS
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
2 DAYS UNTIL WINTER !
6 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS
118 DAYS UNTIL CAMPING SEASON BEGINS
Keep looking ON THE BRIGHT SIDE of things.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone near…
Pictures mostly taken by ‘ma’ and courtesy of the camera provided by my ‘babes’