Yes, a new post!! It's a christmas miracle! :D
Well, my life is full as most of you, and some things just need to be put on the back burner. I enjoy posting and I don't want it to become a "task" I check off on my to do list. So, my goal starting in January will be to post at least once a week. If you subscribe, you'll get my posts right in your inbox. That will save you from randomly checking the blog to see if there's a new post. But, whatever you prefer. I just am so grateful for you checking in, and my hearts desire to to be a blessing to you.
so, today I'm sharing Graham cracker gingerbread houses and my christmas eve menu. I'll post the recipe's later, but at least you'll know what's cookin'.
Here's a link to instructions on how to do the gingerbread houses. My kids had a great time!
Also included here is a recipe for royal icing. If you want to be 'safe' from not eating raw egg whites you can actually buy them pasturized at your local grocery store.
After 'glueing' together, let them set for about 15 min.
Last year my husband and I decided to have a Christmas Eve open house. His family is out of state so we don't see them at Christmas, and we see mine on Christmas day. So we don't typically have plans on Christmas Eve. We've been out of the habit of attending Christmas Eve services for a couple reasons... first, we were at a church for a long time that didn't have Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services unless it was actually a Sunday, in order to allow more time with family. Second, our kids still go to bed pretty early, so it just hasn't worked all that well. Anyway, we thought probably no one would come, but let's just try it. And to our surprise many friends stopped by and it was such a delight! Most came by on there way to or from a family gathering or something, but we were just so grateful to spend a little time with loved ones. So, we are doing it again this year.
Here is my menu:
Texas Beef Brisket
Bacon wrapped apricots
Bacon wrapped jalepenos
Hummus with focaccia
Cheese and sweet potato pasties
Cranberry/pistachio cheese roll w/crackers
Chocolate crunch brownies
Sparkling punch w/cranberries and mint
I'll keep you posted on the recipe's. What are you cooking this holiday season? I'd love to hear from you.