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Dec 17, 2012

What Is Christmas About?

I see way too many people stressing out over this time of year.  Too much to do, buy, decorate, and bake.  Why is that so important?  Does that stuff really matter?  Not really.  

It's not about the tree.
It's not about the decorations.
It's not about the presents.
It's not about the parties.
It's not about the food.

It's about Love.
It's about God's Love for us.
It's about spending time with those you Love.
It's about sharing Love with those who are going through a hard time.

So instead of decorating my tree and putting all my Christmas decor out I am going to go hear my niece sing; have dinner out with my son; do an art project with my daughter; have a glass of wine with my girlfriends, and have a date night with my husband.

I will never stress about having Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day dinner at my house.  If I overcook the prime rib again it will still be a great evening because my whole family will be together to enjoy my burnt prime rib.  

So don't drive yourself crazy with all the Christmas fluff.  Enjoy spending time with those you love.

"Three things will last forever- faith, hope and love- and the greatest of these is love."
I Corinthians 13:13 NLT

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Dec 12, 2012

Is It Spaghetti?

The holiday, crazy time is here and I barely have time to make dinner for my family.  I need meals that are easy, healthy and quick.   This one is really easy and pretty healthy but if you want it to be quick than cook the spaghetti squash in advance.  

First I microwaved the whole spaghetti squash for about 5 minutes because it was so hard I couldn't cut it.  Then I cut it in half, put it on a cookie sheet and baked it for about 35 minutes at 375 degrees. 

pretty good shot, holding a squash in one hand and a camera in the other
This is what it looks like when it is done, you can easily scrape out the noodles with a fork and it looks like spaghetti.

 I've been on a Brussels sprouts kick lately (yeah, that's how you spell it, I didn't know it had that extra "s" at the end of Brussels).  Rob and I HATED them when we were kids but maybe because our moms boiled or steamed them, they were nasty tastin!  Well a friend of mine said to roast them in the oven and they were sooooo good, I swear!  Just cut off the stems and cut them in half, spray some olive oil on a cookie sheet and put the Brussels sprouts on it.  Then I spray a little more olive oil on top and sprinkle some sea salt and pepper.  I also added some Kale because Emma loves it and not the sprouts.  I cooked them for around 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  I like them really done, it kind of gives them a nutty flavor.  

Back to the spaghetti squash; I sauteed some onion and spinach in olive oil and sliced up some organic turkey sausage and added it to the onion.  Then I added a little Alfredo sauce (Alex doesn't like tomato sauce) to the sausage, spinach and onions.  I mixed the spaghetti squash with some spaghetti noodles and put the sauce on top. 

Don't my Brussels sprouts look good?

Bon Appetit

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Dec 5, 2012

Christmas Wrappings Playlist

I LOVE Christmas music and I am not ashamed of it!  I try to hold off until after Christmas to start listening to it, but I just can't help myself and I have to hear a few songs.  Here is my Christmas playlist that I am listening to in my car.  The Christmas playlist I listen to at home has 112 songs and I don't think I should bore you with all of it.  Tracks 3 and 6 are my favorites!

1. All I Want for Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
2. Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes
3. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
4. Last Christmas - Wham!
5. Happy Xmas (War is Over) - John Lennon
6. Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
7. What Christmas Means To Me - Cee Lo Green
8. Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys  
9. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Ella Fitzgerald (Verve Remix)
10. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Mariah Carey
11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - She and Him
12. Christmas For You and Me - Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
13. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Al Hirt and Ann Margaret
14. Christmas Song - Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
15. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire) - Paul McCartney
16. Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi Trio

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