Holy cow, its cold outside! This week is going to be freezing! Its way too early to have these kinds of temperatures! At least we're getting some snow that should stick around a little. But I could do without the 20s and worse yet, the single digit temps this early in the season! :)
Our Christmas party went very well yesterday. We all had a ton of fun! We had awesome food, the kids got some really fun gifts, we got to visit and catch up, and we busted out the Catch Phrase game, which is always a great time! We can't wait for all the other Christmas celebrations we have coming up in the next few weeks!
So this week is pretty low key. Today we're going to church at my in-laws' church, at my mother's-in-law request. And since we never made it to Journey to Bethlehem on Friday night (Kevin worked too late and didn't get home till almost 9pm), we're planning to go this afternoon as long as the weather isn't too crazy. Tuesday night I'm going to dinner with some girlfriends from high school. And that is about it for definite planned activities this week. Kevin will probably be working late every night again. We'll see what the weather is like on Saturday. We might just stay home all day to get some things done... Kevin needs to work on the mower (weld the wheel shaft back onto it so that it's driveable again... and get it out of the garage and into the barn so we can bring the plow into the garage) and I could stay busy with some painting or sewing or cooking, I'm sure. But we'd really like to get up to Longway Planetarium for the holiday laser show. And we may go some where to see Santa. So we'll see.
I'm planning to do some cookie baking this week. Definitely sugar cut-out cookies and probably some banana cookies, too. I'm planning to modify both recipes to make them healthier. I'll post the changes and results in a new post once I make them. I am almost finished wrapping gifts, so I want to finish that up this week so I don't have to think about it anymore. Carson and I will be making some Christmas ornaments this afternoon and finishing them up tomorrow after they've had time to sit and dry. I'm planning to make some soft cheese this week, too. I'd like to try making a cheesecake with it, so I may try that later in the week. We'll see what else I feel like doing or making.
Here's the plan...
Sunday ~ church; Journey to Bethlehem
(make steel cut oats, wrap gifts, make ornaments with Carson, start soft cheese)
B: scrambled eggs with ham
L: leftover meatballs, layer salad, fruit salad, vegetables
D: white bean and ham soup
(finish ornaments with Carson; hang soft cheese)
B: steel cut oats
D: split pea soup in the crockpot (with leftover ham)
Tuesday ~ dinner with the girls
(finish soft cheese; make ricotta cheese)
D: K/C - leftovers; S - Sam's in Rankin
(make sugar cookie dough)
B: steel cut oats
D: herbed baked eggs; roasted veggies
(bake sugar cookies)
B: sourdough english muffins from freezer
D: spaghetti squash with pasta sauce; leftover roasted veggies from Wednesday
(decorate sugar cookies)
B: waffles from freezer
D: butternut squash soup; rolls from freezer
Saturday ~ Longway? Santa?
(make banana cookies; make cheesecake?)
B: sourdough skillet pancakes
D: beef roast with potatoes and carrots