Thursday, March 24, 2016

Christmas 2015

Snowflake chose us again! We were delighted. She was pretty nice this year. We had Grandma K Papa and Mema come for holiday. We played games, ate, took pictures, mom played her guitar and we even went for a walk. We had great food and fun times. Here are a few pictures.
Paisley so ready for presents!

Mom took some great photos that really capture the fun had by each one. These memories  are forever. We had seafood, prime rib, rice and salad. The rice is to die for.  Here is the recipe.

Wild Rice Stuffing
1 cup wild rice
½ pound Italian sausage and/or ½ pound mushrooms sautéed in 1 tablespoon butter
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups thinly sliced celery
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chopped green chili or pinch crushed red chili
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme) or 1 teaspoon dry salt and freshly ground pepper
The night before, rinse and soak wild rice covered in cool water. The next morning, drain and simmer rice in 4 cups fresh water for 30-45 minutes or until the rice is split open, curled and tender. Drain rice in sieve, shake away excess water, return to saucepan, and sprinkle with salt.
Meanwhile, sauté sausage, breaking it apart into crumbles; remove from frying pan. Slice and sauté mushrooms. Set aside. In the same frying pan heat the oil and sweat the chopped onion and sliced celery (cover with butter wrappers). When the onion is tender, add garlic, chili, herbs, and cook until fragrant. Combine the aromatic vegetables with the drained rice and/or sausage/mushrooms. Combine and taste for seasonings, adding more salt and pepper as needed.
Cool the mixture thoroughly if using to stuff your turkey, or scoop into a buttered casserole dish with a tight fitting cover. Bake in a moderate oven for an hour or inside the turkey for the duration of the roast. Makes 6 cups; serves 8—best leftovers!

Happy Papa

Mema and Papa, papas idea!

Our family 2015

Kissing under the Mistletoe!

Grandma K and Paisley and Nick

Christmas dinner 2015

First full moon on Christmas since 1977
The last one was in 1977, and that's because of the vagaries of our calendar and a lunar cycle known for almost 2,500 years - See more at:
The last one was in 1977, and that's because of the vagaries of our calendar and a lunar cycle known for almost 2,500 years - See more at:

Jeff opening his gift from the kids.

Mama excited about her Angel earrings from Paisley
Advent tradition, loved by all!
Riding Paisleys car
She brought us a gift!
She was naughty
Snowflake helping with the growler
Hand caught in the Jelly Belly jar!

Paisley and her favorites, mac and cheese and sour patch kids!

 Stuck in the Ice machine, a day without ice was not fun!!

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