A Little Christmas Music As The Clock Ticks Down

Another Christmas Eve party in the books. Kitchen is cleaned up and the puppies are snuggled together in bed, sound asleep and snoring, not even caring why I’m still awake.

Merry Christmas Eve, all!

Holiday Sweet Treats: Gift Basket Ideas

I’m falling behind this week. I meant to post some holiday treat recipes over the weekend, but didn’t get around to it. Now the house needs to be cleaned, the carpets shampooed and the recipes for Christmas Eve started.

But I did want to post some holiday gift recipe ideas. It’s fun if you add the recipe to the package of sweets (that’s how I got several new recipes, including these peanut butter cookies)

From 2017:

Sunday is my annual cookie baking day with friends. Most of the goodies are going into gift boxes, but I’ll hold enough back for my annual Christmas Eve dinner. This is the usual round-up.

Pictured above:

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe here

Spritz Cookies, recipes and instructions for using a cookie press here.

Pecan Cookies, recipe below.  Much more below the fold.

But wait, there’s more! Click to read

Trixie Diaries: 11 Weeks And Look At Those Feet

11 Weeks…I kinda want to tell her to slow down and let’s be a puppy a bit longer, but then I remember, no matter her size, she’ll be a “puppy” for quite a while.

I was walking Trixie and realized her feet grew… and she still hasn’t grown into her ears. They always end up in her water dish. And kind of still touch the ground, LOL.

Find The Puppy

I can’t tell you how often I go looking for her, thinking she’s up to some mischief, only to find her camouflaged and asleep on that blanket.


UPDATED with PHOTOS Roasted Turkey with Bourbon and Maple Syrup

Updated: This was the most amazing turkey I’ve ever prepared, even the leftovers were moist and tender. The skin was crisp and golden.

It was simple enough and worked perfectly on the first try on Thanksgiving Day.  It was a good risk and I’m glad I took the plunge. I love Michael Symon’s recipes. His Rib Roast is my go-to every Christmas.


From the original post:

This looks simple enough that I’m not worried about trying it for the first time on Thanksgiving Day.

This Thanksgiving Michael Symon has been posting recipes and videos for a complete dinner. Link here (you don’t need a FB account to read or watch). I’m fascinated with covering the turkey with cheesecloth.  I’ll roast it in the oven, instead of on the wood pellet grill, so I can keep a good eye on it.

I’ll add photos once I’ve actually prepared the recipe.   Updated with photos.

Michael Symons’ Roasted Spatchcock Turkey

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Christmas Eve Dinner Menu: Guests’ Choice

Our annual Christmas Eve dinner has always been guests’ choice. And has become tradition, Spinach Lasagna is the requested main course.

We are really looking forward to getting together this year, especially with the newest addition.  We are still deciding between a movie or a board game, but I have both on hand, so we don’t have to decide until after dinner.

On the board:

  1. Spinach Lasagna
  2. Collard Greens with Bacon
  3. Garlic Cheese Bread
  4. Ice Cream Sundae Bar

This recipe takes about an hour to prepare and another hour to cook. It easily serves 6 – 8. I make this the day before and refrigerate. It will need additional cooking time to bring the center up to temperature.


Spinach Lasagna


  • 3-15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 2-6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp oregano, crushed
  • 2 tsp basil, crushed
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled & finely grated
  • pinch of sugar (reduces acidity of the tomatoes)
  • Optional: ½ lb ground beef and ½ spicy Italian sausage, browned

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Trixie At 10 Weeks And Holiday Update

She’s 10 weeks old already and making great progress.

She sleeps at my feet while I work and next to Scout other times. The blanket I folded and put down for her to sleep on has become an unexpected indicator of her growth. I’m going to have to unfold it soon.  Here she was last week at 9 weeks.

Today she and Scout went outside where she followed Scout around like a little mini-me and Scout tried not to look annoyed.  They’ve been playing pretty well at night before bed, Scout helping me tire out the puppy so she sleeps through the night.

This weekend I’m putting together recipes for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – I’ll highlight spinach lasagna, herb encrusted rib roast and the no-baste turkey I made for Thanksgiving.

Until then…