Happy Monday, all! As you can see, we partied hard this weekend! Today, I want to share with you specifics of my holiday food review and my word of the year going into 2022.
What I loved most this year (beginning at Thanksgiving) is that our family celebrated perhaps the most “traditional” Christmas ever…we did it all from gingerbread to Christmas charades.
The grandchildren are at such a fun age…..I kept the holiday simple, but did experience some successes I thought you might be interested in.
HOLIDAY FOOD REVIEW
This year, my oldest son requested for sausage balls to be added to the breakfast menu. I looked at several recipes.
Then decided to go with Martha Stewart’s Sausage-Cheddar Cheese Balls…a success! Gobbled up by all!
We always have Monkey Bread, and last year, the Pioneer Woman Monkey Bread became the tradition. I make two and they also are gobbled up!
This year I tried a new hot chocolate recipe and it will be the keeper going forward! Some make this in a crockpot…I heated it on the stove.
SCRUMPTIOUS HOT CHOCOLATE
1 can of sweet condensed milk (like Eagle Brand)
1 small heavy whipping cream
6 cups of milk
2 packages of Milk Chocolate Chips
Heat and stir until chips are melted and I served with fancy marshmallows from Williams & Sonoma.
Everything here was a hit!
The only real disappointment was the Starbucks’ Whole Bean Holiday Blend. We always grind our beans…but the coffee was just …bad. Sorry, Starbucks!
There were some food traditions the family demands to have….peanut butter kisses cookies and pumpkin bread are two…and, of course, I they were made.
But, I did attempt to go without pumpkin bread and a 6-year-old asked for it right away so by the end of the night last Thursday three loaves appeared!
A Gigi just cannot say no to a special request. They looked quite horrified when I said I had not made it.
MY WORD OF THE YEAR FOR 2022
I teased my word for the year yesterday in Joy Notes #8.
WONDER….my desire is to purposefully find wonder in the life around me each and every day.
I chose this sunset as my first image, because it was so beautiful as we drove one evening recently through West Texas. The picture was taken from the car.
The discovery of wonder doesn’t have to be in huge, major wonders of the world…but I believe can be discovered daily in my own back yard…and I am going to choose to do that very thing.
Look for wonder all around me…and will, of course, share some moments with you!
I explained yesterday my grandchildren have reminded me about the joys of childlike wonder.
This is one of my grandsons. His family went to Costa Rica a couple of years ago and he was in wonder of the parrots.
Upon return home, his goal was to own a parrot…his parents were skeptical but challenged him to learn everything he could about caring for a parrot.
I think in the beginning they believed the more he learned the more discouraged he would be.
Well, the more he learned, the more he desired to own a parrot.
A family member on my son-in-laws’s side decided to honor this child’s wonder and desire to own a parrot, and made it a reality.
This was our first Christmas with Meko in our home…such a beautiful creation.
I was also amazed at how gentle Meko is with humans…particularly the little boy who wanted one so much.
You just never know where genuine WONDER will take you.
I am going to find out in 2022.
Please share, what is your word of the year?
FINALLY, BIG SALES HAPPENING
Thank you for doing your sale shopping with my SHOPPING LINKS in order to support this blog…I so appreciate everyone who decides to do this as well as read the posts each day.
And, during this week, I am going to do a couple of posts seeking your opinion on topics as I go forward to begin a new year… of course, Would You Wear It will still be here and I hope to have more surprises.
I know we are all in recovery and I am so thankful for a week to do just that!
Thank you for being here…and as always…
By Pamela Lutrell
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