A sign that our, now adult, son made when he was around 8. It still lights up after all these years! And, being Mom, I HAVE to put it up every year. : )
It was a nice day today. A calm day. It started by thawing some bread dough for one of the new recipes I made tonight for supper. (I will post the recipe below) And then made my pizza seasoning mix for the pizza sauce to go with what I made. (Again, recipe below) Lastly, I wanted to serve fresh vegies with dill dip so I had to make the dill dip ahead of time. (You guessed it, the recipe will follow the other recipes) : )
I also had some laundry today along with a LOT of ironing. But I cut the ironing short (ironing only those items that were absolutely necessary) because I really needed to do something crafty today. So, I pulled out the paper crafting supplies and sat for awhile making some cards while Johnny Mathis sang his little heart out. Silver Bells, O Holy Night (my favorite), Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Song, The First Noel........... Love it. : )
I don't know about you, but when December arrives I don't want a list of more to-do's, so the list is very short and are what we're already doing just getting ready for Christmas:
*keep baking, making/buying gifts, and wrapping
*stock up on salt and sand (for those of us living up in the north country)
*have your car serviced, if necessary
*polish any silver that you might use for entertaining (I have none, so this is easy)
*wash any china that you might use for entertaining (this I do have thanks to my mom) : )
*plan the parties/get-together's (make menus, write out lists, shop for what you need)
The three of us talked this over right before Thanksgiving and have decided to keep everything simple this year. We each picked one baked good we enjoy and I will bake those. We are limiting the amount of things we're buying. We wanted the decorations to be pretty but simple. And to not be fancy. I can do that. : )
Now. As promised. Those recipes which I mentioned above but said they'd be below.
16 oz. loaf of frozen bread dough, thawed
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 lb. pepperoni, sliced
3 oz. sliced provolone cheese
1/4 lb. thinly sliced ham
1 Tbsp. melted butter
Preheat oven to 375. Place bread dough on lightly greased baking sheet. Pat to a 15" x 10" rectangle. Arrange mozzarella cheese lengthwise down center; layer with pepperoni, then provolone, and ham last. Moisten edges of dough with water. Bring each long edge of dough to center; press edges together securely to seal ends. Brush loaf with melted butter, and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool a little and then slice (an electric knife works really well for this). Serve with pizza sauce on the side to dip the slices into.
PIZZA SEASONING MIX
1/2 tsp. onion flakes
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. oregano flakes
1/4 tsp. parsley flakes
1/8 tsp. basil
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. salt
Combine and add to 8 oz. tomato sauce.
The Stromboli was a huge hit! It really was very good and so quick to put together. We actually thought that we liked it better than pizza. Yippee! A new recipe to add to my collection. : )
And I know everyone has a dill dip recipe, but I'll add it anyway:
DILL DIP SEASONING MIX
Mix together - 2 tsp. onion flakes, 1 Tbsp. dill weed, and 1 tsp. seasoning salt
Add to - 1 cup sour cream and 1 cup mayo, mixed together.
Combine well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. I cut this in half for us because it makes so much but it's great for a party.
I think that's about all I have for today. Not too exciting but nice. I will close for now, jump into the jammies, grab a blanket, and read the Christmas book I've started. May God feel close to you in all your work. I still encourage you to stay in prayer and keep reading His Word. I think sometimes at this time of year, we feel we don't have time for that, but I guarantee that if you put God first, He will give you the time. : )