Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tis the Season ...

for left-overs and taking down the decorations!

I'm slowly getting through most of the left-overs from the 
Christmas Holidays and am afraid some of the cookies etc.
are already too stale to use up!

One of my favourite left-over meat recipes is one that I learned
in my high school Home Economics class - simple and delicious!

Savoury Meat Pie
(aka - glorified left-overs)

1/4 Cup chopped onion and
2 Tbsp. chopped pepper (gr. or red)
Sauted in some butter till tender.
2 Cups diced cooked meat (this time I used left-over beef roast)
2 Cups cooked vegetables - diced or sweet peas, mushrooms or corn, etc.
1 1/2 Cups well seasoned gravy thinned with milk or stock.
Stir it all together and pour it into a 2-qt. casserole dish.

Pop it in the oven for 15 minutes at 425F
Remove from oven and cover it up with your favourite biscuit dough.
Cut a few slits in the top for the steam to escape.

Bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes till golden brown and bubbling - delicious!


The decorations are down and now the house seems so empty - sigh!
It's been another wonderful Christmas and a brand new year is ahead.
I shall leave some of the candles around the house for a while to 
remind me of the light of Christmas and what it means.

Have you put away all of your decorations already?

I have chosen a verse for 2015:

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Proverbs 4:23 

Till next time .......... stay warm and happy!

Monday, December 29, 2014


I know that everyone is busy and it amazes me how so many of you
are able to keep up with posting wonderful Christmas stories, pictures and recipes!

Your posts have caused me to think - what are our family's Christmas Traditions?
I found myself feeling sad that we don't really have too many
wonderful traditions like some folks have.
They change from year to year as situations change I guess.
What makes a tradition?

After uploading my pictures I noticed that there are actually a few
things that have become Christmas traditions of sorts:

Homemade Biscotti

Cherry Cheese Tarts and Rheo Thompson Chocolates

Nuts and Bolts - my mom's recipe

Tete de Moine Cheese

Jarlesberg, Applewood Smoked Cheddar, Brie cheeses and Garlic Stuffed Olives

The back Porch "walk out" fridge - so thankful for this!

Chilling with our friends and their growing family on Christmas Day!
Visiting with Grandma Leis at the home - Oh how I wish I could tell her the good news!

As you can see, the pictures I've taken this Christmas are mostly food related
because I have been dubbed the annoying family paparazzi - do you ever feel this way?

Perhaps I need to take a long and hard look at what things our family
can add to make Christmas more meaningful and to savour the moments
even more than the food!

Even though the moments are rare - they are the most important and much
more precious than any food or photos.

I want to be intentional about making 2015 meaningful and precious.
The Lord has blessed us as a family beyond anything we could have asked or even imagined
just as Ephesians 3:20 promises!

Till next time - HAPPY NEW YEAR dear friends ....

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cookies for your Best Pal

Don't foget your canine friends
this Christmas....

My favourite grand-doggie is a beautiful 
chocolate labrador named Macie
Even though she couldn't come "home" for Christmas this year,
she sent us a wonderful gift!

I decided to make her some homemade
doggie cookies as a thank you.
I used to make these for our Cairn Terriers and thought the recipe 
bears repeating.
They're ever so easy to make and sure to please your "best friend"

There's still time to make them ......

Puppy’s Golden Cheese Dreams

3 Cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. garlic powder
½ Cup vegetable oil
1 Cup shredded cheese
1 Egg – beaten
1 Cup milk
In large mixing bowl combine flour and garlic powder.  Make a well in flour and gradually stir in the oil, cheese, beaten egg and milk until well blended.  Knead dough on floured surface for 3-4 minutes.  Roll out dough to ½“ thick.  Use bone shaped (or any shape) cookie cutter and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400F for 25 minutes till crisp and golden.
Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen large (4" X 1 1/2") bone shaped cookies.  Keep refrigerated or frozen.

Here's to Macie, Daisy, Tucker, Cooper, Lokie, Lucy, Ping and Pong, Kobee, Ellie, Mitsy, Finn, Scooter, Rory and all the others who's names I've forgotten but who's owners are friends, blogdom friends, and family. Cheesy dreams to you this Christmas!

Missing our Cairns Thistle and Poppy!

Good Dog Macie!
Hope your paws are healing nicely.....

Picture taken by Becky 
Till Next Time - on this Eve of Christmas Eve - Merry Christmas from our house to yours. May God bless each and every one of you.