Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to those of you who celebrate…and happy Sunday to those of you who don’t.  🙂

Sending y’all lots of good wishes for peace and love from this Texas girl. 🙂

Hope y’all are having an awesome holiday weekend with those you love the most.

See you in a few days with a Christmas wrap-up.



Merry Christmas

Hey, y’all.  🙂

How was your Christmas Eve Eve?

Just kidding. I’m totally in the Christmas spirit. 🙂  Bottle not needed…but totally appreciated. 😉

Presents are (mostly) wrapped. 🙂

Not kidding about this one at all.  We had the air on 65 earlier today.

Since we last met…

More baking

Candied Cherry Christmas cookies.  I make these every year.  This year I used gfJules flour and this dough was unreal.  I seriously would have been happy with just a bowl of dough. 🙂

My Mema’s pots and pans out on the stove plus sugar-y butter-y prunes?

That’s right…it was Christmas Kolache making day. 🙂

That’s Papa B helping me roll the pigsHe was so proud and wanted me to take a pic. 🙂

Those were all real wheat.

I played around with some gluten – free dough for me but it didn’t turn out.

So I did this with it…

That’s right I said to myself, hey you don’t have nearly enough to do today why don’t you make some scratch puff pastry? 😉  LOOK at those layers.  That’s all gfJules flour.  No weird added ingredients just straight up flour, sugar, salt, milk, yeast and butter.  I rolled a few hot dog wieners to test it out. Plus I filled a couple little squares with the left over prunes.  I have some dough left over in the freezer that will hopefully soon become the crust for the chicken pot pie I’ve been craving.  I’ll let y’all know how it turns out.

I really can’t say enough good things about gfJules so far.  I’m liking it a lot. I don’t know what has changed with cup4cup or if it’s just something that changed with my taste but since having to go back to gluten – free for good something just tastes off with it. No matter what I’ve used it in…it’s made me gag.   I was torn between trying a few different gluten – free flours and so far I’m really glad I decided to give this one a try.

Made some more peppermint cookies.

Took Mama B to pick up the Tamales.  Test tamal in the car of course. 😉

Finished the night with my second fav Christmas movie…Love Actually.  🙂

Just a little reminder for dealing with difficult people this weekend. 🙂

Merry Christmas. 🙂  Y’all have the best day if you celebrate…or a great / safe weekend if you don’t and I’ll see ya next week. 🙂


Christmas Recap

Did y’all have a nice Christmas holiday / long weekend?

With the exception of Sister B informing us that she likes One Direction 😉 ours was really nice.  I was so sick but still managed to throw together a pretty good day. 🙂

We all wore fun Christmas T-shirts to get us in the mood.   I threw in the requisite Uggs…just because.  They were a gift to myself and this is the first week cold enough to wear them.

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Yeah, I know they’re a pretty dumb buy for someone who lives in such a warm climate but I don’t care. 🙂

Plus, I’m already planning next year’s Christmas week and they’ll be plenty appropriate.  Wink wink rest of the fam.  😉

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I finally got a picture of the tree where it looks it’s true color…bright red.  This was seriously one of my most favorite trees ever.

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Parts of our Tex-Mex meal (before serving).

Tamales…refrieds…queso…enchilada casserole…cheese rice.  Lime sherbet punch in a cute Santa mug.  🙂

It was a very nice day with family topped off with a night of Christmas light looking.  When my Mema was alive…every Christmas Eve night we’d pile into the car and go driving around looking at lights.  As we got older she’d either buy us wine coolers at the convenience stores (yes…as we drove around) or we’d bring our margaritas with us from home.  This year I was on too much medication to drink but me and Papa B ate rum cake as we were riding around.  We joked about how we used to drink our liquor…and now we eat it.  😉   (We did the light looking thang with Meme too…minus the alcohol…so it’s just really important to me that we keep up the tradition every year.)

Anyway…I finished my antibiotics and steroids today and I am finally feeling better.  I have a massage scheduled for Wed and then I’m looking forward to starting a fresh new year.  I spent the majority of this year sick and medicated…I’m so very ready for a symbolic fresh start.

Hope y’all had a Merry Christmas and that Santa brought you everything you wanted.  🙂



Merry Christmas

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So this year I decided to change up the décor a bit.  When we remodeled last year I had one wall painted this gorgeous deep blue color and the Christmas tree is right in line of sight with that wall.  Seeing all the normal green décor close to that wall drove me crazy last year.

Enter this equally gorgeous red tree with red and white lights and aqua / teal / white ornaments.  Love it.  I wish it’s redness would show thru a little better in pics but no matter what I do I can’t get a great pic.  Except the black and white.  Those look great.

I like it a lot but next year I might try moving the tree to a different spot in the room and going back to the more traditional colors.  I just can’t look at the green close to the blue wall.  It hurts my eyes.

Anyway I spent tonight making this…

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and this…

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and this…

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First up…Paula Dean’s candied (red and white) cherry / white chocolate chip cookies.  You’re a ridiculous mess, Paula D but this recipe will forever be a keeper in this house for Christmas.

Next…mini pecan pies.  Usually no matter how sick or how bad I’m feeling…at Christmas I always make homemade kolaches in honor of my Mema.  They are a lot of work and I’m just too sick today so they will have to wait for another day (soon).  But for now…Mema you are represented with these pies.  🙂

And finally…y’all know it and love it…my year round staple…a rum cake.

Tomorrow we will have our traditional Tex-Mex / tamale Christmas meal.  Pics later.

Hope y’all have the best and safe day (s) with those you love and adore.  🙂

Merry Christmas from my house to yours.  🙂

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