Wednesday, 27 December 2017

And so this was Christmas . . .

Cold Sage & Onion Stuffing for breakfast. This morning.  While I listen to Mitzie rolling her ball around the lounge trying to make the treats fall out of it. Just because its Christmas, and I am all on my own down here in the lounge this morning, watching that little girl on You Tube and am starving.  Its right up there with cold pizza.  Seriously.  This was very tasty. (Don't worry I didn't eat too much, just a few scraps.) (That last bit was for my sister's benefit, lol.) 

I also watched Jimmy Osmond's family stuff their Thanksgiving Turkey on His Pop Up Kitchen Channel.  You can see that here. Very entertaining and what a great
looking family. 

Our Christmas Lunch was The Simplest Turkey from Piper's Farm.  After all of the cooking earlier this month, I thought I would take the easy way out for Christmas Dinner, but I still spent all day Christmas Eve and all Christmas Day for the most part in the kitchen.  LOL  That was just on all the trimmings, which we had for leftovers yesterday so yesterday I really could be lazy, but sitting around all day doing nothing is not my cup of tea I have decided.  BORING. 

Christmas Dinner was nice.  Along with the turkey and pigs in blankets,
we had homemade stuffing, swede, carrots, sprouts,
parsnips, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes,
squash and gravy and of course
cranberry sauce.

We were both too full for dessert.

We had our lunch about 1 PM, and then for supper we had some Christmas pud and Todd also had a slice of Christmas Cake and a mince pie. 


I was really happy with how my Tortiere turned out this year.  We had it on Christmas Eve and I froze the remainder of it for another time.  I also baked 24 mince pies on Christmas Eve day, which we are slowly working our way though  . . . 

This was my son's 40 pounder.  Monstrously huge.  They will be enjoying turkey dinners for a year, lol.  Actually they were supposed to go to his FIL's for Christmas dinner with it, but got snowed in.  I enjoyed a lovely facetime with him and his family on Christmas Day Evening. It was wonderful. They did get a lot of snow!  I got to see the beast all cooked as well. Looked delicious! 

(Very old photo as they are now 12, 10 and 7)

I also got to face time with Doug and his three J's earlier on Christmas Day.  The boys showed me some of their fabulous Christmas gifts. It was really, really nice.  I had been face timing with Doug earlier this week as well as he had gotten my cookbook and was really happy with that.  So were Anthony and Eileen.  Love that they love it.  

Best Christmas gift for me ever was seeing five of my grandchildren 
on Christmas day, and talking to three of my kids.
Love them to bits and always appreciate
the efforts taken! 

Talked to my mom too, of course, and my sister. I have talked to my mom every Christmas day for 62 years. It's a tradition, lol.  Love my mom.  She liked her shawl.  I was pleased about that because I want her to use it, and not just keep it for good. 


Amanda posted a few Christmas pictures.  Herself with Maryn and Cam, in matching pj's.  Cute.


The two exchange students they have living with them also had matching pajamas and crazy socks. I daren't show them just in case, but aren't the kiddies getting tall!  No sign of Tom, I suspect he was the face behind the camera.

And not a twitter from the fifth child of mine, but then again
I didn't expect to hear from him. He is his
father's son.

It would have been the capper on a pretty fab day, but I learned a long time ago
to count my blessings where I find them, and three out of five
is not bad, and I at least got to see pics of the 
fourth.  God is good.

There was the Queen's Christmas Message on Christmas Day.  A tradition and always very good. 


The Call the Midwife Christmas Special, where we got to see the ladies of Nonnatus House and the residents of Poplar battle their way though the worst Christmas weather in 300 years.  Actually Todd remembers that year as he was a milkman and says it was horrendous trying to deliver the milk on his route! 

We also got to enjoy a lovely festive edition of Victoria and Albert.  This never disappoints.

And this is really freaky.  

My next door neighbor Maxine was at the Bouverie Arms on Christmas day and guess who she met in person.  It's Albert! (Or at least the actor who plays him.) She was thrilled.  Can you tell?  She said he was really nice. 

And that was Christmas.
Quiet but good.  We are together. We are happy.
We are healthy. 
God is good.


So excited because tomorrow we get to finally meet our Sybil
in person!  I can't wait! 

A thought to carry with you . . . 

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Some people are going to love you
no matter what you do,
and some people are not going to
love you, no matter what you do.
Go where the love is.
~Unknown   •。★★ 。* 。 

I will be back with Book of Mormon Corner after the holidays have all finished.  


In The English Kitchen today a selection of tasty mains to choose from for New Years.  


Yesterday it was Pandoro French Toast served with leftover pigs in blankets and a mincemeat syrup. This was really, really good!

Have a wonderful Wednesday.  Don't forget along the way of your day!

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And I do too! 



  1. Hi, Dear Marie! So glad you've been having a lovely Christmas time... fun to see and hear all about it! And see all the delicious food too...mmm... It's been a sweet, slow and relaxing few days here. We're wrap up in a nice little cocoon of cosiness that may be hard to break out of come new year... LOL! We watch the Call the Midwife Christmas special tonight--can't wait! Oh, and have a wonderful time meeting Sybil tomorrow--sooo exciting! :))) Wishing continued Happy Holly and Holy Days... ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

  2. Love that you were able to be with family:) Wonderful..and the other two..well ..time has a way of teaching us lessons.

    Marie I hear you re stuffing..Fred made us a feast..and his stuffing..? I can have a bite and say..there that's enough..this one I was popping into my mouth as if I had never had stuffing.. he made apps and turkey and stuffing and rice and carrots and cassoulet and un ragout de boulettes.. it was over the top..fab.of and hand pies..all Fred..he made everything.

    I am so happy you get to meet Sybill and I look forward to hearing all about it:)

  3. I have loved having all the Christmas leftovers here at my house. There are still a few I put away in the freezer for another day, and yesterday made some chicken noodle soup. It's terribly cold here and it hits the spot. Loved seeing the happy faces of your family. Can hardly wait to hear of your visit with Sybil who is such a sweet lady.

  4. Happy cosy time Tracy! I hope that you and TJ enjoyed the Christmas CTMW special. I thought it was lovely but was quite disappointed that a few characters will not be coming back this year. The core remains the same however, and that is good! Thought we would miss Jenny and we didn't! Love, hugs and Happy New Year Wishes! xoxo

    Your Christmas feast sounds absolutely fabulous Monique! Ragout de Boulettes! Wow, have not had that in years. I would love to hear more about Fred's stuffing! It sounds marvelous! Happy New Year! xoxo

    Oh yum, Chicken Noodle Soup Pam. You can't beat it on a cold day! I have my fingers crossed the weather will cooperate today for Sybil's visit! Happy New Year! xoxo

  5. I got the best Christmas present EVER! My oldest granddaughter Lexi gave me your cookbook for Christmas! She earned the money herself. She handed me my gift and I looked at her in awe.

    I let my Mom look at it first though. She couldn't believe that it was a cookbook til she saw all those beautiful pictures of food when I was flipping through it at first.

    Marie, you made a beautiful cookbook and I'm so proud of you! No wonder it has been selling out everywhere!

    I had won a gift credit from a clothes site that Lex is excited about getting more clothes from it. I've been fortunate to win a couple times on a few blogs.

    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

    Big hugs and love!

  6. Jan, that is so exciting to me! If you send me your address, I'll try to get a signed bookplate out to you. I have to wait for a fresh influx of money, but I will send you one. E-mail me! I hope that it is not a disappointment! What a kind and thoughtful daughter! Love and hugs! xoxo

  7. You mean, what a kind and thoughtful 16 yr old granddaughter I have.She's the best! She earned that money babysitting and cleaning for people, so she could buy Christmas presents for everyone. I'm so proud of Her!

  8. Oops yes Jan, I did mean granddaughter! Forgive my stumbling fingers. It is not many 16 year olds that are that selfless and giving! You have a real treasure there! xoxo


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