Posted by justbetweencousins
English Pea Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mixed Fruit Salad
Cranberry Sauce ( lots and lots)
Homemade Chex Mix
Sausages in Crescent Rolls
Okay…the casseroles precooked and ready for a re-heat tomorrow. The pies are almost done and the cake is sitting in the fridge…a beautiful decorated masterpiece that was sent home with my hubby (It looks yummy!), the turkey will be started in the morning. Everything else just before we get ready to eat. My family can’t wait! I am glad they will be in charge of cleaning…of course maybe I should quit cleaning up behind myself. Hehe!
Time to take the pies out of the oven. Have a wonderful evening!
Posted by justbetweencousins
Christmas Eve is finally here and all the planning and strength training will be tested.
I know it may feel like it but not at this house. “Nope!” The house is still quiet and will swing into full gusto in about an hour and a half. My day was already full and since talking with you yesterday I have two guests coming over today. 2 young ladies, each one the significant other, will visit and then whisk the son, they are associated with, out the door for festivities with their families. But for now…”All is Calm, All is Bright“.
I awoke this morning as usual and already had a list of VIP tasks to accomplish. After waking my husband and making sure he was eating his breakfast and functioning I headed to the kitchen. The ingredients of the various casseroles covered the counter and my body took over. Sip of coffee, bowls, spoons for mixing, cheese and eggs from the refrigerator, sip of coffee. A time for everything and everything in its place, including the coffee cup in my hand. One casserole at a time was prepared and covered. Each one placed in the refrigerator where they will stay until tomorrow for the final bake. Coffee back in hand and sip! “All is Calm, All is Bright”
The pies and the three-layer cakes were all baked and wrapped yesterday. The fudge was made and put away for today. The cookies were all baked and wait for the icing and decorations. I love making fudge for gifts….so I retrieve the fudge this morning and began cutting the slab of smooth, dark chocolate and place it on my cutting board. The gift bags are placed out and ready for the heavenly little squares. Once this is completed I pick up my trusted friend and finish the contents. I need another cup! Yet still…”All is Calm, All is Bright”
You may wonder why I felt the need to prepare them all this early…Well with the visit of the girlfriends, and the fact that I have to be at my church at 12:15 for practice and sound checks, the 2 Christmas Eve Services at 2:00 and 4:00, I get tired just thinking about it. HEHE! I like to plan ahead allowing for schedule changes. I hear a noise from upstairs….one of my sons is up and moving around. So much for a little more peace and quiet. Pick up coffee cup and sip! “All is Calm, All is Bright”
I have to admit to you that the true test will come tomorrow. I do not remember, sadly, ever going to church on Christmas when it fell on a Sunday. Stop spitting out your coffee in unbelief and swallow. Most of the churches either canceled services or I was out-of-town. My husband is a little disturbed with the fact that I have the special in the morning. I explained to him why we have never had this issue come up before and he replied…”We can go out-of-town!” I just smiled back at him and reassured him that I would not be long and the service is early. It is not like we have four children all getting toys from Santa. We just have one and he is borderline “coal”. “We can have breakfast and get ready for church, come home and baste the turkey then open presents.” and “Don’t worry honey, you will get your Latte’ .” “All is Calm, All is Bright”
The sun has been up for a little while now and it is not the only light I see. The tree’s lights glisten giving pause to my gaze. The time ahead is for remembering the reason for the season and spending time with my family and friends. Take a moment to realize all that we have and don’t dwell on the regrets of our past. We must step out on faith and take one step at a time as we head into this season and the upcoming new year.
Holding this concept to my heart I will close….family is moving around me and I want to be with them for as long as I can. I pause with tears in my eyes for those I have lost dear to me and smile because I will see them again. I hope you can have the same feeling and enjoy your Christmas and New Years. Try to find the place in your season where “All is Calm, All is Bright” and you will have a Merry Christmas.