I have made it my little tradition to post our menus each year. It is so good to look back. This year there were a couple more grown-up items and I can see how our family is growing and changing. If I could speak to that younger self of mine five years ago or so, I would say: breathe, enjoy the process, let love be the theme and atmosphere, simple is okay, remember to look in their eyes and smile – who knew these little children would get so big and make multiple recipes all by themselves one day. Treasure the days and look forward to growth. It is all good. I think I would give myself a big hug, too, and offer to clean the house. 🙂
There is something about the process of making our Sweet Potato Bake that delights my soul.
I find myself happy, relaxed- swirling ingredients, colors blending, flavors rising. This year, I discovered another recipe that produces that same sense of well-being, joy, and aesthetic pleasure. Light Italian Salad.
One of the reasons I had a melt down on the big food preparation day was due to the state of our recipes and binder. All the different recipes were in different places and it felt so overwhelming to locate them all. Some were linked on the computer, some in cookbooks, some in computer print-outs, some a Word document, some in our Family Cookbook Binder. So. I took it in hand and got it all organized and in one section of our Family Cookbook Binder.
Easy to use for all cooks and everything there, complete with some notes. However, the getting to that point was unorganized and a little raucous (and I just double checked the definition of raucous- and o, yes, that word is just about perfect, I am sorry to say). It is a great project- but challenging to work on with all the little people under foot. I haven’t been able to get much alone time at any time where I have energy to work on things like this. There have been some health struggles in the last few months. The ideal would have been to handle this project during nap, bedtime, or wee early morning time. I am hoping to get a head start on the Christmas section now that this went so well and forgo any more raucous experiences! I am thinking I will be able to get my older children on board to help with the littles so I can do this now that we have all experienced the blessing of the organized binder. I must say that Nathanael did navigate Elenorah for almost the entire time it took me to get everything printed and he was amazing with her. So, I am thankful!
Abigaile eagerly asked if she could arrange the vegetable platter. She did a beautiful job! She mentioned arranging the platter for another gathering that we had and wanted to do so again.
Light Italian Salad
Ham and Pickle Rolls
Triscuits and Special Sauce
Snowballs (aka Popcorn Balls)…these are a first snow day tradition here…although I don’t always get to make them like I wish. They turned out perfect this year.
Holiday Cranberry Relish
Sweet Potato Bake
Whipped Mashed Potatoes
Crusty, home-made rolls
Steamed Green Beans
Light Italian Salad
Chocolate Chip Pie with Chocolate Ganache
Jewish Apple Cake
Pumpkin Bars with White Frosting
Popcorn Balls- these were the perfect treat for the Thanksgiving Night Movie Time with our older children
Sparkling Grape Juice
I will post Part Three- The People tomorrow (Lord willing!).
Psalm 106:1English Standard Version (ESV)
Give Thanks to the Lord, for He Is Good
106 Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!