i’ve been a bad blogger

just wanted to stop by and wish everyone a very blessed Christmas….i am sure you are all hustling and bustling, just like i am…..i promise to be back to regular blogging after Christmas!  enjoy your holidays!

christmas card picture prep

 this is one of the first photos i took for our Christmas cards this year.  my son, (13), didn’t quite want to participate and pull himself away from playing videos games, but the dog was willing, (ok, so he didn’t have much choice, but we did manage to take a few pics before he pawed off his antlers.)  of course, the one we are going to use for the cards, they are both facing forward, but i thought this would work for the blog.

more tasty treats

 well, finally.  here is our Thanksgiving menu so far.  year to year, things change, but our favorites  remain the same.

  • Turkey, (obviously)
  • Stuffing (mother-in-law specialty)  (she even gave me the secret recipe!)
  • Sweet Potato Bake
  • Green Beans with Bacon
  • Rolls
  • Ham Roll-ups
  • Mashed Potatoes and Homemade Gravy (mom’s family recipe)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Pie (always made by my dad)
  • Chocolate Fudge Brownie Pie (or something like that….it’s a new recipe this year)
 so, here is another recipe that we use every year.  (it’s pretty basic, but ohhh so sweeeet and yummy!)

Sweet Potato Bake



  • 3 cups sweet potatoes-mashed
  • 2 eggs-slightly beaten
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (we omit these for allergy reasons)


  1. For filling:  Heat together and pour in baking dish.
  2. For topping: Mix together topping ingredients, and pour over filling.
  3. Bake at 350′ for 30-40 minutes.

my favorite holiday appetizer–ham roll-ups

 ok.  those are ham roll-ups.  oh ya….they are sooo good.  we have always had them at Thanksgiving and Christmas, for as long as i can remember.  my dad used to make them, now my sister has taken his job.  they are fabulous no matter who makes them.  they are very simple. 

here’s the recipe–if you can call it that!

Holiday Ham Roll-ups


  • deli sliced ham, sliced as thick or thin as you like, you can purchase the prepackaged type as well.  pieces should be rectangles approx. 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
  • 1 8oz. brick of cream cheese, softened
  • green onions, washed and ends trimmed off


  1. Spread cream cheese very carefully on slice of ham…the ham may rip if the ham is sliced to thin or if the cream cheese isn’t soft enough.
  2. Take an onion and place along the edge, lengthwise.
  3. Carefully roll up ham slice, starting with the onion side.
  4. Proceed until all ingredients are used.
  5. Place on a plate and chill in refrigerator.
  6. Carefully slice into bite size pcs.
  7. YUM  Serve cold, store remainders in refrigerator, (but in our house, there are never any left.) (in fact, they quickly disappear before the meal even begins.)