Saturday, January 1, 2011

Snapshots of Christmas

There are so many moments that I have forever written in my heart
but have no pictures of from this Christmas,
but that is probably better as I really savored those moments.
Here is what I was able to capture on camera.
We had such a blessed Christmas, filled with joy and love.
Our family Christmas picture after Christmas Eve Vigil Mass
This Way of Light Wreath made by Ann's son, has been
such a joyful addition to our days this Advent.
Christmas Eve Pajamas Present Sweet Pea loves taking down the Christmas cards
Apple Cider Venison Stew for Christmas Eve dinner. I helped out a friend at work with her son's wounded dog and as a thank you I was given some venison meat. I love venison and this recipe. It is so easy and start it Christmas eve morning (or any morning) and when we came in from vigil mass, the house smelled so wonderful and the stew was perfectly ready. This is the recipe:
Crockpot Venison Apple Cider Stew
1-2 pounds beef or venison stew meat
8-10 carrots - sliced thin
6 Idaho (are my favorite) potatoes - sliced thin
1-2 onions sliced and chopped thin
2 apples - chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or fresh would be better, but I rarely have it)
2 cups apple cider Place carrots, potatoes, onions and apples in crock pot. Add meat and sprinkle with salt, thyme, and onion. Pour cider over meat and cover. Cook in crock pot on low heat 10-12 hours.
cookies & milk for Santa and cereal for his reindeer
Christmas train gift for Pumpkin around the Christmas tree
Happy Birthday Jesus Monkey Bread on Christmas morning
Sweet Pea loves her gifts, especially kissing her baby doll
We kept promising them they could eat their gingerbread houses on Christmas Day, and somehow Pumpkin turned that into wanting to "destroy" the gingerbread houses. So we let them loose with their houses. They had a blast. What a good Christmas present for a little boy.
The day after Christmas we woke up to a winter wonderland.
Then the next day (or middle of the night) we woke up to sick children who spent the whole next two days with their buckets.
This was our Christmas present to the children.
They are pretty much the luckiest kids in the world.

"This, this is Christ the King,

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:

Haste, haste to bring him laud,

The Babe, the Son of Mary!"

Hope you have a joyous Christmas season. Blessings to all of your families.


Patty said...

Oh my gosh! I have never heard anyone else say that they enjoy venison. I read it to my hubs. My hubs was a deer hunter when we lived up north...strictly bow and arrow. (Lots of hard work.) David would always process his own meat. Since we moved down to TX, there are not many deer to be seen where we live and we cannot even hunt deer in our county! He has switched to havalena now and smokes the meat.

So sorry about the sickness. (Shudder!) We have those buckets as well!

You have a beautiful family!

MH said...

What a wonderful fam with some beautiful Christmas traditions! Love seeing my little goddaughter in her Christmas Eve pjs. :) The playset looks awesome - where did you end up getting it???

Robina said...

Patty - Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I hope you get to eat some yummy venison sometime soon. Happy New Year!!

MH - Thanks. The kids really were excited about their pajamas. I got some fleece Christmas pajama pants from Walmart for Bart and I that I pretty much try to stay in as much as posible. they are th most comfortable things I have ever worn and for only $8. We got the swingset from BJs and found a guy online to install it. he was great. He did it by himself at a very relaxed pace in two days fnishing Christmas Eve morning. It was perfect. Can't wait to have you all over to play. The kid's favorite part is to play "store" and "Steak & Shake restaurant" on the bottom level where the bench table is.

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