Chronic pain and depression live with me not the other way around!
"God uses pain and tribulation to make things right in our lives" courtesy of The African American Devotional Bible King James Version
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This year we scaled back on the Christmas gifts for the adults. Christmas, at our house, was all about the kids! I'm so glad we decided to do a little tree this year. Everyone really liked the decorations.
No early wakeups. The kids opened their gifts around 11 am. It gave me plenty of time to make breakfast and enjoy a cup of coffee.
The girls received new pajamas. A traditional Christmas gift when I was growing up.
Gaia wore her new thermal pajamas from Old Navy. Everyone thought she looked adorable in them.
Another wonderful Christmas day in the Berry-Morin house.
Last night, I baked a batch of homemade sugar cookies. I love baking! Especially this time of year!
Our oldest granddaughter joined me in the icing and decorating. We had a great time chatting while finishing our yummy creations.
I made the cookie icing from scratch. Just a cup of confectionery sugar and 3-4 teaspoons of water. P.S. I ended up adding more sugar because the texture wasn't to my liking.
After allowing the icing to set, it was time to add some color! I decorated with gold sprinkles while our granddaughter used the pink sprinkles her cookies. The family loved the cookies. Only 2 of them mentioned missing the butter taste. I'm so glad I made plenty of cookies. We gave several to the neighbors, who quickly gobbled them up.
By the way, I use a butter recipe. I found this sugar cookie recipe at Country Crock website using margarine.
Hubby and I decided to take a walk through Target's Christmas section. I'm so glad I did because I found these adorable people ornaments. This gal just had to have them. At $3.99 each I quickly added them to the cart! They look great on our Christmas tree.
Inspired by my Cece Sportswear Bow top from Le Tote fashion subscription box I put this outfit together. I added my Kensie dark blue jeggings from Le Tote, Merona black MaryJane heels from Target, brown satchel handbag from Ross for daytime and art deco-inspired clutch also from Le Tote for evening.
Just another fun and affordable outfit from my wardrobe!
No written or oral recipe for the dish. I just added fresh chopped vegetables that would compliment pork. Organic butternut squash, sweet potato, and carrots were uniformly chopped. I then cut the pork into similar sizes to the veggies.
The next step was to layer each vegetable in the Dutch oven evenly based on cooking time. Sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, and pork. (I did roast the butternut squash for 30 minutes prior to added it to the dish) Just salt and pepper each layer. Eyeballed the level of water to 1/4 full.
I turned the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Set the kitchen timer to 1 hour. (our old oven runs hot)
Oh! I did add fresh green beans at the final 5 minutes of cooking. Let the Dutch oven sit on the counter for a 30 minutes with the top on.
Thank you to Elisabeth Holmes, Wall Street Journal, for asking me to be part of "A New Style of Baby Talk" article. I had a great time participating. I guess you just never really know who's reading your tweets!
I decided that I would turn our yearly Thanksgiving dinner choice into a teaching moment for our oldest granddaughter. I found this cute election printables on Pinterest. Thank you Dab A Bit Of Glue for providing them.
The ballots listed 2 food options: Chinese takeout and American cuisine. American cuisine. The poll opened around 9 am this morning. My husband and son took advantage of early voting to case their votes.
I closed the poll at 3PM PST. At 4:30PM PST, the results were announced. Chinese take out had 4 votes and American cuisine had 1. We will be having Chinese take out for Thanksgiving dinner this year!
Our precious Gaia provided the results through a translator!