Hope all is well in your part of the world..
We have been waking up to snow some mornings and then the next day it is completely gone and we may have rain..
Never quite sure what we will be having..
Today the roads were very dangerous here in New Brunswick..
I was glad we did not have to go anywhere and our sons did not have to go to work until tonight..
The Christmas Closet has been emptied.. smile..
There is a closet in our room which has been given over just for Christmas decor and such..
This week I have slowly worked my way through it...
The only things left in there are the ornaments for our real tree..
We will not put it up until the week of Christmas..
There are several smaller artificial ones here and there, though..
The mantel is the one thing I love to have finished and except for fresh greenery it is completed.. Yeah...
Not a great pic but you get the gist for now, eh...
The mornings are so dark when I get up now, especially if it is a rainy or snowy day..
Do you enjoy the dark mornings along with your coffee? smile..
As we have been busy this week I have tried to do a few bowl meals..
Terry is finishing some work in the back hallway and me decorating so I like something easy that will do for at least a couple of meals..
One I did was chili which we love over hot mashed potatoes, rice or salad..
The only thing is it was such a big hit with hubby that it disappeared before I could stretch it much..
We did have it over rice and potatoes but then it was gone.. smile..
We also had Broccoli and Beef which is good over rice, too..
Do you make bowl meals and what ideas do you have??
I would like some new ones..
We had bought a butternut squash so I baked it into a couple of sweet breads..
Baked it in the oven and then pureed it..
The bread is such a nice treat with a hot cup of tea, eh?
Here is the recipe in case you would like to have it..
It is an old one that I have had for years..
You can use either pumpkin or squash..
The Best Pumpkin Bread..(or Squash)
2 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ginger or allspice
1/4 tsp. cloves
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. pumpkin or squash puree
1/2 c. water
1 c. nuts or chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 c. raisins..
Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together..
Cream butter, sugar, and eggs..
Add water and dry ingredients..
Add nuts , chips or raisins if desired..
Pour into 2 greased pans and bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 minutes or until done in the centre..
You can also use a 28 ounce can of pumpkin pie filling if you like..
Hope you enjoy this..
It is so nice for the Winter...
I included a pic of little gift bags you make with lunch bags, pages from an old book, a stamper, and dried pears..
You glue it all together with an Elmer's glue stick and then spray a bit of glue and glitter..
Add a tag..
I go around the edges with a bit of brown ink..
Well, that is all for tonight dear hearts..
Hope you are enjoying getting ready for the season, too..
Thanks so much for visiting and leaving your sweet notes..
Take care and God bless..