From the monthly archives:

December 2007

Kissing the old year out, kissing the new year in!

by Julie Kohl on December 31, 2007

Ahh, Bing Crosby!

I don’t think there will be much kissing goin’ on but we are having a little New Years Eve shindig going on tonight!  It has become sort-of a tradition to have a smorgasbord of snacks and a bonfire on New Years Eve at our house.  Unfortunately it is VERY windy so I don’t think we will do a bonfire but we do have LOTS of snacks prepared!

New Years Eve Menu:

Potato Skins
Fried Chicken Wings
Mini Pigs in a Blanket
Shrimp Cocktail
Veggies and Dip
Cheese and Crackers (Mango Stilton, English Cheddar with Carmalized Onions, French Brie)
Fruit and Chocolate Fondue
Korbel Champagne

Yes it is a lot! And NO it’s not very healthy but I don’t make too much of anything and it is the ONLY thing we eat New Years Eve.  We set everything on the table buffet style and then we eat in the living room and watch a movie.  After the movie we play cards or something and TRY to stay up til midnight!  Richie’s mom will be joining us and so will her best friend Judy that lives down the street.  I would have also invited our very good friends Dee and Randy and their two kids but they are somewhere in the middle of that Caribbean right now on a cruise! How dare they! :) (We miss you guys and hope you are having fun!)

Here are some recipes!

Cocktail Sauce

1/2 C. Ketchup
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
Good sprinkle of celery salt
2 Tbs. Prepared Horseradish
3 dashes of Franks Hot Sauce

Mix well with a spoon. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Serve with cooked shrimp.

Chocolate Fondue

16 0z. Chocolate (milk, dark or semisweet) broken into pieces
1/2 pint whipping cream
1/2 cup caramel topping
3 Tbs. favorite liqueur (I’m using Kahlua)

Place all ingredients into fondue pot over low heat. Stir constantly until melted and smooth. Do NOT allow mixture to bubble. Serve with an assortment of fruits, nuts, pound cake, and marshmallows.

Have a safe and Happy new year and if you drink, PLEASE designate a driver!  Keep yourself and others safe!


Down in Yon Forest

by Julie Kohl on December 30, 2007

I recently purchased an amazing CD made by Elizabeth Ann Barlow, one of my farmgirl friends.

This Christmas CD is her latest and is an absolute joy to listen to. Her voice is like an angel!

Here is the description of her CD as found on her etsy site:

Twelve carols for the twelve days of Christmas, featuring the talents of songstress Elizabeth Ann Barlow (yours truly), with harpist Hanna Barlow and Julian Nelson on recorder. The carols are beautifully obscure, including many examples from medieval Britain, and one selection from early America. The recording was made in a historic building with a lovely acoustic (formerly a general store and now an art gallery). The CD is packaged in a creamy cardstock folder and tied with a festive green ribbon. You’ll find no plastic here.

I HIGHLY recommend this CD and plan to order her other CD very soon. You can order her Christmas CD from her Resolutely Outmoded shop on etsy and you can here a sample of her voice on her my space page.


Eggplant Parmesan {In the Kitchen}

December 30, 2007

I love vegetables but my husband is definitely a meat (usually fried) and potatoes guy! This year I want to really try to increase the amount of vegetables we both eat.  I have plans for a good sized garden and I am looking forward to putting that in in the spring. I have spent the […]

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December 29, 2007

We just got back from another AMAZING Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert!  This was our second year to go and it was just a fabulous!  If you are not familiar with TSO you need to check out their site! TSO puts on an amazing rock/light/pyro show with a Christmas theme.  I have never seen a show with […]

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Sewing Soft Blocks

December 28, 2007

I made these cute Soft Blocks for my 9 month old nephew for Christmas.  They were super easy to make! I didn’t use a pattern I just cut 2 squares from 3 different pattern fabrics and then stitched them together.  I used basic fiberfil to stuff them.  I cut 8 1/2″, 6 1/2″, and 4 1/2″ […]

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Merry Christmas from Illinois

December 25, 2007

We have been away visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Illinois for a few days.  Of course it is my nephews first christmas so that has been really fun! He sure brought in the loot today.  My mom and dad are here too which is also great.  I will post more when we get back […]

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December 19, 2007

I haven’t had an advent calendar since I was a kid.  The once we had were those cardboard kind that had the little chocolate candies hidden inside of the perforated doors. I saw an abundance of advent calendars on the internet this season and that got me thinking of making one for myself and for […]

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Christmas Cards

December 17, 2007

I LOVE getting Christmas cards.  It is so nice to go to the post office and get things that aren’t bills or credit card applications.  For the second year in a row I have participated in a Christmas Card swap with 24 other women.  Add those to the ones I get from friends and family […]

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Pork Roast with Asparagus and Winter Carrots {In the Kitchen}

December 16, 2007

I consider myself to be a pretty good cook but every once in a while I make something and I am just like, “MAN! That was GOOD!” Well that is what happened today! (Again please excuse the lousy cell phone pictures) As part of the “Know Your Food” merit badge we are supposed to find […]

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Aww.. isn’t that cute!

December 16, 2007

Our dogs are kind of like our kids.  In the summer they spend most of the time outside but in the winter we feel sorry for them so we let them in. Now you have to understand the size of our dogs! We have 3 English Mastiffs.  Hagrid weighs in at about 115 pounds. He […]

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