3 crusts for a 9” pie (I admit I use store bought because I have not perfected pie crust yet)
Fillings: green vegetable (spinach or broccoli) chopped very small 4 ounces meat (cooked bacon or ham) chopped very small 6 ounces finely shredded or chopped cheese ( Swiss, Gruyere, Feta or any combination of those)
In a medium bowl, whisk together: 1 cup milk 1 cup heavy cream 6 large eggs dash of ground nutmeg, pepper, and salt
Roll out the pie crust and cut 2 ¾ inch rounds Fit rounds into a non-stick mini muffin pan
Evenly distribute fillings (meat, cheese and vegetable) in each crust-lined cup Pour milk mixture evenly between cups
Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes until tops puff and begin to turn golden brown Immediately remove from pans and cool on a wire rack
We needed a new tree topper so I let the girls pick it out. Of course they picked the most sparkly one they could find. As it turns out, it is also quite bright. You could do highway construction at night by this star.
Oh, the heavenly smells of Christmas baking! The flour and sugar mess I could do without, but the smells, the ambiance, the warmth... we almost feel like a Tasha Tudor picture, the girls and I in our aprons. The girls did a lot of the baking this year!
Fruitcake Cookies. Kevin likes fruitcake. This is an easy compromise that tastes delicious. Everyone likes them! I accidentally soaked the dried fruit in an expensive wine someone gave us. I didn't know we HAD any expensive wine. Oops.
We made Chai Tea Mix to give the children's tutors and relatives. All the recipes we found called for creamer, which has hydrogenated fats in it. So this is what we did. I think we made 4 batches of this. Delicious! Just as good as the store mixes with creamer in them.
2 1/2 cups sugar 2 tsp powdered vanilla (can be found at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods) 3 cups powdered milk 1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea 2 tsp ginger 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp cardamom After mixing all the ingredients well, we blended them in the blender to make a fine powder.
To serve, mix 2 rounded TBSP in a mug of boiling water. (Edited to correct this from tsp to TBSP).
We hosted a baby shower for Kari this weekend. Baby showers are such a lovely celebration of motherhood and the incredible blessing of new babies. This group of women has been around the baby shower block a few times so we skipped the shower games and, instead, visited, held babies and ate lady food. There were about a dozen girls, an assortment of toddlers and babies, and 15 ladies, who between them have 91 children. With two more on the way. Well maybe by now one more, my niece went into labor this morning but I haven't heard that the baby has been born yet.
Here is the new mom, visiting with guests.
We served chicken salad, fruit salad, mini muffins, mini quiches, fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwiches, a vegetable platter and desserts.
Here is the guest of honor himself, sleeping through his party in the arms of my sister-in-law, Terri, the tiny lady with the great, big opera singing voice.
The Angels. My sister Angela and my friend Angela.
For the centerpiece, Monica and I made this adorable diaper cake.
We meet up with aunts, uncles and cousins at a Christmas tree farm. There is a hay ride behind an enormous tractor out to the fields. We get really cold and reject tree after tree in search of the perfect one.
On the hay wagon.
Maria does not like to wear mittens.
It was Blaise's turn to cut the tree down. Then he hauled it in with the help of big brothers.
Rob wants to get his father something special
for Christmas this year -- something that shows how much he really
loves him. But it's Christmas Eve, and he doesn't have much money to
spend. What could he possibly get? Suddenly, Rob thinks of the best
gift of all...
The children each got a wonderful, new book and all is silent right now as they are engrossed in reading them as fast as they can.