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Dec 27, 2015

Tasty, Simple Holiday Meals, Thrifting Score! More Snow

Swedish meatballs
Tasty, Simple Holiday Meals-
I like to always try new recipes. This year I had to work Christmas Eve, although I got off 2 hours early! Next year I will take off some holiday time as I'm still building up vacation time, and can't use any yet. This year I hosted a Christmas morning brunch buffet and decided to make Amish Style Baked Oatmeal. It was a HUGE hit! It was nice and light thanks to the baking powder. I used our eggs, and  home-canned/home-grown organic apple slices in the bottom, making it extra special! I served it with thick bacon, tangelos, Pannetoni bread, and hot beverages. Everyone had fun and left with a full tummy.

Santa's helper (hee hee) got me this on eBay for Christmas. My, she has great taste! It will hang in my kitchen in the spring on my white back splash. 

Baked oatmeal with a hot orange roll, leftovers the next day :)

Last night I made Swedish meatballs with cream sauce, egg noodles and served it with Lingonberry sauce. I used this recipe- Swedish Meatballs. It's pretty simple to make the meatballs, and since you bake them in the oven you can walk away-

browning in the oven

We had a mixed kale salad with it. Later we sat down and watched The Christmas Story, what a hoot! I never realized it was set in the late 1930's, not the 40's. Fascinating to look at the kitchen, clothes, etc.

Big Thrifting-
We hit the Goodwill store today and really scored! We started off with a really expensive baby backpack, a gift for our expecting kids. We paid $25.00, new these would be atleast $100.00 more!

I also bought the French-style lavender basket above, nice workmanship-

I found 2 nice work blouses, a hanging cubicle file holder and these- 

wooden flowers for yard art, new

lightweight planting tin, $1.99
Like-new Olive tray/dish, $3.99

More Snow-
We had more snow on Christmas Eve and it was cold enough for it to stick! We had the first white Christmas it a few years, what a treat! The ski resorts are loving it and it's so pretty. It really makes the holidays decoration outside pop! It's been really COLD, it's 16 right now, at 6:30 p.m. The low is forecast for 6 degrees, Thursday morning. The coop is warm and with our newer house no freezing pipes, and a good furnace. Life is good!


Susan said...

Everything sounds and looks so delicious! I am constantly amazed at the great thrifting finds you have - no such luck here.

Kristina said...

The meatballs look tasty. I'm not sure if I wish we had snow or now, but I am really tired of rain. We could float away today (or this week).

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

That was a good day!

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

Yes, too much rain is never good#

Mama Pea said...

Yummy looking (and I'm sure tasting!) food. Your temps are just about the same as ours here in northern MN. We could use more snow but at least the ground is covered now. If only there wasn't a thick layer of ICE under the snow! Can't have everything perfect!

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

I hear you, at least no twisters:(

Leigh said...

Must you put those tantalizingly scrumptious-looking food photos all over your post??? Now I'm hungry! LOL

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

Thanks, I will be making them again!

Jennifer P said...

Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

Thanks for hosting!

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