Tuesday, December 31, 2013

caramelized ham & swiss buns

Caramelized Ham & Swiss Buns
15 Sandwiches
{adapted from a Taste of Home Recipe}

15 slider rolls, split
3/4 cup horseradish sauce or mayonnaise
15 slices deli ham
8 slices Swiss cheese, halved
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
3 teaspoons poppy seeds
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Spread roll bottoms with horseradish sauce. Layer with ham and cheese; replace tops. Arrange in a single layer in a greased 10x14-inch-baking pan.

In a small skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour over rolls. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°.
Bake, covered for 25 minutes.
Bake, uncovered for 5-10 minutes longer or until golden brown.

Friday, December 27, 2013

creative christmas bowling

During our annual christmas family bowling we got a bit creative  . . . 

frame one: use your non-dominate hand . . . 

frame two: keep one hand in your back pocket . . .

frame three: two handed roll . . . 

frame four: do a pirouette before releasing the ball . . . 

frame five: hike it like a football . . . 

frame six: take eight steps before releasing the ball . . . 

frame seven: start in the neighboring lane and cross over to yours . . .

frame eight: hop on one foot . . . 

frame nine: keep both feet planted {or at least try} . . . 

frame ten: hold hands with a friend . . . 

so now you get the idea - everyone got to choose one way to bowl
what would your ideas be ??

I'll let you in on a secret . . . 
one of our bowlers had a higher score with 
creative bowling than regular bowling 
but I won't mention who

Monday, December 23, 2013

the moment in the middle

Hold your breath.
Here it is.
Christmas Eve.
My favorite time of the Christmas Season.
The perfect moment between all the preparations and all of the celebrations.

All is done yet all is yet to come . . .
"It was a moment of perfection he would probably not find again this year, and he sat without moving, almost without breathing. There was the upside of a garden, when one was digging and planting, heaving and hauling, and then the downside, when it was all weeding and grooming and watering and sweating. One had to be fleet to catch the moment in the middle, the mountaintop, when perfection was as brief as the visit of a butterfly to an outstretched palm.

From the book Out to Cannan (the fourth book in the Mitford series)
by: Jan Karon

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

tealight snowman

When our extended family gets together for a Christmas brunch I like to bring a little favor. This year it will be tealight snowmen.  I got the idea from my daughter in-law who sent me a picture of a very cute scrapbook tealight snowman project. I simplified the idea and headed to the dollar store.  If you want to see fancier versions just do an image search and you will see lots of great ideas.

A few projects from previous years: