Friday, January 7, 2011

Christmas Recovery Period

I'm so sad that Christmas is over this year. It seemed to fly by and I don't think I got in the requisite amounts of Christmas music, movies and fresh pine scent. I'm also feeling nostalgic about the holidays since we'll be moving next summer.

I did, however, experience more than my fair share of a few other things...

9 Batches of Secret Family Recipe Sugar Cookies
Sweet/Salty and delicious. While I did not eat all of these myself, I sampled copiously.

36 Pioneer Woman Truffles
Almond filled, sea salt sprinkled, dark chocolate covered and raspberry filled. Don't get me started, I had to put the rest in a box and send them to a neighbor just to stop the chocolatey madness. 

5 Entire Batches of Pioneer Woman Tiny Vanilla Scones
Apparently I'm all about PW this Christmas. I did share these scones with others, but did not shy away from making sure they were fit to eat. These things are totally addicting and perfect, I mean PERfect, with several cups of morning coffee/half 'n' half.

Many, Many Helpings of Spicy Cheese Grits

Mom and I ate these at a local restaurant and practiced til we got them right. Make them ASAP or you'll regret it forever...after you've tasted them one day and realized what you've been missing out on for so long.

Bring to a boil 5 cups of chicken stock and 2-3 Tablespoons of garlic powder.
Add 1 1/4 cups of uncooked grits. (cook according to package directions)
Stir in 1 cup of shredded Cheddar/Jack or Habanero Cheddar
and 1 cup of shredded Velveeta
Add ground red pepper to taste (start with a dash and go from there).
Pour grits into a 9 x 13 casserole dish, top with diced fresh tomatoes and sprinkle with shredded cheddar. Bake for about 30 min. at 350. 

10 Books: Some Worthless and Some Worthwhile
3 Blue Blood Teen lit books (Absolutely Worthless)
3 books: The Airhead Series by Meg Cabot (Worthwhile and fun)
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell (Worthwhile and loved it)
Pride and Prejudice (Worthwhile and always love a refresher!)
Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller (Definately worthwhile and I reccommend it!)
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (Not finished with this yet, but it's worthwhile!)

1 Season of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Don't judge. It was a childhood favorite and my Mom gave it to me for Christmas as sort of a joke but W and I watched them, laughed a lot and were completely entertained.

52 Pounds of holiday padding on various parts of my body
I blame all the yummy things that my family and friends (and, ok, myself) baked, fried, bought and smeared with icing. I've got a lot of walking to do...too bad it's too cold out to do that now...actually I need the padding to stay warm, what was I thinking?


  1. Those truffles sound amazing! You always make the best holiday foods!!!

  2. Yay, you did another post!

    I definitely did my fair share of helping to devour the 9 batches of sugar cookies (and also the scones!). Y U M !
    And I will be making those spicy cheese grits asap. Anything spicy and cheesy must be delicious :)

  3. Yay new post :) Um yes your sugar cookies and those vanilla scones were pure heaven. I would give a finger (my left pinky) for them now as I'm laying in bed watching the news on the winter storm in Atl. Whole city shut down. Can every Monday be like this?

    I wanna read some of your book recommendations, I finally read Mockingjay we must discuss ASAP.

    52 lbs from just the holidays? Wow, I'm impressed.