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Home for BOXING DAY and driveways had to be cleared.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas is over and now the New Years celebrations loom ahead. These two celebrations are just too close together for my liking. The weather is less cooperative at this time of year too.

Its a good thing I have a completely different menu for New Years EVE.
Instead of cookies it will be much healthier, Hummus and vegetable sticks.
I am not making meat pies I am getting away from pastries as much as I can. We had meat pies in England too so it will be a really big change from traditional fare. I am still hoping to be in Plattsburgh still trying to get to see grandkids.
The kids do not mind the Vegetable sticks but they do not like Hummus, it is an acquired taste for sure.

I used to make a White Cheese and Chicken Lasagna and I add chopped Spinach or Broccoli. I put the greens in the ends of a 9 x13 pan then we serve the children from the ends. It actually works best allowing just a little of the greens to migrate and when they find it I apologize and then the usual response is, no problem and often I see some greens go into their mouths and swallowed. It makes it easier if they have control of what they put in their mouths. They all ate vegetable baby food but along with learning to walk they appear to develop a new set of taste buds and vegetables are out for a long while, right when they need them the most for growing bodies.

It is a good dish to make, everyone does seem to like it and we will be able to sit together and serve ourselves.
I have another box of crackers for the table so it will be fun again to have them on hand.

I think I will ask for input from the children this year, that way if they help with the menu they will have some vegetable of their choice in the meal.

We have to stay tuned to the National weather pattern so we can decide when to go West through the mountains. We no longer take the ferry we drive the perimeter of Lake Champlain it adds an hour to the journey but I dislike the ferries in winter. The wind can give us a rough ride and I know I will never be a sailor.

We are both tired from a fabulous busy weekend and hoping to be in bed a little earlier tonight.

I have read lots of blogs and people for the most part have enjoyed the season, some are through with their celebrations and others are still celebrating.

Now we are waiting and hoping for another opportunity to have clear roads for about 250 miles. You just cannot get there from here. Flying is not an option it would take so much longer and is so much more expensive. I would most definitely be carrying way too much extra baggage since their gifts are still here on this side of the mountains.

There used to be passenger train service but it no longer uses the same route so it requires us to drive further away from our destination to board the train and at the other end another long drive. Its no use we just have to wake up early and go. If we have to stop at least their will be more likelihood of finding a room in a hotel or motel to wait for the roads to clear. As it gets closer to New Year we will find hotels and motels filling up fast.

Decisions, decisions, life is just full of them. Christmas worked so lets hope New Year does too. HUGS Pat in Maine.
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    2011 days ago
  • KATHY024
    Being from the midwest we always prefaced every holiday invite with : "If the weather permits". I sure hope it does for you and that you can ring in the new year with your grandchildren.
    2341 days ago
  • TERRI289
    I so hope that you get to see your grandkids soon!!!
    2342 days ago
    I sure hope everything works out for your trip. I am actually tired of sweets at this point. I don't like hummus either. LOL. We got a light dusting of snow today that melted - our first. We had none this Fall which is rare.
    2342 days ago
    Sure hope you get to go see the grandkids soon and that the weather cooperates. I finished some more of the vegetable left overs...the brussel sprouts were GREAT! Thanks so much for making them!!!!! Love you much. emoticon emoticon
    2342 days ago
    I'm with you 100% on Christmas nd new years being too close together.

    You shall make the correct decision for your travels. Just be careful.

    I'm missing a bit here and just catching up my vision or i should say eyelids are not moving in my favor. I see neurologist next week Tuesday. Hugs
    2342 days ago
    I am very happy that you have made it home safe. The weather is so unpredictable you always have to wait and see what it is going to do.

    I hope that it stays good in your favor so you and Fred will be able to travel to go and see your grandchildren. I know how much that means to you both. They are so special, that you really don't want to miss anything that they do.

    What a very good idea about putting the greens at the ends of the dish and serving the children from those sides. It is good that it worked so well for you. Your recipe ideas always sound so good. I bet that they are just as delicious too. Letting the grandchildren have a say in the meal planning is such a great thing to do. They really feel like a big part of the family.

    I can imagine what it would be like to take a ferry in the winter. It really must be a rough ride. I too would opt for the longer drive instead. It is too bad that the train service doesn't go the same way anymore. If the weather holds out and it stays nice, the scenery must be just gorgeous through the mountains. I hope that if the weather turns bad that you will be able to find a hotel/motel room somewhere's.

    I want to wish you a very good week. Hope that everything goes your way so you can keep to your plans.

    Here's sending you hugs and good wishes for the week.

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    2342 days ago
    Our family celebrating is over. Daughter and son-in-law will be returning home later this afternoon. Ted is working today. It is time to prepare for the new year. I hope your weather is clear enough for you to be able to visit with your grandchildren.


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    2342 days ago
    Wishing you good weather so you can travel.

    2342 days ago
    I am praying that you get to go see the grandkids!! I know how important that is to you!! Safe travels--keep us posted!
    2342 days ago
    That lasagna description reminded me of a recipe that I just love and haven't had in years!

    I do hope it works out for you to see your family for New Year's.
    2342 days ago
    I hope you get to see the kids without traveling incidents. I think you're on to something asking for their input on the veggies, very smart! The lasagna sounds like a sure winner.
    2342 days ago
    Our weather has been quite mild, but terribly damp. We expect a change in the next day or so. Supposed to get colder. No snow for 2 days now. the roads are slushy.

    Hope the weather where you are clears and is good for you to travel to Plattsburgh and get to see the grands.

    Here's wishing you that good weather. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon from emoticon
    2342 days ago
    The food you talk about always makes me hungry! emoticon It sounds sooooo good! Hope you do get to visit your family! But, we don't want you out on bad roads for sure. emoticon
    2342 days ago
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