Monday Musings: 12.31.2012 Edition December 31, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in Holidays Countdown, Home, knitting, meal plan monday, Musings.
Tags: monday menu plan
Can I just start by saying: HOLY COW! It’s the end of the year! Where did this year go?
I trust our TENS of readers had a wonderful holiday and didn’t miss us too much!
As you can see by the photo, we’ve continued out tradition of buying a small live, potted tree for Christmas. Assuming it survives the winter, we’ll plant it in the back yard in the spring.
It’s somehow sad to see all the used-up Christmas trees at the curb awaiting trash day for the next couple of weeks, isn’t it?
One of the projects I’ve been working on the past few weeks was to make a couple of special ornaments for some friends of ours – it just seems a little more personal than a Christmas card, you know?
I found a wee little mitten pattern (using leftover sock yarn!) that turned out to be the Cutest Mitten Ever!
I even dragged out a crochet hook when I found some glittery crochet cotton – there’s very little prettier than a sparkly, lacy snowflake, is there?
Though you know? If I’m going to do this sort of thing for Christmas, should probably start before December. Someone should remind me next year . . .
As we have for the past few years, Peeps and I cooked Christmas dinner for the family.
It was pretty standard fare – prime rib with individual Yorkshire puddings, this AMAZING mashed potato casserole (that we are DEFINITELY going to do again!). . . and we also did dessert.
When I saw the recipe, I could not resist making a red velvet cheesecake cake.
I mean, WHAT could be more festive? Two layers of red velvet cake, with a layer of homemade cheesecake between, all frosted with cream cheese frosting, with colored sprinkles on top – you know you’d try it too!
So we got a bit of snow this week.
Actually a little more than “a bit” - Peeps spent a good amount of time shoveling enough of the deck that he can get out to the grill for our annual New Year’s Eve Steak Dinner this week.
And, of course, since his Papa was out, The Jar needed to be out, as well.
And since The Jar was out, he got to enjoy a little bone time.
Too bad there really wasn’t a good place for him to lie down. . . though he managed!
In other, non-holiday news, I’m hoping to get a start on painting the new bathroom this week – that drywall dust is driving me NUTS!
I want to make sure I have a clearer vision of what I want throughout the house before I start painting willy-nilly. Again.
It’s unfortunate when you get done painting, take a step back, and realize, you know, I don’t really love that. It’s even worse when your reaction is ”I hate that.”
I’ve got both going on right now. Time for a little change of the scenery, I’d say.
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan. I don’t know if it’s the holidays, or the FEET of snow we’re suddenly dealing with, or the cold, or just simply old age, but WOW we’ve been tired lately! For this week, anyway, we’re trying to keep things as simple as we can.
Monday - On New Years eve, rather than go out, Peeps and I have always made our way to the grill – even if we have to practically tunnel through the snow – and grilled a couple of rib-eye steaks. And what would a steak dinner be without a baked potato? A fresh salad, a little fresh bread, and, of course, a bottle of something fizzy, because, let’s face it, there’s no way we’re going to see midnight anyway!
Tuesday - I’m told that Hoppin’ John is traditional New Year’s Day fare, and we can certainly use all the good luck we can get – especially with the upcoming painting projects on our horizon!
Wednesday - We pulled a package of homemade breakfast sausage from the freezer and will do . . . something breakfasty. Maybe sausage gravy and biscuits, perhaps sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches, or possibly breakfast burritos.
Thursday - So remember how, a couple of weeks ago, we had taco night? Well, we had some meat left over (and that was even after a couple of weekend taco nights, and a few taco breakfasts and lunches for each of us!), and, in the spirit of not shoving stuff in the freezer and forgetting about it, we took the last bit of pork and some refried beans, along with some other stuff we had knocking around, ad we made soup – what’s better (and simpler?) on a snowy early January Thursday night than soup, huh?
Friday - As usual, Peeps’s mom joins us for pizza night - we like to make SURE she gets out of the house now and then, and she does enjoy Peeps’s pizza!
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.