I love Christmas parties. It’s fun to see everyone get dressed up and celebrate the holidays together. I am blessed to be a part of a wonderful group of friends that I get to do life with and grow in my relationship with God with. We had a white elephant gift exchange and lots of great food. What a great night of fellowship!
Smörgåsbord is a type of Scandinavian meal served buffet-style with multiple cold dishes of various foods on a table, originating in Sweden. A julbord is a standard Christmas dinner in Sweden. I’m half Swedish and tonight I tried my first Christmas julbord at IKEA. We tried herring, poached salmon, hard-boiled eggs with shrimp, meatballs, lingonberries, ham potatoes with dill, rice pudding and assorted cheeses and desserts. It was all very interesting and I’m glad I had a chance to try something new.
I love cooking on Thanksgiving. I’ll have the Macy’s parade on in the background followed by some football games while I cook. It’s fun to plan and organize all the ingredients and what to cook first so that everything comes out hot. I just love how cheap all the food is at this time of year. Best advice I heard is to take your list of sides and cut it in half (I have a tendency to make too much). This year I had the honor to cook for several people without family, so I bought an almost 25 lbs turkey. This year I brined my turkey with a killer blend from World Market. Some of the sides I made were a green bean casserole, sausage stuffing, deviled eggs and pumpkin pie. I’m thankful my turkey came out great!
We had over fifty people show up for our Thanksgiving dinner. It was a blessing to serve them and eat and fellowship with them. I saddens me that Thanksgiving gets overlooked because it is such a wonderful holiday. I love spending time with friends and family in community over food.
Still a classic….
I had a blast hanging out with my son on Halloween. I was a pirate and he was some sort of a dark Jedi (I think… haha). Anyway.. we cruised around town and then stopped by our friends the Durben’s. Their neighborhood is full of activity as kids all over the place go trick or treating. It’s was a chance for us to bless the community as we gave out a ton of candy. We also had a fun time together eating good food and enjoying each other’s company.
- 1 cup dry lentils
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup chopped green pepper
- 1 cup sliced carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons instant chicken bouillon granules
- 2 teaspoons snipped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
- 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 pound fully cooked smoked sausage links, sliced diagonally
- Snipped fresh parsley
Rinse and drain lentils. In a large saucepan of Dutch oven combine lentils, water, green pepper, carrot, onion, bouillon granules, sage, ground red pepper, and garlic. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 30 minute or till vegetables and lentils are tender. Stir in sausage and heat through. If desired, garnish each serving with parsley. Makes 4 servings.
* – from Soups & Stews by C. Holcomb
I made this soup for a potluck – fun night!