Cornish hens with rice stuffing – Christmas Eve with the Spencers

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Like I said earlier this week, TK and I had a great first Christmas together. We had dinner on Christmas day with my parents, so I cooked a fancy meal for the two of us on Christmas Eve. I got the recipe for my hens with rice stuffing from this website, but I changed it quite a bit for my taste. We also had roasted okra which was a big hit. Yay veggies! Continue reading

Our First Christmas

Merry Christmas, friends! I hope you all had a fantastic day yesterday. TK and I definitely had a wonderful day full of friends, family, food and gifts (I really wanted to carry that alliteration out but oh well!)

As our first Christmas as a married couple we felt this one was pretty special. Like many newlyweds we didn’t have a ton of decorations (or a place big enough to decorate) but we did have a Charlie Brown tree.

In the past few weeks I’ve been telling people we had a Charlie Brown tree and I don’t think they always understood me. No, it wasn’t a sad tree from the Christmas tree farm. It was a legit Charlie Brown tree.

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Red velvet goodness

Last week TK and I went to a Christmas party hosted by our Sunday School class. We had a ton of fun! We usually get together once a week and each bring a side item to go with the meal our host makes, but for the party we each brought steaks and a side dish. The guys grilled the steaks and we had a fantastic meal.

Someone requested I handle dessert, so I felt just a little pressure to make it exceptional. Luckily, I found this recipe for red velvet cookies and they were a hit!

Red velvet cookies

Red velvet cookies

I’ve never made red velvet anything from scratch – it always intimidated me for some reason- but these turned out pretty good if I say so myself. The original recipe called for white chocolate chunks but I used white chocolate chips because of cost and ease. And I like chips better 🙂

I also made peppermint cupcakes so I’ll do another post on those in a few days. They were pretty delicious too! Continue reading

Puppies don’t pose

So today I got off from work early and decided we were going to do simple photos for our first Christmas card.

The thing is, nothing is simple with Kora.

I thought since it’s been a while since I posted anything I’d show some outtakes from today’s photo shoot with the pup.

She’s  super quick and was not interested in stopping unless, of course, it was to dig in the beautiful Georgia red clay. At one point she was (semi) calmly sniffing at the ground and every time TK whistled for her to look at him she showed him her backside instead. The little stinker!

(Also, Kora has learned how to climb up onto the couch and has gotten into my lap – while trying to step on the actual laptop – since I started typing. She’s really smart and we’re trying to harness that into learning what an appropriate chew toy is and what it isn’t.)

 

‘Tis the season

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m still not a fan of the cold weather but I am loving this Christmas music, decorations and the feeling of being on the hunt for the perfect gift for friends and family. Yay!

Dad working on an ornament.

Speaking of decorations and gifts, I want to introduce you to my dad, Frank. He is one of the most special people in my life and he really shines this time of year. One of his hobbies is making gifts, furniture, etc. out of wood, and at Christmastime he likes to make ornaments. They are beautiful, and this year he’s going to be selling them.

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