Christmas is sneaking up on us quickly. As a mother, I get nervous that I am forgetting something or someone. As carefully as I plan each year, something is always left undone. I can only hope that it won't be something too pertinent.
I love to collect nativities. The smallest one I have was given to me by a scout leader friend and is carved from a golf ball.
My wonderful neighbor, Pam, made a nativity ornament for me this year that is so simple and beautiful. It's made from three clothes pins. She also crafted a larger nativity for me--so simplistic, yet so beautiful.
After being in my closet for more than five years, I finally set a goal to finish my nativity quilt. The pattern is from Art to Heart. I'm so glad I finished it!
My family likes this recipe for Italian Pork Chops. It looks fancy when you use the bow tie pasta.
Italian Pork Chops
6 pork chops 1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. olive oil ½ tsp. dried oregano
1 medium onion, chopped ½ tsp. dried basil
2 garlic cloves, minced ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
1-7 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained 1/8 tsp. pepper
1-14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes ½ green pepper, diced
1-8 oz. can tomato sauce
In a large nonstick skillet, brown pork chops on both sides in oil; remove from skillet. Add the onion and the garlic; saute for 5 minutes or until tender. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, oregano, basil, pepper and green pepper; mix well. Return pork chops to skillet; spoon some sauce over pork chops. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is tender. Serve with bow tie pasta or pasta of choice. Makes 6 servings.
I make M&M Cookies at least once during the holidays. They are very festive and are great neighbor gifts. I got the recipe from one of my college roommates.
1 cup shortening 2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup brown sugar 1 tsp. salt
2 eggs 1 ½ cups plain M&Ms
2 tsp. vanilla
Cream shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla thoroughly. Sift together flour, soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients gradually to creamed mixture; mix well. Stir in ½ C. M&Ms; reserve remaining for top. Put on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. (For higher elevations add a little more flour.)
I wish all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas!!!