Our homes are the soul of our country. The moral character of our citizens is directed in the ebb and flow of conversation around the dinner table. To strengthen our homes, our communities and our nation it would be prudent to retrench to a lifestyle that requires 1) cooking from scratch, 2) sitting together for mealtimes, 3) nourishing relationships of friends and family, and 4) building our own strength to carry out such a plan.
This holiday my 18 month old helped me roll out gingerbread men. She was grabbing the little boys scrunching them into a handful and plopping them on the baking sheet as fast as she could. I was desperately trying to roll, cut out, and get those gingerbread boys on the sheet before she could pull them off. It was chaotic. Just as I was ready to scream, I had to laugh. My baby was loving the moment. She was in the center of the fun. I had to re-evaluate. The goal was to build a memory and a pleasant feeling of holiday cooking with my baby, not to produce a perfect gingerbread boy. I smiled and gave her a compliment. Success had been achieved.
For New Year's Eve (We ate all evening as we watched the New York ball drop and other festivities, played games, and watched movies at home.)
Cream cheese ball with crackers
M&M's and chocolate mint cookies
Shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce
Twice baked potatoes
Banana's Foster with Ice Cream
Chips and dip