Peace on Earth at Our Little House

We celebrated with friends last weekend, so we’re looking forward to a quiet weekend here at Our Little House. Dale gets a 4-day weekend, so we have some errands planned and he has some firewood to cut and split while I have my office to organize.

We’ll enjoy some time with a few movies and eating some of our favorite foods.

I’ll enjoy the last few nights of the Christmas lights before we put everything away for another year.

To all of our Living Large community that celebrates, I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

What do you have planned for the holiday weekend?  

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18 Responses

  1. Well Merry Christmas, it was quiet around here, which is just fine with me.

  2. One son and family here on Chistmas Eve for our traditional cheese and crackers, fish stew and tamales plus cookies, cake, candy. (Healthy???) So lots of baking and arranging platters. Another son couldn’t make it until Monday evening, so recreating the same meal for that family. (Out of what’s left.) Meantime, I’m scaning old slides with my new slide scanner.

  3. Merr says:

    Happy holidays! We are getting together with family (including a newest great nephew, born on Thanksgiving day) and meeting daughter’s boyfriends’ parents who are visiting from out of state. Very exciting!

  4. mat says:

    Let’s see…my son’s birthday party is out of the way as of last Saturday (coincidentally, my wife’s birthday as well). His and my wife’s gifts are wrapped…so that leaves grandparent gifts to wrap tonight. The Hanukkah dinner has been cooked–can’t wait to have the leftover brisket with a cream sauce and some fresh pasta! Then the big family Christmas Eve gathering tomorrow, with a pot-luck hors d’oeuvre dinner (our tradition).

    And then…sweet, sweet peace and quiet. No more obligations, no more endless cookies (okay, I like the cookies), no more running.

    And FWIW, Kerri, I found myself whistling a random Christmas song last night….

    • Kerri says:

      Just a random song, Mat!? You’ll have to spill…..:) Happy Holidays to you, my friend!

      • mat says:

        It might have been Good King Wenceslas…I don’t remember what it was, but I found myself whistling it anyway while I heated up some leftovers. I’m usually really late to the holiday game, but I’m feeling pretty good about things. Maybe because we’re almost at the end!

        Also, I have a Christmas gift for you:
        How to make egg noodles from scratch (super, super easy, super super delicious): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhSS_QuIuA0&feature=related
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-jHiQ_5GhY&feature=related

        My recipe and technique differs slightly from, however I (and many cooks better than I) insist on using bread flour for it’s powdery fine texture. I also don’t use my fingers to mix the egg, I use a fork and basically scramble the eggs inside the “flour volcano”.
        You want to use about 1/2 cup of flour to 1 egg ratio. Mix it until all the flour is absorbed and it’ll probably be a little sticky still. Add flour little bit by little bit as you roll so that the dough doesn’t stick to your pin. Make note of the way (on episode 2) that she spins her dough 90* and flips it over to continue rolling.
        I also advocate the use of a deep frying pan to boil your water and cook your noodles. The pan will boil very quickly (unlike a deep dutch oven) and your noodles will cook in about 4 minutes.
        I’ve had very good luck just giving them a light bath in oil & butter with some herbs and maybe a little bit of bacon. If the noodles aren’t tender, you used too much flour.

  5. Alexandra says:

    Merry Christmas, Kerri. Glad to hear Dale has four days off!

  6. Sheryl says:

    Merry Christmas, Kerry! May you enjoy a few days of peaceful relaxation.

  7. Kim says:

    …just the opposite of your weekend!

    With two children under 7, the Santa Experience is full-blown this year… so there’s all that to execute… grandparent Christmas tonight, a visit with newly-local grandparents to help them unpack and a train ride on the M&A railroad out of Springdale tomorrow, Christmas Eve at our house, Christmas morning w/ Santa etc, then a quick stop at church together to celebrate “baby Jesus”, and back to Fayetteville for Christmas with my extended in-law family.

    Insanity. But the next week is quiet an unscheduled… I’ll lick my stresswounds and recover slowly! 🙂

    • Kerri says:

      I remember those days well, Kim. Not the little kids part, although we did have little nieces and nephews at one point, but the running here and there. Enjoy it, my friend. Those memories will last a lifetime for you and for your children!

  8. A very merry Christmas to you, Kerri. Enjoy your cozy Christmas in the Little House! 🙂