Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish any hardy soul who has made it here to this page, a heart-felt “Merry Christmas.” Our Christmas cake is ready, boxes are filled with gifts (honey, bath salts, crocheted book marks, plum breads frosted with brandy frosting), and we are ready for tomorrow. The cake is chocolate, containing sour cream and black and red raspberry jam. A shepherd’s pie is burbling in the oven, and soon, Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” read by Thomas, will be on the radio. Basically, I can’t ask much more of a Christmas Eve. Later, Jim and I will go to the 11:00 service at church, where candles will be lit, and carols sung.

Thank you for stopping by.

Christmas roses

The old year now away is fled, the new year it is entered;
Then let us now our sins down-tread, and joyfully all appear;
Let’s merry be this day, and let us now both sport and play;
Hang grief, cast care away! God send you a happy New Year!

from “Greensleeves” 

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4 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

      1. Of course! Here it is . . .

        Amish Cabbage Casserole

        Ingredients

        1 head cabbage , shredded (about 12 cups)
        1 can cream of mushroom soup , undiluted
        1 onion , chopped
        5 tablespoons butter or 5 tablespoons margarine , divided
        6 ounces American cheese , cubed
        1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
        salt (optional)
        pepper (optional)

        Directions

        Cook cabbage in salted water until tender; drain thoroughly.
        In a large skillet, sauté onion in 4 Tbsp. of butter until tender.
        Add soup and cheese, heat and stir until melted.
        Stir in cabbage (salt& pepper if desired).
        Transfer to an ungreased 2-quart baking dish.
        In a small skillet, melt remaining 1 Tbsp. butter; stir in breadcrumbs.
        Brown lightly.
        Remove from heat and sprinkle over casserole.
        Bake uncovered at 350ºF. for 20-30 minutes, or until heated through.

        It was great and everyone loved it!!

        I got it from an Amish recipe website. That was quite intentional – I know the Amish love good food, but are quite practical and would not use any more ingredients than necessary to make a great dish. Nor would they use oddball “fancy” ingredients. PERFECT for me!

      2. Yum, yum, yum! I will try it, but probably have to lighten it up a bit–I’m trying to cook extra-nutritious things for Jim. Thanks, Sherri! Fran

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