January 5, 2011

End of the Year Re-cap

My blogger voice has been suffering from laryngitis lately. Sometimes it just goes that way. But, I have a few pictures and thoughts to share today about our Christmas and the New Year.

We enjoyed our Christmas Eve lunch with my grandmother. She was charming as usual and happy for the change in routine. Thankfully the ice storm was cooperative and didn't really bother the roads. Boy it was quiet in that nursing home. So many thoughts here...

Our Christmas Day celebration at home included this lovely duck from La Ventosa Ranch in Iowa. My husband made a perfect duck a l'orange using Julia Child's classic cookbook. It was a large, white, Pekin duck, raised free-range on a crazy farm that often has two kinds of "kids" in the house since they raise goats, as well as ducks, chickens, and pigs!

My DH is apparently hoping I'll keep cooking this year, since he gave me this wonderful new toy!

One of the funny gifts under our tree was this t-shirt. Are you a Big Bang Theory fan? Can you figure it out?!!!

And speaking of funny...
...this was Christmas at my brother's house! Poor old Nellie never saw this puppy coming - why Santa why?!! The French bulldog puppy is Grace, and she's a charmer.

We rang in the New Year sharing great conversation and good munchies with friends. My new favorite, and very easy hors d'oeuvre, is this little pickled piquant pepper stuffed with fresh mozzarella. I love the sweet and spicy flavor of these peppers on lots of things, but this combination was really good.

We also started 2011 with a trip to Pella, IA to hear our daughter's choir perform. My dear aunt came along with us. She has such an outgoing personality and it was charming to see her make a point of stopping various choir members after the concert to tell them how much she enjoyed them- so thoughtful! The choir was wonderful as usual and this was the last time we'll hear DD perform on tour, and probably the last full performance we'll hear too. Lord willing, the next time we hear them will be at graduation. What a joy, what a privilege for our family these last four years.

And last but not least, I'm starting this year off with a new job! It's part-time, local, and feels like a perfect fit. Best of all the job found me, and I believe it's an answer to prayer. I'll be praying for more and more desire to bring all things to God in prayer for 2011.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 4:6-7

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