|Santa paid a personal visit to our girls this morning!|
Visits to Santa are so often the same. Go, stand in line, get your two minutes with Santa so he and his elves can move on to the next kid. We've seen it as part of our American cultural psyche, whether Miracle on 34th Street or A Christmas Story.
It's easy to get lost in the bustle of to do lists, and details needing attention. I'm no exception. It takes a conscious effort to remember that life isn't what happens to me, but found in being present in the moment and for those in my life.
This morning moved in slow motion and if it were a bushel of apples, I'd have squeezed cider from it. In years past, Santa was either at our food bank the first year, or he came to our house. Last year, we went for a Wilmore Christmas, and got to visit Santa at the same church where both the girls Grandfather (Poppop) and Great-Grandfather (Asa Jewell) are or were elders. It's a precious little white clapboard church. This year, we decided to stay home and it was just as well. Despite the snow and ice storm which would have cancelled a trip to Wilmore in hindsight, we stayed home for our special visitor, Santa!
At our house, Santa comes to get letters on St. Nick Eve (and we fudged the date a little with our 4 and 3 year old girls). The tradition is German/Scandinavian to write letters, put them in your shoes by the door at night. While you sleep, he comes for the letters and leaves chocolates.
|24 quart stock pot? I see lobster and crab |
boils in our future!
6. I switch to a sieve to get out additional bulk, but like to have the "impurities" just not the bits of bone fragments. You can add a cheese cloth, but again, it depends on what you'll be using it for. I prefer more rustic dishes, over say, consommé. You can always sieve and filter further depending on what you need.
7. Freeze in various sizes. 2 cup freezer bags for cooking vegetables. Ice cube trays to add by the table spoon or two for sauces. 1 gallon bags for soups.