Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holiday Coleslaw

Thanksgiving was a blast - literally.   As you know my family is a bit, well, back-woods.  Educated backwoods, but we still proudly carry our white trash genes.  So of course Thanksgiving near some open fields means get out the shot guns and clay pigeons cuz dinner's over and it's SHOOTIN TIME!  My first time ever shooting off something larger than a BB gun, and I hit 3/3!  I myself uttered "We need more ammo!". 

To the feast I added the veggie tray, coleslaw, and red velvet cake.  The coleslaw was a huge hit and everyone wanted the recipe so I've posted it below.  The magazine photo made it look a lot more red and green, but it was mighty tasty.


6 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 c sugar
3/4 c buttermilk
1/2 c mayo
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 c dried cranberries
1/2 c pistachio nuts, chopped
2 clementines or tangerines, peeled, divided into segments, and chopped
S&P to taste

Combine cabbages and onion in a large bowl.
Mix sugar, buttermilk, mayo, and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth.  Pour the buttermilk mix over the vegetables and toss to coat.  Fold in the cranberries, nuts and clementines.  Season with S&P.  Let stand for at least 1 hour or refrigerate for up to 8 hours before serving.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gloria In Excelsis Cookies

My local pal and unauthorized co-blogger Mama in Wonderland was musing on Christmas Cookies today.  Like her, I believe that at the Holidays, baking truly unnecessary amounts of cookies is obligatory.  I can't eat them all but I sure like baking them.  What would the Santa Season be with my annual Cookie Day with the fabulous MG?  Or my cookie exchange with fellow bloggers, or my book club?

At our house, the twins are exiting the jaded teen "I don't care about Christmas Traditions" years just as cupcake is entering it.  Cupcake has always been my cookie partner - we'll see how it all shakes out this year.  But the cookies WILL be made!  Give them to friends who don't bake - they'll stay on your good side year 'round to keep that gift coming.

From Four Midwestern Sisters' Christmas Book by Holly J. Burkhalter
"More than any other holiday food, Christmas cookies hurtle you straight back to your childhood.  Everything else may have changed, but Christmas cookies still taste exactly the way they did when you were five.
We happen to think that cookies are the staff of life, all year round.  But at Christmas they are much, much more.  Their once-a-year specialness is what sets the holidays apart and remind you of Mom, and Grandma, and all the cookie bakers who have loved you.  They turn the kitchen into the center of the universe and pull us in like a magnet."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Freebie for You!

My second ever giveaway, and just in time for the Holidays!  I love sharing freebies with my good friends.

Some of you may recall last year’s holiday card from the Family C.  Because of this wonderful blog, I was able to garner 50 free cards from and therefore greatly expand our card list.  We’ve been using Shutterfly for about 10 years now, and we’re dedicated customers.  They have NEVER let us down!  They are cheap, fast, and send the envelopes too.  And you know I am ALL ABOUT THE CHEAP! 

Every single year, their selection of cards expands.  We have a blast fitting different photos into all their combinations.  They really have something for everyone.  Traditional, classic, cutesy, artsy, you name it.  And they make about any card/announcement you can think of:   Christmas cards, holiday cards, birth announcements, photos books, etc.  We plan to use them for invitations this spring when the twins graduate.

And this year YOU can get in on the action!  I have promotion codes for the first three who jump at them.  They are good for 25 free cards at  Just say the word!  The first three folks are the winners.  We'll figure out a way to get you the code without leaving your email in the comments.

NONE of these are our photos, just examples from the website: